Legislature(2009 - 2010)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/05/2010 10:00 AM FINANCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ SB 312 VESSEL PASSENGER TAX TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ SB 301 POWER PROJECT FUND TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= SB 220 ENERGY EFFICIENCY/ ALTERNATIVE ENERGY TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled But Not Heard
+ SB 287 IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
= SB 235 CHARTER/ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FUNDING
Heard & Held
= SB 236 TAX CREDITS FOR EDUCATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Moved SB 236 Out of Committee
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       April 5, 2010                                                                                            
                        10:06 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:06:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   called  the  Senate   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 10:06 a.m.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Bert Stedman, Co-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Charlie Huggins, Vice-Chair                                                                                             
Senator Johnny Ellis                                                                                                            
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Joe Thomas                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Jomo Stuart,  Staff, Senator Meyer; Darwin  Peterson, Staff,                                                                    
Co-Chair  Stedman; Curtis  Thayer,  Department of  Commerce,                                                                    
Community  and   Economic  Development;   Christopher  Poag,                                                                    
Assistant  Attorney General,  Department  of  Law; Mr.  John                                                                    
Binkley,   Alaska   Cruise  Association,   Alaska   Railroad                                                                    
Association, Fairbanks;  Chip Thoma,  President, Responsible                                                                    
Cruising  in  Alaska;  Joe  Gledhof,   Law  Office  of  J.N.                                                                    
Geldhof; Mike  Stedman, Vice  President, Alaska  ACT; Jeremy                                                                    
Gieser, Gastineau  Guiding; Bob Janes,  President, Gastineau                                                                    
Guiding; Roark  Brown, Homer Ocean Charters;  Sandra Loomis,                                                                    
Talkeetna   Air   Taxi;   Tanja  Cadigan,   Owner,   Caribou                                                                    
Crossings;  Bret  Carlson, Chef,  Coldfoot/Deadhorse;  Sarah                                                                    
Fisher-Goad,  Deputy Director  of Operations,  Alaska Energy                                                                    
Authority,  Department of  Commerce, Community  and Economic                                                                    
Development; Michael Pawlowski, Staff, Senator McGuire.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Karl  Amylon,   City  Manager,  Ketchikan;   Dan  Bockhorst,                                                                    
Ketchikan   Ms.   Blaisdell;   Tom  Smith,   City   Manager,                                                                    
Municipality of  Skagway; Tim Cerny, Fairbanks  Alaska, ACT;                                                                    
Deb Hickok,  Fairbanks Convention and Visitors  Bureau; Rick                                                                    
Erickson,  Alaska Act,  Ketchikan;  Patti Mackey,  Executive                                                                    
Director, Ketchikan  Visitors Bureau; Joseph  Lonham, Alaska                                                                    
Act,   Ketchikan;   Dick   Coose,   Self,   Ketchikan;   Rex                                                                    
Westergard,  Alaska ACT;  Fred  Reeder,  Alaska ACT,  Survey                                                                    
Point  Holding  Company,   Sitka;  Bonnie  Quill,  Executive                                                                    
Director,  MatSu   Convention  and  Visitors   Bureau;  Paul                                                                    
Landis,  Chief Operating  Officer CIRI  Tourism Corporation,                                                                    
Alaska  ACT;  Tammy  Griffin, Alaska  Hotel  Lodging;  Susan                                                                    
Gilpatrick,  Gilpatrick's   Hotel  Chitna   and  Greenhouse;                                                                    
Deautua Crockett,  Resource Development  Council, Anchorage;                                                                    
Colleen  Stephens,  Stan  Stephens  Cruises;  Jack  Polster,                                                                    
Self, Homer;  Former Governor  Sheffield; John  Cook, Alaska                                                                    
Railroad Board of Directors.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 235    CHARTER/ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL FUNDING                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          SB 235 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 236    TAX CREDITS FOR EDUCATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          SB 236 was REPORTED out of Committee with a "do                                                                       
          pass"    recommendation   and    with   previously                                                                    
          published fiscal note: FN1: (REV).                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB 287    IN-STATE GAS PIPELINE                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
          SB 287 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 301    POWER PROJECT FUND                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
          SB 301 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 312    VESSEL PASSENGER TAX                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SB 312 was HEARD and HELD in Committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 235                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to charter school approval and                                                                            
     funding."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:06:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman discussed the agenda.  He noted that SB 220                                                                    
is postponed. He  mentioned one fiscal note for  SB 235 from                                                                    
the  Department of  Education and  Early Development  (DEED)                                                                    
for  $301  thousand in  general  funds,  including the  $150                                                                    
thousand requested  for the adoption of  regulations and the                                                                    
remainder for one and one half administrative positions.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Huggins  commented   that   his   office  was   in                                                                    
communication with DEED. He understood  that the fiscal note                                                                    
could be  cut by  fifty percent  through the  elimination of                                                                    
the administrative positions.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SB  235  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 236                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to tax  credits for cash contributions                                                                    
     by taxpayers that are  accepted for certain educational                                                                    
     purposes or  for a college facility;  and providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:08:50 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman mentioned  one zero fiscal note  for SB 236                                                                    
from the Department of Revenue (DOR).                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Huggins MOVED  to report  SB 236  out of  Committee                                                                    
with individual recommendations  and the accompanying fiscal                                                                    
note. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SB  236 was  REPORTED  out  of Committee  with  a "do  pass"                                                                    
recommendation   and    with   one    previously   published                                                                    
indeterminate fiscal note: FN1: (REV).                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 312                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act providing for a  reduction in the excise tax to                                                                    
     $34.50 for a passenger for  each voyage on a commercial                                                                    
     passenger  vessel; providing  for  a  reduction in  the                                                                    
