Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/12/1994 06:00 PM L&C

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                    HOUSE LABOR AND COMMERCE                                   
                       STANDING COMMITTEE                                      
                         April 12, 1994                                        
                            6:00 p.m.                                          
                                                                               
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
  Rep. Bill Hudson, Chairman                                                   
  Rep. Bill Williams                                                           
  Rep. Joe Sitton                                                              
  Rep. Brian Porter                                                            
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
  Rep. Joe Green, Vice Chair                                                   
  Rep. Jerry Mackie                                                            
  Rep. Eldon Mulder                                                            
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
  SJR 51:   Expressing support for the development of a                        
            fiberboard plant in Sitka; encouraging the Alaska                  
            Industrial Development and Export Authority to                     
            continue its efforts to assist with that                           
            development; and requesting the United States                      
            Forest Service to continue a long-term timber                      
            purchase contract necessary to supply material to                  
            the plant.                                                         
                                                                               
            PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE                                            
                                                                               
  *HCR 34:  Declaring June 5-11, 1994, as Alaska Garden Week.                  
                                                                               
            PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE                                            
                                                                               
  *HJR 64:  Relating to the projects of the Alaska Aerospace                   
            Development Corporation for satellite ground                       
            stations and a rocket launch facility.                             
                                                                               
            PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE                                            
                                                                               
  *HB 545:  "An Act including marital and family therapists as                 
            providers protected from unfair discrimination                     
            under group disability insurance; and providing                    
            for an effective date."                                            
                                                                               
            NOT HEARD                                                          
                                                                               
  (* First public hearing.)                                                    
                                                                               
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
  SENATOR ROBIN L. TAYLOR                                                      
  Alaska State Legislature                                                     
  State Capitol, Room 30                                                       
  Juneau, Alaska 99801                                                         
  Phone:  (907) 465-3873                                                       
  Position Statement:  Prime Sponsor of SJR 51                                 
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS ACTION                                                              
                                                                               
  BILL:  SJR 51                                                                
  SHORT TITLE: SUPPORT FOR SITKA FIBERBOARD PLANT                              
  SPONSOR(S): JUDICIARY                                                        
  JRN-DATE    JRN-PG                     ACTION                                
  03/29/94      3394    (S)   READ THE FIRST TIME/REFERRAL(S)                  
  03/29/94      3394    (S)   LABOR & COMMERCE                                 
  04/05/94              (S)   L&C AT 01:30 PM FAHRENKAMP                       
                              ROOM 203                                         
  04/05/94      3443    (S)   L&C RPT  3DP 1DNP                                
  04/05/94      3443    (S)   ZERO FISCAL NOTE PUBLISHED                       
                              (S.L&C)                                          
  04/07/94              (S)   RLS AT 09:00 AM FAHRENKAMP                       
                              ROOM 203                                         
  04/07/94      3505    (S)   RULES TO CALENDAR  4/7/94                        
  04/07/94      3506    (S)   READ THE SECOND TIME                             
  04/07/94      3507    (S)   ADVANCED TO THIRD READING UNAN                   
                              CONSENT                                          
  04/07/94      3507    (S)   READ THE THIRD TIME  SJR 51                      
  04/07/94      3507    (S)   PASSED Y17 N2                                    
  04/07/94      3509    (S)   TRANSMITTED TO (H)                               
  04/08/94      3186    (H)   READ THE FIRST TIME/REFERRAL(S)                  
  04/08/94      3186    (H)   LABOR & COMMERCE                                 
  04/12/94              (H)   L&C AT 03:00 PM CAPITOL 17                       
                                                                               
                                                                               
  BILL:  HCR 34                                                                
  SHORT TITLE: ALASKA GARDEN WEEK                                              
  SPONSOR(S): LABOR & COMMERCE                                                 
  JRN-DATE    JRN-PG                     ACTION                                
  04/06/94      3154    (H)   READ THE FIRST TIME/REFERRAL(S)                  
  04/06/94      3154    (H)   LABOR & COMMERCE                                 
  04/12/94              (H)   L&C AT 03:00 PM CAPITOL 17                       
                                                                               
                                                                               
  BILL:  HJR 64                                                                
  SHORT TITLE: PROJECTS OF ALASKA AEROSPACE DEV. CORP.                         
  SPONSOR(S): LABOR & COMMERCE                                                 
  JRN-DATE    JRN-PG                     ACTION                                
  04/06/94      3154    (H)   READ THE FIRST TIME/REFERRAL(S)                  
  04/06/94      3154    (H)   LABOR & COMMERCE                                 
  04/12/94              (H)   L&C AT 03:00 PM CAPITOL 17                       
                                                                               
