Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

03/12/2019 11:00 AM FISHERIES

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11:03:03 AM Start
11:04:10 AM HB35
11:17:26 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+= HB 35 CONFLICT OF INTEREST: BD FISHERIES/GAME TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 35(FSH) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit 2 Minutes> --
-- Invited Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES                                                                            
                         March 12, 2019                                                                                         
                           11:03 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                             DRAFT                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Louise Stutes, Chair                                                                                             
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins                                                                                          
Representative Geran Tarr                                                                                                       
Representative Sarah Vance                                                                                                      
Representative Lance Pruitt                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 35                                                                                                               
"An Act relating to participation in matters before the Board of                                                                
Fisheries and the Board of Game by the members of the respective                                                                
boards; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHB 35(FSH) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  35                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CONFLICT OF INTEREST: BD FISHERIES/GAME                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) STUTES                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
02/20/19       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/20/19       (H)       FSH, RES                                                                                               
03/07/19       (H)       FSH AT 10:00 AM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
03/07/19       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/07/19       (H)       MINUTE(FSH)                                                                                            
03/12/19       (H)       FSH AT 11:00 AM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MATT GRUENING, Staff                                                                                                            
Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Offered information  on HB 35, on behalf of                                                             
Representative Stutes, prime sponsor.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
FRANCES LEACH, Executive Director                                                                                               
United Fishermen of Alaska                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in favor of HB 35.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
JERRY MCCUNE, Board President                                                                                                   
Cordova District Fishermen United                                                                                               
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in favor of HB 35.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MARK RICHARDS, Executive Director                                                                                               
Resident Hunters of Alaska                                                                                                      
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in favor of HB 35.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:03:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  LOUISE  STUTES  called  the  House  Special  Committee  on                                                             
Fisheries  meeting  to  order  at  11:03  a.m.    Representatives                                                               
Kreiss-Tompkins,  Vance, Pruitt,  Kopp and  Chairman Stutes  were                                                               
present at the  call to order.  Representatives  Bryce Edgmon and                                                               
Tarr arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
         HB  35-CONFLICT OF INTEREST: BD FISHERIES/GAME                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
11:04:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR LOUISE  STUTES announced the  only order of  business would                                                             
be:                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 35(FSH)                                                                                                   
"An Act relating to participation  in matters before the Board of                                                               
Fisheries and the Board of Game  by the members of the respective                                                               
boards; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:05:05 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MATT GRUENING, Staff, Representative  Louise Stutes, Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, on  behalf of  Representative Stutes,  prime sponsor                                                               
of HB 35  shared statistics highlighting how  often board members                                                               
were conflicted out  of deliberating on board issues.   He stated                                                               
there  were two  new  letters of  support for  the  bill and  all                                                               
letters regarding HB 35 were in support.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
11:06:42 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STUTES opened invited testimony.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
FRANCES LEACH, Executive Director, United Fishermen of Alaska                                                                   
read a statement:                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     We  represent 35  commercial fishing  organizations and                                                                    
     hundreds of fishermen  and crewmembers participating in                                                                    
     fisheries off  of Alaska's coastal  waters.   Thank you                                                                    
     for  giving  me  this  opportunity today  to  speak  on                                                                    
     behalf of HB  35.  This is an  extremely important bill                                                                    
     to United  Fishermen of  Alaska, and  one that  we have                                                                    
     supported for a  very long time.  If you  have ever had                                                                    
     the opportunity to attend a  Board of Fisheries meeting                                                                    
     then you  know how important  passage of this  bill is.                                                                    
     Board members  are chosen because they  pertain certain                                                                    
     expertise in  their region or  fishery.  At  this time,                                                                    
     when  the board  is deliberating  on a  proposal, board                                                                    
