Legislature(2017 - 2018)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

03/28/2017 03:30 PM COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

Note: the audio and video recordings are distinct records and are obtained from different sources. As such there may be key differences between the two. The audio recordings are captured by our records offices as the official record of the meeting and will have more accurate timestamps. Use the icons to switch between them.

Download Mp3. <- Right click and save file as
Download Video part 1. <- Right click and save file as

* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 18 RACE CLASSICS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ SJR 4 AK LEGALLY ACQUIRED IVORY USE EXEMPTION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 8 ENFORCEMENT OF FOREIGN PROTECTIVE ORDERS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
                      HB  18-RACE CLASSICS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:22:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  BISHOP called  the  meeting back  to  order and  announced                                                               
consideration of HB 18.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:22:59 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  DANIEL ORTIZ,  Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, sponsor of HB 18, introduced himself.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH BOLLING,  staff to Representative Daniel  Ortiz, Alaska                                                               
State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, introduced herself.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ORTIZ said  HB 18  is a  simple, straight-forward                                                               
race classics bill.  While it is simple  and straight-forward, it                                                               
is  also  necessary for  the  Ketchikan  Chamber of  Commerce  to                                                               
obtain a  race classic permit  as the  term "race classic"  is so                                                               
narrowly  defined in  statute  as  to provide  only  for the  Mt.                                                               
Marathon race classic held by the Seward Chamber of Commerce.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The  Ketchikan  Chamber  of  Commerce also  has  an  interest  in                                                               
obtaining a  race classic permit  for a  human race, the  Race to                                                               
Alaska,  which is  a non-motorized  boat race  beginning in  Port                                                               
Townsend, Washington,  and ending in  Ketchikan, Alaska. It  is a                                                               
750-mile race, and  the idea of attaching this to  a race classic                                                               
permit  will allow  the Ketchikan  Chamber  of Commerce  to do  a                                                               
little  fundraising by  providing the  opportunity for  people to                                                               
wager on the  exact day, hour, minute, and second  of the arrival                                                               
of the first-place boat.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:25:14 PM                                                                                                                    
BILL  SWIFT, Executive  Director,  Greater  Ketchikan Chamber  of                                                               
Commerce,  Ketchikan,   Alaska,  said  the   Chamber  unanimously                                                               
supports  HB  18. Their  research  has  determined that  specific                                                               
legislative authorization  is necessary  to have a  race classic,                                                               
and HB 18  gives the Ketchikan Chamber of  Commerce permission to                                                               
conduct a  charitable community  fund raiser  of this  type based                                                               
around  the Race  to Alaska  by including  this event  within the                                                               
state's  existing definition  of a  "race classic."  It specifies                                                               
that this  event would be  administered by the  Ketchikan Chamber                                                               
of Commerce.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The tradition of  classics is a fun and common  form of Alaskana,                                                               
and a great many non-profit  entities throughout Alaska have been                                                               
given  permission  by the  legislature  to  conduct classic  fund                                                               
raisers of this  type: dog mushers, rain  classics, fish derbies,                                                               
moose derbies, and goose and canned salmon classics.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. SWIFT  said there is  a strong  precedent for the  Chamber to                                                               
host  events of  this  type.  Similar events  are  hosted by  the                                                               
Chamber  organizations  for  Juneau,  Fairbanks,  Kenai,  Seward,                                                               
Petersburg, Delta, and  Big Lake. He thanked  the legislature for                                                               
taking time  to consider their  request for what is  a relatively                                                               
small administrative change  that is necessary and  does not cost                                                               
the state anything.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:28:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHELSEA  GOUCHER,  Vice  President, Ketchikan  Chamber  Board  of                                                               
Directors,  Ketchikan, Alaska,  wholeheartedly  supported HB  18.                                                               
She  related  that  she  is  currently  employed  as  an  account                                                               
representative for Alaska  Marine Lines, but in the  past she was                                                               
employed  by  the  Ketchikan Chamber  of  Commerce  as  executive                                                               
director. Representative  Ortiz's bill would allow  the Ketchikan                                                               
Chamber   of   Commerce  to   raise   money   by  operating   and                                                               
administering  a  race  classic  with   a  gaming  permit  as  is                                                               
currently  done by  the Seward  Chamber with  the Mount  Marathon                                                               
Race Classic.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. COUCHER said she also  supports Mr. Swift's letter of support                                                               
adding that the  monies it generates can be  put towards projects                                                               
the Ketchikan  Chamber of Commerce  has undertaken  recently such                                                               
as  workforce  development  initiatives, economic  and  community                                                               
development  programs, lighting  of the  town Christmas  tree and                                                               
the July  4th parade,  employee wellness  training, informational                                                               
programs,  networking  events  to encourage  a  vibrant  economy,                                                               
