Legislature(2015 - 2016)BARNES 124

04/13/2016 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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03:19:38 PM Start
03:20:10 PM Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Board of Directors
03:56:46 PM SB157
04:10:30 PM SB158
04:26:10 PM SB165
05:07:22 PM SB18
05:18:20 PM SB69
05:42:30 PM HJR28
05:55:36 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Recessed to 4/14/16 at 9:00 a.m. --
+ Review of Confirmation Hearings: TELECONFERENCED
- Marijuana Control Board
- Alaska Gasline Development Corporation
+ SB 157 AMUSEMENT DEVICES & GAMBLING DEFINITION TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 157 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ SB 158 REAL ESTATE COMMISSION;BROKER LICENSING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ SB 126 SMALL SECURITY OFFERINGS TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ SB 165 ALCOHOL: BOARD;MINORS;MARIJUANA CHECKS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ HJR 28 OPPOSING GM SALMON TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 28(FSH) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ SB 18 HEALTH CARE SHARE MINISTRY NOT INSURANCE TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 18 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ SB 69 BD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS; PRACTICE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 69(FIN) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+ SB 206 REINSURANCE PROGRAM; HEALTH INS. WAIVERS TELECONFERENCED
<Pending Referral>
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
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                   HJR 28-OPPOSING GM SALMON                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
5:42:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON  announced that the  next order of business  would be                                                               
CS FOR  HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION  NO. 28(FSH), Opposing  the United                                                               
States  Food and  Drug  Administration's  approval of  AquaBounty                                                               
AquAdvantage  genetically engineered  salmon;  urging the  United                                                               
States Congress  to enact  legislation that  requires prominently                                                               
labeling   genetically  engineered   products   with  the   words                                                               
"Genetically   Modified"   on   the  product's   packaging;   and                                                               
supporting the  efforts of  the state's  congressional delegation                                                               
to delay the  confirmation of the new commissioner  of the United                                                               
States Food and Drug Administration  until the United States Food                                                               
and   Drug  Administration   agrees  to   require  labeling   for                                                               
genetically engineered salmon.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:42:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GERAN  TARR, sponsor of CSHJR  28(FSH), provided a                                                               
PowerPoint presentation entitled, "HJR  28:  Opposing GM Salmon."                                                               
Representative  Tarr informed  the committee  that in  [November,                                                               
2015]  the   U.S.  Food  and  Drug   Administration  (FDA),  U.S.                                                               
Department  of Health  and Human  Services, approved  genetically                                                               
modified (GM)  salmon, which is  the first  time a GM  animal has                                                               
been  approved  for human  consumption  [slide  1].   Genetically                                                               
modified salmon is  modified using Chinook salmon to  make the GM                                                               
fish grow  bigger faster,  and Ocean  pout, to  make the  GM fish                                                               
grow year-around  [slide 2].  The  GM fish grow twice  as big and                                                               
twice as  fast as farmed  salmon [slide 3].   Representative Tarr                                                               
stressed this issue is important  to address at this time because                                                               
the   seafood  industry   is   Alaska's  largest   private-sector                                                               
employer, and  is valued at $6  billion to the state.   The needs                                                               
of Alaskans are  different than those of  AquaBounty, the company                                                               
promoting GM  salmon, as indicated  by its statement  that faster                                                               
growing salmon  would make  land-based fish  farming economically                                                               
viable  [slide 4].   In  contrast, Alaskans  think of  successful                                                               
sustainable fisheries  management and of wild  Alaska salmon, the                                                               
fishing  economies of  coastal communities,  and the  Bristol Bay                                                               
fishery  [slides  5  and  6].   She  presented  illustrations  of                                                               
AquaBounty fish  farming operations  producing food  items [slide                                                               
7].   Concerns about GM  salmon include possible threats  to wild                                                               
salmon, risks to  human health, and risks to  the state's economy                                                               
[slide  8].   Threats  to  wild  salmon  are due  to  escapement;                                                               
although AquaBounty  reports that  GM salmon  are grown  in land-                                                               
based pens, the eggs are produced  at a facility on Prince Edward                                                               
Island  on  Bay  Fortune,  which  connects to  the  Gulf  of  St.                                                               
Lawrence and  the Atlantic Ocean  [slides 9  and 10].   After the                                                               
eggs are  produced, they  will be  flown to  South America  to be                                                               
raised, and  then returned to  be sold in  the U.S.   She related                                                               
her experience  visiting Prince Edward  Island residents  who are                                                               
alarmed by  the island's image  presented to tourists,  and noted                                                               
that  the residents  there  are supportive  of  the Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature's  stance on  this issue  [slide 11].   Research  has                                                               
shown  that GM  salmon can  out-compete, and  be more  aggressive                                                               
than, wild salmon,  as reported by McGill  University [report not                                                               
provided][slides  12  and  13].   Representative  Tarr  said  the                                                               
report stated that  GM salmon was bred with wild  brown trout and                                                               
research indicated that the  hybridized species could out-compete                                                               
the GM salmon and its wild counterpart.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:49:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR further explained  that risks to human health                                                               
are  of  great  concern  because FDA  approval  was  through  the                                                               
veterinary drug process,  thus there are those who  feel the drug                                                               
has not  been sufficiently tested.   It is known that  there will                                                               
be  exposure  to hormones  [slide  14].    Risks to  the  state's                                                               
economy include the  negative impact on the price  of wild salmon                                                               
after  the introduction  of farmed  salmon.   The Alaska  Seafood                                                               
Marketing Institute  (ASMI), Department of Commerce,  Community &                                                               
Economic  Development,  has  invested  in  branding  wild  Alaska                                                               
salmon  for its  health benefits,  and reports  that Alaska  wild                                                               
