Legislature(2003 - 2004)

05/06/2004 01:30 PM L&C

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                          May 6, 2004                                                                                           
                           1:30 p.m.                                                                                            
TAPE(S) 04-39                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Con Bunde, Chair                                                                                                        
Senator Ralph Seekins, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hollis French                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 474(JUD) am                                                                                               
"An Act relating to civil liability associated with aircraft                                                                    
runways, airfields, and landing areas."                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED CSHB 474(JUD) am OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 474                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LIABILITY FOR AIRPORTS AND AIRSTRIPS                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) HOLM                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
02/16/04       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/16/04       (H)       JUD                                                                                                    
03/26/04       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
03/26/04       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/26/04       (H)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
03/29/04       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
03/29/04       (H)       Bill Postponed To 3/30/04                                                                              
03/30/04       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
03/30/04       (H)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
03/31/04       (H)       JUD AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
03/31/04       (H)       Moved CSHB 474(JUD) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/31/04       (H)       MINUTE(JUD)                                                                                            
04/05/04       (H)       JUD RPT CS(JUD) 4DP 1DNP 1NR                                                                           
04/05/04       (H)       DP: SAMUELS, HOLM, OGG, MCGUIRE;                                                                       
04/05/04       (H)       DNP: GARA; NR: GRUENBERG                                                                               
04/28/04       (H)       MOVED TO BOTTOM OF CALENDAR                                                                            
04/28/04       (H)       NOT TAKEN UP 4/28 - ON 4/29 CALENDAR                                                                   
04/29/04       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
04/29/04       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 474(JUD) AM                                                                              
05/01/04       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
05/01/04       (S)       L&C                                                                                                    
05/06/04       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 211                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Todd Larkin                                                                                                                 
Staff to Representative Jim Holm                                                                                                
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT: Commented on HB 474 for the sponsor.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 04-39, SIDE A                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     CSHB 474(JUD) am-LIABILITY FOR AIRPORTS AND AIRSTRIPS                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
CHAIR CON  BUNDE called  the Senate  Labor and  Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order  at 1:50  p.m. Present  were Senators                                                               
Gary Stevens,  Ralph Seekins, Bettye  Davis and Chair  Con Bunde.                                                               
The  first order  of business  to come  before the  committee was                                                               
CSHB 474(JUD) am.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. TODD LARKIN, staff to  Representative Jim Holm, sponsor, said                                                               
HB 474  clarifies statute by  removing the word  "natural" before                                                               
"individual"  that   currently  only  protects   individuals  who                                                               
operate and maintain airstrips  without compensation. By deleting                                                               
"natural"  it will  include groups,  organizations and  corporate                                                               
neighbors also as long as they don't receive compensation.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR BUNDE noted that this is a good neighbor bill.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GARY STEVENS asked what happens  when the X on the runway                                                               
is covered up by snow in relation to language on page 2, line 6.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  LARKIN  said  that  change   was  requested  by  pilots  who                                                               
referenced Federal  Aviation Administration (FAA)  guidelines for                                                               
marking airstrips.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SEEKINS  said he  had a  companion bill  to this  one and                                                               
explained that  FAA guidelines say  if an X  is there, it  can be                                                               
covered up with snow; but if a person closes his strip, he can't                                                                
use it either and the FAA has to be notified of the closure.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR SEEKINS  moved to  pass CSHB  474(JUD) am  from committee                                                               
with  individual   recommendations  and  attached   fiscal  note.                                                               
Senators Gary Stevens,  Davis, Seekins and Chair  Bunde voted yea                                                               
and CSHB 474(JUD) am moved from committee.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
CHAIR BUNDE adjourned the meeting at 1:55 p.m.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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