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04/17/2016 01:30 PM RESOURCES

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01:30:33 PM Start
01:30:52 PM HJR28
01:41:21 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+ HJR 28 OPPOSING GM SALMON TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHJR 28(RES) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
                   HJR 28-OPPOSING GM SALMON                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:30:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GIESSEL announced consideration of CSHJR 28(FSH). [version                                                                
29-LS1213\H was before the committee.]                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:31:31 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GERAN  TARR,  Alaska State  Legislature,  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, sponsor of HJR 28, presented the resolution.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
THATCHER  BROWER,  Staff  to Representative  Geran  Tarr,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, introduced himself.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR said  everyone is familiar with  the issue of                                                               
genetically  modified  salmon.  The first  piece  of  legislation                                                               
passed in  2005 required labelling  at the state level.  This has                                                               
been a universally  opposed proposal by Alaskans.  In 2013, prior                                                               
to approval, the legislature  joined the congressional delegation                                                               
in speaking up  against it. Unfortunately, on  November 19, 2015,                                                               
the  Federal  Drug   Administration  (FDA)  approved  genetically                                                               
modified  salmon. Since  then  the  congressional delegation  has                                                               
been leading the charge in  fighting it and asking for additional                                                               
requirements,  particularly related  to labelling.  More recently                                                               
lawsuits were filed  in Canada and in the United  States; so this                                                               
is not a done deal.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
She  said   the  potential  impacts   to  Alaska's   economy  are                                                               
concerning.  The  commercial  fishing  industry  is  the  largest                                                               
private  sector  employer  bringing   in  more  than  $6  billion                                                               
annually. Also,  wild Alaska salmon  are integral to  our Alaskan                                                               
way of  life. Hopefully, this  resolution gives our  delegation a                                                               
little fuel  to add to the  fire so the delegation  can say their                                                               
state stands strongly behind them.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TARR  noted many supporting letters  and documents                                                               
from major fishing groups and  retailers that are concerned about                                                               
this issue.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:33:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI joined the committee.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:33:48 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE TARR also  noted that approval was  done under the                                                               
1938 Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act  as a veterinary drug. The U.S.                                                               
lawsuit  challenges the  FDA saying  their  authority was  really                                                               
meant for testing  drugs used in livestock to  resist and prevent                                                               
disease  not to  approve genetically  modified animals  for human                                                               
consumption. This  is the  first time they  have ever  approved a                                                               
genetically modified animal for human consumption.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STOLTZE joined the committee                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:35:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR GIESSEL noted  a correction saying they are  hearing HJR 28                                                               
not  HJR 29  as  she  stated at  the  beginning  of the  meeting.                                                               
Finding no  further questions, she  opened public  testimony, and                                                               
finding none, closed it.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR   STOLTZE  said   that   the   FDA-related  Food   Safety                                                               
Modernization Act has  been a difficult issue  for smaller Alaska                                                               
farmers.  Alaska is  classified as  Tier  5 by  volume of  farms,                                                               
which throws it in the same  category as Rhode Island and some of                                                               
the other small states.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
In speaking  to the  farmers, including the  new director  of the                                                               
Division  of Agriculture,  Senator Stoltze  said they  are asking                                                               
the federal government to put Alaska  into Tier 4, because of its                                                               
logistical    challenges   and    non-connectivity.   He    asked                                                               
Representative Tarr  if she  felt that  was consistent  with this                                                               
FDA issue, if he were to offer an amendment.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:36:30 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  TARR  agreed if  they  think  broadly about  food                                                               
security issues in  Alaska that it would fit well  with this as a                                                               
communication to the federal government,  and specifically to the                                                               
people at the FDA.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:36:46 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STOLTZE moved Conceptual Amendment 1.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL objected for purposes of discussion.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STOLTZE  said his staff,  Daniel George, had  worked with                                                               
the Division  of Agriculture,  and the  discussion would  be more                                                               
complete with him.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:37:12 PM                                                                                                                    
DANIEL  GEORGE,  staff  to Senator  Bill  Stoltze,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, said the conceptual  amendment does                                                               
three things.  First, it puts  the "WHEREAS"  on page 3,  line 3,                                                               
relating  to   the  delay   of  the   confirmation  of   the  FDA                                                               
commissioner in  the past tense. That  commissioner was confirmed                                                               
by the  Senate 89 to  4 on February 24.  So, it just  deletes the                                                               
word "has".                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Second, the amendment  adds two WHEREAS's and  a FURTHER RESOLVED                                                               
on page 3, following lines 5 and  8. It talks about how Alaska is                                                               
classified  as   Tier  5  for   purposes  of   appropriation  and                                                               
compliance with  the Food Safety  Modernization Act.  They talked                                                               
with  the  director of  the  Division  of Agriculture  about  the                                                               
concern that Alaska  is not a state where one  can simply go from                                                               
one  end  to  the  other  in  one day  and  it  also  has  fiscal                                                               
challenges.  The division  asked them  to  do all  they could  to                                                               
assist in making this change.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Finally, Mr. George pointed out that  on page 3, line 20, the FDA                                                               
no longer has an acting commissioner  as he is now confirmed, and                                                               
this corrects that.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GIESSEL  removed  her  objection  and  asked  for  further                                                               
discussion.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  COSTELLO  asked  if  this   results  in  Alaska  getting                                                               
additional federal funding.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:39:22 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  STOLTZE  replied  that  it could  potentially  get  more                                                               
funding,  and   going  to  Tier   4  recognizes   the  compliance                                                               
difficulties  as  well. It  puts  Alaska  into a  category  where                                                               
optimally  there   would  be  more   than  just  money   for  the                                                               
inspections but at  a higher threshold of  understanding. He said                                                               
there is  also a new  Speaker of the  House and Secretary  of the                                                               
U.S. Senate that might need to be corrected as well.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GIESSEL  finding  no  further  objection,  announced  that                                                               
Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:40:39 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STOLTZE  moved HJR  28, as  amended, from  committee with                                                               
individual recommendations  and zero  fiscal note(s).  There were                                                               
no objections and SCS CSHJR 28(RES) moved from committee.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR GIESSEL thanked Representative Tarr for the resolution.                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HJR28 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 ver H.PDF SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Summary of Changes ver A to ver H.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document - Letter Alaska Glacier Seafoods 4-11-16.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document - Letter Alaska Salmon Alliance 4-2-2016.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document - Letter Alaska Seafood Company 3-31-16.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document - Letter Alaska Trollers Association 3.26.16.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document - Letter Cordova District Fishermen United 3-31-16.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document - Letter Jerry's Meats and Seafoods, Inc 4-5-2016.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document - Letter Pickled Willys 3-25-16.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Article Alaska Dispatch News Article 11-19-2015.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Article conservationmagazine.org 5-28-13.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Article New York Times 11-19-2015.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Background Representative Tarr 4-13-2015.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Letter Denny Kay Weathers.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Letter Petersburg Vessel Owner's Association 2-3-2016.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Letter Southeast Alaska Fishermen's Alliance 2-4-2016.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Letter United Fishermen of Alaska 2-3-2016.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Letter United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters 2-2-2016.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Letter Wayne Jenkins 4-7-2016.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28
HJR28 Supporting Document-Opinion Juneau Empire 12-16-2016.pdf SRES 4/17/2016 1:30:00 PM
HJR 28