assistance  to new  and  developing  businesses, hosting  special                                                               
programs  such   as  the   Ketchikan  Marine   Industry  Council,                                                               
fostering   the  Ketchikan   Young  Professionals   Network,  and                                                               
advocating  for  a sound  business  plan  for Ketchikan  and  the                                                               
entire  state, as  well as  doing close  work with  organizations                                                               
like Southeast Conference, the Alaska  Chamber, the Alaska Forest                                                               
Association, and the Alaska  Miners Association. These activities                                                               
are  self-funded  by the  Chamber  which  relies on  very  little                                                               
government money or  grants and depends primarily  on member dues                                                               
and fund-raisers to function.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She  said  HB  18  would   help  sustain  these  efforts  despite                                                               
decreases elsewhere  in the community, state,  and local funding.                                                               
In fact,  a race  classic would likely  attract outside  money as                                                               
racers, families and friends, sports  fans, and residents of Port                                                               
Townsend, and the race's community of  origin can buy a chance to                                                               
win this newest of race classics.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:30:55 PM                                                                                                                    
JASON CUSTER,  member, Ketchikan Chamber of  Commerce, Ketchikan,                                                               
Alaska, supported  HB 18.  He agreed with  comments by  Mr. Swift                                                               
and Ms. Goucher. He said the  Chamber is probably the largest and                                                               
most  diverse  non-profit  organization  in  Ketchikan  with  274                                                               
members.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
The benefits of  HB 18 to their organization  and community would                                                               
include  providing  a  new source  of  locally  generated,  self-                                                               
generated revenue  for community projects, which  otherwise would                                                               
not be  present. It supports  community development  and economic                                                               
development  activities  and  programs.   HB  18  will  help  get                                                               
Alaskans and  residents of  Ketchikan excited  about contributing                                                               
to  community projects  and initiatives,  promoting a  culture of                                                               
community giving  and self-sufficiency.  This would not  cost the                                                               
state  anything,  but  creates  a   new  source  of  funding  for                                                               
community projects and initiatives.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CUSTER said  numerous Chambers  around the  state have  been                                                               
given  the  ability  to  administer  similar  programs  including                                                               
Juneau, Fairbanks, Petersburg, and Seward.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:33:15 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEDMAN said  HB 18 is a  good idea. This race  is a good                                                               
way  for a  community to  generate money  and also  have fun.  He                                                               
noted that  this one-sentence  bill is the  shortest he  has seen                                                               
and it has a zero fiscal note, too.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON referred to the  games of chance and contest of                                                               
skills  statute and  said it  seems  that an  entire chapter  was                                                               
created  to say  okay to  gaming  one issue  at a  time, and  she                                                               
wondered, given the current recession  the state is in and folks,                                                               
non-profits  specifically, trying  to  work  for themselves,  why                                                               
they should continue  to have one agency and one  non-profit at a                                                               
time come  forward to  ask for permission  to do  something which                                                               
requires years  of advance planning.  Because as  she understands                                                               
it, they still  have to comply with the same  rules. Is there any                                                               
reason the door was not opened wider? Are they just complying                                                                   
with this past practice for all the individual requests?                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ORTIZ replied that they are just complying with                                                                  
past practice.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BISHOP found no further comments and closed public                                                                        
testimony. He held HB 18 in committee to await Senator                                                                          
MacKinnon's amendment.                                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB018 Sponsor Statement 02.16.17.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB018 Sectional Analysis 02.16.17.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB018 02.16.17.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB018 Fiscal Note 2.3.17.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB 018 Supporting Document - Letter Goucher 02.16.17.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB 018 Supporting Document - Seward Chamber of Commerce 02.16.17.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB018 Supporting Document-Chamber Flyer 01.20.17.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 18
HB018 Supporting Document-Chamber Letter 01.20.17.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 18
SJR 4, Sponsor Statement.PDF SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, Version D.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, Walrus Subsistence Numbers.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, Hearing Request Memo.PDF SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, Invited Testimony.PDF SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, California Statutes.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, Community and Organization Resolutions.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, Hawaii Statutes.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, Letter of Support.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, MMPA Section 101.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, MMPA Section 109.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, New Jersey Statutes.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4
SJR 4, New York Statutes.pdf SCRA 3/28/2017 3:30:00 PM
SJR 4