Legislature(2019 - 2020)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

03/21/2019 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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01:30:10 PM Start
01:31:58 PM Confirmation Hearing(s):
01:36:15 PM SB65
01:41:35 PM SB66
01:53:44 PM SB69
02:25:32 PM Confirmation Hearing(s)
02:39:06 PM SJR8
02:48:45 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointees: TELECONFERENCED
- Workers' Compensation Board - Chuck Collins,
Sarah Lefebvre
- Board of Physical Therapy & Occupational
Therapy - Dr. Enlow Walker
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 69 EXEMPT CHARITABLE GAMING FROM PERMIT/FEES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
*+ SJR 8 U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT ON TRADE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-Invited Testimony Followed by Public Testimony-
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 65 DEPT. OF LABOR: TECHNICAL ED. PROGRAMS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 65 Out of Committee
+= SB 66 LABOR STANDARDS/SAFETY; WORKER COMP. TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 66 Out of Committee
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
          SJR 8-U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA AGREEMENT ON TRADE                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:39:06 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REINBOLD reconvened  the meeting.  She announced  that the                                                               
final  order  of  business   would  be  SJR  8-U.S.-MEXICO-CANADA                                                               
AGREEMENT ON TRADE.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:39:36 PM                                                                                                                    
ERIN  MCLAUGHLIN,  Intern,  Senator Mia  Costello,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  said that she  is an intern in  the Senator                                                               
Ted Stevens  Legislative Internship  Program working  for Senator                                                               
Costello.  She introduced SJR 8 speaking to the following                                                                       
prepared statement.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
   • Thank you,  Madam  Chair   and  Labor   and  Commerce                                                                      
     Committee members                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
   • For the record name                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
   • I am here today to present Senator  Costello's Senate                                                                      
     Joint Resolution No. 8                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
   • Two goals to the resolution                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
        1. to encourage the federal gov. to ratify the New North                                                                
          American  Free  Trade  Agreement,  New  NAFTA,  or  the                                                               
          United States  Mexico Canada Agreement, USMCA.  For the                                                               
          purpose of this  hearing I will refer  to the agreement                                                               
          as the New NAFTA.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
        2. While the resolution does support the New NAFTA, it is                                                               
          against the 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent                                                                
          tariff on aluminum                                                                                                    
2:40:30 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCLAUGHLIN continued.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
   • In November after more than  a year  of negotiations,                                                                      
        the United States, Canada and Mexico reached an                                                                       
       agreement to update the North American Free Trade                                                                      
     Agreement                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
   • which governs more than $1.2 trillion worth  of trade                                                                      
     among the three nations                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
   • The new deal won't go into effect right away. Most of                                                                      
     the key provisions don't start until 2020                                                                                  
   • This is because leaders from the three countries have                                                                      
     to sign it                                                                                                                 
   • then Congress and  the  legislatures  in  Canada  and                                                                      
     Mexico have to approve it, a process that is expected                                                                      
     to take months.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:41:03 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCLAUGHLIN emphasized that the agreement was not yet                                                                        
ratified. She continued:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
   • Madam Chair let me illustrate the vital importance of                                                                      
     Senator Costello's Joint Resolution today                                                                                  
   • The New NAFTA  would  play an  important  role  on  a                                                                      
     growing part of Alaska's economy                                                                                           
   • While there are numerous provisions to the 1994 NAFTA                                                                      
     there  is one  area of  the New  NAFTA that  supports a                                                                    
     growing sector in Alaska                                                                                                   
   o Intellectual property                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
   • Senate Joint Resolution No. 8 supports the  New NAFTA                                                                      
     since  it brings  the trade  agreement into  the modern                                                                    
     era                                                                                                                        
   o It  brings  protections  for  patents  and  trademarks,                                                                    
     which  includes biotech,  financial  services and  even                                                                    
     domain names                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
   • Alaska hosts a variety of programs and institutions that                                                                   
     enable the growth of innovation and entrepreneurship, which                                                                
     positions the state to compete in the global economy.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
   • One of   those   institutions  is   the   Office   of                                                                      
     Intellectual  Property and  Commercialization which  is                                                                    
     one of the University of Alaska Research Centers.                                                                          
