Legislature(1997 - 1998)
02/26/1997 05:05 PM FSH
* first hearing in first committee of referral
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
HB 19 - SPORT FISHING GUIDES Number 022 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN announced that the first order of business is HOUSE BILL NO. 19 "An Act relating to licensing of sport fishing services operators and fishing guides; and providing for an effective date." He stated that there would be no public testimony on HB 19. He stated that he would like to introduce a committee substitute for HB 19, P Version, 2/24/97. Number 099 REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT OGAN made a motion to adopt CSHB 19(FSH), O- LSO140\, P Version, Utermohle, 2/24/97. Number 119 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN asked if there were any objections. Hearing none, CSHB 19(FSH), was adopted. Number 130 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN stated that the first change is on page 3, line 15. He stated that they added back in "the safety of clients of the industry, or the protection of the integrity of the industry." He stated this is relating to the Board of Fisheries and their powers. He stated that the next change is on page 5, to be consistent with the change on page 3. He stated that the next change is in the definition of 'field', which was in the bill because it related to what was done with outfitting. It has been taken out, as a separate item and placed on page 8, line 3. He stated that there has been no change of the definition, it just has been placed under the outfitting section of the bill, so there is no confusion that it meant anything else. He stated that page 9, line 14, says that this act takes effect immediately. He said, "For the department to be able to respond on an immediate basis with this act, they couldn't do it, and it would have created a problem with us, with the fees and stuff that we were going to be collecting and the amount of licenses and how long it would take to get it." As a result there is a Transition Section that starts on page 8, so that the department will have 2 months to transition into it. Number 515 REPRESENTATIVE GENE KUBINA asked if the insurance was changed. Number 544 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN replied that it hasn't been changed but he has had a discussion with Representative Ogan, chairman of the House Resources Standing Committee, which is the next committee of referral, Representative Ogan has agreed to take a strong look at that and make a determination on whether it should come out or not. He stated that the original concept of the bill was to set up a mechanism for charter boat operators to register with the state and report their catch. Over the last three years that has developed into everything from having transporters to aircraft charter services and now it is back to a simplified bill, that gives the Board of Fisheries the authority to do everything that they need to do to regulate the industry. He stated that the less that is put into statute the more we allow the Board of Fisheries to implement the regulations. He stated that he will not oppose taking out the insurance aspect, if that is what the House Resources Standing Committee wants to do. Number 640 REPRESENTATIVE MARK HODGINS asked if there are other areas, besides the insurance portion, that the House Resources Standing Committee, has been asked to look at. Number 650 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN replied that as far as he knows it is just the insurance portion. Number 664 REPRESENTATIVE IVAN IVAN stated that there has been considerable review of the bill by affected agencies and with that he felt comfortable that the issue of insurance can be addressed at the next committee of referral. Number 712 REPRESENTATIVE IVAN made a motion to move CSHB 19(FSH), 0-LSO140\, P Version, Utermohle, 2/24/97, with individual recommendations and the attached fiscal note. Number 724 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN asked if there were any objections. Hearing none, CSHB 19(FSH) moved out of the House Special Committee on Fisheries.