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+= HB 87 CONFLICT OF INTEREST: BD FISHERIES/GAME TELECONFERENCED
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-- Public Testimony --
+= HJR 12 OPPOSING GEN. ENGINEERED SALMON TELECONFERENCED
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-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 32 LABEL GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
-- Public Testimony --
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+= HB 172 INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION LICENSES TELECONFERENCED
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-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+= HB 46 PROCURE AK FISH/AG PROD.;ALASKA GROWN TELECONFERENCED
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-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
**Streamed live on AKL.tv**
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         March 22, 2017                                                                                         
                           6:07 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Andy Josephson, Co-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Geran Tarr, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Representative Dean Westlake, Vice Chair                                                                                        
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Representative Justin Parish                                                                                                    
Representative Chris Birch                                                                                                      
Representative DeLena Johnson                                                                                                   
Representative George Rauscher                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative David Talerico                                                                                                   
Representative Mike Chenault (alternate)                                                                                        
Representative Chris Tuck (alternate)                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 46                                                                                        
"An  Act   relating  to  the  state   and  municipal  procurement                                                               
preferences for agricultural products  harvested in the state and                                                               
fisheries products harvested or  processed in the state; relating                                                               
to merchandise sold and certain  fees charged or collected by the                                                               
Department of  Natural Resources; and providing  for an effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SSHB 46 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 172                                                                                                              
"An Act relating  to the regulation and  production of industrial                                                               
hemp; relating to industrial hemp  pilot programs; providing that                                                               
industrial   hemp  is   not  included   in   the  definition   of                                                               
'marijuana'; and  clarifying that adding industrial  hemp to food                                                               
does not create an adulterated food product."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED HB 172 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12                                                                                                   
Opposing  the  United  States   Food  and  Drug  Administration's                                                               
approval  of   AquaBounty  AquAdvantage   genetically  engineered                                                               
salmon;  and   urging  the  United   States  Congress   to  enact                                                               
legislation that requires prominently labeling genetically                                                                      
engineered products with the words "Genetically Modified" on the                                                                
product's packaging.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHJR 12(FSH) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 87                                                                                                               
"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."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     - BILL HEARING CANCELED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 32                                                                                                               
"An Act relating to the labeling of food; relating to the                                                                       
misbranding of food; requiring labeling of food produced with                                                                   
genetic engineering; and providing for an effective date."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  46                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: PROCURE AK FISH/AG PROD.; ALASKA GROWN                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TARR                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
01/18/17       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/13/17                                                                               
01/18/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/18/17       (H)       STA, RES, FIN                                                                                          
03/08/17       (H)       SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE INTRODUCED-REFERRALS                                                                
03/08/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/08/17       (H)       RES, FIN                                                                                               
03/15/17       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/15/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/15/17       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
03/15/17       (H)       RES AT 6:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/15/17       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
03/17/17       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/17/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/17/17       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
03/20/17       (H)       RES AT 7:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/20/17       (H)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/22/17       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/22/17       (H)       RES AT 6:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 172                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION LICENSES                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) DRUMMOND                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
03/10/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/10/17       (H)       RES, JUD                                                                                               
03/15/17       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/15/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/15/17       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
03/15/17       (H)       RES AT 6:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/15/17       (H)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
03/17/17       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM GRUENBERG 120                                                                           
03/17/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/17/17       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
03/20/17       (H)       RES AT 7:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/20/17       (H)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/22/17       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/22/17       (H)       RES AT 6:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 12                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: OPPOSING GEN ENGINEERED SALMON                                                                                     
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) TARR                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
02/22/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/22/17       (H)       FSH, RES                                                                                               
02/28/17       (H)       FSH AT 10:00 AM GRUENBERG 120                                                                          
02/28/17       (H)       Moved CSHJR 12(FSH) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/28/17       (H)       MINUTE(FSH)                                                                                            
03/01/17       (H)       FSH RPT CS(FSH) NT 5DP 1NR                                                                             
03/01/17       (H)       DP: FANSLER, TARR, CHENAULT, KREISS-                                                                   
                        TOMKINS, STUTES                                                                                         
03/01/17       (H)       NR: EASTMAN                                                                                            
03/13/17       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/13/17       (H)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/14/17       (H)       RES AT 3:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/14/17       (H)       -- Continued from 3/13/17 Meeting at                                                                   
                         1:00 PM --                                                                                             
03/20/17       (H)       RES AT 7:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/20/17       (H)       Scheduled but Not Heard                                                                                
03/22/17       (H)       RES AT 6:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK FITZGERALD, Staff                                                                                                       
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Discussed the fiscal notes for HB 172 on                                                                 
behalf of Representative Drummond, prime sponsor.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
L. VAL GIDDINGS, PhD                                                                                                            
Biotechnology Innovation Organization                                                                                           
Silver Spring, Maryland                                                                                                         
POSITION STATEMENT:  Shared concerns in regard to HJR 12.                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
JERRY MCCUNE, President                                                                                                         
United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA)                                                                                                
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HJR 12.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:07:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  GERAN   TARR  called   the  House   Resources  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at  6:07 p.m.   Representatives Tarr,                                                               
Josephson,  Parish, Drummond,  and Westlake  were present  at the                                                               
call  to order.    Representatives Birch,  Johnson, and  Rauscher                                                               
arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
         HB  46-PROCURE AK FISH/AG PROD.; ALASKA GROWN                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:08:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  announced that the  first order of  business would                                                               
be SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL  NO. 46, "An Act relating to                                                               
