Legislature(2005 - 2006)BELTZ 211

04/13/2005 01:30 PM COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS


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02:20:11 PM Start
02:21:05 PM SB161
02:57:49 PM SB120
03:31:47 PM Taxation of Mining Property; Contracts Approved by Municipalities for Payment in Lieu of Taxes
03:33:23 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
* SB 120 ELIMINATE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
Moved SB 120 Out of Committee
* SB 161 BOROUGH SALES TAX EXEMPTIONS
Heard & Held
Senate Bill:
TAXATION OF MINING PROPERTY; CONTRACTS
APPROVED BY MUNICIPALITIES FOR PAYMENT
IN LIEU OF TAXES
<Pending Introduction & Referral>
             SB 120-ELIMINATE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GARY STEVENS announced SB 120 to be up for consideration.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:57:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   DONALD   OLSON,   Sponsor,  paraphrased   the   sponsor                                                               
statement:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     I have  introduced this  bill because  of conversations                                                                    
     with   friends   and   constituents   questioning   the                                                                    
     necessity for the state of  Alaska to change our clocks                                                                    
     twice a  year for the  "leap forward" and  the "rolling                                                                    
     back" that marks Daylight Saving Time.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     The main  complaint that I  have heard  associated with                                                                    
     Daylight  Saving Time  is  the  disruption of  sleeping                                                                    
     habits.    There  have been  numerous  letters  to  the                                                                    
     editor  in  the Anchorage  Daily  news  over the  years                                                                    
     complaining   about   children    and   adults   having                                                                    
     difficulty adjusting to waking  up an hour earlier then                                                                    
     they  have for  6 months.   According  to the  National                                                                    
      Sleep Foundation there is a 7% increase in accidents                                                                      
     the day after Daylight Saving Time goes into effect.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     The other complaint most often  voiced is the annoyance                                                                    
     people  feel  towards the  changing  of  clocks in  the                                                                    
     households  and offices.   People  simply do  not enjoy                                                                    
     the  task  and  because   of  that  often  are  against                                                                    
     Daylight Saving Time.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
        I thank the committee for it's consideration and                                                                        
     respectfully I urge your support on Senate Bill 120.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:00:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BERT STEDMAN  commented the  history in  the packet  was                                                               
interesting. He  questioned how many time  zones Southeast Alaska                                                               
would differ from Seattle if this were to pass.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  OLSON  replied  under this  proposal,  Southeast  Alaska                                                               
would be  one hour different for  six months of the  year and two                                                               
hours different  the other six  months. People doing  business in                                                               
the Russian  Far East  and Asia  would be  an hour  closer, which                                                               
might be advantageous.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WAGONER said he was in favor of the change.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
RICH POOR,  Douglas resident, stated  opposition to the  bill and                                                               
asked the  committee to consider the  value of the extra  hour of                                                               
daylight at  the end of the  day. Also, Alaska does  a great deal                                                               
of business  with the  West Coast  and if Alaska  were to  be two                                                               
hours behind that region for seven  months a year, it wouldn't be                                                               
easier to do business.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He suggested it  would be beneficial keeping the  state on Alaska                                                               
Daylight  Time or  Pacific Standard  Time year  round for  summer                                                               
activities  and communication  with  Seattle. In  the winter  the                                                               
state would be  on Pacific Time and that  would benefit business.                                                               
He presented the  committee with his letter and  asked members to                                                               
give the  issue serious consideration.  Most people  aren't aware                                                               
of the bill, but there's bound to be a reaction if this passes.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:08:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GARY STEVENS  asked when it would get dark  in Southeast in                                                               
the summer if there were no Daylight Savings Time.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. POOR said  now gets dark at  about 10:00 pm in  Juneau and if                                                               
this passes  it would get  dark at about  9:00 pm. That  would be                                                               
tough for outdoor activities when August rolls around.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WAGONER commented that Mr.  Poor's suggestion was a novel                                                               
approach and he liked it.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:11:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK  NORRIS,  Anchorage  resident,  told members  he  sent  the                                                               
committee  a  version of  an  article  he  wrote for  the  Alaska                                                             
History  Journal   called  "Keeping  Time  in   Alaska;  National                                                             
Directives, Local Responses." A copy is in the bill file.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
He  offered  the  generalization  that because  Alaska  spans  60                                                               
degrees  on longitude  and 20  degrees of  latitude, there  is so                                                               
much ground to be  covered that no one will ever  be happy with a                                                               
time  zone arrangement  regardless  of the  structure. You  would                                                               
lose  political viability,  or  commercial  advantages with  West                                                               
Coast trading partners, or other difficulties would crop up.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:13:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GARY  STEVENS noted  Mr. Norris  is a  well-known historian                                                               
from Kodiak. He heard him say there is no best solution.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  NORRIS  said  that's correct,  the  rationale  is  different                                                               
depending on where you are in the state.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:14:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT WEBER, Mat-Su resident, stated support for SB 120.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:19:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LELAND  FISHBACK, Mat-Su  resident,  testified in  support of  SB
120.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PAULA RAK, Wrangell resident, spoke in opposition to SB 120.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:26:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LYNN WILLIS,  Eagle River resident,  testified in  strong support                                                               
of SB  120 and said  he testified  on similar legislation  in the                                                               
House.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GARY STEVENS asked for comments.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WAGONER said  he liked the suggestion  Mr. Poor presented                                                               
and he would like to hear from the sponsor.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:29:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR OLSON  explained that time  zones are  federally mandated                                                               
by  the Department  of Transportation.  States may  move forward,                                                               
but  it would  take  a  federal mandate  for  Alaska  to move  to                                                               
Pacific Standard Time.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:31:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GARY STEVENS asked for a motion.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WAGONER  motioned to  report SB  120 and  attached fiscal                                                               
notes  from  committee  with  individual  recommendations.  There                                                               
being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                                          

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