Legislature(2017 - 2018)BARNES 124

05/01/2018 09:00 AM COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

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09:03:04 AM Start
09:03:43 AM HR8
09:08:37 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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*+ HR 8 LOCATE NOAA'S ALASKA ASSETS IN THE STATE TELECONFERENCED
Moved HR 8 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
         HR 8-LOCATE NOAA'S ALASKA ASSETS IN THE STATE                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:03:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  ZULKOSKY  announced that  the  only  order of  business                                                               
would be HOUSE RESOLUTION NO.  8, Requesting the National Oceanic                                                               
and  Atmospheric Administration  to  locate  its Alaska-  focused                                                               
employees, programs, and assets in the state.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:04:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KREISS-TOMKINS presented HR  8, which is sponsored                                                               
by the  House Community and Regional  Affairs Standing Committee.                                                               
He paraphrased  the sponsor statement [included  in the committee                                                               
packet], which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     House Resolution  8 requests  the National  Oceanic and                                                                    
     Atmospheric   Administration   (NOAA)  headquarter   in                                                                    
     Alaska  as  many  Alaska-focused assets  in  Alaska  as                                                                    
     possible.  NOAA  has  a  two-fold  mission  in  Alaska:                                                                    
     management and  scientific research. To  fulfill NOAA's                                                                    
     mission, the Alaska Regional  Office is responsible for                                                                    
     regional  management and  the Alaska  Fisheries Science                                                                    
     Center  (AFSC) is  responsible for  regional scientific                                                                    
     research.   While  the   Alaska   Regional  Office   is                                                                    
     headquartered in  Juneau, the AFSC is  headquartered in                                                                    
     Seattle. The  Auke Bay Laboratories, housed  in the Ted                                                                    
     Stevens Marine  Research Institute,  are a  division of                                                                    
     AFSC,  and house  approximately 60  full-time employees                                                                    
     as  well   as  20  additional   full-time  contractors.                                                                    
     Currently,  the  AFSC  director  is  based  in  Juneau,                                                                    
     Alaska.  The  resolution   specifically  requests  NOAA                                                                    
     fully  staff the  Auke Bay  Laboratories. The  Auke Bay                                                                    
     Laboratories could  hold 20 to  30 additional  staff or                                                                    
     contractors,    contingent    on    federal    funding.                                                                    
     Additionally,  the  resolution  asks  that  the  Alaska                                                                    
     Fisheries  Science  Center  Director  remain  based  in                                                                    
     Juneau.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:05:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  ZULKOSKY  opened  public  testimony on  HR  8.    After                                                               
ascertaining there was  no one who wished to  testify, she closed                                                               
public testimony.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:06:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TALERICO expressed  appreciation  for HR  8.   He                                                               
noted that  the fourth  "whereas" clause  states that  the Alaska                                                               
Fisheries Science Center  is located in Seattle,  and he remarked                                                               
that there  would be  "a wild  and crazy outcry"  if there  was a                                                               
Washington Fisheries Science Center  located in Portland, Oregon,                                                               
because  "that  just makes  absolutely  no  sense  at all."    He                                                               
described  the proposed  resolution  as appropriate  and said  he                                                               
thinks  it  would   help.    He  expressed   hope  that  Alaska's                                                               
congressional  delegation  would  have "incredible  success  with                                                               
this."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:07:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  PARISH  stated that  he  was  glad  to  see HR  8  come                                                               
forward,  and  he  expressed appreciation  of  the  congressional                                                               
delegation for bringing the issue  to the attention of the Alaska                                                               
State Legislature in  an effort to get  Alaska fisheries research                                                               
in Alaska.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:07:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  PARISH moved  to  report  HR 8  out  of committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:08:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease at 9:08 a.m.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:08:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR ZULKOSKY announced  that there being no  objection, HR 8                                                               
was  reported out  of the  House Community  and Regional  Affairs                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HR8 Fiscal Note.pdf HCRA 5/1/2018 9:00:00 AM
HR 8
HR 8 .pdf HCRA 5/1/2018 9:00:00 AM
HR 8
HR 8 Sponsor Statement.pdf HCRA 5/1/2018 9:00:00 AM
HR 8