the state and municipal  procurement preferences for agricultural                                                               
products harvested in the state  and fisheries products harvested                                                               
or  processed in  the  state; relating  to  merchandise sold  and                                                               
certain fees  charged or collected  by the Department  of Natural                                                               
Resources; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR, as  prime sponsor, explained that  SSHB 46 relates                                                               
to the product  preference statute and the bill  has been several                                                               
years in  the making.   First introduced  in 2014, it  was deemed                                                               
more information  was needed.   The Legislative Budget  and Audit                                                               
Committee  since conducted  an  audit of  purchases greater  than                                                               
$200,000 and  several ways were  identified as not working.   The                                                               
bill's second  part, she  explained, would  help the  Division of                                                               
Agriculture  by giving  the division  receipt  authority for  the                                                               
Alaska Grown logo  so it could sustain its  marketing efforts and                                                               
perhaps make some dollars.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:10:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON moved to report  SSHB 46 out of committee with                                                               
individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:10:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:11:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  announced that there  being no objection,  SSHB 46                                                               
was reported from the House Resources Standing Committee.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:10:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 6:10 p.m. to 6:14 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
           HB 172-INDUSTRIAL HEMP PRODUCTION LICENSES                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:14:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR announced that the  next order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL NO.  172,  "An  Act relating  to  the regulation  and                                                               
production of industrial hemp; relating  to industrial hemp pilot                                                               
programs; providing that  industrial hemp is not  included in the                                                               
definition of 'marijuana'; and  clarifying that adding industrial                                                               
hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product."                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:14:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK  FITZGERALD,  Staff,   Representative  Harriet  Drummond,                                                               
Alaska State  Legislature, on behalf of  Representative Drummond,                                                               
prime sponsor,  addressed the fiscal  notes for HB 172  on behalf                                                               
of   Representative  Drummond,   prime  sponsor.     He   said  a                                                               
typographical  mistake was  made in  the analyses  of one  of the                                                               
fiscal  notes  and the  mistake  was  corrected.   The  corrected                                                               
fiscal note remains zero and is in the committee packet.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:15:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PARISH asked  where the lines of  revenue would be                                                               
in the industrial hemp pilot program.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FITZGERALD  replied  that basically  the  pilot  program  is                                                               
incorporated in  the state, so  all the  revenues for it  and all                                                               
the reporting of the pilot program  would be with the Division of                                                               
Agriculture.   The recording of  the cultivations, sales,  and so                                                               
forth would also  be done with the Division of  Agriculture.  The                                                               
Division of Agriculture currently keeps  records of all the sales                                                               
of all the crops in Alaska.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PARISH drew  attention  to page  2  of the  bill,                                                               
lines  5-9,  which state,  "The  department  shall establish  fee                                                               
levels   for   application,    registration,   and   renewal   of                                                               
registration so  that the  total amount  of fees  collected under                                                               
this  section  approximately  equals  the  regulatory  costs  for                                                               
regulating the industrial hemp industry."   He asked whether this                                                               
regulatory cost would include the cost of the pilot program.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. FITZGERALD answered yes.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:17:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND, prime  sponsor of  HB 172,  stated that                                                               
farmers  would  like  [the  legislature's]  permission  to  start                                                               
planting hemp, a plant that has  been around for centuries if not                                                               
millennia.   Farmers would like to  get to work on  improving the                                                               
diversity of [Alaska's] farm products.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:17:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  JOSEPHSON  requested  clarification on  the  number  of                                                               
fiscal notes accompanying the bill.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. FITZGERALD  explained that three  fiscal notes  accompany the                                                               
bill:    one  from  the Alcohol  and  Marijuana  Control  Office,                                                               
[Department  of Commerce,  Community  and Economic  Development];                                                               
one  from the  Criminal Division,  [Department of  Law]; and  one                                                               
from  the  [Division  of   Agriculture],  Department  of  Natural                                                               
Resources.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:18:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  JOSEPHSON  began  a motion  that  was  interrupted  for                                                               
purposes of clarification.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:19:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took a brief at-ease.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:19:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON moved  to report HB 172 out  of committee with                                                               
individual recommendations  and three accompanying  fiscal notes.                                                               
There  being no  objection, HB  172 was  reported from  the House                                                               
Resources Standing Committee.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:20:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee  took an at-ease  from 6:19  PM to 6:22  PM, during                                                               
which Co-Chair Tarr passed the gavel to Co-Chair Josephson.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
             HJR 12-OPPOSING GEN ENGINEERED SALMON                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:22:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  JOSEPHSON announced  that  the next  order of  business                                                               
would  be HOUSE  JOINT  RESOLUTION NO.  12,  Opposing the  United                                                               
States  Food and  Drug  Administration's  approval of  AquaBounty                                                               
AquAdvantage  genetically  engineered   salmon;  and  urging  the                                                               
United  States  Congress  to   enact  legislation  that  requires                                                               
prominently  labeling genetically  engineered  salmon and  salmon                                                               
products with  the words "Genetically Modified"  on the product's                                                               
packaging.  [Before the committee was CSHJR 12(FSH).]                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:22:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR,  prime sponsor  of HJR  12, provided  a PowerPoint                                                               
presentation entitled,  "HJR 12:  Opposing GM  Salmon, Say  No to                                                               
Frankenfish."   She said HJR  12 expresses the State  of Alaska's                                                               
opposition  to  approval  of genetically  modified  (GM)  salmon.                                                               
Addressing slide 2  she explained that on November  19, 2015, the                                                               
federal government [Food and  Drug Administration (FDA)] approved                                                               
the sale  of genetically modified  salmon.   This is a  big deal,                                                               
she stated, because  it is the first approval of  a GM animal for                                                               
human  consumption;  GM  plants  were approved  in  1994.    This                                                               
approval is  very specific:   it is  to one  company, AquaBounty,                                                               
and its one specific proposal [AquAdvantage Salmon].                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR moved  to slide 3 and described  the genetic makeup                                                               
of the approved fish as being  an Atlantic salmon with genes from                                                               
two  other fish  -  the ocean  pout, an  eel-like  fish, and  the                                                               
Chinook salmon.   Showing slide 4 she explained  that the Chinook                                                               
gene makes the  genetically modified fish grow  bigger faster and                                                               
the  ocean  pout gene  makes  it  grow  year-round, which  is  an                                                               
interruption to the natural life cycle  of a salmon.  She pointed                                                               
out that  both salmon shown  in the photographs  are 18-month-old                                                               
farmed salmon and that the  genetically modified fish is twice as                                                               
big and grew twice as fast to reach that size.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR showed  slide 5 and said the  motivation behind the                                                               
