Legislature(2007 - 2008)CAPITOL 17

03/21/2007 03:00 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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Moved Out of Committee
Heard & Held
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Moved CSHB 28(L&C) Out of Committee
HB 168-LAND TRANSFERS ALASKA RR & DOTPF                                                                                       
3:05:17 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR OLSON announced  that the first order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 168,  "An Act authorizing  two exchanges  of land                                                               
between  the Alaska  Railroad Corporation  and the  Department of                                                               
Transportation  and  Public  Facilities;  and  providing  for  an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
DAVID SCOTT, Staff to Representative  Kyle Johansen, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  sponsor,  explained  that  HB  168  authorizes  two                                                               
exchanges of land between the  Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC)                                                               
and  the   Department  of  Transportation  &   Public  Facilities                                                               
(DOTPF).  This  would accommodate two DOTPF projects:   the Parks                                                               
Highway  Improvement  Project  and  the  Fairbanks  International                                                               
Airport Heavy Aircraft Cargo Apron.   Section 1 of HB 168 applies                                                               
to  the  Parks  Highway  Improvement  Project,  while  Section  2                                                               
applies  to the  Fairbanks International  Airport Heavy  Aircraft                                                               
Cargo   Apron.     He  explained   that  AS   42.40.285  requires                                                               
legislative approval for the ARRC  to "exchange, donate, sell, or                                                               
otherwise convey  its entire  interest in land".   He  noted that                                                               
representatives from  the AARC and  the DOTPF would  be available                                                               
to answer any questions.                                                                                                        
3:07:08 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE   GARDNER   commented    that   the   bill   seems                                                               
straightforward and asked whether there has been any objection.                                                                 
MR. SCOTT replied no.                                                                                                           
3:08:22 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE GARDNER  moved to report  HB 168 out  of committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
3:08:33 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE GATTO objected for  discussion purposes.  He asked                                                               
if the railroad in Wasilla was previously relocated.                                                                            
MR. SCOTT replied yes.                                                                                                          
REPRESENTATIVE GATTO  asked for clarification  as to what  HB 168                                                               
would do.                                                                                                                       
3:09:19 PM                                                                                                                    
FRANCES  ZIMMERMAN, Right  of Way  Agent, Right  of Way  Section,                                                               
Central Region, Department of  Transportation & Public Facilities                                                               
(DOTPF), agreed that  the tracks were relocated as a  part of the                                                               
Parks Highway Improvement Project.   She explained that HB 168 is                                                               
a  title  transfer,  which  the  ARRC is  unable  to  do  without                                                               
legislative action.   In response to an  additional question, she                                                               
stated   that   the   DOTPF  normally   enters   into   temporary                                                               
construction  permits   in  order   to  move  forward   with  the                                                               
construction of  the projects.   Timelines  rarely allow  for the                                                               
required legislation to pass prior to commencing the project.                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE GATTO removed his objection.                                                                                     
CHAIR  OLSON   noted  that  there   was  no   further  objection.                                                               
Therefore, HB 168 was reported  from the House Labor and Commerce                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             
The committee took an at-ease from 3:11 PM to 3:12 PM.                                                                          

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