     state  excise   tax  imposed  on   a  passenger   on  a                                                                    
     commercial passenger vessel  by the amount of  tax on a                                                                    
     passenger  traveling on  a commercial  passenger vessel                                                                    
     imposed  by  a  municipality  that does  not  elect  to                                                                    
     receive an  appropriation of a portion  of the proceeds                                                                    
     from the  state tax; authorizing an  appropriation from                                                                    
     the  proceeds   from  the  excise  tax   imposed  on  a                                                                    
     passenger on  a commercial passenger vessel  for state-                                                                    
     owned   infrastructure   to    properly   provide   for                                                                    
     commercial  vessel  or  passenger visits;  requiring  a                                                                    
     municipality  receiving  funds  appropriated  from  the                                                                    
     excise  tax  imposed on  a  passenger  on a  commercial                                                                    
     passenger vessel to  use the funds to  improve port and                                                                    
     harbor    facilities    and    other    services    and                                                                    
     infrastructure  to  properly   provide  for  commercial                                                                    
     passenger  vessel  or  passenger visits;  limiting  the                                                                    
     reduction for the excise tax  imposed by a municipality                                                                    
     on  a passenger  on  a commercial  passenger vessel  to                                                                    
     $17.25  a  passenger  for each  voyage;  requiring  the                                                                    
     Department   of  Commerce,   Community,  and   Economic                                                                    
     Development  to  prepare and  submit  a  report on  the                                                                    
     needs  of communities  to safely  and efficiently  host                                                                    
     passengers  subject  to  the state  tax  imposed  on  a                                                                    
     passenger  on a  commercial  passenger  vessel, and  to                                                                    
     summarize the  extent to which appropriations  from the                                                                    
     state  tax  have  been  used to  defray  the  costs  of                                                                    
     meeting  those  needs;  eliminating  the  authority  to                                                                    
     appropriate funds received from  the excise tax imposed                                                                    
     on a passenger  on a commercial passenger  vessel to an                                                                    
     area of  the state that  is not  one of the  first five                                                                    
     ports of call  in the state for  a commercial passenger                                                                    
     vessel  carrying  a  passenger  subject  to  the  state                                                                    
     excise tax imposed  on a passenger of  that vessel; and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:10:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DARWIN PETERSON, STAFF, CO-CHAIR STEDMAN, discussed the                                                                         
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     SB  312 proposes  to  reduce  the commercial  passenger                                                                    
     vessel  (CPV)  excise tax  from  $46  per passenger  to                                                                    
     $34.50   per  passenger   traveling  on   a  commercial                                                                    
     passenger  vessel in  state marine  waters.   The  bill                                                                    
     will also  allow a reduction  in the amount of  the tax                                                                    
     for taxes  paid to a  municipality that levies  its own                                                                    
     passenger fee.  The reduction could  not exceed  50% of                                                                    
     $34.50  regardless  of  the amount  of  passenger  fees                                                                    
     charged by other communities.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     In addition,  SB 312 repeals  the regional  cruise ship                                                                    
     impact fund.  As a  result, all revenues collected from                                                                    
     the CPV tax  would be deposited in the  CPV tax account                                                                    
     in the general  fund. SB 312 will  not affect community                                                                    
     revenue sharing.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Finally,  SB   312  will  require  the   Department  of                                                                    
     Commerce, Community and  Economic Development to create                                                                    
     a  report   every  three   years  that   addresses  the                                                                    
     projected  needs of  the communities  that host  cruise                                                                    
     ship  passengers  and  the  extent  to  which  the  tax                                                                    
     proceeds have been utilized for  projects in areas that                                                                    
     are directly impacted by cruise passengers.                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
10:11:38 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CURTIS THAYER, DEPUTY  COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE,                                                                    
COMMUNITY  AND ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT, discussed  tourism and                                                                    
the vessel  passenger tax. He  informed that  the department                                                                    
is supportive  of the  actions outlined in  the bill  and he                                                                    
underscored  the urgency  to take  action this  session. The                                                                    
governor  proposed  legislation   that  included  the  exact                                                                    
provisions  included in  this bill.  He  believed that  both                                                                    
elements  were  needed  to  make  Alaska  a  destination  by                                                                    
increasing  the   Alaska  tourism  marketing   program.  The                                                                    
department published  a study  showing that  tourism impacts                                                                    
Alaska's economy.  Following many  decades of growth  in the                                                                    
tourism sector,  a decline  is now  faced. Travel  to Alaska                                                                    
was off  by more than  seven percent. He noted  that visitor                                                                    
spending decreased by $270 million.  The cruise industry has                                                                    
already  signaled  a willingness  to  be  a partner  in  the                                                                    
solution by agreeing  to drop the lawsuit  against the state                                                                    
if the  head tax is  reduced. The  state is likely  facing a                                                                    
two  year   delay  until   cruise  ship   passenger  volumes                                                                    
increase. Cruise  lines indicate that they  can refrain from                                                                    
making final  decisions in 2012  following decisions  by the                                                                    
legislature.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:17:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Thomas  asked about the  regional fund. He  asked if                                                                    
money  from   the  regional  fund   is  designated   to  the                                                                    
commercial  vessel  tax account,  could  the  funds then  be                                                                    