genetically  modified salmon  has always  been about  profit, not                                                               
sustainability.   While  the purpose  of companies  is to  make a                                                               
profit, she continued,  this is really about looking at  a way to                                                               
produce a protein product in a  faster amount of time for a lower                                                               
cost.   This  is in  contrast  to the  sustainable management  of                                                               
[wild] fisheries  done in Alaska  [slide 6].   Alaska is  a world                                                               
leader  in  sustainable  fisheries   management  and  this  means                                                               
something to  Alaskans, she  said.  Alaska  has managed  its fish                                                               
populations to assure abundance  for commercial fishers and sport                                                               
fishers, as  well as people  visiting Alaska to fish  for salmon.                                                               
Sustainability might mean something  different to AquaBounty than                                                               
it does to  Alaskans, she posited.  Turning to  slide 7 she noted                                                               
that  Alaska's  pollock  fishery  is  sustainably  harvested  and                                                               
pointed out  that the Alaska  Seafood Marketing  Institute (ASMI)                                                               
has  been engaged  in  a multi-year  process  for certifying  the                                                               
Alaska fisheries that are managed on a sustained yield basis.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:27:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR   displayed  slide  8  and   explained  how  these                                                               
genetically modified  salmon would  be grown to  full size.   The                                                               
eggs would be raised on Prince  Edward Island (PEI) in Canada and                                                               
then shipped  to Panama to  be raised  in land-based pens.   Upon                                                               
harvest, the fish  would be shipped to the U.S.   The involvement                                                               
of three countries  to produce this genetically  modified fish is                                                               
interesting  given that  AquaBounty  is  based in  Massachusetts.                                                               
From conversations  with people intimately involved  in this, she                                                               
understands that AquaBounty wouldn't try  a proposal like this in                                                               
the U.S. because the company  doesn't think it would get support.                                                               
Therefore, the company  has taken this proposal  around the world                                                               
to figure  out the  locations where  it can  happen.   The actual                                                               
proposal approved  by the  [FDA], she  continued, is  specific to                                                               
the eggs  being raised  on Prince Edward  Island, the  fish being                                                               
raised in Panama, and the product being sold in the U.S.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  turned to  slide 9 and  stated that  concerns with                                                               
genetically modified  salmon include  the threat to  wild salmon,                                                               
the risks to  human health, and the risks  to [Alaska's] economy.                                                               
Moving to slide 10 she elaborated  that the threat to wild salmon                                                               
is posed from escapement.   For example, farmed [Atlantic] salmon                                                               
being reared in Washington and  British Columbia have escaped and                                                               
been caught  by fishermen  in Alaska.   The Alaska  Department of                                                               
Fish and Game makes announcements  to fishermen throughout Alaska                                                               
requesting  that fishermen  report  any  farmed-raised fish  that                                                               
they  see.   At the  federal level,  the U.S.  Fish and  Wildlife                                                               
Service  (USFWS)   and  the  National  Oceanic   and  Atmospheric                                                               
Administration (NOAA) have recognized these risks.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR referred to slide 11  and noted that some folks may                                                               
question  why  there is  concern  because  the AquaBounty  salmon                                                               
would be  raised in land-based  pens.  However, she  pointed out,                                                               
the  AquaBounty facility  [on  PEI] is  adjacent  to Fortune  Bay                                                               
which empties  into Northumberland Strait  that then goes  to the                                                               
St. Lawrence Seaway  and the Atlantic Ocean.  Any  issues at this                                                               
facility could result  in the potential for  escapement.  Turning                                                               
to slide  12 she said she  visited the facility in  2013 prior to                                                               
the FDA's approval and met  with people from Prince Edward Island                                                               
and Panama  who were concerned  and interested in  opposing this.                                                               
Prince Edward Island is known for  its tourism, she said, and now                                                               
when  the   island  is  researched  online   articles  about  the                                                               
Frankenfish are the first things to  come up and there is concern                                                               
about PEI being known as the  home of the Frankenfish as that may                                                               
deter people  from visiting.   Co-Chair  Tarr explained  that the                                                               
facility has  traps in its  drain systems to  prevent escapement,                                                               
which are pointed  to by those people who say  there shouldn't be                                                               
cause for concern about escapement.   However, she continued, she                                                               
remains uncomfortable  because there would  be no access  to this                                                               
facility by  U.S. regulators,  which would  limit the  ability of                                                               
the U.S. to have influence on the safety of this facility.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:32:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR displayed  slides 13 and 14  and elaborated further                                                               
on the  threats to wild  salmon.   She reported that  millions of                                                               
comments  were  received  during  the  comment  period  for  this                                                               
proposal.    Right  after  the   comment  period  closed,  McGill                                                               
University  in  Canada published  a  research  report that  found                                                               
these  genetically modified  salmon  could  interbreed with  wild                                                               
brown trout  and, most alarming,  the hybridized fish  could out-                                                               
compete both  the GM  salmon and  the wild  [brown trout].   Such                                                               
interbreeding and  the overtaking of  the natural species  is the                                                               
reason for concern  about escapement, she continued.   While some                                                               
folks might say the risk for  escapement is low, she wants to err                                                               
on  the  side  of  being very  conservative  about  this  because                                                               
Atlantic salmon  runs have been stressed  from overharvesting and                                                               
much restoration work  is taking place.  On the  West Coast, dams                                                               
are being  removed to  allow natural fish  passage.   The Bristol                                                               
Bay  fishery  of  Alaska   is  extremely  important  ecologically                                                               
because  it is  one of  only a  few wild  fisheries; most  of the                                                               
other  Alaska fisheries  have  some hatchery  fish  to stock  the                                                               
fisheries.    Another  risk from  farmed  salmon,  Co-Chair  Tarr                                                               
pointed out, is the spread of  diseases to wild salmon that arise                                                               
from the less  healthy environment of the farm pens  and that are                                                               
unnatural to the wild salmon.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:35:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  turned to slide 15  to address the risks  to human                                                               
health.   There  is  controversy  regarding genetically  modified                                                               
foods  and human  health, she  allowed.   Relative to  GM salmon,                                                               
humans would  be eating the  foreign deoxyribonucleic  acid (DNA)                                                               
along with the  growth hormones.  Of concern is  the way in which                                                               
the FDA assessed the safety  for genetically modified salmon.  It                                                               
wasn't evaluated as a food  product, she explained, but rather it                                                               
was  evaluated under  the veterinary  drug protocols.   For  some                                                               
people, that  calls into  question all the  information and  is a                                                               
reason  why people  have  strong concerns  about  whether it  was                                                               
properly evaluated for health risks.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR moved to slide 16  to discuss the risks to Alaska's                                                               
economy.   She  recalled that  the first  introduction of  farmed                                                               
salmon caused  a dramatic price  decrease for wild salmon.   This                                                               
led to  establishment of the  Alaska Seafood  Marketing Institute                                                               
(ASMI) and the state making  significant efforts to market Alaska                                                               
wild  salmon and  all its  health benefits.   These  efforts have                                                               
