Legislature(2017 - 2018)BARNES 124

03/16/2017 08:00 AM COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

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08:02:37 AM Start
08:03:50 AM SB9
08:12:44 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+ SB 9 MILITARY FACILITY ZONES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 9(FIN) Out of Committee
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 3/14/17>
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
    HOUSE COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                   
                         March 16, 2017                                                                                         
                           8:02 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Zach Fansler, Co-Chair                                                                                           
Representative Justin Parish, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Dean Westlake                                                                                                    
Representative David Talerico                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Representative George Rauscher                                                                                                  
Representative Dan Saddler                                                                                                      
Representative DeLena Johnson (alternate)                                                                                       
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (alternate)                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 9(FIN)                                                                                                   
"An Act relating to military facility zones; and providing for                                                                  
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSSB 9(FIN) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 9                                                                                                                    
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY FACILITY ZONES                                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) COGHILL                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
01/09/17       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/9/17                                                                                

01/18/17 (S) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS

01/18/17 (S) CRA, FIN

01/31/17 (S) CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

01/31/17 (S) Heard & Held

01/31/17 (S) MINUTE(CRA) 02/02/17 (S) CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg) 02/02/17 (S) Moved CSSB 9(CRA) Out of Committee 02/02/17 (S) MINUTE(CRA) 02/03/17 (S) CRA RPT CS 3DP SAME TITLE 02/03/17 (S) DP: BISHOP, GARDNER, MACKINNON 02/13/17 (S) FIN AT 9:00 AM SENATE FINANCE 532 02/13/17 (S) Heard & Held 02/13/17 (S) MINUTE(FIN) 02/15/17 (S) FIN RPT CS 3DP 4NR NEW TITLE 02/15/17 (S) NR: HOFFMAN, MACKINNON, DUNLEAVY, OLSON 02/15/17 (S) DP: BISHOP, VON IMHOF, MICCICHE 02/15/17 (S) FIN AT 9:00 AM SENATE FINANCE 532 02/15/17 (S) Moved CSSB 9(FIN) Out of Committee 02/15/17 (S) MINUTE(FIN) 03/01/17 (S) TRANSMITTED TO (H) 03/01/17 (S) VERSION: CSSB 9(FIN) 03/06/17 (H) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS 03/06/17 (H) CRA 03/14/17 (H) CRA AT 8:00 AM BARNES 124 03/14/17 (H) -- MEETING CANCELED -- 03/16/17 (H) CRA AT 8:00 AM BARNES 124 WITNESS REGISTER CHAD HUTCHISON, Staff Senator John Coghill Alaska State Legislature Juneau, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Presented CSSB 9(FIN) on behalf of Senator Coghill, prime sponsor. JEFF STEPP, Special Assistant/Economic Development Coordinator Mayor's Office Fairbanks North Star Borough Fairbanks, Alaska POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of CSSB 9(FIN). ROBERT DOEHL Deputy Commissioner Department of Military & Veterans' Affairs Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of CSSB 9(FIN). ACTION NARRATIVE 8:02:37 AM CO-CHAIR ZACH FANSLER called the House Community and Regional Affairs Standing Committee meeting to order at 8:02 a.m. Representatives Talerico, Westlake, Parish, and Fansler were present at the call to order. SB 9-MILITARY FACILITY ZONES [Contains discussion of HB 4.] 8:03:50 AM CO-CHAIR FANSLER announced that the only order of business would be CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 9(FIN), "An Act relating to military facility zones; and providing for an effective date." CO-CHAIR FANSLER noted that CSSB 9(FIN) is identical to CSHB 4, which the committee heard previously; therefore, he anticipated brief discussion before passing the bill from committee, if no amendments were made. 8:04:39 AM CHAD HUTCHISON, Staff, Senator John Coghill, Alaska State Legislature, presented CSSB 9(FIN) on behalf of Senator Coghill, prime sponsor. He indicated that [CSHB 4] had been vetted on 3/2/17, and he echoed Co-Chair Fansler's remark that CSSB 9(FIN) mirrored CSHB 4. In response to Co-Chair Fansler, he reviewed that CSSB 9(FIN) would allow local communities to apply to the Department of Military & Veterans' Affairs for military facility zones through a local zoning ordinance rather than having to do a long and expensive comprehensive plan. He said a local zoning ordinance process is quicker. He noted that $861 million in military construction (MILCON) spending is flowing into the Interior. He said there are a lot of improvements being made to Eielson Air Force Base, Clear Air Force Station, and Fort Greely Military Base, and the proposed legislation would benefit communities by supporting infrastructure projects happening in conjunction with the military installations, as well as benefiting private industry and contractors and subcontractors - most of whom are Alaskans working on the installations. 8:07:07 AM REPRESENTATIVE WESTLAKE expressed gratitude for CSSB 9(FIN) and remarked there is "a whole bunch of us out there" that could benefit. 8:07:46 AM CO-CHAIR FANSLER opened public testimony on CSSB 9(FIN). 8:08:19 AM JEFF STEPP, Special Assistant/Economic Development Coordinator, Mayor's Office, Fairbanks North Star Borough, testified in support of CSSB 9(FIN) and expressed appreciation to the bill sponsor and the House Community and Regional Affairs Standing Committee for "ushering it through the process." 8:08:51 AM ROBERT DOEHL, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Military & Veterans' Affairs, stated that as with CSHB 4, the department supports CSSB 9(FIN) for the following reasons: it would increase the effectiveness of the military in Alaska; it would increase the opportunity for Alaskans to participate in the economic benefits of the military in the state; and it would increase the military's ability to retain its presence in Alaska in the face of base realignment and closure discussions in Congress resulting in military base reductions [nationwide]. 8:09:39 AM CO-CHAIR FANSLER, after ascertaining that no one else wished to testify, closed public testimony on CSSB 9(FIN). 8:10:03 AM CO-CHAIR PARISH recommended that the committee pass CSSB 9(FIN), because it is identical to HB 4 and "serves the same worthwhile purpose." 8:10:27 AM REPRESENTATIVE PARISH moved to report CSSB 9(FIN) out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes. There being no objection, CSSB 9(FIN) was reported out of the House Community and Regional Affairs Standing Committee. 8:11:04 AM The committee took an at-ease from 8:11 a.m. to 8:12 a.m. 8:12:44 AM ADJOURNMENT There being no further business before the committee, the House Community and Regional Affairs Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:13 a.m.

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