Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

04/02/2015 08:15 AM Senate SPECIAL CMTE ON THE ARCTIC

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08:15:13 AM Start
08:16:17 AM HCR5
08:28:14 AM Presentation: Bering Sea Alliance
08:42:11 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Time Change --
-- Uniform Rule 23 Waived --
Moved SCS CSHCR 5(ARC) Out of Committee
Presentation: Art Ivanoff, Bering Sea Alliance
-- Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
             SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE ARCTIC                                                                           
                         April 2, 2015                                                                                          
                           8:15 a.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Cathy Giessel, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Lesil McGuire, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Donald Olson                                                                                                            
Senator John Coghill                                                                                                            
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
CS FOR HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 5(EDA) AM                                                                                
Declaring 2015,  2016, and 2017  to be  the Years of  the Arctic;                                                               
encouraging  the  state  and  its   partners  to  join  with  the                                                               
Institute of  the North in  encouraging the state to  promote its                                                               
Arctic policy during  the Years of the Arctic and  to take action                                                               
to address  the strategic  recommendations in  the Implementation                                                               
Plan of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission.                                                                                    
     - MOVED SCS CSHCR 5(ARC) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
PRESENTATION: BERING SEA ALLIANCE                                                                                               
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: HCR 5                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: DECLARE 2015-2017 AS YEARS OF THE ARCTIC                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) HERRON                                                                                            
02/20/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/20/15       (H)       EDA, FIN                                                                                               
03/10/15       (H)       EDA AT 11:15 AM BARNES 124                                                                             
03/10/15       (H)       Moved CSHCR 5(EDA) Out of Committee                                                                    
03/10/15       (H)       MINUTE(EDA)                                                                                            
03/11/15       (H)       EDA RPT CS(EDA) NT 3DP 1NR                                                                             
03/11/15       (H)       DP: ORTIZ, WOOL, HERRON                                                                                
03/11/15       (H)       NR: TILTON                                                                                             
03/16/15       (H)       FIN REFERRAL WAIVED                                                                                    
03/23/15       (H)       BEFORE HOUSE IN SECOND READING                                                                         
03/23/15       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
03/23/15       (H)       VERSION: CSHCR 5(EDA) AM                                                                               
03/25/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/25/15       (S)       ARC                                                                                                    
04/02/15       (S)       ARC AT 8:15 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
REPRESENTATIVE BOB HERRON                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HCR 5.                                                                                         
NILS ANDREASSEN, Executive Director                                                                                             
Institute of the North                                                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HCR 5.                                                                            
ART IVANOFF, CEO                                                                                                                
Bering Sea Alliance, LLC                                                                                                        
Unalakleet, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented information  about the  Bering Sea                                                             
Alliance, LLC (BSA).                                                                                                            
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
8:15:13 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  LESIL MCGUIRE  called the  Senate Special  Committee on                                                             
the Arctic meeting  to order at 8:15 a.m. Present  at the call to                                                               
order were  Senators Stevens,  Olson, Coghill,  Co-Chair Giessel,                                                               
and Co-Chair McGuire.                                                                                                           
         HCR 5-DECLARE 2015-2017 AS YEARS OF THE ARCTIC                                                                     
8:16:17 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  MCGUIRE announced  the consideration  of HCR  5. [CSHCR
5(EDA)AM was before the committee.]                                                                                             
8:16:31 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE BOB  HERRON, Alaska State Legislature,  sponsor of                                                               
HCR  5, declaring  2015-2107 as  Years  of the  Arctic, said  the                                                               
resolution  is  appropriate because  on  April  24, 2015,  Alaska                                                               
assumes  the  Chair  of  the Arctic  Council  until  April  2017.                                                               
Specifically,  the  resolution resolves  that  the  Years of  the                                                               
Arctic is a  period during which Alaska should  make every effort                                                               
to  highlight  the  importance  of the  Arctic  to  Alaskans  and                                                               
Americans. The legislature encourages  the state and its partners                                                               
to work with the Institute of  the North in encouraging the state                                                               
to promote its  Arctic policy and increase  Arctic awareness. The                                                               
legislature  also  encourages the  state  to  promote its  Arctic                                                               
policy  during   this  period  and   to  address   the  strategic                                                               
recommendations  found in  the  Alaska  Arctic Policy  Commission                                                               
Implementation Plan.                                                                                                            
CO-CHAIR  MCGUIRE  noted  that  CSHCR  5(EDA)AM  was  before  the                                                               
NILS  ANDREASSEN, Executive  Director,  Institute  of the  North,                                                               
testified  in support  of HCR  5. He  related that  the next  two                                                               
years are  an especially  important time for  Alaska and  for the                                                               
