Legislature(2011 - 2012)CAPITOL 17

03/29/2011 01:00 PM TRANSPORTATION


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 62 PASSENGER VEHICLE RENTAL TAX TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 62(TRA) Out of Committee
+= HB 57 BICYCLE PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 57(TRA) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                                                                                                                                
                     HB 57-BICYCLE PROGRAM                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
1:44:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR P. WILSON announced that  the first order of business would                                                               
be  HOUSE BILL  NO. 57,  "An Act  authorizing municipalities  and                                                               
nonprofit  organizations to  sponsor a  program to  encourage the                                                               
safe use  of bicycles as  a mode of transportation,  and amending                                                               
the  duties  of  the  Department  of  Transportation  and  Public                                                               
Facilities to include administration  of state funds appropriated                                                               
for that purpose."                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:45:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PAUL  SEATON, Alaska State  Legislature, explained                                                               
the  committee substitute  (CS) for  HB 57  would address  safety                                                               
programs.  It  would make it clear that grants  could be used for                                                               
safety programs  for motorists  and bicyclists.   The  bill would                                                               
create  a  grant  program  administered   by  the  Department  of                                                               
Transportation &  Public Facilities (DOT&PF) so  local nonprofits                                                               
or municipal government could make  applications for grants.  The                                                               
purpose  of the  grants would  be to  encourage the  safe use  of                                                               
bicycles and bicycling as a  mode of transportation.  The program                                                               
would allow  communities to install  bike racks or  bike garages,                                                               
if needed, or  the grant could be used to  purchase bike trailers                                                               
so people could  use bicycles as a mode of  transportation to use                                                               
for  trips  to the  store.    The bicycle  would  be  used as  an                                                               
alternative to vehicle use, he said.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:46:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB   LAURIE,  Transportation   Planner,   Division  of   Program                                                               
Development,  Department of  Transportation  & Public  Facilities                                                               
(DOT&PF), introduced himself.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:47:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GRUENBERG asked whether  he recalled the substance                                                               
of  an   amendment  to  a   prior  version  of  this   bill  last                                                               
legislature.   He asked whether  the amendment would  address the                                                               
issue.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. LAURIE answered that HB 57 is clear and straightforward.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:48:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR P.  WILSON, after first  determining no one else  wished to                                                               
testify, closed public  testimony on HB 57.  She  pointed out the                                                               
fiscal note is a zero fiscal note.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:49:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT moved  to  report  the proposed  committee                                                               
substitute (CS)  for HB 57,  labeled 27-LS0315\B,  Kane, 2/18/11,                                                               
out  of   committee  with  individual  recommendations   and  the                                                               
accompanying fiscal  notes.  There  being no objection,  the CSHB                                                               
57(TRA)  was  reported  from the  House  Transportation  Standing                                                               
Committee.