Legislature(2015 - 2016)CAPITOL 106

04/09/2015 08:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 180 JUNE 1 AS CHILDREN'S DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 180 Out of Committee
*+ HJR 22 STEWART-HYDER BORDER HOURS TELECONFERENCED
Moved HJR 22 Out of Committee
+ SB 6 ELIMINATE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
               HJR 22-STEWART-HYDER BORDER HOURS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:08:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN announced the first  order of business was HOUSE JOINT                                                               
RESOLUTION NO.  22, Urging the  Canada Border Services  Agency to                                                               
keep  the  border between  Hyder,  Alaska,  and Stewart,  British                                                               
Columbia, open 24 hours a day.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:08:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DAN ORTIZ,  Alaska  State  Legislature, as  prime                                                               
sponsor,  presented  HJR  22.    He  said  Hyder,  Alaska,  is  a                                                               
community of about 87 residents  that sits [near the southern tip                                                               
of  the  Southeast Alaska  "panhandle,"]  on  the border  of  the                                                               
United  States  and  Canada.    Just across  the  border  is  the                                                               
Canadian community  of Stewart,  British Columbia (BC),  which is                                                               
home to  approximately 487  residents.  Prior  to April  1, 2015,                                                               
there was 24-hour  access through the border  in both directions.                                                               
As of April 1,  the border is closed from midnight  to 8 a.m., as                                                               
a  result of  a decision  made  by the  Canadian Border  Services                                                               
Agency (CBSA).                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ stated  that the residents of  Hyder rely on                                                               
the community of  Stewart for emergency services.   The road also                                                               
is the  only evacuation route in  the event of a  tsunami or levy                                                               
break.   He noted  that Senator Lisa  Murkowski's office  and his                                                               
own office began  working on the issue.   He said he  held a town                                                               
meeting with residents  of both communities [on  March 28, 2015],                                                               
where he  heard further concerns.   For example, a large  part of                                                               
Hyder's economy  is based on tourism,  particularly bear viewing,                                                               
to which  road access is necessary  before 8 a.m.   There is also                                                               
an issue related to the  access to mining, where Canadian workers                                                               
must  pass through  Hyder  and then  back over  the  border to  a                                                               
Canadian mine, and access is needed  during the hours the road is                                                               
now closed.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:11:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ORTIZ   said  HJR   22  asks  the   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature  to  put forward  a  resolution  asking the  CBSA  to                                                               
reopen the border  on a 24-hour basis,  and to do so  in the best                                                               
interest of  the residents of both  Hyder and Stewart.   He noted                                                               
that  at the  aforementioned meeting,  there were  many residents                                                               
from  Stewart present,  as well  as  those in  Hyder, to  express                                                               
concerns.   He said the CVSA  has long-term plans to  make access                                                               
available across the border by means  of a camera that could read                                                               
identification,  but HJR  22 would  provide 24-access  across the                                                               
border until that happens.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:13:06 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ,  in response to Chair  Lynn, estimated that                                                               
the drive  from the Cassiar  Highway to  the border is  about two                                                               
hours.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LYNN asked  if anyone  had  thought of  moving the  border                                                               
station to  the east side of  Stewart so that residents  of Hyder                                                               
and Stewart could move back and forth without a border crossing.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ  said he saw that  idea in a letter  from an                                                               
organization, but  said he was  not sure  where the CBSA  or U.S.                                                               
Customs officials would stand on that proposal.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN indicated that that type  of border was, at one point,                                                               
used between  Mexico and  Arizona and California.   He  asked Mr.                                                               
Ortiz  if he  knew the  current status  of the  borders in  those                                                               
areas.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ answered no.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:14:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   KELLER   asked   about   Representative   Ortiz'                                                               
reference to a gate.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ORTIZ explained  that the  gate that  is used  to                                                               
close  the border  between Hyder  and Stewart  completely crosses                                                               
the  road.   He said  residents of  Hyder who  happened to  be in                                                               
Stewart past midnight would be "locked out" of their country.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:15:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN, after ascertaining no  one further wished to testify,                                                               
closed public testimony on HJR 22.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:15:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER  moved to  report HJR  22 out  of committee                                                               
with individual recommendations and  the accompanying zero fiscal                                                               
note.  There  being no objection, HJR 22 was  reported out of the                                                               
House State Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LYNN  told the  sponsor he  would like  him to  explore the                                                               
possibility of  getting the  actual border  station moved  to the                                                               
eastern side  of Stewart.   He suggested  both Hyder  and Stewart                                                               
could pay for  the cost of the move, which  he ventured would not                                                               
be too great.                                                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
01 CS SB 6 (FIN) Version P.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
02 CS SB 6 (FIN) Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
03 CS SB 6 (FIN) Summary of Changes v.H to v.P.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
04 CS SB 6 (FIN)-Sectional Analysis.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
05 SB 6 Fiscal Note-DOA-FAC-2-06-15.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
06 SB 6 Opposing Documents-Alaska Chamber 3-04-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
07 SB 6 Opposing Documents-Juneau Chamber of Commerce 3-2-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
08 SB 6 Opposing Documents-Juneau Charter Boat Operators Association 03-13-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
09 SB 6 Opposing Documents-KCAM Radio 03-04-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
10 SB 6 Opposing Documents-Ketchikan Visitors Bureau 03-02-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
11 SB 6 Opposing Documents-Raymond Nesbett 03-09-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
12 SB 6 Supporting Documents-Arctic Controls, Inc. 02-03-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
13 SB 6 Supporting Documents-First National Bank -Cuddy Letter 02-03-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
14 SB 6 Supporting Documents-NFIB 01-30-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
15 SB6 Supporting Document - Daylight Gains by City.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
16 SB6 Supporting Document - DST Online Survey Results.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
17 CS SB 6 (FIN) Supporting Document - Impact by Department.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
18 SB6 Supporting Document - BizhubGlennallen20150406141842.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
19 SB6 PDF 1 of 2 emails in favor OR opposed.PDF HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
20 SB6 PDF 2 of 2 emails in favor OR opposed.PDF HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
SB 6
01 HJR022A.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HJR 22
02 HJR 22 Sponsor Statement.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HJR 22
03 HJR22-LEG-SESS-04-08-15.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HJR 22
01 HB0180A.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 180
02 HB180 Sponsor Statement.PDF HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 180
03 HB180 Supporting Document-Children's Day.PDF HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 180
04 HB180 Supporting Document- Letter Gary Miller 4-07-2015.PDF HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 180
05 HB180 Supporting Document- Letter NEA Alaska 4-08-2015.pdf HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 180
06 HB180 Supporting Document- email Myrna Lugo 4-08-2015.PDF HSTA 4/9/2015 8:00:00 AM
HB 180