nation. During the  U.S. chairmanship of the  Arctic Council, the                                                               
state has an  opportunity to declare its leadership,  both from a                                                               
policy  perspective and  as citizens  and active  participants in                                                               
the  Circumpolar North.  He concluded  that the  resolution sends                                                               
the right message.                                                                                                              
8:19:51 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE thanked Mr. Andreassen  and noted the arrival of                                                               
Senator Hoffman.                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  MCGUIRE asked  about the  Senior Arctic  Official (SAO)                                                               
meetings and  the intention to  have as  many of the  meetings as                                                               
possible  in  Alaska  over  the next  two  years.  She  suggested                                                               
mentioning  this  in HCR  5.  She  also suggested  including  the                                                               
creation of an  Arctic host committee to support  and welcome the                                                               
SAO's over the next two years.                                                                                                  
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON said that there  are two SAO meetings every                                                               
year, one in  the spring and one in the  fall. He understood that                                                               
the State  Department is going to  hold all of those  meetings in                                                               
Alaska. Most  of the other eight  working groups will be  held in                                                               
Alaska. He thought it wouldn't hurt to add her suggestions.                                                                     
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE  proposed Conceptual  Amendment 1 -  Whereas, we                                                               
encourage the  State Department  to continue  working with  us to                                                               
hold as  many of  the Senior Arctic  Official meetings  in Alaska                                                               
during the next  two years. There being  no objection, Conceptual                                                               
Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                                                        
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE  proposed Conceptual  Amendment 2 -  Whereas, it                                                               
is  the intent  of  the state  to organize  a  host committee  to                                                               
welcome Senior  Arctic Officials and other  Arctic diplomats that                                                               
will be coming to Alaska during the next two years.                                                                             
She said it would be a means  of coalescing around a goal to have                                                               
a host  group that is  representative of the  business community,                                                               
indigenous populations,  lawmakers, and  the executive  branch to                                                               
help set the agenda where possible.                                                                                             
8:23:28 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR GIESSEL voiced concern about a possible fiscal note.                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON  stated that  the Governor and  his special                                                               
assistant are already planning for  that and have requested funds                                                               
to do  so. He suggested  that the  resolution could say  that the                                                               
Senate  Special Committee  on  the Arctic  and  the House  Arctic                                                               
Committee could be  ex-officio members of the  host committee and                                                               
there  would be  no  need  for a  fiscal  note.  That would  show                                                               
support for the Governor's efforts  and the committees could have                                                               
supporting roles.                                                                                                               
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE reworded Conceptual Amendment  2 to say that the                                                               
State  Senate  Special Committee  on  the  Arctic and  the  House                                                               
Special Committee  on the Arctic  and Economic  Development would                                                               
like to join the Governor's  efforts as ex-officio members of the                                                               
host committee. There being no  objection, Conceptual Amendment 2                                                               
was adopted.                                                                                                                    
8:26:27 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE closed public testimony.                                                                                       
CO-CHAIR  GIESSEL moved  to report  CSHCR  5(EDA)AM, version  29-                                                               
LS0562\H.A,   as   amended,   from  committee   with   individual                                                               
recommendations  and attached  zero fiscal  note. There  being no                                                               
objection, SCS CSHRC 5(ARC) was  reported from the Senate Special                                                               
Committee on the Arctic.                                                                                                        
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE said she would  set up a press availability when                                                               
the Governor signs the three Arctic-related bills.                                                                              
^PRESENTATION: Bering Sea Alliance                                                                                              
               PRESENTATION: Bering Sea Alliance                                                                            
8:28:14 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE introduced  Mr. Art Ivanoff from  the Bering Sea                                                               
8:28:20 AM                                                                                                                    
ART   IVANOFF,  CEO,   Bering   Sea   Alliance,  LLC,   presented                                                               
information  about  the  Bering   Sea  Alliance,  LLC  (BSA).  He                                                               
described  BSA  as an  alliance  of  seven village  corporations:                                                               
Sivuqaq, Inc., in Gambell, Wales  Native Corporation, Nome Native                                                               
Corporation,  Golovin   Native  Corporation,   Unalakleet  Native                                                               
Corporation, Stebbins Native Corporation,  and St. Michael Native                                                               
Corporation.  He   said  they  held   a  Bering   Strait  Village                                                               
Corporation   Economic    Summit   in   2012   in    Nome,   with                                                               