appropriated to  areas other than those  directly related to                                                                    
the five ports of call.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:17:55 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTOPHER POAG, ASSISTANT  ATTORNEY GENERAL, DEPARTMENT OF                                                                    
LAW reported that all tax  proceeds go into the general fund                                                                    
and  can  be  appropriated   for  any  public  purpose.  The                                                                    
guidelines  in the  bill are  for the  legislature regarding                                                                    
the spending of the proceeds.  He noted that the legislature                                                                    
has  the  authority  to appropriate  the  proceeds  for  any                                                                    
public purpose.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Thomas  clarified that the  language in  the initial                                                                    
bill led  to difficulty, so removing  the wording alleviates                                                                    
the potential problem and eliminates the lawsuit.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Poag  added that  one argument made  by the  industry is                                                                    
that  spending  the  proceeds  in  non  ports  of  call  was                                                                    
unconstitutional and in violation of federal law.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Thomas asked if the  agreement was written. Mr. Poag                                                                    
responded that the written agreement  has been modified with                                                                    
alterations  in the  format and  signature block.  He opined                                                                    
that  the   progress  was  good.  He   anticipated  that  an                                                                    
agreement would be executed by the end of the week.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  opined that the governor  was predicating the                                                                    
passage of  this legislation  on a  promise to  increase the                                                                    
number of cruise ships visiting  Alaska without reference to                                                                    
the  number of  passengers on  the  ships. He  asked if  the                                                                    
department was  in favor of  establishing a trial  period to                                                                    
determine  that the  legislature will  deliver an  effective                                                                    
and a  sunset date to test  the promises made by  the cruise                                                                    
ship industry.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Thayer responded that a  sunset clause for the provision                                                                    
has not been discussed. He  supposed that two to three years                                                                    
is required  to determine  the ship deployment  schedule. He                                                                    
pointed out  that Europe is growing  and building additional                                                                    
cruise ships that are not coming to Alaska.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:21:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman asked  about the  statute change  for head                                                                    
tax and the money for the  general fund. Mr. Poag noted that                                                                    
litigation is  in progress. He  stated that the  position of                                                                    
the industry is that  federal law places strong restrictions                                                                    
on how  the proceeds  can be spent.  The issue  is litigated                                                                    
until  the court  issues  an order.  Proceeds  are spent  on                                                                    
direct attributable benefits to  passengers, the places they                                                                    
go,  the  services  they  require,  and  the  infrastructure                                                                    
utilized. The proceeds  ought to be spent on  those types of                                                                    
projects.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:23:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson wondered  if the  legislature was  willing to                                                                    
allocate the  funds to  areas other than  the five  ports of                                                                    
call,  is that  a violation  of  the agreement  to drop  the                                                                    
lawsuit.  Mr.  Poag responded  that  the  key terms  of  the                                                                    
agreement  are for  the reduction  of the  tax rate.  If the                                                                    
reduction and the  offset come in this bill  or another bill                                                                    
and are  signed into law,  the terms of the  agreement state                                                                    
that they  will dismiss the  pending law suit.  The periodic                                                                    
review process is geared toward  looking at the methods used                                                                    
by the state to utilize the  proceeds. A sunset clause is an                                                                    
option for the  committee to consider, but  it might disrupt                                                                    
the  stability of  the tax  proceeds coming  in on  a yearly                                                                    
basis.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:25:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Thomas asked  if  the case  is  dismissed would  be                                                                    
dismissed  with or  without  prejudice.  Mr. Poag  responded                                                                    
"with prejudice."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:25:59 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JOHN  BINKLEY,  ALASKA CRUISE  ASSOCIATION,  FAIRBANKS,                                                                    
testified in  support of the  legislation. He  informed that                                                                    
the goal  of the legislation is  to reach out to  the cruise                                                                    
ship industry  and make changes that  encourage the industry                                                                    
to  invest  in Alaska.  He  stated  that the  administration                                                                    
framed  the  issue correctly.  He  noted  that key  elements                                                                    
include  the agreement  that the  litigation  would end.  He                                                                    
noted that  the latest version  of the agreement  arrived at                                                                    
six o'clock  this morning  and is  vetted through  the legal                                                                    
departments of the companies involved.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:29:05 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
KARL AMYLON,  CITY MANAGER, KETCHIKAN  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in favor  of SB 312. He stressed that  the loss of                                                                    
cruise  ship  passengers  is having  a  negative  effect  in                                                                    
Ketchikan. The  city is  anticipating a  revenue loss  of $2                                                                    
million in 2010.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DAN    BOCKHORST,     CITY    MANAGER,     KETCHIKAN    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  favor of  SB 312.  He echoed                                                                    
the comments of  Mr. Amylon. He stressed the  urgency of the                                                                    
matter.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:31:38 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TOM  SMITH,  CITY  MANAGER,  MUNICIPALITY  OF  SKAGWAY  (via                                                                    
teleconference) testified in support  of the legislation. He                                                                    
expressed concern  with Section 5. He  advised the committee                                                                    
to scrutinize the bill.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:32:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TIM  CERNY,  FAIRBANKS  ALASKA, ALIANCE  FOR  CRUISE  TRAVEL                                                                    