     members who have that expertise  on a subject are often                                                                    
     not permitted to participate due to  conflicting out.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Prior  to being  the Executive  Director of  the united                                                                    
     fishermen, I had the pleasure  of working for the Board                                                                    
     of Fisheries  as a Department  of Fish and  Game board-                                                                    
     support  staff member.   I  have  participated in  over                                                                    
     fifty Board of  Fisheries meetings. I have  sat far too                                                                    
     many  times  at these  meetings  where  a board  member                                                                    
     conflicts out and  is forced to sit in the  back of the                                                                    
     room  while the  remaining board  members at  the table                                                                    
     struggle to  comprehend the  nuances of  the proposals,                                                                    
     when the  board member who  has the answer is  muted in                                                                    
     the  back  of  the  room.     By  allowing  members  to                                                                    
     participate  fully  in  deliberations,  this  not  only                                                                    
     builds  a better  record and  help[s] assist  the board                                                                    
     members in  their decisions, it  also makes for  a more                                                                    
     transparent discussion  that is clearly  established on                                                                    
     the record.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     We want  to encourage  people who pertain  expertise to                                                                    
     be on the  board of fisheries and game but  as this law                                                                    
     currently  sits  people  are discouraged  from  putting                                                                    
     their  name  forward  because   they  know  they  would                                                                    
     conflict out of  many of the deliberations.   We want a                                                                    
     strong  and skilled  Board of  Fisheries  and Board  of                                                                    
     Game  and transparent  deliberations.   This bill  will                                                                    
     allow  for that.   Thank  you for  this opportunity  to                                                                    
     testify.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
11:09:14 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JERRY  MCCUNE,  President,  Cordova Fisherman  United,  commented                                                               
that Frances [Leach]  had done a good job laying  out the issues.                                                               
He described  board members  he knew and  the variety  of reasons                                                               
they had conflicted  out of board meetings.  He  spoke in support                                                               
of HB 35.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:11:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STUTES Opened public testimony on HB 35.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
11:11:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MARK  RICHARDS, Executive  Director, Resident  Hunters of  Alaska                                                               
mentioned  his organization  did  not have  the latest  committee                                                               
substitute before  last week, which  contributed to  its original                                                               
letter of opposition.  Once  his organization received the latest                                                               
bill, its members were happy to support HB 35.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:13:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STUTES closed public testimony on HB 35.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT  agreed  with   the  ability  of  a  board                                                               
committee member  to share his/her  knowledge but  requested that                                                               
the House Special Committee on Fisheries intentions be clear.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
11:15:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOPP  clarified   his  thoughts  regarding  undue                                                               
influence  regarding   a  person's  personal  benefit   versus  a                                                               
collective benefit that would apply to a broader group.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PRUITT indicated  that a  board member  should be                                                               
able to  share his/her knowledge  for the  benefit of a  group of                                                               
people, not for personal benefit.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
11:16:32 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOPP moved to report  CSHB 35, Version 35LS0297\M,                                                               
Bullard,,  March  3,  2019  out   of  committee  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and  the accompanying fiscal notes.   There being                                                               
not  objections, CSHB  35 (FSH)  was  reported out  of the  House                                                               
Special Committee on Fisheries.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:17:26 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There  being  no  further  business  before  the  committee,  the                                                               
Fisheries Committee meeting was adjourned at 11:17 a.m.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
CSHB 35(FSH) Work Draft ver M 03.04.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 Fiscal Note-DAS 03.01.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 Explanation of Changes Ver A to M 03.05.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 Informational Document BOF-BOG History and Process 03.06.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 Informational Document-ADF&G BOF Ethics Process Overview and Recusals 3.6.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HRES 3/29/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 35
HB 35 Sponsor Statement 03.05.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 Suporting Letter SEAFA 03.02.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 Supporting Letter ABSC 03.08.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HRES 3/29/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 35
HB 35 Supporting Letter RHAK 03.11.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HRES 3/29/2019 1:00:00 PM
HB 35
HB 35 Supporting Letter UFA 03.06.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 Supporting Letter USAG 03.07.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 ver A 02.22.19.PDF HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35
HB 35 Supporting Letters (Combined) 30th Legislature 03.03.19.pdf HFSH 3/12/2019 11:00:00 AM
HB 35