Legislature(2009 - 2010)BARNES 124

04/17/2009 08:30 AM RESOURCES


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
--Recessed to Call of the Chair to 4/18--
+ SJR 3 FIREARMS IN NATIONAL PARK TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+ HJR 32 FEDERAL PREEMPTION OF SALMON MANAGEMENT TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
+ SJR 22 FEDERAL PREEMPTION OF SALMON MANAGEMENT TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
+ SB 177 SPORT FISH GUIDE LICENSES/KENAI RIVER SMA TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HJR 33 RESTART COOK INLET PRODUCTION TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 33(RES) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 17, 2009                                                                                         
                           8:31 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Craig Johnson, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Mark Neuman, Co-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Kurt Olson                                                                                                       
Representative Paul Seaton                                                                                                      
Representative Peggy Wilson                                                                                                     
Representative David Guttenberg                                                                                                 
Representative Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                   
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 33                                                                                                   
Urging   immediate   action   by   the   governor,   the   Alaska                                                               
Congressional  delegation,  and  state and  federal  agencies  to                                                               
assist in  the restart of oil  production in Cook Inlet  that was                                                               
affected by the eruption of Mt. Redoubt.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHJR 33(RES) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3                                                                                                   
Relating to carrying firearms in national parks.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SJR 3 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 32                                                                                                   
Opposing litigation  that seeks to eliminate  the Kenai, Kasilof,                                                               
and Chitina  sockeye salmon personal  use dip net  fisheries; and                                                               
requesting  the   governor  to  re-examine   the  disproportional                                                               
influence  of the  commercial fisheries  industries on  fisheries                                                               
management in the state.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22(RES)                                                                                      
Opposing litigation that seeks to eliminate the Kenai, Kasilof,                                                                 
and Chitina sockeye salmon personal use dip net fisheries.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 177(FIN)                                                                                                 
"An Act relating  to an exception for  professional fishing guide                                                               
services in the Kenai River  Special Management Area; relating to                                                               
the  licensing  and regulation  of  sport  fishing operators  and                                                               
sport  fishing guides  and licensing  and  registration of  sport                                                               
fishing vessels; and providing for an effective date."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 33                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: RESTART COOK INLET PRODUCTION                                                                                      
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) OLSON                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
04/13/09       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/13/09       (H)       RES                                                                                                    
04/13/09       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
04/13/09       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/13/09       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
04/17/09       (H)       RES AT 8:30 AM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR  3                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: FIREARMS IN NATIONAL PARK                                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) THERRIAULT                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
01/26/09       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        

