Legislature(1995 - 1996)

03/21/1995 03:35 PM STA

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 SSTA - 3/21/95                                                                
                  SB  71 DEEP FREEZE CLASSIC                                 
 SENATOR SHARP brings up SB 71 as the next order of business before            
 the Senate State Affairs Committee and calls the first witness.               
 SENATOR GEORGIANNA LINCOLN, prime sponsor of SB 71, reads the                 
 sponsor statement for SB 71 to the committee.                                 
 Number 291                                                                    
 CLEETA BARGER, Delta Chamber of Commerce, informs the committee               
 that the idea for a deep-freeze classic was the result of a study             
 done by the chamber, which was looking for ways to improve the                
 economy in the Delta area.                                                    
 Number 308                                                                    
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS asks if Delta has held a deep-freeze classic           
 MS. BARGER responds no, the brochure Senator Phillips is looking at           
 is pre-planning for the classic.  At the time, the chamber did not            
 know they needed legislative approval to use the word "classic."              
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS suggests Delta hold a rodeo.                           
 Number 332                                                                    
 CAROL STOCK, testifying from Delta, states SB 71 would help                   
 diversify the economy by benefiting the tourism industry.                     
 SENATOR LINCOLN points out that in the back-up information for SB             
 71, it is estimated that the chamber would get some revenue from              
 the classic and use that revenue to enhance and encourage tourism.            
 Number 358                                                                    
 SENATOR DONLEY asks if there is anything in the legislation                   
 stipulating how the money is to be used, or if it would be up to              
 the discretion of the Delta Chamber of Commerce.                              
 MS. BARGER replies, "Festival of Lights, and we have cooperated               
 with the federal and state governments, and we are in the process             
 of getting Sullivan Roadhouse, the oldest remaining roadhouse in              
 the interior, replaced from Fort Greely reservation to Delta                  
 Junction.  The chamber of commerce is taking on that                          
 responsibility.  If there are more funds available than it takes to           
 run our winter festival, then we will put it into Sullivan                    
 SENATOR LINCOLN does not think the $25,000 will go very far to                
 promote further economic development for the community.                       
 Number 375                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN SHARP asks what the state regulations are, as far as cost            
 and licensing requirements, and the amount that is required to be             
 paid to the winner.                                                           
 DENNIS POSHARD, Director, Charitable Gaming Division, Department of           
 Revenue, stated there are no regulations requiring a minimum amount           
 of money be returned to the permittee, which in this case would be            
 the Delta Chamber of Commerce.                                                
 Number 396                                                                    
 SENATOR LEMAN asks how the classic will be run; he sees two                   
 constraints: a time constraint and a temperature constraint.  What            
 will take precedence: guessing the right temperature, or guessing             
 the right date?                                                               
 MS. BARGER responds guessing the right temperature will take                  
 precedence, with the date and time second.                                    
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS asks what happens if the temperature is the            
 same for eight straight hours.                                                
 MS. BARGER replies, "Then they would share the clock."                        
 SENATOR DONLEY comments he has voted against everyone of these                
 bills for nine years now.  But he does not think it is an                     
 unreasonable thing for Delta to ask for; they are going to need               
 some help.  He will not oppose moving the bill from committee.                
 SENATOR RANDY PHILLIPS makes a motion to discharge SB 71 from the             
 Senate State Affairs Committee with individual recommendations.               
 SENATOR LEMAN objects for the purposes of commenting on the                   
 subject.  He objects to gambling, although he supports the causes             
 the classics support.  Senator Leman states he will vote against              
 the bill when it reaches the floor, but he removes his objection.             
 Number 393                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN SHARP thinks the legislature might want to go through and            
 delete some of the games of chance from statute that are not                  
 currently in operation.  The chairman, hearing no further                     
 objection, orders SB 71 released from committee with individual               

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