been very  successful - Alaska's  wild salmon  is now one  of the                                                               
most  well recognized  brands nationwide.   Genetically  modified                                                               
salmon coming  to the  market could  undermine the  confidence in                                                               
Alaska wild salmon, Co-Chair Tarr  posited.  This is why Alaska's                                                               
past and  present congressional delegation  has been  fighting at                                                               
the  federal level  for mandatory  labeling.   If consumers  were                                                               
unable  to differentiate  Alaska wild  salmon from  farmed salmon                                                               
they may  choose not  to buy  any salmon at  all, which  would be                                                               
very harmful to Alaska.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:37:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  requested an explanation of  the meaning                                                               
of veterinary drug protocols.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR replied  that  instead of  using  the process  for                                                               
evaluating  a  food   product  the  FDA  used   the  process  for                                                               
evaluating a veterinary  drug protocol.  The  question is whether                                                               
that  effectively  assesses  whether  there is  any  health  risk                                                               
because it  needs to  be understood  from the  aspect of  a human                                                               
eating  this rather  than it  being  used as  a veterinary  drug.                                                               
This is very  unusual, she said.  There is  no precedent for this                                                               
because this would be the  first time that a genetically modified                                                               
animal is approved for human  consumption.  If this goes forward,                                                               
a better  system needs  to be  developed, Co-Chair  Tarr posited.                                                               
Talk  about this  needs to  continue because  the AquaBounty  web                                                               
site  used to  list several  other species  that the  company was                                                               
interested  in  also  producing   as  genetically  modified  food                                                               
products.  Now  its web site has transitioned away  from that and                                                               
only focuses  on salmon.   If this  continues and  other products                                                               
are going to  be evaluated, Tarr added, then there  needs to be a                                                               
standard that  evaluates it as a  product that a person  eats and                                                               
whether there is a health risk associated with that.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  inquired whether  the FDA  evaluated the                                                               
drugs that were used  on the fish or evaluated the  fish as if it                                                               
were a veterinary drug.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR responded it was  the latter; the FDA evaluated the                                                               
fish through the veterinary drug process.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  said she is confused  because veterinary                                                               
means animals - dogs, cats, horses,  cows.  She asked whether the                                                               
FDA evaluated it as to its effect on animals eating these fish.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR answered,  "Those  type of  evaluations that  were                                                               
considered  in the  overall evaluation  were considered  low risk                                                               
because of the land-based operations."   Whether it was done in a                                                               
substantial enough way is one of the criticisms.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  offered her  understanding that  this is                                                               
being considered a land-based operation  even though it is on the                                                               
edge of a river.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR replied  yes and  estimated that  the facility  is                                                               
about 200 feet  away from a small stream that  flows into Fortune                                                               
Bay.   She offered her  belief that  there is question  about the                                                               
safety of  the facility.  The  fish would be grown  in land-based                                                               
pens  and the  evaluation process  states there  would be  little                                                               
opportunity for escapement.  A  big criticism is whether this was                                                               
fully evaluated  for any of  these potential impacts.   There are                                                               
reasons for  concern, she  said.   Even those  things with  a low                                                               
likelihood  need  to  be  addressed because  the  worst  must  be                                                               
planned  for.   While  it was  said that  there  would be  little                                                               
opportunity  for interbreeding,  the question  is whether  one is                                                               
willing to  take that risk and  what that risk means  in terms of                                                               
influence to a wild population, and her position is no.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:42:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND inquired  whether the AquaBounty facility                                                               
is using  water from  the creek  that it is  situated near.   She                                                               
commented  that the  hatchery pictures  in the  presentation look                                                               
similar to the  new hatchery in Anchorage, which  is located next                                                               
to Ship Creek but uses well water.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR responded that these  are the facilities located in                                                               
Panama.  She said she has  no pictures of the [Canadian] facility                                                               
because it  is fenced, and  the fence  seen behind her  [on slide                                                               
12] is as close as one can get.   About 50 feet from where she is                                                               
standing  in  the photo  is  a  little  creek that  empties  into                                                               
Fortune  Bay,  she continued.    It  is  not that  these  factors                                                               
weren't considered in the proposal,  but rather the thinking that                                                               
the safety  protocols in place  like the traps and  water sources                                                               
would limit the  potential of something bad happening.   While it                                                               
is  probably true  that in  most circumstances  things will  work                                                               
correctly,  she said  she is  more worried  about when  things go                                                               
wrong and there are a variety of reasons that that could happen.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND observed that the  first item on slide 15                                                               
states, "People who eat the GM  salmon will be eating the foreign                                                               
DNA,  along  with   the  growth  hormones."     She  offered  her                                                               
understanding  that growth  hormones or  hormones used  on cattle                                                               
and  other animals  have been  implicated in  the early  onset of                                                               
puberty in  girls.  She  inquired whether the hormones  [added to                                                               
the fish in this proposal] were part of what the FDA evaluated.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  answered that  many people  don't think  they were                                                               
evaluated  properly  because  it   wasn't  evaluated  as  a  food                                                               
product.   Care  must be  taken  in talking  about hormones,  she                                                               
noted.  The  growth hormone used in dairy and  beef has been very                                                               
controversial and  some companies  have a specific  disclaimer on                                                               
their  products  that say  they  don't  use this  growth  hormone                                                               
because  of the  concern  about  what it  does  to growing  young                                                               
people.  Endocrine disrupter hormones  mimic natural sex hormones                                                               
like  estrogen,  she  continued.   When  used  in  personal  care                                                               
products, for example, they end up  in the water system and those                                                               
are the hormones causing the impacts of early onset of puberty.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:45:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PARISH  shared his  belief that HJR  12 is  a wise                                                               
bill  and said  it  is important  to oppose  this  sort of  thing                                                               
early.  While the AquaBounty proposal  is on the opposite side of                                                               
the continent,  if it is  a success it  won't be long  before the                                                               
company is  looking to  have one  on the Pacific  side too.   The                                                               
farmed   fish  industry   has   demonstrated   an  inability   or                                                               
unwillingness  to  contain  its  product, he  continued,  and  he                                                               
wouldn't  be  surprised if  farther  down  the line  the  company                                                               
started to say that  it could save a lot of  money by moving from                                                               
land-based to net  pens.  He asked whether there  is any prospect                                                               
of  the FDA  reassessing this  as  a food  for human  consumption                                                               
rather than as a veterinary drug.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR replied  yes, as recently as last  summer there was                                                               
some  concern and  some additional  meetings.   The FDA  received                                                               
over 300,000  written comments  on some of  the issues  that came                                                               
