Legislature(2007 - 2008)CAPITOL 17

04/19/2007 01:30 PM TRANSPORTATION


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+ teleconferenced
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+ SB 130 RANCH, FARM, DAIRY VEHICLE REGISTRATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HJR 18 OPPOSE FED AVIATION FUEL TAX INCREASE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 18(TRA) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            HOUSE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         April 19, 2007                                                                                         
                           1:31 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kyle Johansen, Chair                                                                                             
Representative Mark Neuman, Vice Chair                                                                                          
Representative Anna Fairclough                                                                                                  
Representative Vic Kohring                                                                                                      
Representative Mike Doogan                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Craig Johnson                                                                                                    
Representative Woodie Salmon                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 130                                                                                                             
"An Act relating to the registration of certain vehicles owned                                                                  
by ranchers, farmers, or dairy workers."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 130 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 18                                                                                                   
Opposing the enactment of the provisions in the Next Generation                                                                 
Transportation System Financing Reform Act of 2007 that increase                                                                
aviation fuel and aviation gas taxes.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CSHJR 18(TRA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 130                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: RANCH, FARM, DAIRY VEHICLE REGISTRATION                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) GREEN                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
03/21/07       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/21/07       (S)       TRA, FIN                                                                                               
03/27/07       (S)       TRA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/27/07       (S)       Moved SB 130 Out of Committee                                                                          
03/27/07       (S)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
03/28/07       (S)       TRA RPT  3DP 2NR                                                                                       
03/28/07       (S)       DP: KOOKESH, WIELECHOWSKI, COWDERY                                                                     
03/28/07       (S)       NR: WILKEN, OLSON                                                                                      
04/02/07       (S)       FIN RPT 5DP 1NR                                                                                        
04/02/07       (S)       DP: STEDMAN, ELTON, THOMAS, DYSON,                                                                     
                         HUGGINS                                                                                                
04/02/07       (S)       NR: OLSON                                                                                              
04/02/07       (S)       FIN AT 9:00 AM SENATE FINANCE 532                                                                      
04/02/07       (S)       Moved SB 130 Out of Committee                                                                          
04/02/07       (S)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
04/10/07       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
04/10/07       (S)       VERSION: SB 130                                                                                        
04/11/07       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/11/07       (H)       TRA                                                                                                    
04/19/07       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 18                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: OPPOSE FED AIR TRANSPORT ACT PROVISIONS                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) JOHANSEN                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
04/05/07       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/05/07       (H)       TRA                                                                                                    
04/12/07       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
04/12/07       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/12/07       (H)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
04/19/07       (H)       TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DARWIN PETERSON, Staff                                                                                                          
to Senator Lyda Green                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented SB 130 on behalf of the sponsor,                                                                
Senator Green.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
STEVEN VAN TROBA                                                                                                                
Horse Rancher                                                                                                                   
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 130.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SONIA CHRISTENSON, Staff                                                                                                        
to Representative Johansen                                                                                                      
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Reviewed the changes encompassed in CSHJR                                                                 
18, Version M.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
WILFRED RYAN, President                                                                                                         
Alaska Air Carriers Association (AACA);                                                                                         
President, Arctic Transportation Services                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT: Recommended  that  CSHJR 18,  Version M,  be                                                             
forwarded.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KYLE JOHANSEN  called  the  House Transportation  Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order at  1:31:57  PM.    Representatives                                                             
Johansen,  Fairclough, Kohring,  and Doogan  were present  at the                                                               
call to order.  Representative  Neuman arrived as the meeting was                                                               
in progress.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB 130-RANCH, FARM, DAIRY VEHICLE REGISTRATION                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:32:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHANSEN announced  that the first order  of business would                                                               
be SENATE BILL  NO. 130, "An Act relating to  the registration of                                                               
certain vehicles owned by ranchers, farmers, or dairy workers."                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:32:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DARWIN  PETERSON,  Staff  to Senator  Lyda  Green,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  explained that  SB  130 will  increase the  maximum                                                               
allowable weight for registered farm  vehicles in Alaska by 4,000                                                               
pounds, from  16,000 pounds to  20,000 pounds because  newer farm                                                               
vehicles  are larger  due  to more  safety  features and  general                                                               
improvements.  Prior  to 1978 the maximum allowable  weight for a                                                               
farm vehicle  was 12,000  pounds, which  was later  increased for                                                               
basically the  same reasons as  stated for the  current proposal.                                                               
