Legislature(2021 - 2022)BUTROVICH 205

04/26/2021 03:30 PM RESOURCES

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*+ SB 110 ELECTRIC UTILITY LIABILITY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
*+ SB 113 EXTEND FISHERY RESOURCE LAND. TAX CREDIT TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 113 Out of Committee
-- Invited & Public Testimony --
*+ SB 125 HUNTING PERMITS: TRANSFERABILITY TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 125(RES) Out of Committee
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            SB 125-HUNTING PERMITS: TRANSFERABILITY                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:18:38 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK  announced the consideration  of SENATE BILL  NO. 125                                                               
"An  Act relating  to  the transferability  of  hunts awarded  by                                                               
drawing; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:19:07 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  NATASHA  VON  IMHOF,  speaking as  sponsor  of  SB  125,                                                               
explained the legislation came about  due to a constituent, Chase                                                               
Bowerson,  who applied  for a  2021  moose tag  that was  awarded                                                               
about  a  month  after  his  tragic death.  His  mother  and  the                                                               
executor of  the estate contacted  the Alaska Department  of Fish                                                               
and  Game (ADF&G)  to let  them know  of her  son's death  and to                                                               
request  the tag  be transferred  to a  proxy hunter.  The family                                                               
wanted  to do  the  hunt in  his honor.  The  request was  denied                                                               
because  current  statute   does  not  allow  a   proxy  in  this                                                               
situation. SB 125 changes that  part of the statute. She deferred                                                               
further introduction to Mr. Harbison.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:20:36 PM                                                                                                                    
INTIMAYO  HARBISON,  Staff,  Senator Natasha  von  Imhof,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska,  reading the following sponsor                                                               
statement for SB 125 into the record:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Senate Bill  125 would allow  a hunting  permit awarded                                                                    
     by  drawing  to  be transferred  to  another  qualified                                                                    
     hunter  should the  original permit  holder die  before                                                                    
     completing the hunt.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     It is  the intent  of this  bill to put  an end  to the                                                                    
     trauma faced  by many families when,  after having lost                                                                    
     a family  member, they  are further  denied subsistence                                                                    
     rights which their deceased  family member applied for,                                                                    
     paid for, and were awarded.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     This bill pertains exclusively to  the transfer of draw                                                                    
     hunting  permits   and  would  not  impact   any  other                                                                    
     license, tag, or sport fishing vessel registration.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:21:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIEHL asked if there was  a specific reason that the bill                                                               
did not also include registration permits and Tier 1 permits.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. HARBISON  replied the  bill was  specifically to  address the                                                               
issue that  draw permit tags  may not  be transferred to  a proxy                                                               
from a tag holder who is deceased.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR VON IMHOF asked Senator Kiehl to restate the question.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  KIEHL said  he wondered  if  she had  thought about  the                                                               
universe  of  other  situations where  someone  might  pass  away                                                               
before they complete a hunt for which they received a tag.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR VON  IMHOF replied  this is  what ADF&G  recommended when                                                               
she brought  the issue forward.  She offered to look  into adding                                                               
registration permits.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:23:25 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  HARBISON noted  a department  representative was  online and                                                               
available for questions.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:23:46 PM                                                                                                                    
NATALIE  WEBER,  Program  Coordinator II,  Division  of  Wildlife                                                               
Conservation,  Alaska  Department  of   Fish  and  Game  (ADF&G),                                                               
Palmer,  Alaska,  stated that  no  other  types of  permits  were                                                               
included because the original question  was whether the bill only                                                               
covered the  intent of  the drawing permits.  The answer  to that                                                               
question  is   yes.  She  noted   Ms.  Henke  may   have  further                                                               
information  because  she  coordinated   more  closely  with  the                                                               
sponsor's office.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:24:25 PM                                                                                                                    
RACHEL HANKE, Legislative Liaison,  Alaska Department of Fish and                                                               
Game (ADF&G), Juneau, Alaska, stated  that the idea initially was                                                               
to solve  the constituent issue,  which was for a  drawing permit                                                               
only.  There was  no discussion  about including  other types  of                                                               