out of  that process.  Displaying  slide 17, she said  she stands                                                               
with Senator [Lisa]  Murkowski and other folks  on following this                                                               
until it's  a done  deal.   Dozens of  Alaska fishing  groups and                                                               
retailers have said  they oppose it and won't sell  it.  Alaska's                                                               
congressional  delegation  has come  out  in  opposition.   Forty                                                               
members of Congress  oppose it and that number  probably needs to                                                               
be  updated with  the new  Congress.   Millions of  comments were                                                               
against [approval of genetically  modified salmon] plus there are                                                               
the retailers.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  turned to  slide 18 and  reported that  since this                                                               
was  approved  there  has  also  been  international  opposition.                                                               
Folks in  Canada unsuccessfully  sued their government,  but have                                                               
since  filed  another lawsuit.    Moving  to  slide 19  she  said                                                               
litigation  is  continuing  in  the  U.S. and  it  goes  back  to                                                               
approval  through the  veterinary drug  protocol.   So, it  is an                                                               
unresolved matter.   She noted she is a botanist  by training and                                                               
was a  student when the  federal government  approved genetically                                                               
modified  plants and  said there  were many  reasons for  concern                                                               
about  that.    The  pitch  [to the  public]  in  1994  was  that                                                               
genetically modified foods are needed  to feed people.  Now, more                                                               
than 20  years later,  there are  still a  lot of  hungry people.                                                               
Many countries will not grow some  of those products.  Even after                                                               
Haiti was  ravaged by  weather, Haitian  farmers turned  down the                                                               
genetically modified seeds that they were given.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR said  her observation is that there  is enough food                                                               
out there.  For example,  Americans produce and throw away enough                                                               
food to feed half the U.S. on an  annual basis.  It is not a lack                                                               
of food  production, but  rather a  lack of  access that  is much                                                               
more related to a person's  economic status, she advised.  People                                                               
with money  have access  to food and  those without  money don't.                                                               
Alaska  is  striving  to  be the  model  of  sustainable  fishery                                                               
management, she  continued, and  she would  like to  move towards                                                               
making  others   be  more  sustainable   with  their   wild  fish                                                               
populations  and not  overharvest.   Rebuilding fish  populations                                                               
like the East Coast  is doing should be what is  looked at as the                                                               
solution,  not  producing a  genetically  modified  product in  a                                                               
land-based  pen.   It  is not  a  done deal,  she  said, and  she                                                               
applauds Senator Murkowski's work  for mandatory labeling so that                                                               
if stopping  this is unsuccessful  people will at least  have the                                                               
opportunity  to know  which salmon  is  genetically modified  and                                                               
which is wild and can make an informed consumer choice.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:51:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON opened public testimony on HJR 12.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:51:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
L. VAL  GIDDINGS, PhD, noted his  PhD is in animal  genetics from                                                               
the  University  of Hawaii.    He  said  he has  been  intimately                                                               
involved for  three decades in biotechnology  regulations, safety                                                               
assurance,  and policy  in the  U.S. and  around the  world.   He                                                               
spent a  decade working  for the  U.S. Department  of Agriculture                                                               
conducting safety assessments for transgenic  crops.  He has been                                                               
following  the AquAdvantage  salmon for  at least  25 years.   He                                                               
said salmon  is his favorite fish  to eat and there  is no better                                                               
salmon than Alaska's.  Therefore,  he continued, he is puzzled by                                                               
some  of  this  evening's testimony  because  [the  AquAdvantage]                                                               
salmon was  actually developed  in no small  part to  address and                                                               
reduce the  threats to  wild salmon and  to provide  an increased                                                               
source  of high  quality fish  protein  at lower  prices than  is                                                               
available in  many parts  of the  world today  which are  too far                                                               
away to access Alaska's salmon in an economical manner.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS said the comments  heard about the potential hazards                                                               
associated with  this salmon are  in general contradicted  by the                                                               
facts.   Concerns  that the  AquAdvantage  salmon might  threaten                                                               
wild populations are entirely misplaced  for a number of reasons,                                                               
he  stated.   Salmon lay  their eggs  in clear,  gravel-bottomed,                                                               
fresh  water streams  in the  headwaters of  major rivers  on the                                                               
West Coast.   "The  salmon in the  Prince Edward  Island facility                                                               
that AquAdvantage uses  to produce their eggs would  be the water                                                               
that  is a  football-pitch  distance from  that  facility is  not                                                               
fresh water, it  is salt water," he continued.   Salmon eggs that                                                               
meet with salt  water at that stage of development  suffer a very                                                               
quick  fate of  death,  he said.    Even if  these  fish were  to                                                               
survive  an escape  from the  egg  rearing facility  or from  the                                                               
contained concrete  tanks that AquaBounty  is presently  using in                                                               
the  Panamanian   highlands,  or   from  tanks   that  AquaBounty                                                               
ultimately hopes to situate in  the American Mid-West in order to                                                               
have  its   production  facilities  close  to   major  population                                                               
centers, and make  their way into the Pacific and  find their way                                                               
into habitats  shared by Alaska's  wild salmon, they  would still                                                               
pose  substantially less  threat than  those salmon  already face                                                               
from the  sea pens on the  West Coast for the  simple reason that                                                               
these  AquaBounty/AquAdvantage  fish  are sterile  and  therefore                                                               
incapable of reproducing.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR.  GIDDINGS stated  that while  [the AquAdvantage  salmon] grow                                                               
year-round  they do  not actually  grow to  any larger  size than                                                               
normal;   they   just  reach   that   size   more  rapidly   than                                                               
conventionally farmed  fish.  Growing year-round  means they must                                                               
eat year-round.   The reason  wild salmon don't grow  through the                                                               
winter,  he  noted,  is  because   they  are  adapted  to  winter                                                               
conditions in which  food is rare to non-existent,  so they don't                                                               
eat.  If  these feedlot salmon were in the  wild population, then                                                               
they would  starve to  death during  the first  winter.   Even if                                                               
these salmon  did escape and  encounter wild Alaska salmon  - and                                                               
the potential  for that is  virtually zero because of  where they                                                               
are being  grown - the  GM salmon  are incapable of  competing or                                                               
threatening  the  wild  salmon's   habitat  because  they  cannot                                                               
survive  a winter  and are  sterile.   Therefore, these  concerns                                                               
about potential threats are entirely misplaced, he said.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR.  GIDDINGS addressed  the statement  that was  made about  the                                                               
FDA's approval process being faulty  because the review was under                                                               
the  animal drug  provisions rather  than under  food provisions.                                                               
He said he was at the three days  of testimony held by the FDA on                                                               
September 19-21, 2010.   The FDA's review was done  under the new                                                               
animal drug  provisions of the  federal Food, Drug,  and Cosmetic                                                               
Act, he  continued, and  after reading well  over 1,000  pages of                                                               
documents laying out exactly the  details the FDA went through in                                                               
reviewing  this proposal,  he can  say that  the new  animal drug                                                               
