Legislature(1997 - 1998)

05/02/1997 03:52 PM RES

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                   SENATE RESOURCES COMMITTEE                                  
                          May 2, 1997                                          
                           3:52 P.M.                                           
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                               
 Senator Rick Halford, Chairman                                                
 Senator Lyda Green, Vice Chairman                                             
 Senator Loren Leman                                                           
 Senator Robin Taylor                                                          
 Senator John Torgerson                                                        
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
 Senator Bert Sharp                                                            
 Senator Georgianna Lincoln                                                    
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 14(RLS)                                     
 Relating to supporting the "American Land Sovereignty Protection              
  - MOVED CSHJR 14(RLS) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                       
 SENATE BILL NO. 184                                                           
 "An Act relating to access by the Department of Environmental                 
 Conservation and the Department of Fish and Game to confidential              
 tax records for fisheries resources prepared or kept by the                   
 Department of Revenue under AS 43.75."                                        
  - MOVED SB 184 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                              
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
 HJR 14 - No previous action to consider.                                      
 SB 184 - No previous action to consider.                                      
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
 Ms. Myrna McGhie, Staff                                                       
 Representative Jeannette James                                                
 State Capitol Bldg.                                                           
 Juneau AK 99801                                                               
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Staff to sponsor of HJR 14.                            
 Mr. Paul Dick                                                                 
 Income and Excise Audit Division                                              
 Department of Revenue                                                         
 550 West 7th Ave, Suite 560                                                   
 Anchorage AK 99811-0402                                                       
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Supported SB 184.                                      
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
  TAPE 97-30, SIDE A                                                           
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          HJR 14 SUPPORT AMERICAN LAND SOVEREIGNTY ACT                        
  CHAIRMAN HALFORD  called the Senate Resources Committee meeting to           
 order at 3:52 p.m. and announced  HJR 14  to be up for consideration.         
  MS. MYRNA MCGHIE,  Staff to Representative Jeannette James, sponsor,         
 said that in 1971 the United States joined the U.N. program calling           
 for establishing biosphere reserves around the world.  Forty seven            
 national parks which cover 51 million acres of land are classified            
 as these sanctuaries.  Sixty eight percent of our national parks,             
 preserves, and monuments have been designated to the U.N.                     
 Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to                
 biosphere reserves and world heritage sites without any legislative           
 or congressional direction.  Most disturbing is that 40.7 million             
 acres of this land are in Alaska.  A world heritage site in Alaska            
 is Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve and the six                  
 biosphere reserves are: Admiralty Island National Monument, the               
 Aleutian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Denali National Park and           
 Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Glacier             
 Bay National Park and Preserve, and Noatak National Preserve.                 
 There is legitimate concern about possible international                      
  SENATOR TAYLOR  said that he is thoroughly convinced this is a               
 wonderful resolution and moved to pass it from committee with                 
 individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so           
          SB 184 DEC & ADFG ACCESS TO FISH TAX RECORDS                        
  CHAIRMAN HALFORD  announced SB 184 to be up for consideration.               
  MR. PAUL DICK,  Department of Revenue, said this bill is essentially         
 the culmination of three agencies work, ADF&G, DEC and Department             
 of Revenue, on recommendations by seafood processors as part of the           
 Governor's marketing Alaska initiative.  Their recommendations                
 strongly suggest that they simplify the reporting and application             
 procedure for seafood processors and he thought the agencies had              
 been very responsive in doing that.                                           
 The next thing they want to do is consolidate the fishery business            
 tax return with an annual report that's submitted to ADF&G into one           
 MR. DICK said with development of their data base they would                  
 restrict access so that ADF&G would have access to only fish tax              
 data.  DEC wants this information so they can set up their                    
 application fees by looking at the values that are being reported             
 by the processors.                                                            
  SENATOR LEMAN  said that although he trusted DNR, he had seen some           
 breaches in that trust the other departments.  He applauded their             
 consolidating forms, but he was concerned about the two departments           
 getting tax returns unless there's some way of removing the tax               
 payer's identity.                                                             
  SENATOR TORGERSON  asked if either one of the departments has                
 something now that they consider confidential.   MR. DICK  replied            
 that he thought the commercial operators annual report had some               
 bounds of confidentiality.                                                    
  SENATOR TORGERSON  said he didn't think DEC had anything that was            
 confidential.  They can't keep anything secret for more than five             
 minutes and they run faster to the press than anyone he has ever              
  MR. DICK  said that DEC gets all the value information which is the          
 basis of their tax and they are recording that value on the                   
 commercial operator annual report.  If they wanted to go an                   
 additional step and multiply those values out times the rate, they            
 would essentially have the tax by the taxpayer.  He would envision            
 only working with DEC to give them data and not associate that                
 information with the taxpayer and that would only be on a need to             
 know basis.                                                                   
  SENATOR TORGERSON  asked if that information was used to levy a fee          
 on someone based on how much money someone is making.   MR. DICK              
 replied that they would set up some schedule rate and they have               
 already done this.                                                            
  SENATOR TORGERSON  sad he didn't favor this proposal.                        
 Number 176                                                                    
  CHAIRMAN HALFORD  said he didn't hear a motion and adjourned the             
 meeting at 5:03 p.m.                                                          

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