Legislature(1997 - 1998)

03/25/1998 05:04 PM FSH

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        HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES                                   
                   March 25, 1998                                              
                     5:04 p.m.                                                 
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                
Representative Alan Austerman, Chairman                                        
Representative Ivan Ivan                                                       
Representative Scott Ogan                                                      
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                 
Representative Mark Hodgins                                                    
Representative Gene Kubina                                                     
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                             
CS FOR SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 40(RES)                                     
Relating to the fisheries management fee proposed by President                 
     - MOVED CSSJR 40(RES) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                    
(* First public hearing)                                                       
PREVIOUS ACTION                                                                
BILL: SJR 40                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: FISHERIES MANAGEMENT FEE                                          
SPONSOR(S): SENATOR(S) LEMAN, Hoffman, Lincoln, Taylor, Mackie,                
            REPRESENTATIVE(S) Hudson                                           
Jrn-Date    Jrn-Page           Action                                          
 2/16/98      2522     (S)  READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRAL(S)                  
 2/16/98      2522     (S)  RESOURCES                                          
 3/04/98               (S)  RES AT  3:30 PM BUTROVICH ROOM 205                 
 3/04/98               (S)  MINUTE(RES)                                        
 3/05/98               (S)  MINUTE(RLS)                                        
 3/05/98      2748     (S)  RES RPT  CS  4DP 2NR      SAME TITLE               
 3/05/98      2748     (S)  DP: HALFORD, TAYLOR, LINCOLN, LEMAN                
 3/05/98      2748     (S)  NR: SHARP, GREEN                                   
 3/05/98      2748     (S)  ZERO FISCAL NOTE TO SJR & CS (S.RES)               
 3/09/98      2791     (S)  RULES TO CALENDAR  3/9/98                          
 3/09/98      2793     (S)  READ THE SECOND TIME                               
 3/09/98      2793     (S)  RES  CS ADOPTED UNAN CONSENT                       
 3/09/98      2793     (S)  ADVANCED TO THIRD READING UNAN                     
 3/09/98      2793     (S)  READ THE THIRD TIME  CSSJR 40(RES)                 
 3/09/98      2793     (S)  COSPONSOR(S): HOFFMAN, LINCOLN,                    
 3/09/98      2793     (S)  MACKIE, WARD                                       
 3/09/98      2794     (S)  PASSED Y19 N- E1                                   
 3/09/98      2795     (S)  TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                 
 3/11/98      2588     (H)  READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRAL(S)                  
 3/11/98      2588     (H)  FISHERIES, RESOURCES                               
 3/25/98               (H)  FSH AT  5:00 PM CAPITOL 124                        
WITNESS REGISTER                                                               
LORALI MEIER, Legislative Secretary                                            
  to Senator Loren Leman                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                       
Capitol Building, Room 115                                                     
Juneau, Alaska  99801                                                          
Telephone:  (907) 465-2095                                                     
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified on CSSJR 40(RES).                               
JERRY MCCUNE, Representative                                                   
United Fishermen of Alaska                                                     
211 4th Street, Suite 211                                                      
Juneau, Alaska 99801                                                           
Telephone:  (907) 586-2820                                                     
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testifed in support of CSSJR 40 (RES).                    
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                               
TAPE 98-13, SIDE A                                                             
Number 0001                                                                    
CHAIRMAN ALAN AUSTERMAN called the House Special Committee on                  
Fisheries meeting to order at 5:04 p.m.  Members present at the                
call to order were Representatives Austerman, Ivan and Ogan.                   
CSSJR 40(RES) - FISHERIES MANAGEMENT FEE                                       
Number 0039                                                                    
CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN announced the committee would hear, CSSJR
40(RES), "Relating to the fisheries management fee proposed by                 
President Clinton."                                                            
Number 0068                                                                    
LORALI MEIER, Legislative Secretary to Senator Loren Leman, read               
the sponsor statement into the record:  "Senate Joint Resolution 40            
expresses the legislature's opposition to a proposed fisheries                 
management fee included in President's Clinton's FY 99 budget.  The            
fee is designed to fund the management and enforcement activities              
of the National Marine Fisheries Service.  Because Alaska has the              
most profitable fisheries in the country, our state's fishermen                
would pay the largest share of the $20 million that is expected to             
be generated nationwide.                                                       
"Alaska's fishermen would receive no new benefits or services from             
this fee.  President Clinton's budget does not specify whether the             
tax would apply to those fish caught in federally managed waters,              
or whether it would extend to all fish, regardless of management               
zone.  It would appear likely that the fee would be made to apply              
to all fish caught in waters around Alaska."                                   
Number 0179                                                                    
JERRY MCCUNE, Representative, United Fishermen of Alaska, stated               
that Alaska Fishermen would carry the burden of the 1 percent.  He             
pointed out the inshore fishermen do not have any federal                      
enforcement, as they are not fishing in federal waters, therefore              
they would be paying a tax for federal water fisheries.  He stated             
that he finds it unfair and is in opposition to the tax and is in              
support of CSSJR 40(RES).                                                      
Number 0260                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT OGAN made a motion to move CSSJR 40(RES), with            
individual recommendations and asked unanimous consent.                        
Number 0301                                                                    
CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN asked if there was an objection.  Hearing none,             
CSSJR 40 (RES) was moved out of the House Special Committee on                 
Number 0307                                                                    
CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN adjourned the House Special Committee on                    
Fisheries meeting at 5:10 p.m.                                                 

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