Legislature(2021 - 2022)BUTROVICH 205

04/26/2021 03:30 PM RESOURCES

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         SB 59-SALTWATER SPORTFISHING OPERATORS/GUIDES                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:59:56 PM  5:00:03                                                                                                           
CHAIR REVAK  announced the  consideration of  SENATE BILL  NO. 59                                                               
"An Act relating  to salt water sport fishing  operators and salt                                                               
water  sport  fishing  guides; and  providing  for  an  effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:00:17 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:00:51 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REVAK reconvened  the meeting  and asked  for a  motion to                                                               
adopt the committee substitute (CS).                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He advised that the CS  makes no substantive changes; it conforms                                                               
the  governor's  bill  to  Legislative  Legal  Services  drafting                                                               
conventions.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:01:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP moved  to adopt the work draft CS  for SB 59, work                                                               
order 32-GS1608\B.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:01:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK found no objection and version B was adopted.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:01:43 PM                                                                                                                    
DOUGLAS  VINCENT-LANG, Commissioner,  Alaska  Department of  Fish                                                               
and  Game,  Anchorage, Alaska,  reminded  the  members that  this                                                               
committee heard the bill last year  but did not act on it because                                                               
the legislature adjourned  early due to COVID-19.  He advised the                                                               
bill   reinstates  the   salt  water   licensing  and   reporting                                                               
requirements, but  does not reinstate  the fresh  water licensing                                                               
and reporting requirements.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  VINCENT-LANG explained  that the  legislature first                                                               
adopted the  sport fishing guide  and operator licenses  in 2003-                                                               
2004 and  these remained in  effect until the sunset  on December                                                               
31,  2014.  Both fresh  and  salt  water guides  initially  urged                                                               
passage of  the legislation as  a means of  professionalizing the                                                               
industry.   Just  the   salt   water   licensing  and   reporting                                                               
requirements  were reinstated  during  the 2015-2016  legislative                                                               
session with  a sunset of  2018. He  said the bridge  funding the                                                               
legislature provided after  the 2018 sunset is gone  and there is                                                               
no  legislation in  place  to collect  the fees  to  pay for  the                                                               
marine  log  book  program.   Nevertheless,  the  department  has                                                               
continued  the log  book program  under the  registration program                                                               
that was adopted through the Alaska Board of Fisheries.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:04:21 PM                                                                                                                    
COMMISSIONER VINCENT-LANG  stated the  log book data  is critical                                                               
to  fulfill  Pacific  Salmon Treaty  obligations  and  to  inform                                                               
decisions  by the  International  Halibut  Commission, the  North                                                               
Pacific Fishery  Management Council, and the  Board of Fisheries.                                                               
The  fees that  are  collected  will be  used  to manage  charter                                                               
fisheries in  Alaska that  contribute more  than $1.5  million to                                                               
the state's economy. He concluded  that the department sees SB 59                                                               
as a necessary tool to fund and manage salt water fisheries.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:05:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KAWASAKI  asked how  the  log  book program  was  funded                                                               
initially.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER  VINCENT-LANG explained  that the  program initially                                                               
was funded through the legislation  that licensed fresh water and                                                               
salt water  guides. When  the program  was reintroduced  for just                                                               
salt water,  the guide and  operator licensing fees paid  for the                                                               
log book program.  When that was sunset in  2018, the legislature                                                               
provided some  bridge funding for  the program. That  funding ran                                                               
out and the department is  now using department funds to continue                                                               
the log book program.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:06:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  KIEHL  asked if  there  was  any possibility  that  this                                                               
applies to bare boat charters.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMISSIONER VINCENT-LANG answered not at this time.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  REVAK  asked  Ms.  Hanke to  walk  through  the  sectional                                                               
analysis.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:06:56 PM                                                                                                                    
RACHEL  HANKE,   Legislative   Liaison,   Alaska  Department   of                                                               
Fish  and  Game,  Anchorage,  Alaska,  presented  the  sectional                                                                
analysis  for SB 59  [Original punctuation  provided]:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Section 1:                                                                                                                    
Establishes license fees for saltwater guides and operators.                                                                    
   • Guide license-$200                                                                                                         
   • Operator license-$400                                                                                                      
   • Operator and guide combined license-$400                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Section 2:                                                                                                                    
AS 16.40.262-provides  stipulations for  the salt  water operator                                                               
license and defines the license type.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Section 3:                                                                                                                    
AS 16.40.272-provides stipulations for  the salt water guides and                                                               
combined license and defines both license types.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Section  4: AS  16.40.282-establishes reporting  requirements for                                                             
salt water guides and operators.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Section 5:                                                                                                                    
AS 16.40.292-establishes penalties for violations the chapter.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Section 6:                                                                                                                    
AS 16.40.301-defines "saltwater sport fishing guide" and "salt                                                                  
water sport fishing guide services."                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Section 7:                                                                                                                    
Adds salt water sportfishing operator and guide license to AS                                                                   
25.27.244(s)(2) which defines "license."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Section 8:                                                                                                                    
Effective date of January 1, 2022                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:08:54 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REVAK announced  he  would  hold SB  59 in  committee  for                                                               
further  consideration.                                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 113 Letter of Support 6 Development Associations.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 113
SB 113 Sponsor Statement 4.7.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 113
SB 113 Supporting Docutment Excerpt from 2019 LegFin IndirectExpenditureReport.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 113
SB 125 Sectional Analysis 04.19.2021.pdf HRES 5/12/2021 1:00:00 PM
SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 125
SB 125 Sponsor Statement 04.19.2021.pdf HRES 5/12/2021 1:00:00 PM
SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 125
SB 59 CS SRES B.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 59
SB59 Sectional Analysis 2.3.21.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 59
SB59 Supporting Doc - Logbook Use Summary 2.3.21.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 59
SB 59 Legal Memo 4.22.21.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 59
SB59 Transmittal Letter 01.28.21.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 59
SB 110 Fiscal Note.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 110 Additional Document ADN Article 3.28.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 110 Sectional Analysis version A.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 110 CVEA Vegetation Management Draft 4.14.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 110 Support Letter APA 4.8.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 110 Support Letter GVEA 4.14.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 110 Sponsor Statement version A.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 110 Supporting Document Electric Utility Liability Information 4.1.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB110 Support Letter CVEA 4.9.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 110 Vegetation Management 101 Slides 4.26.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 110
SB 59 CS SRES Summary of Changes Version B.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
SB 59