(ACT)  (via  teleconference)  testified in  support  of  the                                                                    
legislation. He explained  that ACT has over  200 members in                                                                    
the Fairbanks area who would  unanimously support SB 312. He                                                                    
stated  that the  bill would  benefit the  Fairbanks economy                                                                    
and the tourism industry.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DEB HICKOK,  FAIRBANKS CONVENTION  AND VISITORS  BUREAU (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support of the legislation.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:35:31 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RICK ERICKSON,  ALASKA ACT, KETCHIKAN  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of the legislation.  He represented 20                                                                    
members of Alaska  ACT. He noted that this  bill proves that                                                                    
Alaska is open for cruise ship business.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PATTI MACKEY, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, KETCHIKAN VISITORS BUREAU                                                                    
(via   teleconference),   testified   in  support   of   the                                                                    
legislation.  She spoke  in favor  of the  reduction of  the                                                                    
head  tax. She  stated that  tourism supports  approximately                                                                    
1500  citizens. She  stressed the  need  for marketing  that                                                                    
will  bring  tourists  to Alaska.  Businesses  report  a  20                                                                    
percent loss in income for  the last tour season. She sought                                                                    
a long term solution for marketing Alaska tour options.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:39:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOSEPH  LONHAM, ALASKA  ACT, KETCHIKAN  (via teleconference)                                                                    
testified in  support of the  legislation. He  informed that                                                                    
vacation is  the number one  use of funds for  those seeking                                                                    
information  about  financial  planning  with  Wells  Fargo.                                                                    
Small  business  expansion  drops without  the  cruise  ship                                                                    
industry.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:41:38 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DICK COOSE,  SELF, KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference) testified                                                                    
in  support  of  the  legislation.   He  advocated  for  the                                                                    
reduction in the cruise ship industry head tax.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REX  WESTERGARD, ALASKA  ACT (via  teleconference) testified                                                                    
in support of SB 312.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:42:52 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
FRED  REEDER,  ALASKA  ACT, SURVEY  POINT  HOLDING  COMPANY,                                                                    
SITKA  (via teleconference),  testified  in  support of  the                                                                    
legislation.  He   noted  that  the  economy   in  Sitka  is                                                                    
profound.  He believed  that  the  legislation allows  those                                                                    
communities that have  a head tax to be  discounted from the                                                                    
state head  tax. Revenue losses  for Sitka are  estimated to                                                                    
be over $1.5  million in comparison to 2008.  He opined that                                                                    
the  city  of  Sitka  will  lobby  the  legislature  for  an                                                                    
increase in  municipal revenue sharing  to help  offset this                                                                    
decline in their sales tax receipts.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:45:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BONNIE  QUILL,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  MATSU  CONVENTION  AND                                                                    
VISITORS BUREAU  (via teleconference), testified  in support                                                                    
of SB 312.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:46:45 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PAUL   LANDIS,   CHIEF   OPERATING  OFFICER   CIRI   TOURISM                                                                    
CORPORATION, ALASKA  ACT (via teleconference),  testified in                                                                    
support of  the legislation. He stated  that businesses rely                                                                    
on  the   cruise  ship  industry.   He  stressed   that  the                                                                    
operations  and jobs  depend on  cruise  ships returning  to                                                                    
Alaska. He opined that the head tax is driving ships away.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:49:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TAMMY  GRIFFIN, ALASKA  HOTEL LODGING  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of the  legislation. She  thanked the                                                                    
co-chairs of the committee  for introducing the legislation.                                                                    
She stated that her company does  not have a contract with a                                                                    
specific  cruise ship  company, however,  she benefits  from                                                                    
cruise ship visitors.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN GILPATRICK,  GILPATRICK'S HOTEL CHITNA  AND GREENHOUSE                                                                    
(via   teleconference)   testified   in   support   of   the                                                                    
legislation.   She  stated   that   Valdez   is  a   tourist                                                                    
destination  and  the  trickledown  effect  of  the  tourism                                                                    
benefits her local business. She  spoke about the importance                                                                    
of marketing efforts.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:53:24 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DEAUTUA  CROCKETT, RESOURCE  DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL,  ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via   teleconference),   testified   in  support   of   the                                                                    
legislation.  She noted  that the  head tax  compromises the                                                                    
economy in Alaska.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
COLLEEN    STEPHENS,    STAN     STEPHENS    CRUISES    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  the legislation.                                                                    
She  acknowledged the  economic downfall  and its  effect on                                                                    
her business.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:55:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHIP  THOMA,  PRESIDENT,  RESPONSIBLE  CRUISING  IN  ALASKA,                                                                    
testified about the  use of the collected head  tax over the                                                                    
last ten  years. He pointed  out that Juneau  collected over                                                                    
$50 million  in ten years and  the funds were used  for dock                                                                    
improvements  for the  cruise industry.  The purpose  of the                                                                    
head tax  initiative was to provide  important services that                                                                    
benefit  the   cruise  ship   industry.  He   supported  the                                                                    
legislation,  but supposed  that  it could  be improved.  He                                                                    
proposed  a decrease  of  15  percent of  the  head tax.  He                                                                    
disagreed with Section  5. He noted that the  fund is shared                                                                    
by  all  12 ports  of  call.  All  12  ports can  apply  for                                                                    
projects from  the fund. He  opined that the head  tax money                                                                    
