Legislature(1997 - 1998)

04/22/1997 01:07 PM RES

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
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               HOUSE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                              
                         April 22, 1997                                        
                           1:07 p.m.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                               
                                                                               
 Representative Bill Hudson, Co-Chairman                                       
 Representative Scott Ogan, Co-Chairman                                        
 Representative Beverly Masek, Vice Chair                                      
 Representative Fred Dyson                                                     
 Representative Joe Green                                                      
 Representative William K. ("Bill") Williams                                   
 Representative Irene Nicholia                                                 
 Representative Reggie Joule                                                   
                                                                               
 MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                
                                                                               
 Representative Ramona Barnes                                                  
                                                                               
 COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                            
                                                                               
 HOUSE BILL NO. 109                                                            
 "An Act relating to the management and disposal of state land and             
 resources; relating to certain remote parcel and homestead entry              
 land purchase contracts and patents; and providing for an effective           
 date."                                                                        
                                                                               
      - MOVED OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                 
                                                                               
 * HOUSE BILL NO. 243                                                          
 "An Act extending the date for a review of and a report on the                
 current law regarding subsistence use of fish and game and delaying           
 the repeal of the current law regarding subsistence use of fish and           
 game; amending the effective date of secs. 3 and 5, ch. 1, SSSLA              
 1992; and providing for an effective date."                                   
                                                                               
      - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                
                                                                               
 (* First public hearing)                                                      
                                                                               
 PREVIOUS ACTION                                                               
                                                                               
 BILL:  HB 109                                                               
 SHORT TITLE:  MANAGEMENT OF STATE LAND AND RESOURCES                          
 SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVE(S) THERRIAULT                                      
                                                                               
 JRN-DATE      JRN-PG                 ACTION                                   
 02/03/97       219    (H)   READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRAL(S)                 
 02/03/97       219    (H)   RESOURCES, FINANCE                                
 04/17/97              (H)   RES AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 124                        
                                                                               
 WITNESS REGISTER                                                              
                                                                               
 JANE ANGVIK, Director                                                         
 Division of Land                                                              
 Department of Natural Resources                                               
 3601 C Street, Suite 1122                                                     
 Anchorage, Alaska  99503-5947                                                 
 Telephone:  (907) 269-8503                                                    
                                                                               
 POSITION STATEMENT:  Provided department's position and answered              
                      questions regarding HB 109.                              
                                                                               
 ACTION NARRATIVE                                                              
                                                                               
 TAPE 97-47, SIDE A                                                            
 Number 0001                                                                   
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN SCOTT OGAN called the House Resources Standing                    
 Committee meeting to order at 1:07 p.m.  Members present at the               
 call to order were Representatives Hudson, Ogan, Masek, Dyson and             
 Green.  Representative Nicholia arrived shortly thereafter, and               
 Representatives Joule and Williams arrived at 1:12 p.m. and 1:13              
 p.m., respectively.  Representative Barnes was out of town.                   
                                                                               
 HB 109 - MANAGEMENT OF STATE LAND AND RESOURCES                             
                                                                               
 Number 0030                                                                   
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN OGAN announced the only business was House Bill No.               
 109, "An Act relating to the management and disposal of state land            
 and resources; relating to certain remote parcel and homestead                
 entry land purchase contracts and patents; and providing for an               
 effective date."  He advised that Sara Fisher from the office of              
 Representative Therriault, sponsor, was present.                              
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN OGAN noted that although HB 109 has been called a                 
 "housekeeping measure," it is 20 pages long.  He had held the bill            
 because of insufficient time at the previous hearing.  He had                 
 wanted the committee to have an opportunity to examine the bill.              
                                                                               
 Number 0124                                                                   
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN BILL HUDSON stated that he had gone over this                     
 carefully.  He finds a lot of constructive and positive changes.              
                                                                               
 Number 0199                                                                   
                                                                               
 JANE ANGVIK, Director, Division of Land, Department of Natural                
 Resources (DNR), testified via teleconference from Anchorage in               
 support of the bill.  She said they have been pleased to work with            
 the sponsor on developing this legislation.  They believe it will             
 provide them with "tremendous opportunities to become even more               
 efficient in our ability to manage the lands of Alaska."                      
                                                                               
 Number 0240                                                                   
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN OGAN referred to discussion at the previous hearing               
 relating to increased costs associated with nonagricultural                   
 homesteads.  He asked whether that increase is to cover costs.                
                                                                               
 MS. ANGVIK said that is correct.                                              
                                                                               
 Number 0285                                                                   
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN OGAN asked whether there were other areas that could be           
 considered a major change in policy.                                          
                                                                               
 MS. ANGVIK replied that fundamentally the same bill went "sailing             
 through the House last year."  Over the past 25 years, the land               
 laws of Alaska have been amended numerous times.  As a result,                
 sections of Title 38 are inconsistent with each other.  Basically,            
 this tries to make it smoother.  Ms. Angvik acknowledged the                  
 enormous size of the bill and that it is quite technical.  However,           
 it does not change policy on any action the legislature has                   
 previously set.  "All we're doing is trying to do our jobs more               
 efficiently," she concluded.                                                  
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN OGAN asked whether, other than raising some rates,                
 there was any policy change.                                                  
                                                                               
 MS. ANGVIK said no.                                                           
                                                                               
 Number 0416                                                                   
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN HUDSON made a motion to move HB 109 from committee with           
 individual recommendations and the attached fiscal note.  He asked            
 unanimous consent.  There being no objection, HB 109 moved from the           
 House Resources Standing Committee.                                           
                                                                               
 Number 0474                                                                   
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN OGAN advised that Representative Barnes had left town             
 for personal reasons and was unable to serve on the subcommittee              
 for HB 28, scheduled to meet April 23.  He announced he would take            
 her place unless someone else volunteered.  There being no                    
 volunteers, Co-Chairman Ogan joined the subcommittee on HB 28.                
                                                                               
 ADJOURNMENT                                                                   
                                                                               
 CO-CHAIRMAN OGAN adjourned the House Resources Standing Committee             
 meeting at 1:14 p.m.                                                          
                                                                               

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