   o dedicated to  the development and  commercialization of                                                                    
     intellectual   property,   research  and   development,                                                                    
     ability to conduct sponsored research                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:42:26 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCLAUGHLIN continued:                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
   • Madam Chair while the resolution does support the New                                                                      
     NAFTA it is against the tariffs on steel and aluminum                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
   • On March 1, 2018 the federal administration announced                                                                      
     that  the US  would be  imposing 25  percent tariff  on                                                                    
     steel  and  a  10  percent tariff  on  aluminum,  which                                                                    
     Mexico and Canada would be granted waivers for                                                                             
   •                                                                                                                            
   o However, they were later imposed on Canada and Mexico                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
   • This resulted in retaliatory tariffs, which  would be                                                                      
     lifted as soon as the US removes their imposed tariffs                                                                     
   •                                                                                                                            
2:43:19 PM                                                                                                                    
MS. MCLAUGHLIN continued.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
   • The United States relationship with Canada is vital to                                                                     
     the Alaskan economy                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
   • According to a study commissioned by the Embassy of Canada,                                                                
     21,300  Alaskan jobs  depend on  trade  and investment  with                                                               
     Canada                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
   • In 2017, Alaska exported $707 million dollars to Canada,                                                                   
     $331 million of which was  metal, according to the office of                                                               
     United States Trade Representative                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
   • The trade Representative also reports that Canada imports                                                                  
     $16 million in Iron and  steel tubes, pipes, and sheets from                                                               
     Alaska.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
   • The tariffs on steel and aluminum harm the industry and                                                                    
     workers  on  both   sides  of  the  Canada-   US  border  by                                                               
     disrupting supply chains                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
   • Senator Costello has reached out to the Alaskan                                                                            
     Congressional  Delegation. U.S.  Senator Sullivan  said that                                                               
     he supports  the ratification of  the New NAFTA and  he also                                                               
     is against the tariffs on steel and aluminum.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
   • Once again Madam Chair thank you for the opportunity to                                                                    
     present Senator Costello's Senate  Joint Resolution No. 8 to                                                               
     the Labor and Commerce Committee                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:44:35 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP complimented her on the excellent delivery. He                                                                   
said he was proud of her.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON echoed Senator Bishop's comments.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:45:38 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REINBOLD opened public testimony on SJR 8.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REINBOLD reviewed committee announcements.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:46:59 PM                                                                                                                    
MATTHEW   MORRISON,  Chief   Executive  Officer   (CEO),  Pacific                                                               
NorthWest   Economic  Region,   Seattle,   stated  that   Senator                                                               
Murkowski  estimated that  the aluminum  and steel  tariffs would                                                               
increase the  proposed natural gas  pipeline by $500  million. He                                                               
urged members  to support  SJR 8.  He commended  Ms. McLaughlin's                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:47:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COSTELLO commended  Ms.  McLaughlin's presentation.  She                                                               
said her  performance is a testament  to the value of  the intern                                                               
program,  in which  university students  have the  opportunity to                                                               
serve as full-fledged  staffers in the legislature.  She said she                                                               
strongly supports the program.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  REINBOLD held  SJR 8  in committee  with public  testimony                                                               
open.                                                                                                                           

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
L&C Physical Therapy Resume - Walker.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
L&C Workers Compensation Resume - Collins.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
L&C Workers Compensation Resume - LeFebvre.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SB 69 Version A.PDF SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SB 69
SB 69 Transmittal Letter - 02.21.19 President Giessel.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SB 69
SB 69 FN SB69-DOR-TAX-3-20-2019.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SB 69
SJR 8 Ver. A.PDF SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 8
SJR 8 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 8
SJR 8 Supporting Document - GDP and Trade AK 2017.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 8
SJR 8 Supporting Document - june_13_-_pnwer_press_release_on_tariffs_-_for_immediate_release.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 8
SJR 8 Supporting Document - Proposed USMCA Trade Agreement (1).pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 8
SJR8 Support Letter.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 8
SJR 8 Supporting Document - Alaska - Canada trade.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 8
SJR 8 Supporting Document - Alaska USMCA.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SJR 8
SB 65 SB 66 DOLWD Responses to Committee Questions from (S) L&C hearing on 03.19.19.pdf SL&C 3/21/2019 1:30:00 PM
SB 65
SB 66