has  been   spent  in  admirable   ways  that   benefit  the                                                                    
passengers and the cruise ship industry.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JOE GLEDHOF,  LAW OFFICE OF  J.N. GELDHOF, urged  removal of                                                                    
the regional  account. He stated  that there will be  a time                                                                    
to  lower the  excise tax.  He stressed  that the  needs for                                                                    
infrastructure and  the benefit of  the tax. He  opined that                                                                    
allowing  the further  deduction from  a reduced  excise tax                                                                    
was premature.  He stated that Juneau  and Ketchikan require                                                                    
completion of the  new wharfs. He explained that  he was not                                                                    
opposed to a reduction or  partial elimination of the excise                                                                    
tax, but  he opined that now  was not the time.  He stressed                                                                    
that work on the effective dates would prove helpful.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:02:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  STEDMAN,  VICE   PRESIDENT,  WINGS  AIRLINES,  MEMBER,                                                                    
ALASKA  ACT, testified  in support  of  the legislation.  He                                                                    
stated that  twenty percent  of the  aircraft fleet  will be                                                                    
laid off this summer as a result of the head tax.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
11:03:59 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JEREMY GIESER,  GASTINEAU GUIDING,  testified in  support of                                                                    
the legislation.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BOB  JANES,  PRESIDENT,   GASTINEAU  GUIDING,  testified  in                                                                    
support   of  the   legislation.   He   stressed  that   the                                                                    
conservative  route is  to  lower the  tax  and continue  to                                                                    
encourage the industry to expand.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ROARK BROWN,  HOMER OCEAN CHARTERS, testified  in support of                                                                    
the legislation.   He spoke of his group  which supports the                                                                    
governor's  initiative to  restore  the  health of  Alaska's                                                                    
travel industry.  He stressed that  the legislation  must be                                                                    
passed to bring cruise passengers back to Alaska.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
11:08:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SANDRA LOOMIS,  TALKEETNA AIR TAXI  testified in  support of                                                                    
the legislation. She stated that  her business does not have                                                                    
direct  contracts with  the cruise  ship  industry, yet  her                                                                    
business reflects the industry's decline.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:10:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TANJA  CADIGAN,  OWNER,   CARIBOU  CROSSINGS,  testified  in                                                                    
support  of the  legislation.  She stated  that  she owns  a                                                                    
small business in  Juneau that struggled last  summer due to                                                                    
the economic downturn.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
BRET CARLSON, CHEF,  COLDFOOT/DEADHORSE testified in support                                                                    
of the  legislation. He mentioned various  methods of income                                                                    
generation that  are affected  by the  drop in  tourism. The                                                                    
head tax reduction addresses the creation of wealth.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
11:15:22 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JACK POLSTER, SELF, HOMER  (via teleconference) testified in                                                                    
opposition to  the legislation. He  requested that  the bill                                                                    
be given more attention.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
11:18:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   mentioned  the  fiscal  note   from  the                                                                    
Department  of  Revenue reflecting  an  annual  loss of  $22                                                                    
million in cruise passenger vessel receipts.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SB  312  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 301                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An   Act  relating   to   the   power  project   fund;                                                                    
     authorizing the  Alaska Energy Authority to  charge and                                                                    
     collect  fees  relating  to  the  power  project  fund;                                                                    
     authorizing  the Alaska  Energy Authority  to sell  and                                                                    
     authorizing  the  Alaska   Industrial  Development  and                                                                    
     Export  Authority  to  purchase   loans  of  the  power                                                                    
     project  fund; providing  legislative approval  for the                                                                    
     sale and  purchase of loans  of the power  project fund                                                                    
     under  the memorandum  of understanding  dated February                                                                    
     17, 2010; and providing for an effective date."                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
11:19:22 AM    AT EASE                                                                                                        
11:20:06 AM    RECONVENE                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SARAH  FISHER-GOAD, DEPUTY  DIRECTOR  OF OPERATIONS,  ALASKA                                                                    
ENERGY  AUTHORITY,  DEPARTMENT  OF COMMERCE,  COMMUNITY  AND                                                                    
ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT, stated  that  SB  301 authorizes  the                                                                    
Alaska Energy Authority  (AEA) to sell loans  from the power                                                                    
project  fund   to  raise  capital  for   new  projects  and                                                                    
authorizes  the  Alaska  Industrial Development  and  Export                                                                    
Authority  to purchase  the loan  portfolio.  The bill  also                                                                    
authorizes AEA to establish fees  for the power project fund                                                                    
loans. She  continued that the bill  is straightforward. She                                                                    
provided a sectional analysis.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Section  1:   AS  42.45.010(a)  is  amended   to  allow                                                                    
     proceeds from  the sale  of power  project loans  to be                                                                    
     deposited into the power project fund (PPF).                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2:   AS  42.45.010(D) repeals and  reenacts AEA                                                                    
     authority  to adopt  regulations relating  to the  loan                                                                    
     program by specifically allowing  AEA to establish fees                                                                    
     for applications and loan originations.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Section  3:   AS  42.45.010 is  amended  by adding  new                                                                    
     subsections-                                                                                                               
     (k) to  provide that  fees collected will  be deposited                                                                    
     into the general fund.                                                                                                     
     (l) provides authority to AEA  to sell loans fo the PPF                                                                    
     with  legislative approval,  allows  AEA to  repurchase                                                                    