provision  review was  much more  rigorous than  the normal  food                                                               
safety  approval process.   It  included explicit  examination of                                                               
the  potential for  any negative  consequences  or surprises  for                                                               
humans  or other  animals to  consume this  salmon, Dr.  Giddings                                                               
said.    The  FDA  found  that the  GM  salmon  is  nutritionally                                                               
indistinguishable  from any  other  salmon.   The hormone  levels                                                               
present in  the GM salmon are  so low as to  be undetectable with                                                               
the  best available  immunological screening  methods, he  added.                                                               
Every reasonable  question that could  be asked about  the safety                                                               
of  this  fish  either  for  human consumption  or  in  terms  of                                                               
potential  environmental  impacts  should  the  fish  escape  and                                                               
against  all odds  manage  to  survive, has  been  asked and  the                                                               
answers  documented  in the  abundant  literature  posted on  the                                                               
FDA's web site.  This literature  documents more than 10 years of                                                               
rigorous  specific evaluations  conducted on  this salmon  by the                                                               
FDA.   The concerns  have been  raised, examined  thoroughly, and                                                               
found to be without foundation, Dr. Giddings concluded.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:59:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH noted  that "ich"  [ichthyophthiriasis] has                                                               
afflicted some  of Alaska's natural  salmon, specifically  in the                                                               
lower Yukon  [River].  He  offered his understanding that  it has                                                               
something to  do with  warmer water and  it degrades  the salmon.                                                               
He  asked whether  wild salmon  populations  eventually would  be                                                               
able to protect themselves from [ichthyophthiriasis].                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DR.  GIDDINGS  replied that  ichthyophthiriasis  is  caused by  a                                                               
fungus [of  the genus] Ichthyophthirius.   He said he  is unaware                                                               
that ich  has historically  been a  significant problem  for wild                                                               
salmon, but  is well known  to people  who keep fish  in aquaria.                                                               
It requires and  thrives in warmer water and  generally tends not                                                               
to be  a problem in  cold water,  which is the  essential habitat                                                               
for salmon.   It  is possible  to imagine  ways in  which genetic                                                               
techniques might  be used to  improve salmon stocks so  that they                                                               
have  improved  levels  of resistance  to  ichthyophthiriasis  or                                                               
other  disease,  he  added,  although he  is  unaware  of  anyone                                                               
specifically  working   on  that   with  salmon   in  particular.                                                               
However, he continued,  it is not something that would  be of any                                                               
specific  concern under  the conditions  being  talked about  for                                                               
raising these AquAdvantage  salmon, which is intended  to be done                                                               
in  closed-circuit  concrete  containment facilities  inland  far                                                               
from  any ocean  waters and  far from  any tributaries  that feed                                                               
into ocean waters.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  BIRCH said  he  understands  that this  naturally                                                               
occurring disease has  been a problem with degrading  some of the                                                               
natural salmon stocks.  He added  that he is very intrigued about                                                               
the genetic options or the  potential for improving or addressing                                                               
these  long-term  concerns  because, for  example,  the  Hawaiian                                                               
papaya crop  is considered a genetically  modified organism (GMO)                                                               
success story.   When Hawaii's papaya crops cratered  in the mid-                                                               
1990s from ring-spot  virus, [they were replaced  by] the rainbow                                                               
papaya, a GMO papaya that now has 77 percent of the market.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:02:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PARISH  drew  attention  to the  diagram  of  the                                                               
proposed onshore  facility in  the sponsor's  presentation, which                                                               
shows the intake,  all the way around through the  fish tank, the                                                               
various levels  of treatment,  and out to  discharge to  fresh or                                                               
seawater.  He asked whether Dr. Giddings is familiar with that.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS  responded that he  doesn't have  the aforementioned                                                               
diagram in front  of him, but is familiar with  the facilities at                                                               
Prince Edward  Island as well as  those in Panama and  is willing                                                               
to address questions about the facilities.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PARISH,  regarding the levels of  bacteria control                                                               
and treatment  for diseases  that can  sometimes explode  in this                                                               
sort  of  facility, inquired  how  all  the antibacterial  agents                                                               
would be removed from the water  before the discharge to fresh or                                                               
seawater phase.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS  answered that protocols for  closed-circuit systems                                                               
of this  sort are very  well developed.   A variety  of efficient                                                               
filtering and  treatment techniques are available  to remove from                                                               
the  water  any  bactericides  or antibiotics  used  to  treat  a                                                               
problem.  It is important to  realize, he continued, that the PEI                                                               
and  Panamanian  facilities do  not  produce  a large  amount  of                                                               
effluent.  These  facilities are very different from  most of the                                                               
conventional hatcheries  throughout the western U.S.  and Alaska,                                                               
which often do  have substantial effluent and  which effluent can                                                               
contain   significantly  elevated   levels   of  nitrogenous   or                                                               
phosphorous wastes  from the fish  food and fish excrement.   The                                                               
PEI and  Panamanian facilities  are closed-circuit  systems where                                                               
the water is re-circulated and  filtered through active charcoal,                                                               
sand, and micro-pore  filters of various sizes.   Any antibiotics                                                               
or other  compounds can be removed  by autoclaving/sterilization.                                                               
The  closed system  is much  more easily  controlled than  is the                                                               
case with most traditional hatcheries.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:05:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PARISH requested Dr.  Giddings to send information                                                               
on the  facilities currently in  Panama because he  is interested                                                               
in knowing what  the standard is there.  If  something is done in                                                               
one place it can be done in  another, he posited, and so he would                                                               
be interested in knowing what is being done there now.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS agreed  to try to do that, but  said it would likely                                                               
not  be until  early April  due to  other obligations  he already                                                               
has.   Regarding the Panama facility,  he said it is  not correct                                                               
to say that AquaBounty avoided  basing facilities in the U.S. out                                                               
of  fear  it wouldn't  get  approval.   AquaBounty  has  received                                                               
approval from the FDA as always  intended because the U.S. is the                                                               
primary market.   The PEI facility  was chosen because it  was an                                                               
available  excellent  facility  and  not  far  from  the  company                                                               
headquarters in  Massachusetts.  Most importantly,  he continued,                                                               
the researchers  who developed this technological  innovation are                                                               
Canadian and  they wanted  to have the  facility based  in Canada                                                               
for  reasons of  their own  personal national  pride.   The adult                                                               
rearing  facility was  placed in  Panama  because Panama  offered                                                               
AquaBounty some  very lucrative concessions  to put  the facility                                                               
there.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR.  GIDDINGS further  elaborated  that putting  the facility  in                                                               
Panama  provided  a  profound level  of  additional  bio-security                                                               
because the  facility is in  the Panamanian Cordillera at  a high                                                               
elevation of  about 4,500 feet,  which is necessary to  provide a                                                               
cool enough  climate and cool  enough water to sustain  salmon in                                                               
