Legislature(2001 - 2002)

04/29/2002 03:07 PM 390

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HB 390-ASMI SALMON MARKETING & MARKTNG TAX                                                                                    
CHAIR McGUIRE  announced that the  only order of  business before                                                               
the  committee is  HOUSE  BILL  NO. 390,  "An  Act extending  the                                                               
termination  dates of  certain  activities  and salmon  marketing                                                               
programs of  the Alaska  Seafood Marketing  Institute and  of the                                                               
salmon marketing  tax; expanding  the allowable  use of  that tax                                                               
for  the   salmon  marketing  programs  of   the  Alaska  Seafood                                                               
Marketing  Institute; relating  to the  Alaska Seafood  Marketing                                                               
Institute's  salmon marketing  committee;  and  providing for  an                                                               
effective date."   [Before  the committee  is HB  390 and  SCS HB                                                               
CHAIR  McGUIRE noted  that  the committee  is  under the  limited                                                               
powers of conference.                                                                                                           
Number 0008                                                                                                                     
SENATOR STEVENS  informed the committee  that the  Senate changed                                                               
HB 390  such that  it would  exactly match  [CSSB 282(FIN)].   He                                                               
specified  that  [CSSB 282(FIN)]  removes  the  [June 30,]  2004,                                                               
date, which  relates to paragraphs  (7)-(9) of AS 16.51.100.   He                                                               
explained that  paragraphs (7)-(9)  of AS 16.51.100  were enacted                                                               
when the 1  percent assessment was originally put in  place.  The                                                               
aforementioned  sections  of  statute  dealt  with  the  domestic                                                               
salmon  marketing committee.    He pointed  out  that the  Alaska                                                               
Seafood Marketing  Institute (ASMI)  has made assurances  that it                                                               
will continue  to perform the  duties listed in  AS 16.51.100(7)-                                                               
(9), although the domestic restrictions have been lifted.                                                                       
Number 0064                                                                                                                     
CHAIR  McGUIRE directed  attention to  the deletion  of the  word                                                               
"domestic" on  page 2, line  23, of HB 390.   She inquired  as to                                                               
the  effect  on the  policy  change  if  the Senate  changes  are                                                               
accepted and ASMI is allowed to sunset.                                                                                         
SENATOR STEVENS replied, "Nothing."   He highlighted the language                                                               
of  subsection (d)  on  page 3  of [SCS  HB  390(RLS)].   Senator                                                               
Stevens  recommended  that  the  House  accept  [CSSB  282(FIN)].                                                               
Senator  Stevens  noted  that  ASMI   is  probably  going  to  be                                                               
addressed  in  Senator  Austerman's  task force  with  regard  to                                                               
marketing on  a statewide basis.   He indicated that if  the task                                                               
force  is allowed  time to  review this,  there will  probably be                                                               
some changes suggested by June 30, 2004.                                                                                        
Number 0102                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE SCALZI  related his  understanding that  all [CSSB                                                               
282(FIN)]  is   doing  is  limiting  paragraphs   (7)-(9)  of  AS                                                               
16.15.100.   These paragraphs speak  to things that  ASMI already                                                               
SENATOR  STEVENS reminded  everyone  that  those paragraphs  were                                                               
included when the original domestic [language] was included.                                                                    
Number 0128                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE McGUIRE  moved to  report SCS  HB 390(RLS)  out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes.   There being  no objection,  SCS HB  390(RLS) was                                                               
reported from the Conference Committee on HB 390.                                                                               

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