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2021-01-29 Senate Journal

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SB 60                                                                                                                         
SENATE BILL NO. 60 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                                                           
          "An Act establishing the sport fishing hatchery                                                                       
          facilities account; establishing the sport fishing                                                                    
          facility surcharge; and providing for an effective                                                                    
was read the first time and referred to the Resources and Finance                                                               
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, Department of Fish and Game                                                                                 
Governor's transmittal letter dated January 28:                                                                                 
Dear President Micciche:                                                                                                        
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to sportfish hatchery                                                           
bond surcharges.                                                                                                                
This bill would allow the Department of Fish and Game to continue to                                                            
collect a sportfishing license surcharge that expired on                                                                        
January 1, 2021. The expired sportfishing facility surcharge was                                                                
collected in order to pay off bonds issued to construct and renovate                                                            
two hatcheries. The surcharge also funded increases in hatchery                                                                 

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production in Southeast Alaska. The statutes authorizing the bonds and                                                          
the surcharge sunsetted following the repayment of the bond                                                                     
obligations, but the funds collected provided significant benefits to                                                           
Alaska's sport fishing community. This bill would reinstate statutory                                                           
authority for the department to collect a reduced surcharge to fund                                                             
ongoing maintenance and operation of the department's sport fishing                                                             
hatchery facilities, so they can continue providing hatchery salmon for                                                         
sport fishing in Southeast Alaska. This is an effective way to support                                                          
economic development with only a small surcharge; accordingly, I                                                                
urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                          
Mike Dunleavy