Legislature(1995 - 1996)

03/26/1996 01:33 PM Senate L&C

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               SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE                             
                         March 26, 1996                                        
                           1:33 P.M.                                           
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                               
 Senator Tim Kelly, Chairman                                                   
 Senator John Torgerson, Vice Chairman                                         
 Senator Mike Miller                                                           
 Senator Jim Duncan                                                            
 Senator Judy Salo                                                             
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
 All members present                                                           
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 62                                                 
 Requesting the federal government to purchase surplus 1995 Alaska             
 canned pink salmon.                                                           
 HOUSE BILL NO. 502                                                            
 "An Act relating to the auctioning of real estate."                           
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
 HJR 62 - No previous action to consider.                                      
 HB 502 - See Labor & Commerce minutes dated 3/26/96.                          
      Rules minutes dated 3/27/96.                                             
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
 Cheryl Sutton, Staff                                                          
 Representative Bill Williams                                                  
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 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Staff to sponsor of HJR 62.                            
 Sherman Ernouf, Staff                                                         
 Senator Tim Kelly                                                             
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 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Commented on HB 502.                                   
 Representative John Davies                                                    
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 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Sponsor of HB 502.                                     
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
  TAPE 96-22, SIDE A                                                           
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         HJR 62 FED PURCHASE SURPLUS '95 CANNED SALMON                        
 CHAIRMAN KELLY called the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee                 
 meeting to order at 1:33 p.m. and announced  HJR 62  to be up for             
 CHERYL SUTTON, Staff to Representative Bill Williams, sponsor of              
 HJR 62, said that the Alaska canned pink salmon industry is  facing           
 a serious crisis of marketing surplus salmon caused by record                 
 harvest in 1995.                                                              
 She explained that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has                     
 traditionally required that canned salmon be processed under NMFS             
 type continuous inspection even though neither the commercial                 
 market place nor the Food and Drug Administration makes that                  
 requirement.  The canned salmon industry does not normally contract           
 NMFS inspectors to oversee the processing operation unless there is           
 an indication there will be a U.S.D.A. purchase program.                      
 In 1995 USDA sent a letter to the salmon industry indicating that             
 based on the harvest level forecast at the time a harvest was not             
 warranted.  Consequently, the bulk of the industry did not assume             
 the additional expense of NMFS' inspection.  When the size of the             
 run became apparent, it was too late to bring inspectors to the               
 The industry is prepared to have the NMFS Inspection Services                 
 Division conduct lot inspections of product processed in 1995 to              
 certify that the product meets the technical requirements of the              
 commercial item description for canned salmon.  NMFS deems these              
 assurances should be adequate for USDA purchases for its various              
 HJR 62 requests the federal government to purchase the '95 Alaska             
 canned salmon surpluses for the domestic and export programs.                 
 These programs include school lunch programs, export programs,                
 assistance to low income persons, and the federal prison system.              
 The resolution also asks the Department of Agriculture to waive the           
 NMFS type line inspection requirement.                                        
 The canned salmon industry operates under federal and State of                
 Alaska regulations as well as the guidelines of the Canned Salmon             
 Control Plan and Container Integrity Program which were developed             
 in conjunction with National Food Processors Association and the              
 FDA.  Alaska canned salmon is traded internationally under the                
 assurances of these programs.                                                 
 At present at least six major Alaska processors have notified                 
 fishermen they will not be buying pink salmon for the '96 season              
 because of the surpluses.  This situation poses economic disaster             
 for our fishermen and processors.                                             
 SENATOR TORGERSON moved to pass SJR 62 from committee with                    
 individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so           
          HB 502 CONDUCTING AUCTIONS OF REAL PROPERTY                         
 SENATOR KELLY announced  HB 502  to be up for consideration.  He              
 asked his aide, Sherman Ernouf, what the vote on the House side               
 was.  He answered it was 35 - 3.                                              
 REPRESENTATIVE DAVIES, sponsor of HB 502, explained that                      
 auctioneers are not allowed under law to auction real estate unless           
 they have a real estate sales license. HB 502 allows auctioneers to           
 auction real estate if he has had a course in real estate sales and           
 there must also be a broker present at the auction of real estate.            
 MR. ERNOUF said there wasn't any opposition.                                  
 SENATOR TORGERSON moved to pass HB 502 from committee with                    
 individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so           
 SENATOR KELLY adjourned the meeting at 1:39 p.m.                              

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