Legislature(2019 - 2020)GRUENBERG 120

03/12/2020 01:00 PM MILITARY & VETERANS' AFFAIRS

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01:01:53 PM Start
01:02:19 PM HJR27
01:10:18 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HJR 27 FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN PORT OF ALASKA TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 27(MLV) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
   HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON MILITARY AND VETERANS' AFFAIRS                                                                  
                         March 12, 2020                                                                                         
                           1:01 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Laddie Shaw, Co-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Steve Thompson, Co-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative Sharon Jackson                                                                                                   
Representative George Rauscher                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27                                                                                                   
Requesting the United States Department of Defense to invest in                                                                 
the Port of Alaska.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHJR 27(MLV) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 27                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN PORT OF ALASKA                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) FIELDS                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
02/24/20       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/24/20       (H)       MLV, AET                                                                                               
03/10/20       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/10/20       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/10/20       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
03/12/20       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
No witnesses to report                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:01:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LADDIE SHAW called the House Special Committee on                                                                    
Military and Veterans' Affairs meeting to order at [1:01] p.m.                                                                  
Representatives Thompson, Spohnholz, Tuck, Jackson, Rauscher,                                                                   
and Shaw were present at the call to order.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
           HJR 27-FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN PORT OF ALASKA                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:02:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SHAW announced that the only order of business would be                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27, Requesting the United States                                                                     
Department of Defense to invest in the Port of Alaska.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:03:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SHAW opened public testimony on HJR 27.  After                                                                         
ascertaining there was no one who wished to testify, he closed                                                                  
public testimony.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:03:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK moved to adopt Amendment 1, labeled 31-                                                                     
LS1605\M.1, Bannister, 3/11/20, which read as follows:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, following line 10:                                                                                                 
          Insert new material to read:                                                                                          
          "WHEREAS the designation of the Port of Alaska as                                                                   
     a   Commercial  Strategic   Seaport  includes   a  port                                                                    
     readiness committee to provide  the means to coordinate                                                                    
     efficient port  operations during peacetime  and actual                                                                    
     national defense emergencies; and                                                                                          
          WHEREAS the port readiness committee for the Port                                                                   
     of  Alaska includes  representatives from  nine federal                                                                    
     agencies  and   organizations,  including   the  United                                                                    
     States  Maritime  Administration,   the  United  States                                                                    
     Coast Guard,  the Military Sealift Command,  the United                                                                    
     States Transportation  Command, the United  States Army                                                                    
     Corps   of  Engineers,   the  United   States  Northern                                                                    
     Command,  the  Transportation Security  Administration,                                                                    
     and  the Military  Surface Deployment  and Distribution                                                                    
     Command; and"                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, line 24, following "Defense;":                                                                                     
          Insert "the Honorable Elaine L. Chao, United                                                                          
     States Secretary of Transportation; and"                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:03:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR THOMPSON objected, for the purpose of discussion.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:03:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK explained he thought  a copy of HJR 27 should                                                               
go to the  U.S. Department of Transportation because  of the role                                                               
the department played in infrastructure  development.  There were                                                               
a couple of "whereas" statements, he  said, on Amendment 1 to HJR                                                               
27,  one of  which  pointed out  that  the Port  of  Alaska as  a                                                               
commercial strategic seaport included  a port readiness committee                                                               
to provide  the means to  coordinate efficient  operations during                                                               
peace time  as well as  during national defense  emergencies, and                                                               
the  other  outlining  all  of  the  agencies  and  organizations                                                               
involved in said operations.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR THOMPSON asked whether  any problems were anticipated in                                                               
getting folks  together to  answer questions,  since the  list of                                                               
agencies was so exhaustive.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  replied  that  many  of  the  nine  federal                                                               
agencies and  organizations fell under the  Department of Defense                                                               
(DoD).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:05:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR THOMPSON  removed his objection  to Amendment 1.   There                                                               
being no further objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:06:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 1:06 p.m. to 1:07 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:07:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  SHAW  moved  to  report  HJR 27,  as  amended,  out  of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  note.    There  being no  objection,  CSHJR  27(MLV)  was                                                               
reported  out of  the  House Special  Committee  on Military  and                                                               
Veterans' Affairs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:07:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK  asked that  the  Department  of Military  &                                                               
Veterans'   Affairs   (DMVA)   keep  the   committee   aware   of                                                               
preparations for a COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:08:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SPOHNHOLZ  added  DMVA   also  had  an  emergency                                                               
response role  within the state  so it may  be helpful to  have a                                                               
briefing.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:09:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR SHAW said he would  contact the Commissioner's office to                                                               
address these concerns.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:09:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 1:09 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:10:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Special Committee  on Military and Veterans'  Affairs meeting was                                                               
adjourned at 1:10 p.m.                                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Fiscal Note HJR 27-LAA-MLV-03-12-20.pdf HMLV 3/12/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJR 27
20200312 HJR 27 Amendment 1.pdf HMLV 3/12/2020 1:00:00 PM
HJR 27