registration permits.  She offered  to look into  it if  that was                                                               
the wish of the committee.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:25:06 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK opened public testimony on SB 125.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:25:17 PM                                                                                                                    
WADE  BOWERSON,  representing  self,  Anchorage,  Alaska,  stated                                                               
support for SB 125. He said he  wanted to make sure that no other                                                               
family had to endure the double  trauma his family had to endure.                                                               
He said  it was unjust  to deprive the  family of the  hunt after                                                               
they  had lost  their brother  and son.  He understands  this has                                                               
happened to more  than just his family. He related  that the bill                                                               
focused  on  a   draw  tag  because  those   are  different  than                                                               
registering for a hunt.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:26:46 PM                                                                                                                    
DANIELLE CAMPOAMORE, representing self,  Brooklyn, New York, said                                                               
when she heard  that her family was  not able to hunt  the tag by                                                               
proxy in  her cousin  Chase's honor, she  began advocating  for a                                                               
change in statute. She agreed  with previous testimony that other                                                               
bereaved  families have  been similarly  affected. She  urged the                                                               
committee to make this simple and commonsense change in the law.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:30:38 PM                                                                                                                    
AARON TRENT, representing self,  Anchorage, Alaska, stated he was                                                               
Chase's older brother,  and he was calling in support  of SB 125.                                                               
He  opined  that  passing  the   bill  will  impact  hundreds  to                                                               
thousands  of Alaskans  physically  and  emotionally. This  would                                                               
have been  his little brother's  first big  game hunt and  he was                                                               
excited to  become part of  the family tradition. Passing  SB 125                                                               
will honor  his memory and  speak volumes  for the men  and women                                                               
who put in the work to  ensure fairness and justice. He expressed                                                               
optimism that the bill would pass.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:32:12 PM                                                                                                                    
KELLY TRENT,  representing self, Anchorage, Alaska,  said she was                                                               
Chase  Bowerson's mom.  She  described her  youngest  child as  a                                                               
dynamic, outdoor-loving  young man who grew  up hunting, fishing,                                                               
and  camping with  his family.  She said  they always  shared the                                                               
bounty with family and friends.  Most recently the family members                                                               
each applied for a 2021 moose tag  for the same area in hopes one                                                               
would be  successful. Chase applied  for his tag on  December 14.                                                               
It was his 26th  birthday and he knew it would  bring him luck in                                                               
getting  a tag.  Three weeks  later,  her son  was murdered.  She                                                               
described it  as the worst  day of her  life. A month  after that                                                               
the  results of  the  drawing  were published,  and  Chase was  a                                                               
winner. When she  was told that the tag could  not be transferred                                                               
to  a  family  member  she  said she  was  stunned.  "I  couldn't                                                               
understand how  everything in his  estate is ours to  handle, but                                                               
the one and only thing we can't  have is his opportunity to get a                                                               
moose."                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. TRENT said she expects her  family will continue to have some                                                               
dark days  as they  continue to  deal with  their loss.  The 2021                                                               
moose hunt  would have  been a  way to honor  Chase and  help the                                                               
family  heal. If  the hunt  was successful,  the meat  would have                                                               
helped feed his grandparents, his  parents, his siblings, and his                                                               
many nieces and nephews. She said  she understands that it is too                                                               
late for  the law to  change in time for  the fall hunt,  but she                                                               
would  like to  know  that  hers is  the  last  family that  this                                                               
happens to.  She said her  son Chase always believed  in righting                                                               
any wrong and she believes this  is something he would have liked                                                               
to see  made right. It  is within  the legislature's power  to do                                                               
so.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:35:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   REVAK  asked   Commissioner   Vincent-Lang  whether   the                                                               
department could  issue the  tag to the  family, or  anybody else                                                               
who  was awarded  a  tag but  died  before it  was  used, if  the                                                               
committee conceptually amended the bill and made it retroactive.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:36:02 PM                                                                                                                    