Current statute,  AS 28.10.181, establishes the  criteria for the                                                               
registration of these unique and  special vehicles.  Mr. Peterson                                                               
mentioned that  the impetus from  SB 130  was a farmer  in Palmer                                                               
who spoke with the sponsor.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:35:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEVEN  VAN   TROBA,  Horse  Rancher,  began   by  informing  the                                                               
committee that  he sought introduction  of SB 130, which  he said                                                               
he supports.   He mentioned that the weight of  farm equipment is                                                               
rising in  order to haul more  product and is related  to the new                                                               
safety features.   He related that  he has a tractor  weighing in                                                               
excess of 19,000 pounds, which limits  his ability to travel.  He                                                               
also related that  he travels into Canada and  since [his vehicle                                                               
is in excess  of the weight limits  of a farm vehicle]  he has to                                                               
have a  commercial license  plate and  has to  pay fuel  fees and                                                               
trip permits.  Therefore, this  weight increase will allow him to                                                               
utilize  a   farm  license  plate   and  not  have  to   pay  the                                                               
aforementioned fees in Canada.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:37:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KOHRING   inquired  as   to  the   Department  of                                                               
Transportation & Public Facilities'  (DOT&PF) position on SB 130.                                                               
He asked  if the proposed increase  in weight is of  concern with                                                               
regard to the use of highways and bridges.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. PETERSON said that he did  speak with DOT&PF and the Division                                                               
of Motor  Vehicles (DMV) within the  Department of Administration                                                               
prior to the  introduction of the legislation.   Currently, there                                                               
are 460 vehicles  registered as farm vehicles in the  state.  Due                                                               
to the  size of the  farm industry in  the state, no  one expects                                                               
the  number of  farm  vehicles  to increase  very  much with  the                                                               
passage of SB  130.  He related that DOT&PF  isn't concerned with                                                               
the additional impact on the roads  and that DMV is in support of                                                               
SB 130.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:38:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHANSEN, upon  determining no one else  wished to testify,                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:38:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN related his support  for SB 130 and related                                                               
his  understanding that  farmers  around the  state  are also  in                                                               
support of the legislation.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:39:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN  moved to  report SB  130 out  of committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  fiscal                                                               
notes.   There being no objection,  SB 130 was reported  from the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 1:39 p.m. to 1:41 p.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HJR 18-OPPOSE FED AVIATION FUEL TAX INCREASE                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:41:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHANSEN announced  that the final order  of business would                                                               
be HOUSE JOINT  RESOLUTION NO. 18, Opposing the  enactment of the                                                               
provisions   in  the   Next   Generation  Transportation   System                                                               
Financing  Reform Act  of 2007  that increase  aviation fuel  and                                                               
aviation gas taxes.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:42:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  NEUMAN  moved  to  adopt CSHJR  18,  Version  25-                                                               
LS0830\M, Kane,  4/18/07, as the  working document.   There being                                                               
no objection, Version M was before the committee.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:42:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SONIA  CHRISTENSON,  Staff  to  Representative  Johansen,  Alaska                                                               
State  Legislature, pointed  out  that the  first  change can  be                                                               
found  on  page  2,  line  12,  where  the  language  "and  would                                                               
implement  fees with  the National  Airspace  System" was  added.                                                               
The language  on page 2,  from lines 14-16  was added as  was the                                                               
language  "and   federal  oversight   of  the   Federal  Aviation                                                               
Administration" on line  24.  These were the  changes proposed by                                                               
the Alaska Air Carriers Association, she noted.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:43:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  DOOGAN  surmised  then   that  the  title  change                                                               
reflects the addition of the FAA sections.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. CHRISTENSON replied yes.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:44:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILFRED RYAN, President, Alaska  Air Carriers Association (AACA);                                                               
President,    Arctic   Transportation    Services,   noted    his                                                               
appreciation for  the changes in  Version M and  recommended that                                                               
it be forwarded.   Mr. Ryan said, "While we  cannot fully support                                                               
the  fuel tax  issue, we  can  join you  to oppose  any user  fee                                                               
associated with the  use of the National Airspace  System and the                                                               
removal of Congressional oversight over the FAA."                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:45:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR JOHANSEN, upon  determining no one else  wished to testify,                                                               
closed public testimony.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:45:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN moved to report CSHJR 18, Version 25-                                                                     
LS0830\M,  Kane,  4/18/07,  out   of  committee  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and  the accompanying fiscal notes.   There being                                                               
no  objection,   CSHJR  18(TRA)  was  reported   from  the  House                                                               
Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:46:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KOHRING recognized the service of former                                                                         
legislator Jim Elkins, whose memorial service is today.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:47:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Transportation Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at                                                                      
1:47:07 PM.                                                                                                                   

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