  BILL:  HB 545                                                                
  SHORT TITLE: DISCRIMINATION UNDER HEALTH INSURANCE                           
  SPONSOR(S): LABOR & COMMERCE BY REQUEST                                      
  JRN-DATE    JRN-PG                     ACTION                                
  04/06/94      3155    (H)   READ THE FIRST TIME/REFERRAL(S)                  
  04/06/94      3155    (H)   LABOR & COMMERCE                                 
  04/12/94              (H)   L&C AT 03:00 PM CAPITOL 17                       
                                                                               
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
  TAPE 94-36, SIDE A                                                           
  Number 001                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON called the meeting to order at 5:57 p.m.,                    
  stated there was a quorum present and announced the                          
  calendar.  He asked Senator Taylor to present SJR 51.                        
  SJR 51 - SUPPORT FOR SITKA FIBERBOARD PLANT                                  
                                                                               
  Number 014                                                                   
                                                                               
  SENATOR ROBIN L. TAYLOR, Prime Sponsor of SJR 51, agreed                     
  with Chairman Hudson that it was timely to hear this                         
  resolution, as the United States Forest Service Chief would                  
  be making a decision by April 15, 1994, regarding the                        
  extension of the contract to purchase timber off of the                      
  national forest.  He mentioned the concern that sufficient                   
  time be allowed for investigating the economic feasibility                   
  of a medium density fiberboard mill.  He said if this proves                 
  viable, he thinks it complies with the restrictions and                      
  requirements of the forest service contract because it would                 
  be providing for the primary processing facility for timber                  
  harvested off of their lands.  He said he does not think the                 
  word "pulp mill" necessarily means there is a dissolving                     
  cellulose process or a medium density fiberboard process.                    
  Senator Taylor thanked the committee for addressing this                     
  issue.                                                                       
                                                                               
  Number 034                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON moved that SJR 51 with individual                                
  recommendations be passed out of committee.                                  
                                                                               
  Number 037                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON, hearing no objection, declared SJR 51 with                  
  individual recommendations and zero fiscal note was so                       
  moved.                                                                       
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON stated the next order of business was HCR
  34.  He said this simple resolution was introduced on behalf                 
  of the Alaska Garden Society.  He pointed out that gardening                 
  has established and sustained 28 million dollars in                          
  horticultural businesses in Alaska.                                          
                                                                               
  HCR 34 - ALASKA GARDEN WEEK                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 051                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER moved that HCR 34 with individual                                
  recommendations and zero fiscal note be passed out of                        
  committee.                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON, hearing no objection, declared HCR 34 was                   
  so moved.                                                                    
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON announced the next order of business was HJR
  64.  He explained that HJR 64 recognizes the proposed rocket                 
  launch facility on Kodiak Island.                                            
                                                                               
  HJR 64 - PROJECTS OF ALASKA AEROSPACE DEV. CORP.                             
                                                                               
  Number 066                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON, ex officio board member of Alaska Aerospace                     
  Development Corporation (AADC), said AADC is doing valuable                  
  work for Alaska.  They have found that as technology                         
  changes, people find NASA to be too expensive and too                        
  prohibitive and so for commercial purposes people are                        
  looking at alternatives.  He said HJR 64 relates to site                     
  location and although Fairbanks is mentioned as a                            
  consideration, he concurs with the choice of Kodiak as it                    
  does not have the safety considerations that are in                          
  Fairbanks.  He said this resolution puts a stamp of approval                 
  on getting things going and he hopes to move HJR 64 out of                   
  committee.                                                                   
                                                                               
  Number 083                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. PORTER posed a question about clouds affecting take-                    
  offs.                                                                        
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON said he was not familiar with all of the                         
  constraints.                                                                 
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON interjected and mentioned over-water                         
  trajectory.  He said from Kodiak you can go down the Pacific                 
  Ocean for literally thousands of miles, whereas from                         
  Fairbanks, for example, there are over-land problems that                    
  are of concern because of explosions and things of that                      
  nature.  He said he believes this resolve might attract some                 
  federal interest in financially supporting this kind of                      
  launch facility.                                                             
                                                                               
  Number 095                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. SITTON mentioned that the director of AADC has had some                 
  success both in attracting grants and in collaborating with                  
  the university and he believes these efforts will continue.                  
                                                                               
  Number 097                                                                   
                                                                               
  REP. WILLIAMS moved that HJR 64, with individual                             
  recommendations and zero fiscal note, pass out of committee.                 
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON, hearing no objection, declared HJR 64 was                   
  so ordered.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN HUDSON ADJOURNED the meeting at 6:09 p.m.                           
  HB 545 - NOT HEARD TODAY                                                     

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