DOUGLAS  VINCENT-LANG, Commissioner,  Alaska  Department of  Fish                                                               
and Game, Anchorage, Alaska, answered  he was sure the department                                                               
could make that  happen if the legislature were to  pass the bill                                                               
with a retroactivity clause.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:36:35 PM                                                                                                                    
JEFF TRENT, representing self,  Anchorage, Alaska, stated support                                                               
for  SB 125.  He  said their  son Chase  embodied  the spirit  of                                                               
Alaska. He  was developing  five acres of  homestead land  and he                                                               
loved bringing  home the wild  bounty of Alaska and  sharing with                                                               
those who  were unable to  harvest for themselves. He  was always                                                               
ready to stand  up and speak out for what  he believed, he helped                                                               
those who  were less fortunate,  and was  always ready to  try to                                                               
right wrongs.  He asked the  committee to  support SB 125  in his                                                               
son's spirit.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:38:05 PM                                                                                                                    
MARK RICHARDS,  Executive Director,  Resident Hunters  of Alaska,                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska,  stated support for  the intent of SB  125 and                                                               
extended condolences to the Bowerson  family and friends. He said                                                               
his  reason for  testifying was  to  make two  points. The  first                                                               
point is that  the Board of Game and/or  the commissioner already                                                               
has authority under 5 AAC  92.050 to transfer certain permits. He                                                               
added that  he would  be happy  to help  the Bowersons  draft and                                                               
submit a  proposal to the  Board of Game  that asks the  board to                                                               
exercise its authority to make the transfer.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  RICHARDS  said  the  second   point  is  that  the  proposed                                                               
amendment  to AS  16.05.420(c) in  Section 2  is unnecessary.  It                                                               
applies to  a locking tag  that a deceased hunter  had purchased,                                                               
and it only applies to some brown bear and musk ox hunts.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
He thanked Senator von Imhof for sponsoring SB 125.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:40:20 PM                                                                                                                    
TERESA  CAMPOAMORE, representing  self,  Anchorage, Alaska,  said                                                               
the  Bowersons are  family and  they all  spoke eloquently  about                                                               
Chase and  his love  of Alaska.  She said  it was  difficult when                                                               
Chase's mother  received the news  her son had been  killed. Then                                                               
when she received  the news that the hunting permit  could not be                                                               
transferred, it  was another  blow. She  thanked the  sponsor and                                                               
the committee for considering the bill.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:41:47 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REVAK, after  discerning no  one else  wished to  comment,                                                               
closed public testimony on SB 125.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR REVAK offered his understanding  that a legislative fix was                                                               
necessary  and  advised that  he  spoke  with the  sponsor  about                                                               
offering a conceptual amendment to make the bill retroactive.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:42:32 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:44:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK reconvened the meeting.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:44:41 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR VON  IMHOF moved  conceptual Amendment  1. It  states the                                                               
following:                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     This bill will be retroactive to apply to draw permits                                                                     
     awarded for the 2021 hunting season.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:44:53 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  REVAK  found  no  objection  and  conceptual  Amendment  1                                                               
passed. Finding  no further  amendments, questions,  or comments,                                                               
he solicited a motion.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:45:20 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP moved to report  SB 125, work order 32-LS0626\B as                                                               
amended,  from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:45:39 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR REVAK  found no  objection and  CSSB 125(RES)  was reported                                                               
from the Senate Resources Standing Committee.                                                                                   

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SB 113 Sponsor Statement 4.7.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
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SB 113 Supporting Docutment Excerpt from 2019 LegFin IndirectExpenditureReport.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
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SB 125 Sponsor Statement 04.19.2021.pdf HRES 5/12/2021 1:00:00 PM
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SB 110 Support Letter APA 4.8.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
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SB 110 Support Letter GVEA 4.14.2021.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
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SB 110 Sponsor Statement version A.pdf SRES 4/26/2021 3:30:00 PM
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