representatives   from   various    entities   from   government,                                                               
businesses,  and  oil  companies.  They  set a  goal  to  make  a                                                               
difference in  the Arctic  collectively and  endorsed development                                                               
proposals.  They contracted  Arctic Response  Service and  sought                                                               
rapid response training for oil spills.                                                                                         
He thanked the  Arctic Policy Planning Commission  for their hard                                                               
8:30:42 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  IVANOFF  spoke  of  a  letter BSA  wrote  to  Senator  Olson                                                               
conveying their legislative  priorities: runway improvements, oil                                                               
response depots, and improved connectivity.  He spoke of a report                                                               
that was released  in October of 2014 by  the Statewide Broadband                                                               
Task  Force  which  identified   connectivity  problems  in  bush                                                               
Alaska. He maintained  that their area is  short-changed in terms                                                               
of technology  and connectivity. The goal  is for BSA to  be part                                                               
of the solution.                                                                                                                
He turned  to the  subject of  oil response  depots. He  spoke of                                                               
BSA's relationship with  Shell Oil. He related  the suggestion of                                                               
the  Bureau of  Ocean Energy  Management that  it is  the private                                                               
sector needs to  address oil response capacity.  He disagreed and                                                               
said it  should be  a private/public  partnership and  consist of                                                               
private, state, and federal funding.                                                                                            
He addressed the problems with  runway systems. Gamble is located                                                               
strategically  and could  provide  support  as first  responders,                                                               
search and rescue,  and oil response. He said  resources were set                                                               
aside by  DOT for improving  Gamble's airport  infrastructure. He                                                               
noted they are  proposing an amendment to the  funding request in                                                               
order to expand the runway for jet service.                                                                                     
8:34:23 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. IVANOFF  concluded that on May  6 and 7, 2015,  BSA will host                                                               
the  Arctic Resource  Development and  Infrastructure Session  in                                                               
Gamble. He stressed the importance  of partners experiencing what                                                               
real  Alaskans go  through.  He  pointed out  that  BSA has  been                                                               
working  with  the University  of  Alaska  - Fairbanks,  and  the                                                               
University of California - Santa  Barbara, to bring their message                                                               
to policy makers in D.C. He  said the process of improving Arctic                                                               
infrastructure  needs to  be driven  by  Alaskans and  to have  a                                                               
broad  range  of Alaskans  in  order  to  make a  difference.  He                                                               
concluded that BSA's theme is empowerment through collaboration.                                                                
8:36:00 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR  MCGUIRE looked  forward to  receiving an  invitation to                                                               
Gamble. She asked if the UAF working group has traveled to D.C.                                                                 
MR. IVANOFF said they have  had several conference calls with the                                                               
universities. Currently,  the group of  people is small.  He said                                                               
fragmented  groups don't  carry a  message as  well as  a unified                                                               
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE agreed.  She recalled when a group  went to D.C.                                                               
and found  that legislators from  other states did not  know much                                                               
about Alaska.                                                                                                                   
8:38:24 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR OLSON  asked if  other communities  north of  the Straits                                                               
will join the alliance.                                                                                                         
MR. INVANOFF said  there is an open door policy  now. He stressed                                                               
the  importance of  inclusion.  He said  they  have recruited  in                                                               
nearby villages, but there were no  takers. He said BSA stands at                                                               
seven members currently.                                                                                                        
8:39:34 AM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE  requested a  map be included  in the  packet to                                                               
MR. IVANOFF  agreed. He stressed  the need for  appropriations in                                                               
order to build the infrastructure.                                                                                              
8:40:43 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR OLSON emphasized the invitation to Gamble.                                                                              
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE agreed it would be a wonderful opportunity.                                                                    
MR. IVANOFF noted there is a lodge in Gamble. He described the                                                                  
response to a meeting held last August and the greatly                                                                          
appreciated hospitality.                                                                                                        
CO-CHAIR MCGUIRE thanked Mr. Ivanoff.                                                                                           
8:42:11 AM                                                                                                                    
There being nothing further to come before the committee,   Co-                                                                 
Chair McGuire adjourned the Senate Special Committee on the                                                                     
Arctic at 8:42 p.m.                                                                                                             

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HCR5 - Sponsor Statement (Senate ARC).pdf SARC 4/2/2015 8:15:00 AM
HCR 5 - CS HCR 5 (EDA) am - Legislation.PDF SARC 4/2/2015 8:15:00 AM
HCR 5 - Summary of Changes (For Senate ARC).pdf SARC 4/2/2015 8:15:00 AM
HCR5 - Fiscal Note - HCR005-1-1-031115-LEG-N.PDF SARC 4/2/2015 8:15:00 AM
HCR5 - Supporting Document - Arctic Calendar.pdf SARC 4/2/2015 8:15:00 AM