     loans sold under this  subsection which default, allows                                                                    
     proceeds received to be deposited into the fund.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section  4:  AS  44.88.080  is amended  by  adding  new                                                                    
     subsection (30)  allowing AIDEA  to purchase  from AEA,                                                                    
    as an investment of the revolving fund, PPF loans.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section 5:   Uncodified law is amended by  adding a new                                                                    
     section providing  for legislative approval for  AEA to                                                                    
     sell and  AIDEA to purchase certain  power project fund                                                                    
     loans. This section references  the 2/17/10 MOU between                                                                    
     AIDEA and  AEA that memorializes the  proposed terms of                                                                    
     the sale and purchase.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section 6:  Provides for an immediate effective date                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked who benefits from  the legislation. Ms.                                                                    
Fisher-Goad  responded   that  the  benefit  is   to  future                                                                    
borrowers of  the power project  fund. Capital is  raised in                                                                    
order to issue  more loans. The authority  to repurchase any                                                                    
loan that would  perhaps default, allows AEA  to receive the                                                                    
highest price possible.  A discount rate is  applied to this                                                                    
purchase. A risk analysis of the projects is not necessary.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked if  a discount  exists to  purchase the                                                                    
loans  in the  event of  default. Ms.  Fisher-Goad responded                                                                    
that  the rate  for repurchase  is  an annual  rate of  four                                                                    
percent if the loan was not repurchased within 30 days.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman discussed the four zero fiscal notes.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
11:25:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Egan  asked about the  interest rates on  the loans.                                                                    
He pointed  out that none of  the interest rates are  at six                                                                    
percent. Ms.  Fisher-Goad explained  that the  discount rate                                                                    
equals the  six percent  and is applied  to the  purchase of                                                                    
the portfolio. The discount rate  accounts for the long term                                                                    
cash  flow  of the  loan  payments.  The discount  rate  was                                                                    
determined by  running the  cash flow  of the  loan payments                                                                    
out  to  arrive at  a  present  value computation.  The  six                                                                    
percent discount rate accommodates that cash flow.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SB  301  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 287                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  amending the powers  and duties of  the Alaska                                                                    
     Railroad  Corporation and  the  Alaska Housing  Finance                                                                    
     Corporation  related to  the exercise  of authority  to                                                                    
     purchase, transport,  and sell natural gas  produced on                                                                    
     the  North Slope  for  in-state  use, and  transferring                                                                    
     exclusive   and   primary    responsibility   for   the                                                                    
     initiation  and development  of that  project from  the                                                                    
     Office of  the Governor  and the Department  of Natural                                                                    
     Resources to  those corporations; and providing  for an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:28:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  PAWLOWSKI, STAFF,  SENATOR  MCGUIRE, discussed  the                                                                    
legislation. He stated  that SB 287 attempts to  find a more                                                                    
permanent  statutory  framework  to  advance  the  gas  line                                                                    
project to  feasibility on prior to  a bankable feasibility.                                                                    
Completing the  right of way, gathering  letters of interest                                                                    
from  commercial  buyers  and  sellers of  gas,  along  with                                                                    
seeking  interest  from  private pipe  line  companies  that                                                                    
might be  interested in constructing an  instate natural gas                                                                    
pipe line  are all  accomplished by amending  the provisions                                                                    
that  govern the  Alaska railroad.  He stated  that explicit                                                                    
authority   for    the   construction,    acquisition,   and                                                                    
development of  the gas  pipe line  project. An  instate gas                                                                    
pipe  line project  has been  inserted  into the  railroad's                                                                    
existing  authorities. He  pointed  out  several efforts  to                                                                    
capitalize  on Alaska's  North Slope  gas.  The language  on                                                                    
Page 3  attempts to  limit the  authorization to  the Alaska                                                                    
railroad for the project that  money was appropriated for in                                                                    
the   Supplemental  appropriations   bill   last  year.   He                                                                    
explained that Page 3, Lines  29-31, states that the goal of                                                                    
the effort  is to  be compatible,  but not  competitive with                                                                    
other  efforts   to  commercialize  instate   gas.  Explicit                                                                    
direction is  found in  Section 4 on  Page 4  describing the                                                                    
mechanisms  through which  the  Railroad is  required to  go                                                                    
through to  develop the  project and bring  it to  the point                                                                    
where the big decisions can be made.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Pawlowski stated that the  important points in Section 4                                                                    
are  found  on Page  4,  Line  26  through  Page 5,  Line  6                                                                    
including the grant  of the nonexclusive right of  way and a                                                                    
process to achieve that right  of way from the Department of                                                                    
Natural Resources (DNR). Section 5  is in the uncodified law                                                                    
and is  transitional language that gives  distinct tasks and                                                                    
line  items  to  the  Railroad Corporation  to  advance  the                                                                    
project. He  pointed out a  provision on Page 6,  Lines 8-19                                                                    
that  was  added  in the  Senate  Resources  Committee  that                                                                    
provides a mechanism to cancel  progress on the project. The                                                                    
Alaska  Railroad  is a  strong  institution  with a  vibrant                                                                    
board of directors that is  accustomed to overseeing project                                                                    
management.  The original  version  of SB  287 included  the                                                                    
