Legislature(1993 - 1994)

05/05/1994 03:44 PM RES

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                   SENATE RESOURCES COMMITTEE                                  
                          May 5, 1994                                          
                           3:44 P.M.                                           
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                               
 Senator Mike Miller, Chairman                                                 
 Senator Loren Leman, Vice Chairman                                            
 Senator Steve Frank                                                           
 Senator Drue Pearce                                                           
 Senator Al Adams                                                              
 Senator Dave Donley                                                           
 Senator Fred Zharoff                                                          
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 20                                           
 Supporting the reopening and development of the Alaska-Juneau Mine.           
 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 218(FSH)                                                
 "An Act relating to the maximum length of salmon seine vessels; and           
 providing for an effective date."                                             
  PREVIOUS ACTION                                                              
 HCR 20 - No previous action to record.                                        
 HB 218 - See Resources minutes dated 5/2/94.                                  
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
 Senator Robin Taylor                                                          
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, Ak. 99801                                                             
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported SCR 20.                                      
 Chuck Achberger, Director                                                     
 Juneau Chamber of Commerce                                                    
 125 W. 5th                                                                    
 Juneau, Ak. 99801                                                             
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported SCR 20.                                      
 Tammy Larson, President                                                       
 Alaska Women in Mining                                                        
 8510 Rainbow Row                                                              
 Juneau, Ak. 99801                                                             
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported SCR 20.                                      
 Paula Terrel                                                                  
 Thane Neighborhood Association                                                
 5025 Thane Rd.                                                                
 Juneau, Ak. 99801                                                             
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Opposed SCR 20.                                        
 Skip Gray                                                                     
 Alaskans for Juneau                                                           
 4464 Mountain Side Dr.                                                        
 Juneau, Ak. 99801                                                             
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Opposed SCR 20.                                        
 Senator Jim Duncan                                                            
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, Ak. 99801                                                             
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Commented on SCR 20.                                   
 ACTION NARRATIVE                                                              
  TAPE 94-43, SIDE A                                                           
 Number 001                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN MILLER called the Resources Committee meeting to order at            
 3:44 p.m. and announced  SCR 20  (REOPENING ALASKA-JUNEAU MINE) to be    be   
 up for consideration.  He said a proposed CS drops "Echo Bay"                 
 everywhere in the resolution, so it is more generic.                          
 SENATOR LEMAN moved to adopt CSSCR 20(RES).  There were no                    
 objections and it was so ordered.                                             
 SENATOR TAYLOR said that a group called "Women in Mines" came to              
 him to see if the legislature could show some generic support for             
 their industry.  He has no objection to the CS.                               
 CHUCK ACHBERGER, Director, Juneau Chamber of Commerce, supported              
 SCR 20.  We should look for alternatives to oil for supporting                
 ourselves.  Juneau was founded by the AJ Mine, which was once the             
 largest gold mine in the world.  There are over 40 permits that               
 will govern the construction and operation of the AJ Mine.  These             
 permits entail frequent monitoring to assure compliance.                      
 Environmental quality is important to all of us.  The City and                
 Borough of Juneau has also developed its own large mine permit in             
 addition to all the state and federal permits, he said.                       
 Number 119                                                                    
 TAMMY LARSON, President, Alaska Women in Mining, felt the                     
 resolution is important because it sends the message that Alaska              
 needs industry development.  She said the industry and communities            
 need the jobs.                                                                
 PAULA TERREL, Thane Neighborhood Association, said she didn't think           
 a resolution was not appropriate for this issue.  But she said it             
 would be less contentious if some of the wording were changed so              
 that is was more reflective of what the City and Borough itself has           
 done in terms of the mining ordinance.                                        
 SENATOR JIM DUNCAN passed the committee a proposed CS.  He said the           
 AJ Mine was a very contentious issue in Juneau.  He has not                   
 involved himself either pro or con for the mine.  He wants to make            
 sure the process is working.  He thought the resolution probably              
 boils down to an end run around a process that has been followed by           
 the city, the state, and the federal agencies.  He thought it was             
 inappropriate for the legislature to address a resolution of                  
 support for a private profit making enterprise that fans the flames           
 of controversy.                                                               
 SKIP GRAY, Alaskans for Juneau, presented a slide show on the site            
 of the proposed mine.                                                         
 Number 472                                                                    
 SENATOR DONLEY moved to adopt the Utermohle 4/16/94 (e) draft CS              
 SCR 20(RES) in place of the committee substitute adopted earlier in           
 the meeting.  There were no objections and it was so ordered.                 
 SENATOR LEMAN moved to discharge CSSCR 20(RES) from committee with            
 individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so           
 Number 486                                                                    
 SENATOR MILLER announced  CS  HB 218(FSH)  (REPEAL 58 FT. LIMIT FOR           
 SEINE VESSELS) to be up for consideration.                                    
 SENATOR ZHAROFF said he objected to the bill although the concept             
 is good.  The timing is inappropriate until they get the Board of             
 Fish resolved to the issues at hand.                                          
 SENATOR FRANK moved to pass CSHB 218(FSH) from committee.  SENATOR            
 ZHAROFF objected.  Senator Zharoff voted no; Senators Miller,                 
 Leman, Pearce, and Frank voted yes.  Senator Donley didn't vote.              
 SENATOR MILLER adjourned the meeting at 4:20 p.m.                             

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