Legislature(2009 - 2010)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

03/11/2010 03:30 PM COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS


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03:32:28 PM Start
03:32:44 PM SJR29
03:38:25 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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= SJR 29 TRIBAL SEATS ON N. PAC. FISHERIES COUNCIL
Moved CSSJR 29(CRA) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
    SENATE COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                  
                         March 11, 2010                                                                                         
                           3:32 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Donald Olson, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Joe Thomas, Vice Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Albert Kookesh                                                                                                          
Senator Linda Menard                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hollis French                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 29                                                                                                  
Requesting the  Alaska Congressional delegation to  introduce and                                                               
seek  passage of  an amendment  to  the Magnuson-Stevens  Fishery                                                               
Conservation and Management  Act to create four  new voting seats                                                               
on the North  Pacific Fishery Management Council to  be filled by                                                               
appointment of  members of federally recognized  tribes or Alaska                                                               
Native  organizations  who  are   not  employed  by  a  community                                                               
development quota program or the pollock industry.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     -    MOVED CSSJR 29(CRA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR 29                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: TRIBAL SEATS ON N. PAC. FISHERIES COUNCIL                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
02/26/10       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/26/10       (S)       CRA, RES                                                                                               
03/09/10       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/09/10       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/09/10       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TIM BENITENDI                                                                                                                   
Aide to Senator Olson                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Presented the  committee substitute  for SJR
29.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
3:32:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  DONALD  OLSON called  the  Senate  Community and  Regional                                                             
Affairs Standing Committee meeting to  order at 3:32 p.m. Present                                                               
at the  call to order  were Senators Thomas, Menard,  Kookesh and                                                               
Olson.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        SJR 29-TRIBAL SEATS ON N. PAC. FISHERIES COUNCIL                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:32:44 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR OLSON said  the first order of business to  come before the                                                               
committee was SJR 29.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
TIM BENITENDI, aide to Senator  Olson, explained the changes made                                                               
in the  committee substitute, CSSJR  29(CRA), Version R.  Page 1,                                                               
line 6  and page 2,  lines 24-25  now read "other  industrial and                                                               
commercial  fishing interests"  instead of  referencing just  the                                                               
pollock industry. On page 2,  line 23 clarifies that the governor                                                               
makes  recommendations   for  appointees  to  the   Secretary  of                                                               
Commerce. Also  on page 2,  line 23, federally  recognized tribes                                                               
"in Alaska"  is now specified  as opposed to any  other federally                                                               
recognized tribes.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  THOMAS  referred to  the  wording,  "recommended by  the                                                               
governor",  on page  2, line  23,  and asked  who would  actually                                                               
confirm the appointed council members.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. BENITENDI replied the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR THOMAS asked  if stating that U.S.  Secretary of Commerce                                                               
makes the appointments is necessary.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. BENITENDI replied that it is  elsewhere in statute and in the                                                               
Magnuson-Stevens Act.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:36:03 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR THOMAS  moved to adopt the  proposed committee substitute                                                               
to SJR  29, labeled 26-LS1568\R  as the working document.   There                                                               
being no objection, version R was before the committee.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:36:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  THOMAS moved  to  report CSSB  29(CRA),  referred to  as                                                               
Version  R, from  committee with  individual recommendations  and                                                               
accompanying fiscal  notes. There being no  objection, the motion                                                               
carried.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:36:43 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  BENITENDI  mentioned that  he  has  given the  committee  an                                                               
information  sheet on  the makeup  of the  North Pacific  Fishery                                                               
Management Council  (NPFMC). He noted  the NPFMC has  an advisory                                                               
panel of 20-23  people at any time, of which  the Alaska governor                                                               
appoints just over half.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:38:25 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  OLSON, seeing  no further  business before  the committee,                                                               
adjourned the meeting at 3:38 p.m.                                                                                              

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