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation  to discuss the financing                                                                    
of the line, however, the  entire project was limited to the                                                                    
definition and  feasibility of the  project as stated  in SB
287. He  commented that several  fiscal notes  were received                                                                    
that deserve further attention from the committee.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:34:20 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Thomas  asked  about  Page   3,  Line  16  and  the                                                                    
commercial  development  of  the central  gas  facility.  He                                                                    
asked  if the  reference to  a  central gas  facility was  a                                                                    
reference  to a  new gas  pipeline. Mr.  Pawlowski responded                                                                    
that  the gas  treatment  plant would  be  required for  any                                                                    
project. The goal  of Subsection 2 is to  identify points of                                                                    
supply for the project.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked if  a new CEO  for the  Alaska Railroad                                                                    
will have expertise  in the construction of  a gas pipeline.                                                                    
Mr. Pawlowski responded that the  CEO is not as important as                                                                    
the structure of the Railroad,  in that they are exempt from                                                                    
the executive budget act.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   referred  to   the  fiscal   notes  from                                                                    
Department  of Revenue.  He detailed  the  fiscal notes.  He                                                                    
discussed   the  difference   and   the   new  fiscal   note                                                                    
forthcoming from the Department of Natural Resources.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:37:50 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
FORMER  GOVERNOR SHEFFIELD  (via teleconference),  testified                                                                    
in  support   of  the  legislation.   He  stated   that  the                                                                    
legislation   could  advance   the  project   following  the                                                                    
foundation work  provided in the  bill. He pointed  out that                                                                    
the Alaska Railroad Corporation  is competent to support the                                                                    
issue. He  spoke to the importance  of the gas line  and the                                                                    
creation  of jobs  including construction.  He testified  to                                                                    
the Railroad's capabilities.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:41:42 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  COOK,   ALASKA  RAILROAD   BOARD  OF   DIRECTORS  (via                                                                    
teleconference) testified in support  of the legislation. He                                                                    
stated that  a bill approved  by the legislature  and signed                                                                    
by  the governor  will be  carried out  to the  best of  the                                                                    
Alaska  Railroad's  ability.  The railroad  appreciates  the                                                                    
faith in the industry. He  stressed that the backup plan for                                                                    
gas includes  the need for  a bridging solution in  the near                                                                    
term. He  noted that the lack  of a gas supply  is affecting                                                                    
the  private sector  economy. He  provided examples  of this                                                                    
lack  of gas  supply  and the  effect  on various  potential                                                                    
projects.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:45:25 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  BINKLEY,   ALASKA  RAILROAD   ASSOCIATION,  FAIRBANKS,                                                                    
testified in support of the  legislation. He stated that the                                                                    
Alaska Railroad Corporation Act created  by the body and the                                                                    
legislature has  a public  purpose of  economic development.                                                                    
He stressed  the need for  a strong and  profitable customer                                                                    
base.  With  this  bill,  the   Alaska  Railroad  will  take                                                                    
responsibility for  the existing  work program with  a focus                                                                    
on  permitting,  right  of  way, and  design  to  present  a                                                                    
feasibility  study  to  the   legislature  followed  by  the                                                                    
bankable  feasibility  statement.  He  commended  the  great                                                                    
management  team of  the Alaska  Railroad  that despite  the                                                                    
transition  appreciates the  opportunity to  be included  in                                                                    
the project.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:48:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Huggins  asked  if  the  transition  of  leadership                                                                    
impedes the Alaskan Railroad in relation to this project.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Binkley  responded that  no one  individual adds  to the                                                                    
success  of the  railroad. He  believed that  the transition                                                                    
allowed for  opportunity to  shape the  Railroad and  in the                                                                    
choosing of  a new leader.  He pointed out the  strong board                                                                    
of directors. The structure of  the railroad has created the                                                                    
vision  of public  purpose through  private sector  means to                                                                    
achieve  success and  provide for  economic development  for                                                                    
Alaskans.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Huggins commented  that  a  successful instate  gas                                                                    
pipeline  is  in the  best  interest  of the  Railroad.  Mr.                                                                    
Binkley  responded  that  the   Alaska  Railroad  feels  the                                                                    
economic  downturn. A  period of  contraction occurred  over                                                                    
the last  period of  years as  revenues have  decreased. The                                                                    
economic  viability  with  the  advent  of  instate  gas  is                                                                    
critical  to  the Alaska  Railroad.  He  mentioned that  the                                                                    
legislature   set   up   the   board   of   directors   with                                                                    
commissioners  from  the  Department of  Transportation  and                                                                    
Public Facilities and the  Department of Commerce, Community                                                                    
and Economic  Development who  work to  further the  goal of                                                                    
economic     development     through    a     transportation                                                                    
infrastructure.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
11:53:58 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  pointed out the  fiscal note and  the $9.5                                                                    
million  estimate for  pipeline engineering.  He asked  what                                                                    
product would be procured for the $9.5 million.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Binkley  answered  that  the   anticipated  cost  is  a                                                                    
preliminary estimate. He noted that  the board is waiting to                                                                    
observe   the  evolution   of  the   legislation  prior   to                                                                    
