Legislature(2009 - 2010)CAPITOL 106

02/08/2010 08:00 AM EDUCATION


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 235 PROF STUDENT EXCHANGE LOAN FORGIVENESS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 235(EDC) Out of Committee
+= HB 295 UNIVERSITY LAND GRANT TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 295(EDC) Out of Committee
                  HB 295-UNIVERSITY LAND GRANT                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:05:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE  CHAIR MUNOZ  announced  that the  first  order of  business                                                               
would be  HOUSE BILL NO.  295, "An Act  relating to the  grant of                                                               
certain state land  to the University of Alaska;  relating to the                                                               
duties of the Board of Regents;  relating to deposits made to the                                                               
Alaska  permanent fund  received from  certain lands  conveyed to                                                               
the  University of  Alaska; ratifying  and reauthorizing  certain                                                               
prior conveyances  of land  to the  University of  Alaska; making                                                               
conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:09:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR MUNOZ closed public testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:09:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON, offered  an amendment,  [the amendment                                                               
consisted  of  two  amendments  labeled  26-GH2829\A.2,  Bullock,                                                               
2/6/10, and 26-GH2829\A.1, Bullock, 2/4/10], which read:                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Page 9, line 22:                                                                                                           
          Delete "Parcel Number PA.1002, Mite Cove"                                                                             
          Insert "Parcel C18"                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Page 9, line 7:                                                                                                            
          Delete "December 1, 2011"                                                                                             
          Insert "January 1, 2013"                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Page 9, line 9:                                                                                                            
          Delete "June 30, 2012"                                                                                                
          Insert "June 30, 2013"                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON referred to page 9, line 7, and said:                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Communities  that became  boroughs,  during this  time,                                                                    
     ...  would  be  able  to pick  their  land  before  the                                                                    
     university  got  theirs.  ...   Wrangell,  [is]  now  a                                                                    
     borough ... [and]  DNR has said how much  land they are                                                                    
     going to  get, and  it's way, way,  less than  what has                                                                    
     been  the  average  in  the   past,  and  so  they  are                                                                    
     appealing that. ...  Because of that appeal  we need to                                                                    
     extend that date.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:12:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON objected for discussion.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:12:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WENDY REDMOND,  Executive Vice  President, University  of Alaska,                                                               
requested clarity, and said:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Was the intent  to replace this parcel  in Pelican with                                                                    
     the parcel  that had been chosen  originally, before we                                                                    
     changed it to this one.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON explained that, rather  than switch it,                                                               
the parcel  is being  dropped out,  which is  considered to  be a                                                               
cleaner move and avoids complication.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. REDMOND commented  that it seems an unfortunate  move, as the                                                               
university may  have been able to  help out the city  of Pelican,                                                               
but stated continued support for the bill, as amended.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:13:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON removed his objection.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR  MUNOZ, hearing no  further objection,  announced that                                                               
the amendment was adopted.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:15:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DICK  MYLIUS,  Director,  Division  of Mining,  Land  and  Water,                                                               
Department of Natural Resources (DNR), said:                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     On the amendment, regarding Wrangell  and the change of                                                                    
     dates:  This allows the  city more time to select those                                                                    
     lands, but  they're still constrained by  the deadlines                                                                    
     that  are  in AS  29.65.  ...  AS 29.65  will  actually                                                                    
     control the schedule for the city.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P.  WILSON stated that Wrangell  city officials do                                                               
understand the  parameters that  they will  be working  under for                                                               
the land selection.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:19:01 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE P. WILSON moved to  report HB 295, 26-GH2829\A, as                                                               
amended,  out of  committee with  individual recommendations  and                                                               
the  accompanying fiscal  notes. There  being no  objection, CSHB
295(EDC)  was   reported  from   the  House   Education  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:19:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 8:20 a.m. to 8:24 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                

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