01/26/09 (S) JUD 02/09/09 (S) JUD AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 211 02/09/09 (S) Heard & Held 02/09/09 (S) MINUTE(JUD) 02/11/09 (S) JUD AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 211 02/11/09 (S) Moved SJR 3 Out of Committee 02/11/09 (S) MINUTE(JUD) 02/13/09 (S) JUD RPT 2DP 1NR 02/13/09 (S) DP: FRENCH, THERRIAULT 02/13/09 (S) NR: ELTON 03/25/09 (S) TRANSMITTED TO (H) 03/25/09 (S) VERSION: SJR 3 03/27/09 (H) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS 03/27/09 (H) RES 04/17/09 (H) RES AT 8:30 AM BARNES 124 WITNESS REGISTER JENNIFER SENETTE, Staff Representative Kurt Olson Alaska State Legislature Juneau, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Reviewed the proposed committee substitute for HJR 33 on behalf of Representative Olson, sponsor. DAVE STANCLIFF, Staff Senator Gene Therriault Alaska State Legislature Juneau, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Presented the sponsor statement for SJR 3 on behalf of Senator Therriault, sponsor. ACTION NARRATIVE 8:31:10 AM CO-CHAIR MARK NEUMAN called the House Resources Standing Committee meeting to order at 8:31 a.m. Representatives Neuman, Johnson, Wilson, Olson, Edgmon, and Seaton were present at the call to order. Representatives Tuck, Guttenberg, and Kawasaki arrived as the meeting was in progress. HJR 33-RESTART COOK INLET PRODUCTION 8:31:24 AM CO-CHAIR NEUMAN announced that the first order of business would be HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 33, Urging immediate action by the governor, the Alaska Congressional delegation, and state and federal agencies to assist in the restart of oil production in Cook Inlet that was affected by the eruption of Mt. Redoubt. REPRESENTATIVE WILSON moved to adopt the proposed committee substitute (CS) for HJR 33, Version 26-LS0896\S, Bullock, 4/14/09, as the work draft. There being no objection, Version S was before the committee. 8:32:22 AM JENNIFER SENETTE, Staff, Representative Kurt Olson, Alaska State Legislature, noted that the two changes made by Version S are the result of committee discussion on [April 13, 2009]. She said the first change is on page 1, line 6, where the date of increased volcanic activity at Mt. Redoubt is changed from March 22, 2009, to September 2008; a correction that reflects the information provided by Mr. Kevin Banks [Director, Division of Oil & Gas, Department of Natural Resources]. She stated that the second change is on page 2, lines 19-20, where the phrase "in a safe and responsible manner" was added after "Redoubt". This change is in response to Representative Seaton's concern that an impression not be made that people are being urged to put themselves in harm's way in an effort to get production back up and running. MS. SENETTE summarized the resolution as saying to all the appropriate parties to do everything that can be done to get the production back up and running. It is not telling producers what to do. For example, if the only thing that can be done in a safe and responsible manner is plan, then by all means they should start planning. 8:34:07 AM CO-CHAIR NEUMAN noted that public comment had been closed [on April 13, 2009]. REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON moved to report HJR 33, Version 26- LS0896\S, Bullock, 4/14/09, out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying zero fiscal note. There being no objection, CSHJR 33(RES) was reported from the House Resources Standing Committee. SJR 3-FIREARMS IN NATIONAL PARK 8:34:44 AM CO-CHAIR NEUMAN announced that the next order of business would be SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 3, Relating to carrying firearms in national parks. DAVE STANCLIFF, Staff, Senator Gene Therriault, Alaska State Legislature, pointed out that SJR 3 had unanimous support in the other body. He said the purpose of the resolution is to bring the National Park Service into conformity with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management. These agencies have policies that say whenever a state has a law that allows the carrying of concealed weapons, then a concealed weapon can also be carried on Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service lands. The policy was put into place nationally by the Bush Administration. He noted that Alaska has 75 percent of the nation's national park system and that the national parks in Alaska are somewhat unique with regard to the need for personal protection. The resolution goes further by encouraging the Obama Administration to allow open carry as well as concealed carry. He added that HJR 33 is timely because forces are trying to reverse the policy with a lawsuit that was filed on December 31, [2008]. 8:37:25 AM REPRESENTATIVE WILSON, in reference to page 1, line 8, said she is unsure that there has ever been a case of rabies in Alaska. CO-CHAIR JOHNSON responded that a rabid wolf pack in northern Alaska attacked a team of dogs. In further response, he said rabies is rare, but it does happen. REPRESENTATIVE OLSON noted that there has never been a rabid bat in Alaska. CO-CHAIR NEUMAN closed public testimony after ascertaining that no one wished to testify. 8:40:13 AM REPRESENTATIVE SEATON said he understands the concealed weapon issue, but asked whether discussions have occurred in regard to carrying a hunting weapon in national parks where hunting is prohibited and the possibility that the resolution could add fuel to the fire of whether the [National Park Service] can regulate hunting. MR. STANCLIFF replied that this has not come up as any type of conflict between the resolution's policy and the current policy that allows rural residents who are qualified under subsistence provisions to hunt in national parks. There are some allowances in park preserves that make Alaska's national parks unique, he said, but there have been no suggestions or any testimony in opposition to SJR 3 that it would set up any type of conflicts. CO-CHAIR JOHNSON moved to report SJR 3 out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying zero fiscal note. There being no objection, SJR 3 was reported from the House Resources Standing Committee. 8:40:50 AM ADJOURNMENT There being no further business before the committee, the House Resources Standing Committee was recessed at 8:42 AM to a call of the chair. [The meeting was never reconvened.]

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