determining  an exact  fiscal  note.  The anticipated  costs                                                                    
with the existing contracts and  personnel to pursue the pre                                                                    
feasibility study  and the  feasibility study  contribute to                                                                    
the quoted numbers.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman discussed  the  fiscal note  and the  well                                                                    
founded cost estimate for construction due in June 2010.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Pawolowski responded that the  issue was raised with the                                                                    
liaison   to  the   Alaska  Railroad.   The  original   bill                                                                    
referenced  a permit  schedule designed  in  2009. With  the                                                                    
management transition, the  schedule slipped. Current fiscal                                                                    
year work is scheduled for  completion on July 1, 2011 which                                                                    
should be  accounted for  in the  current fiscal  year. This                                                                    
fiscal note must change to reflect that change in the bill.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
11:56:08 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Thomas  suggested   that  the   Alaska  Railroad's                                                                    
intention  is not  to build  a pipeline.  He hoped  that the                                                                    
work on  permits and engineering  would be  subcontracted to                                                                    
corporations   or  entities   that   have  the   appropriate                                                                    
experience.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Pawlowski   responded  that  insulating   the  existing                                                                    
operations of  the railroad  from the  initial task  was the                                                                    
reason for the creation of a subsidiary corporation.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Thomas recognized  the importance  of the  bill and                                                                    
the issues  that include the  Alaska hire and  Alaska Native                                                                    
hire.  He  recommended  changing the  timelines  to  include                                                                    
training programs ensuring that  the employees necessary are                                                                    
trained.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  commented about  the union  agreements and                                                                    
the  0.5  Billion Cubic  Feet  (BCF)  limit of  AGIA,  which                                                                    
restricts the transportation of the gas supply.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
11:59:33 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Pawlowski referenced Page 3,  Lines 29-31 which resulted                                                                    
from communication  with the administration.  The compatible                                                                    
yet not  competitive language  referencing the  AGIA project                                                                    
was  an explicit  acknowledgement of  the 500  million cubic                                                                    
feet per day limit under AGIA.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  asked if  the language  included restricts                                                                    
the development to .5 BCF per day or less.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Pawlowski  stated that the language  specifically states                                                                    
that the  state cannot exceed the  half a BCF per  day limit                                                                    
without  exceeding the  trouble damage  provision. Scenarios                                                                    
can be  reviewed that might exceed  0.5 BCF per day,  but in                                                                    
terms of advancing the project,  that decision must be taken                                                                    
later.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman asked  if 1  BCF per  day is  required for                                                                    
efficiency  the state  might encounter  triple damage  issue                                                                    
under the AGIA contract.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Pawlowski responded  that Page 5, Lines  22-24 tasks the                                                                    
Alaskan  Railroad  with  the identification  of  legislation                                                                    
that  is necessary.  He  noted that  the  letters of  intent                                                                    
found in  sub 2 Lines  16-18 in  that the producers  and the                                                                    
market of  the gas express  an interest in  something larger                                                                    
than  0.5 BCG  per day,  legislation might  be necessary  to                                                                    
change that in the future.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  asked if this language  was too simplistic                                                                    
with  the contractual  arrangement  between TransCanada  and                                                                    
Alaska  under   AGIA.  Mr.  Pawlowski  responded   that  the                                                                    
contractual  obligation  is  important  in  the  event  that                                                                    
greater  than 0.5  BCF  per day  becomes  necessary for  the                                                                    
project.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  commented  that with  the  efficiency  of                                                                    
scale issue, the price at the  consumer level is high at 250                                                                    
million and  efficiency of scale  is not realized  until 750                                                                    
million  is  reached.  Mr.   Pawlowski  commented  that  the                                                                    
official analysis  will not be  complete until July  1, 2011                                                                    
under the current cost estimate work carried out.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SB  287  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  Committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 12:03 PM.                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Sectional Analysis for HB 411 and SB 301.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
HB 411
SB 301
SB 301 Hearing Request Sen. Hoffman and Sen. Stedman.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 301
2-17-2010_MOU_AIDEA_AEA.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 301
Sponsor Statement SB 287.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
SEP OCT 09.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
JUNE 09.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
JULY 09.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
In-State Letter.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
Hearing Request for SB 287.docx SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
Governor Parnell Letter.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
Feb 10.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
DEC 09.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 287
SB 312 Head Tax reduction_Support.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 312
SB 312 Sponsor Statement.docx HFIN 4/15/2010 8:30:00 AM
SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 312
SB 312 Visitor Industry Impact.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 312
SB 235 - Sponsor Statement[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Sectional Analysis[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - PowerPoint[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - National Ranking[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - National Charter Alliance CSP Fact Sheet[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Mat-Su Support Resolution[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Letters of Support[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Kern - Fed Dept Ed - Letter[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - DED Charter Grant Program[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - DED Charter Grant Program - Funding[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Comeau Article[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 235 - Alaska Charter Law Fact Sheet[1].pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 235
SB 236 2010 SEDA ltter of support.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 236
SB 312 Sectional Analysis.docx HFIN 4/15/2010 8:30:00 AM
SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 312
SB 312 Thoma Testimony SFIN 040510.pdf SFIN 4/5/2010 10:00:00 AM
SB 312