those  tropical  latitudes.   The  stream  abutting the  facility                                                               
feeds into  a river that  flows into  Lake Gatun, a  manmade lake                                                               
that is  part of  the Panama  Canal.   About 10  miles downstream                                                               
from  the  facility the  water  that  any escaping  salmon  would                                                               
encounter is brown,  muddy, and about 20 degrees  higher than the                                                               
maximum temperature that  salmon can tolerate.   So, Dr. Giddings                                                               
continued,  if  salmon  did  manage to  escape  from  the  Panama                                                               
facility they would  not survive their encounter  with the waters                                                               
of  Lake Gatun.   Even  if these  fish made  their way  from that                                                               
facility  through  this  muddy  warm water  of  Lake  Gatun,  out                                                               
through the locks into the Pacific  Ocean, and up to Alaska, they                                                               
are sterile  and would die  the first winter and  would therefore                                                               
represent a  reduction in the  potential hazard compared  to that                                                               
from Atlantic salmon in existing sea pens in the Northwest.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:09:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON  observed from his  iPad that Dr.  Giddings is                                                               
an independent consultant.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS replied that's correct.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON  asked whether  Dr. Giddings is  [working for]                                                               
AquaBounty.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS  responded no and  said it  is a frustration  to him                                                               
because he has known the people  working on this for 25 years and                                                               
the founding chief executive officer  (CEO) has been a friend for                                                               
many years.   He related that  he has told AquaBounty  for a long                                                               
time to hire  him, but the company  has a very low  budget, so he                                                               
has given his work and time  pro bono because he believes in what                                                               
the company is doing.  He  is not on AquaBounty's payroll and has                                                               
never been  on its payroll  for anything remotely related  to the                                                               
salmon.   His opinions are his  own, he continued, and  are based                                                               
on his long intimate knowledge  of following this fish with great                                                               
personal and professional interest.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  JOSEPHSON  inquired  whether   Dr.  Giddings  has  ever                                                               
visited the PEI facility and the Panama holding tanks.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS  answered no  he has not  visited the  PEI facility,                                                               
but said  he has talked  with AquaBounty  at length about  it and                                                               
has  reviewed diagrams,  pictures,  and  videos of  it.   He  has                                                               
looked closely  at all  the FDA documents  that examine  both the                                                               
PEI facility  and the  Panama facility  in detail,  he continued.                                                               
He  has not  been to  the Panama  facility proper,  but has  been                                                               
within about 5 miles of it  and is familiar with the watershed it                                                               
sits on and the river that flows into Lake Gatun.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
7:11:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DRUMMOND   asked  from  where  Dr.   Giddings  is                                                               
calling.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS replied he is  calling from Silver Spring, Maryland,                                                               
and added  that he has  spent much of  his career working  in and                                                               
around  Washington, DC,  as a  regulator  and an  advisor to  the                                                               
Congressional Office of Technology Assessment.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  inquired whether  Dr. Giddings  has ever                                                               
visited Alaska's clean waters and its newest fish hatchery.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS responded  no, but said that it's at  the top of his                                                               
bucket list.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  suggested Dr. Giddings come  take a look                                                               
because  she objects  to his  characterization  of Alaska's  fish                                                               
hatcheries.   She  noted that  Alaska's new  fish hatchery  is in                                                               
downtown Anchorage  and rears millions  of all the types  of wild                                                               
game fish that  exist in Alaska.  This hatchery  won a Leadership                                                               
in  energy  and  Environmental  Design (LEED)  award  for  energy                                                               
efficiency and for its incredible  ability to clean.  She further                                                               
noted that  the hatchery is  able to  clean 95-99 percent  of the                                                               
fish excrement from the water.   Having visited and seen how this                                                               
hatchery works,  she urged that Dr.  Giddings do the same  in the                                                               
near future.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS answered that it is  on his list.  He apologized for                                                               
saying anything  that was taken  as disparaging of  this facility                                                               
as that  was not his intent  because he is aware  of the hatchery                                                               
and agrees  it is world class.   The comments he  made about some                                                               
hatcheries   having  problems   with  nitrogen   and  phosphorous                                                               
effluent do  not apply to this  facility, nor is he  aware of any                                                               
facilities  in Alaska  to which  they would  apply.   However, he                                                               
continued, those  comments are relevant  to some  facilities that                                                               
he  has visited  in Idaho,  Washington,  and Oregon  and that  is                                                               
where those  problems were discovered,  which prompted  the kinds                                                               
of measures  that led to  the superb LEED facility  in Anchorage.                                                               
Alaska has  certainly set a  world standard there, he  added, and                                                               
he didn't mean to say anything to suggest otherwise.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:14:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR said she noticed  at another committee meeting that                                                               
Dr. Giddings had  a company affiliation but tonight  he is listed                                                               
as an independent consultant.   She asked whether Dr. Giddings is                                                               
receiving  payment  to provide  testimony  tonight  by a  company                                                               
other than AquaBounty.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS  replied that if he  listed a company before  it was                                                               
probably his consulting  company, PrometheusAB, Inc.   He said he                                                               
was  asked  by  Biotechnology Innovation  Organization  (BIO)  to                                                               
testify before the committee this  evening, but BIO is not paying                                                               
him to do so.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR noted that [BIO]  was the affiliation listed by Dr.                                                               
Giddings the other  evening.  She requested that  in the interest                                                               
of  transparency,  [Biotechnology   Innovation  Organization]  be                                                               
listed as his affiliation for this evening.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR. GIDDINGS answered  that it is fine with  him if Biotechnology                                                               
Innovation Organization is listed as his affiliation.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:15:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JERRY  MCCUNE,  President,  United  Fishermen  of  Alaska  (UFA),                                                               
Cordova,  Alaska,   noted  that   UFA  is  the   largest  fishing                                                               
organization in  Alaska.   Canada's fish  farms currently  have a                                                               
real lice problem,  he pointed out, and he does  not trust Canada                                                               
not to  bring [the  AquAdvantage salmon] back  and raise  them in                                                               
Canada,  which is  very close  to Alaska's  borders.   Sterile or                                                               
not,  non-native  species in  Alaska's  streams  are not  wanted.                                                               
[The  public] was  told that  Atlantic salmon  would not  survive                                                               
this far north,  he recalled, but they've been  found in Alaska's                                                               
streams and in fishermen's nets  and are possibly trying to spawn                                                               
in  the state,  which  would be  devastating  to have  non-native                                                               
species.   While Alaska is not  under threat by this  [GM salmon]                                                               
yet, he said,  it is a possibility that [AquaBounty]  will try to                                                               
do it in Canada should it  become a success.  Regarding labeling,                                                               
Mr. McCune stated that UFA has  been behind labeling salmon for a                                                               
long time because  UFA thinks people should, for  their own good,                                                               
know what they are consuming.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:17:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON closed public  testimony after ascertaining no                                                               