salmon is  one of the most  recognized brands in the  U.S. [slide                                                               
15].   She  observed  that Alaska  is not  alone  in opposing  GM                                                               
salmon, and U.S.  Senator Lisa Murkowski has  been leading action                                                               
related to  labeling in Congress.   In addition,  public pressure                                                               
has been  effective, and  65 retailers  have announced  they will                                                               
not  sell  GM  salmon  [slide   16].    International  opposition                                                               
includes  a lawsuit  filed  in  Canada [slide  17].   Finally,  a                                                               
lawsuit brought  by food safety  and fishing groups was  filed in                                                               
the  U.S. 3/31/16,  challenging  FDA's authority  to regulate  GM                                                               
salmon not  as a food  product, but  as a veterinary  drug [slide                                                               
19].   Representative  Tarr  pointed out  that  she has  provided                                                               
supporting documents  in the committee  packet, and  restated her                                                               
opposition to GM salmon.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:52:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON  asked if FDA  has the authority  to act                                                               
in this regard, and whether the agency can be challenged.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TARR said  there are  legal remedies,  such as  a                                                               
lawsuit,  and statutory  remedies related  to labeling.   Another                                                               
option is legislation to ban the sale of GM salmon.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOSEPHSON  assumed  that   if  a  label  revealed                                                               
genetic modification, a product would not succeed economically.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR advised  that in the U.S., "We  don't do much                                                               
with labeling,  most European countries  have moved on, a  lot of                                                               
European countries have banned a  lot of the genetically modified                                                               
products because of concerns about human health ...."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:54:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at ease from 5:54 p.m. to 5:55 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:55:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON opened  public testimony.  After  ascertaining no one                                                               
wished to testify, public testimony was closed.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:55:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TILTON moved to report CSHJR 28(FSH), Version 29-                                                                
LS1213\H  out of  committee with  individual recommendations  and                                                               
the accompanying  zero fiscal notes.   There being  no objection,                                                               
CSHJR 28(FSH)  was reported out  of the House Labor  and Commerce                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB158 ver W.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Fiscal Note-DCCED-CBPL-01-29-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Draft Proposed CS ver H.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Supporting Document-Letter-Alaska Association of Realtors-01-26-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Supporting Document-Letter-Real Estate Commission 01-15-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Supporting Document-Pre-licensing Ed and Experience Matrix.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Supporting Document-Letter- Real Estate Commission 10-27-15.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Opposing Document-Letter-Matt Steele.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB158 Opposing Document-Letter Amer.for Prosperity 04-05-16.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 158
SB157 ver W.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB157 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB157 Fiscal Note-LAW-CRIM-01-29-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB157 Fiscal Note-DOL-CRIM-01-29-16-.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB157 Fiscal Note-DOR-TAX-01-27-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB157 Supporting Documents-Dimond Mall Floor Plans.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB157 Supporting Documents-Dimond Mall Renderings.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB157 Supporting Documents-Letter-Alaska Chamber 03-02-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB157 Supporting Documents-Dave & Buster's Renderings.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 157
SB165(JUD) ver H.A.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Fiscal Note-DHHS-PS-3-18-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Fiscal Note-DCCED-AMCO-03-18-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Fiscal Note-ACS-TRC-3-28-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Mat-Su Health Foundation 2-10-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Providence Advocacy 2-16-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Co-Chairs Steering Committee 3-25-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Rasmuson Foundation 2-22-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Recover Alaska 2-10-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Seward Prevention Coalition 3-8-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Stephanie Presley 3-25-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-1 page summary 2-1-2016.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Alaska Children's Trust 2-25-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Committee Presentation.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter Alaska Wellness Coalition 2-10-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Supporting Documents-Letter CHARR 4-8-16.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Summary of Changes ver A to ver H.A.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB69 ver S.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB69 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB69 Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB69 Fiscal Note-DCCED-CBPL-04-06-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB69 Summary of Changes ver A to ver S.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB69 Supporting Documents-Letter Logan University 10-31-2014.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB69 Supporting Documents-Letter-UWS 1-20-2015.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB69 Supporting Documents-Letter Palmer College 1-22-2015.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB69 Supporting Documents-Letter Dr. Walter Campbell.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB18 Ver H.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 18
SB18 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 18
SB18 Fiscal Note-DCCED-DOI-02-13-15.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 18
SB18 Fiscal Note-DCCED-DOI-02-18-16.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 18
SB18 Supporting Documents-Article-Catholic Anchor Feb 2015 .pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 18
SB18 Supporting Documents-HCSM Summary.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 18
SB18 Supporting Documents-ACA Exemption.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 18
HJR28 ver H.PDF HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Fiscal Note-SESS-02-03-16.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Summary of Changes ver A to ver H.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Letter Denny Kay Weathers.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Letter Petersburg Vessel Owner's Association 2-3-2016.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Letter Southeast Alaska Fishermen's Alliance 2-4-2016.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Letter United Fishermen of Alaska 2-3-2016.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Letter United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters 2-2-2016.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Opinion Juneau Empire 12-16-2016.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Suppporting Documents-Article conservationmagazine.org 5-28-13.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Article Alaska Dispatch News Article 11-19-2015.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Article New York Times 11-19-2015.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Documents-Background Representative Tarr 4-13-2015.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Opposing Documents-Letter AquaBounty Technology 2-3-2016.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Opposing Documents-Letter Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 2-4-2016.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
HJR 28
SB165 Summary of Changes ver H.A to HCS CSSB165 ver E.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165
SB165 Draft Proposed CS ver E.pdf HL&C 4/13/2016 3:15:00 PM
SB 165