Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205
04/13/2015 03:30 PM RESOURCES
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SB 101-STATE PARKS FEES & SALES OF MERCHANDISE CHAIR GIESSEL announced consideration of SB 101. SENATOR COSTELLO moved to adopt the work draft CSSB 101 ( ), labeled 29-GS1040\W, as the working document. CHAIR GIESSEL objected for discussion purposes. BEN ELLIS, Director, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Anchorage, Alaska, asked for a copy of the new committee substitute (CS). 4:03:29 PM AKIS GIALOPSOS, staff to Senator Giessel, Alaska State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, explained that the changes in the CS to SB 101 reflect a deletion of sections 2 and 3 of the prior working document. Those sections enabled the DNR to engage in the procurement and sale of merchandise for a cost and a sale price that would be in excess of the department's cost. This bill clarifies the ambiguity that Senator Wielechowski asked for of whether or not it is legal to procure a rental of a public cabin or parking permit through electronic means rather than just within a park unit as is currently in statute. CHAIR GIESSEL removed her objection and finding no further objections said that version W is adopted. SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI thanked the director for supplying that language change and asked if the department selling merchandise is being taken out of the bill. MR. ELLIS answered that was correct. SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said he thought the fundamental reason the division asked for the change is because they wanted to sell merchandise. MR. ELLIS responded that was correct, also. The original purpose of the bill was to raise revenue through another revenue stream outside of fee increases. In that research they noticed a technical amendment was needed to update the statute up to current uses of the internet. 4:06:10 PM Concerns have been stated about the government being in the business of business and another model was suggested that was much closer to the Alaska Grown model. The Division of Agriculture does not have the statutory authority to sell Alaska Grown anything, although they have the trademark. It is used judiciously through non-profits. A non-profit has a series of requirements to meet before the Alaska Grown trademark can be applied. The director said they did not receive any revenue from it. So, he asked the chair if he could look at another model than the South Carolina model (that made over $2.7 million over what the program cost). CHAIR GIESSEL said it seems like this is something he would like to do as soon as possible and that is why she felt that breaking the bill up would let further research be done. SENATOR STOLTZE said it's not his intent to throw a wet blanket over the good intentions of this division, but he had real trepidations about the state trying to set up a retail business. MR. ELLIS said he wanted to bring the very best revenue enhancing sources that he can and he had not looked at other models as closely as this one, and he will be back with a lot more information on other models. CHAIR GIESSEL removed her objection and finding no further objections said that version W of [CSSB 101 ( )] is adopted. 4:11:28 PM SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI said he was compelled to thank Mr. Ellis and told him to please come back. He supported the section that was taken out. 4:12:31 PM SENATOR MICCICHE said he was also disappointed and applauded him for bringing it forward and hoped it could be worked out. CHAIR GIESSEL opened public testimony and finding none, closed it. SENATOR COSTELLO moved to report CSSB 101(RES), version W, from committee with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s). There were no objections and it was so ordered.