Legislature(2021 - 2022)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

05/10/2021 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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Moved HB 192 Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
Moved SB 137 Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled to 05/14/2021>
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
           HB 192-AK REG ECON ASSIST. PROGRAM; EXTEND                                                                       
1:30:55 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO announced  the consideration  of  HOUSE BILL  NO.                                                               
192,  "An  Act  extending  the termination  date  of  the  Alaska                                                               
regional  economic  assistance  program;  and  providing  for  an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
1:32:06 PM                                                                                                                    
}RIVER  RAMUGLIA,  Staff  to Re4p.  Kreiss-Tomkins*  In  Room*  {                                                               
reauthorizes   for  an additional  10  years. He  is reading  his                                                               
1:32:33 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS joined the meeting.                                                                                             
CHAIR COSTELLO sectional of the bill                                                                                            
1:34:40 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. RAMUGLIA discussed the sections of the bill                                                                                 
CHAIR  COSTELLO support  the work  of ARDORS.  She asked  for the                                                               
reason that the extension is 10 years.                                                                                          
MR. RAMUGLIA suggested the experts answer                                                                                       
1:36:28 PM                                                                                                                    
}SHIRLEY  MARQUARDT,  Fairbanks  North Star  Borough*  Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska* {   focus  on 10  years.    Important to  understand that                                                               
each is  unique and  each has an  economic driver.  Each develops                                                               
its own The  plans and designs are a road  map. They are required                                                               
by the federal government. Projects  are sometimes long term b To                                                               
provide  a   four  year  plan   She  explained  the   reason  for                                                               
reauthorizing for 10 years rather  than shorter timeframe. If the                                                               
legislature  wishes  to  reshape     it  needs  to  be  with  the                                                               
understanding  that   She strongly  urged      to avoid  regional                                                               
1:41:11 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS should additional  funds become available are you                                                               
MS. MARQUARDT answered  yes, but would take time  to put together                                                               
a program that is relevant for the region and                                                                                   
SENATOR STEVENS thanks and appreciate                                                                                           
1:42:20 PM                                                                                                                    
}ROBERT  VENABLES,  Executive  Director  SE  Conference*  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska* Testified in  support of HB 192.{ They  create long range                                                               
strategies. Are ready to assist  the Governor and the legislature                                                               
He explained that    often 20-30 years in  the future. During the                                                               
last reauthorization there was talk about    The evidence is that                                                               
ARDORS     This administration  is  very engaged  with the  ARDOR                                                               
program, he said. The program is working well.                                                                                  
CHAIR  COSTELLO   appreciated  that  each  is   region  specific.                                                               
Appreciate the local involvement.                                                                                               
1:46:23 PM                                                                                                                    
}TIM  DILLON,  Executive  Director of  Kenai  Peninsula  Economic                                                               
Development  District  (KPEDD)*  Kenai,   Alaska*  {  is  a  non-                                                               
government  resource     Every  grant   comes  with  a   list  of                                                               
deliverables that are less expensive  For example   and leveraged                                                               
it    KPEDD  has a 30  acre facility  that is incubating      and                                                               
areas that do not have an  ARDOR.  $49.6 million Talked about the                                                               
financial resiliency program.  He didn't believe there  is a more                                                               
1:49:56 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS asked what projects with Alaska CARES                                                                           
MR. DILLON  they worked to let  people know how to  apply for the                                                               
funds.  Commercial  fishermen  usually  do not  have  a  business                                                               
license so  they were not  eligible for the funding.  Also worked                                                               
closely with AIDEA  He cited examples from Homer.                                                                               
SENATOR STEVENS well done.                                                                                                      
CHAIR COSTELLO  appreciate your commitment. Heard  the same thing                                                               
in Anchorage and                                                                                                                
CHAIR  COSTELLO  listed  the   individuals  available  to  answer                                                               
1:53:54 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON asked if other ARDORS receive local grants.                                                                
MR.  DILLON  we  have  a   $1,000,000  contract  with  the  Kenai                                                               
Peninsula Borough.  It is in a  grant form but has  some required                                                               
deliverables including     and on  May 17  will defend  what they                                                               
intend to do                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GRAY-JACKSON works that way in Anchorage.                                                                               
1:56:09 PM                                                                                                                    
}ROBERT  VENABLES,  Executive  Director  SE  Conference*  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska* { answered her question                                                                                                 
1:56:55 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE joined the committee.                                                                                          
SENATOR STEVENS asked Ms. Marquardt to respond                                                                                  
MS. MARQUARDT  said SWAMSI is  membership organization  and raise                                                               
half from  those fees. The  other portion  is a $75,000  EDAWe do                                                               
not take grants                                                                                                                 
CHAIR  COSTELLO advised  that  Wednesday  these individuals  will                                                               
present to the committee.                                                                                                       
1:58:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony on HB 192.                                                                               
1:58:51 PM                                                                                                                    
}BRITANY  Special Assistant  SMART, Fairbanks  Northstar Borough*                                                               
Fairbanks,  Alaska*  { each  is  separate.  Borough has  economic                                                               
development  powers  and  provide  grants  to  other    Requested                                                               
support for passing the bill.                                                                                                   
2:00:05 PM                                                                                                                    
}KRISTINE  CARPENTER, Prince  William Sound  Economic Development                                                               
District*  Cordova,  Alaska* Testified  in  support  of HB  192.{                                                               
Provided examples of what they  did with CARES funding. Contacted                                                               
over  600 businesses.  300  received over  $     Work to  develop                                                               
partnerships to do projects that could not do alone. The                                                                        
Working on regional  solutions for ferry service.  Working on the                                                               
outdoor    We're the data  keepers for the region.  Responding to                                                               
Senator Gray-Jackson, she said they    but each ARDOR is required                                                               
to raise   to leverage                                                                                                          
}KRISTINE  CARPENTER, Prince  William Sound  Economic Development                                                               
District* Cordova, Alaska* {                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO                                                                                                                  
2:03:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO closed public testim                                                                                             
2:04:02 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR REVAK  moved to report  HB 192, work from  committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  attached  fiscal note(s).  There                                                               
being no objection, was reported from the .                                                                                     
CHAIR COSTELLO  found no objection  and HB 192 was  reported from                                                               
the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                               

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 137 Sponsor Statement 5.10.21.pdf SL&C 5/10/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 137
SB 137 Fiscal Note 2360.pdf SL&C 5/10/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 137
SB 137 Supporting Document - DCCED Board of Midwives Sunset Review.pdf SL&C 5/10/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 137
SB 137 Supporting Document - Midwifery in AK.pdf SL&C 5/10/2021 1:30:00 PM
SB 137