one else wished to testify.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR spoke  to the ability of the U.S.  to regulate this                                                               
genetically modified  product.   She related  that the  FDA's web                                                               
site,  "fda.gov", states  that the  particular conditions  of use                                                               
allow  production  and grow-out  of  AquAdvantage  salmon at  two                                                               
facilities  - Prince  Edward Island  in Canada  and Panama.   She                                                               
read  as  follows  from the  web  site:    "As  we state  in  the                                                               
environmental  assessment, because  these facilities  are outside                                                               
the  United  States  and  because  NEPA  [National  Environmental                                                               
Protection Act] does  not require analysis of  impacts in foreign                                                               
sovereign   countries,   the    EA   [environmental   assessment]                                                               
considered  environmental impacts  in Canada  and Panama  only to                                                               
the  extent  necessary  to  determine   whether  there  would  be                                                               
significant effects on  the environment in the  United States due                                                               
to exposure  pathways originating  from the facilities  in Canada                                                               
and Panama."  So, she advised, keep  in mind that the U.S. has no                                                               
ability  to make  sure that  these are  well-regulated facilities                                                               
and to think about the harm that that could cause.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR  continued reading further  from the FDA  web site:                                                               
"FDA does not have jurisdiction  to regulate potential facilities                                                               
that  would  be located  outside  the  United States  that  would                                                               
produce fish for  export to countries outside  the United States.                                                               
FDA also  does not  regulate products  that are  produced outside                                                               
the United States  and will never enter U.S.  commerce.  Although                                                               
FDA does have  jurisdiction to regulate facilities  in the United                                                               
States and  products imported into  the United States,  the FDA's                                                               
approval does  not allow production and  grow-out of AquAdvantage                                                               
salmon in any facilities other  than those in Canada and Panama."                                                               
So, she  said, it should be  clear that [the U.S.]  does not have                                                               
the ability to regulate those.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR spoke  to  the statement  that  Canada was  chosen                                                               
because of Canadian pride and said  it is almost laughable and is                                                               
absolutely not  true.  She  related that AquaBounty tried  to get                                                               
U.S.-based  facilities, but  there were  significant protests  in                                                               
opposition  and as  a result  AquaBounty had  to seek  facilities                                                               
outside of the U.S.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR spoke  to the statement about sterility.   She said                                                               
research  has  shown  that  in  up to  5  percent  of  the  cases                                                               
sterility  is not  true,  and  therefore it  is  a real  concern.                                                               
Since  it is  unknown  how these  facilities  would be  regulated                                                               
because they are  outside the U.S., there are real  reasons to be                                                               
concerned and that  is why she is putting HJR  12 forward at this                                                               
time.   She  offered her  hope  that committee  members are  also                                                               
concerned and willing to support the resolution.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  JOSEPHSON asked  whether Co-Chair  Tarr stated  for the                                                               
record what she is reading.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR  replied yes,  it  was  from  the FDA  web  site's                                                               
response  to public  comments  on  the environmental  assessment.                                                               
She  reiterated that  this is  concerning because  the facilities                                                               
are outside  the U.S.'s jurisdiction  for regulation so  there is                                                               
no opportunity to ensure it is  done the way the U.S. might want.                                                               
Having been to the AquaBounty  facility in Canada, she continued,                                                               
she does  not have a high  level of confidence in  the facility's                                                               
location and the ability for it to not be problematic.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:20:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WESTLAKE  stated he  would  like  to entertain  a                                                               
motion  of moving  the resolution  forward given  the wait  since                                                               
2013,  the federal  delegation  already being  in  line, and  the                                                               
great people of Alaska who catch fish.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WESTLAKE moved  to  report CSHJR  12(FSH) out  of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal  notes.   There  being  no  objection, CSHJR  12(FSH)  was                                                               
reported from the House Resources Standing Committee.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:21:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Resources Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 7:22 p.m.                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HJR012 Sponsor Statement 2.22.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 ver A 2.22.17.PDF HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Fiscal Note LEG-SESS-02-23-17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Version D (FSH) 3.12.17.PDF HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Support - Alaska Trollers Association 2.27.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Support - Southeast Alaska Fishermen's Alliance 2.27.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Support - Petersburg Vessel Owners Association 2.27.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Support - United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters 2.27.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Support - Southeast Alaska Seiners Association 2.27.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Supporting Document-Alaska Dispatch News Article 2.22.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Supporting Document-Reps. Young and Defazio 2.22.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Support - United Fishermen of Alaska.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Supporting Document - Presentation House Resources Committee 3.12.17.pdf HFSH 2/28/2017 10:00:00 AM
HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Supporting Document - Letter of Support from SalmonState.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Supporting Document - Letter of Support Nelson 3.13.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Supporting Document - Letter of Support from Trojan 3.14.17_Redacted.pdf HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HJR012 Supporting Document - Letter of Support Wieland 3.21.14.pdf HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HJR 12
HB032 Supporting Document - Sponsor Statement.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB032 version A 3.12.17.PDF HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB032 Fiscal Note - DEC 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - GMO Q & A 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - HB 92 - AK Trollers Association Letter of Support.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - HB 92 Consolidated Letters of Support 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - Info Graphic 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - Letter of Support for HB 92 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - News Article #2 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - News Article #3 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - News Article #4 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - News Article #5 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB32 Supporting Document - NY Times Article 3.12.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB032 Supporting Document - Letter of Support UFA 3.13.17.pdf HRES 3/13/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/14/2017 3:00:00 PM
HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB032 Supporting Document - Letter of Support Wieland 3.21.17.pdf HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 32
HB172 Sponsor Statement 3.13.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Ver A 3.14.17.PDF HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Section Analysis 3.14.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Fiscal Note -DCCED-AMCO 3.13.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Fiscal Note - LAW-CRIM 3.13.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Fiscal Note - DNR-PMC 3.14.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB 172 Fiscal Note - CORREECTED DCCED-CBPL 3.20.17.pdf HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Supporting Document - Letter of support-Constance Fredenberg 3.14.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Supporting Document - Letter of Support-Jack Bennett 3.14.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Supporting Document - 2014 Farm Bill Sec. 7606 3.15.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Supporting Document - Letter of Support - Kenai Peninsula Borough 3.15.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Supporting Document - Letter of Support Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District 3.15.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Supporting Document - Industrial Hemp Updated Slide Presentation 3.15.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB172 Supporting Document - Modern-uses-for-cannabis-Chart3-640x453 3.15.17.jpg HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 172
HB046 Sponsor Statement 3.14.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 46
HB046 Ver J 3.14.17.PDF HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 46
HB046 Fiscal Note - DOA - DGS 3.14.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 46
HB046 Fiscal Note - DNR - AGS 3.14.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 46
HB046 Supporting Docuemnt - A Performance Audit of the Alaska Agriculture and Fisheries Products Preference.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 46
HB046 Supporting Document-AlaskaAgFacts08.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/17/2017 1:00:00 PM
HRES 3/20/2017 7:00:00 PM
HRES 3/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
HB 46
HB046 Supporting Document-Articles 3.14.17.pdf HRES 3/15/2017 1:00:00 PM
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