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04/13/2017 03:30 PM COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 18 RACE CLASSICS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS HB 18(CRA) Out of Committee
+= SB 61 GAME REFUGE/CRIT HABITAT AREA BOUNDARIES TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 61 Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
    SENATE COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                  
                         April 13, 2017                                                                                         
                           3:27 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Anna MacKinnon                                                                                                          
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
Senator Berta Gardner                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 18                                                                                                               
"An Act relating to race classics."                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SCS HB 18(CRA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 61                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to the  Izembek State Game Refuge, Cape Newenham                                                               
State  Game Refuge,  Palmer  Hay Flats  State  Game Refuge,  Port                                                               
Moller  Critical  Habitat  Area, Egegik  Critical  Habitat  Area,                                                               
Pilot  Point  Critical Habitat  Area,  Fox  River Flats  Critical                                                               
Habitat Area, Kachemak Bay Critical  Habitat Area, and Dude Creek                                                               
Critical Habitat Area; and providing for an effective date."                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SB 61 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB  18                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: RACE CLASSICS                                                                                                      
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) ORTIZ                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
01/18/17       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/9/17                                                                                
01/18/17       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/18/17       (H)       L&C, FIN                                                                                               
01/30/17       (H)       L&C AT 3:30 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
01/30/17       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
01/30/17       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
02/03/17       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
02/03/17       (H)       Moved  HB 18 Out of Committee                                                                          
02/03/17       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
02/06/17       (H)       L&C RPT 6DP 1NR                                                                                        
02/06/17       (H)       DP: STUTES, WOOL, JOSEPHSON, BIRCH,                                                                    
                         KNOPP, KITO                                                                                            
02/06/17       (H)       NR: SULLIVAN-LEONARD                                                                                   
02/10/17       (H)       FIN REFERRAL WAIVED                                                                                    
02/13/17       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/13/17       (H)       VERSION: HB 18                                                                                         
02/15/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/15/17       (S)       CRA, L&C                                                                                               
03/28/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
03/28/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/28/17       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
04/04/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
04/04/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/04/17       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
04/13/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  61                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: GAME REFUGE/CRIT HABITAT AREA BOUNDARIES                                                                           
SPONSOR(s): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
02/15/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/15/17       (S)       CRA, RES                                                                                               
04/06/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
04/06/17       (S)       -- MEETING CANCELED --                                                                                 
04/11/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
04/11/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/11/17       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
04/13/17       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MORGAN FOSS, Legislative Liaison                                                                                                
Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Commented on SB 61.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JOE MEEHAN, Refuge Program Coordinator                                                                                          
Division of Wildlife Conservation                                                                                               
Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G)                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Commented on SB 61.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:27:44 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  CLICK  BISHOP called  the  Senate  Community and  Regional                                                             
Affairs Standing Committee meeting to  order at 3:27 p.m. Present                                                               
at the call to order  were Senators Stedman, MacKinnon, and Chair                                                               
Bishop.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                      HB  18-RACE CLASSICS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:30:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP  announced consideration  of HB  18 and  noted there                                                               
was an amendment.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON  moved  HB  18   as  amended.  There  were  no                                                               
objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARDNER joined the committee.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:32:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP moved  to rescind their action on HB  18. There were                                                               
no objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON moved Amendment 1.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                 30-LS0199\A.2                                                                  
                                                       Martin                                                                   
                                                       4/3/17                                                                   
                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE                                                                                                      
     TO: HB 18                         BY SENATOR MACKINNON                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, lines 4 - 10:                                                                                                      
          Delete all material and insert:                                                                                       
               "(40)  "race classic" means a game of chance                                                                     
     where  prizes  are awarded  for  the  closest guess  or                                                                    
     guesses of the  official winning times of  a human race                                                                    
     or races  [, AND  IS LIMITED TO  THE MT.  MARATHON RACE                                                                    
     CLASSIC  OPERATED   AND  ADMINISTERED  BY   THE  SEWARD                                                                    
     CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CONVENTION AND VISITORS' BUREAU];"                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BISHOP objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MACKINNON explained that language  on page 1, lines 4-10,                                                               
deletes all  materials and inserts  the above language.  It would                                                               
allow anyone and everyone who wanted  to have a game of chance on                                                               
winning times  of human races to  be able to do  that. She didn't                                                               
think there was any harm in  not requiring each community to come                                                               
forward and go through this process.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BISHOP removed his objection.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON  moved  to  report   HB  18  as  amended  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
note(s).                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  BISHOP announced  that without  objection, SCS  HB 18(CRA)                                                               
moved  from the  Senate Community  and Regional  Affairs Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:34:03 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
        SB  61-GAME REFUGE/CRIT HABITAT AREA BOUNDARIES                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:34:23 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP announced consideration of SB 61.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MORGAN FOSS,  Legislative Liaison, Alaska Department  of Fish and                                                               
Game (ADF&G),  Juneau, Alaska, said  she was available  to answer                                                               
questions on SB 61.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MACKINNON  said  SB  61 adds  2,106  acres  of  critical                                                               
habitat or land  into game refuges. In addition,  it adds another                                                               
1,439 acres into  Dude Creek acquired by  the Nature Conservatory                                                               
and donated  to the State  of Alaska. Besides mapping  errors and                                                               
housekeeping,  with  the exception  of  Dude  Creek, another  big                                                               
question  she had  was where  tide  and submerged  lands are  now                                                               
being included (page  11, sec. 6), specifically on  the Fox River                                                               
Flats CHA.  Past legislative  bodies did  not include  those, and                                                               
she wanted to know why.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  FOSS answered  that  Dude  Creek is  the  only  one with  an                                                               
addition to a  critical habitat area, but she wanted  to defer to                                                               
Mr. Meehan  for specifics. The  others don't have a  net addition                                                               
to the  critical habitat areas  or state game refuges  outside of                                                               
the existing boundaries.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JOE  MEEHAN, Refuge  Program  Coordinator,  Division of  Wildlife                                                               
Conservation,  Alaska  Department  of   Fish  and  Game  (ADF&G),                                                               
Anchorage,   Alaska,  answered   he  tried   to  search   through                                                               
legislative history  from 1972 to  try to determine why  tide and                                                               
submerged lands  were specifically  called out and  excluded from                                                               
those limited  number of sections  and couldn't come up  with any                                                               
answers. Maybe at the time  those areas were strictly uplands; he                                                               
was just not  sure why tidelands were excluded  for some sections                                                               
whereas they weren't excluded in adjoining sections.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  BISHOP noted  the bill  had  a referral  to the  Resources                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:39:17 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MACKINNON  moved  to  report  SB  61,  version  A,  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
note(s).                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BISHOP announced  that without objection, SB  61 moved from                                                               
the Senate Community and Regional Affairs Standing Committee.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:39:58 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BISHOP adjourned the Senate  Community and Regional Affairs                                                               
Standing Committee meeting at 3:39 p.m.                                                                                         

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