Legislature(1997 - 1998)

05/12/1998 10:40 AM RES

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              SENATE RESOURCES COMMITTEE                                       
                     May 12, 1998                                              
                      10:40 A.M.                                               
                                                                               
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                
                                                                               
Senator Rick Halford, Chairman                                                 
Senator Lyda Green, Vice Chairman                                              
Senator Loren Leman                                                            
Senator Robin Taylor                                                           
Senator John Torgerson                                                         
Senator Georgianna Lincoln                                                     
                                                                               
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                 
                                                                               
Senator Bert Sharp                                                             
                                                                               
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                             
                                                                               
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 68 am                                               
Relating to continued operation of the McKinley Park airstrip for              
general aviation and access to Denali National Park and Preserve.              
                                                                               
     - PASSED HJR68 am FROM COMMITTEE                                          
                                                                               
SENATE CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 73(RES)                                           
"An Act extending the termination dates of the salmon marketing                
programs of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and the salmon              
marketing assessment; and providing for an effective date."                    
                                                                               
     - PASSED SCS HB73(RES) FROM COMMITTEE                                     
                                                                               
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 204(RES)                                                 
"An Act revising the procedures and authority of the Alaska                    
Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, the Board of Fisheries, and             
the Department of Fish and Game to establish a moratorium on                   
participants or vessels, or both, participating in certain                     
fisheries; and providing for an effective date."                               
                                                                               
     - PASSED SCS HB 204(RES) FROM COMMITTEE                                   
                                                                               
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                               
                                                                               
HJR 68 - No previous action to consider.                                       
                                                                               
HB 73 - See Labor and Commerce minutes dated 2/24/98 and 3/3/98 and            
        Resources Committee minutes dated 4/29/98.                             
                                                                               
HB 204 - See Resources Committee minutes dated 4/22/98 and 4/28/98.            
                                                                               
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                               
TAPE 98-41, SIDE A                                                             
Number 001                                                                     
                                                                               
        HJR 68 - CONT OPERATION OF MCKINLEY PARK AIRSTRIP                      
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN HALFORD called the Senate Resources Committee meeting to              
order at 10:40 p.m. and announced HJR 68 to be up for                          
consideration.                                                                 
                                                                               
SENATOR TORGERSON moved to pass HJR 68 from Committee with                     
individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so            
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
            HB 73 - SALMON MARKETING ASSESSMENT & ASMI                         
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN HALFORD said he earlier expressed concern for Western                 
Alaskan fishermen who felt that they were paying and not receiving             
a lot.  He hoped that was corrected in the term of the sunset.  The            
committee substitute continues the Western Alaska tax to 2000 and              
the remainder of the tax to 2003 which gives them a couple of years            
to get support from the areas that feel like they are paying for it            
and not receiving that much benefit.                                           
                                                                               
SENATOR TORGERSON moved to adopt the CS to HB 73.                              
                                                                               
SENATOR LINCOLN objected for purposes of discussion.  She proposed             
an amendment on line 9 to delete, "proportionate..." through line              
11.  If this were proportionate to the contributions, then this is             
suggesting that Western Alaska would not be receiving any support              
from ASMI because of the low amount they would collect in taxes.               
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN HALFORD said he didn't mind if the intent was made more               
general, but he didn't want the whole statement taken out, because             
it was aimed at Bristol Bay more than western Alaska.  If they                 
wanted to put a modifier in front of proportionate, the concern is             
to get closer to being more proportionate.  He thought they should             
maybe delete "Western Alaska" because they probably get more in                
effort than return in taxes at this point.                                     
                                                                               
SENATOR LINCOLN said she would agree to delete, "and Western                   
Alaska" and removed amendment #1.                                              
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN HALFORD said he thought they should put "more" in front of            
the word "proportionate."  It is not his intent to tie in some                 
internal arguments.                                                            
                                                                               
SENATOR LINCOLN said she didn't have any objection to that and                 
moved to insert on line 9, "more" between benefit and proportion               
and delete on line 10 after bay through "Alaska."  There were no               
objections and it was so ordered.                                              
                                                                               
SENATOR TORGERSON moved to pass SCSHB 73(RES) from Committee with              
individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so            
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
         HB 204 - MORATORIA ON COMMERCIAL FISHERIES ENTRY                      
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN HALFORD announced HB 204 to be up for consideration.  The             
CS provides that the fisheries under the new moratorium can't be               
used as a first step toward transferable permits.  So it gives                 
general moratorium authority.                                                  
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved to adopt the CS to HB 204.  There were no                  
objections and it was adopted.                                                 
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN said they are trying to create a value that                      
ultimately results in the loss of permits from Alaskans and creates            
some of the challenges they have now.  He asked if there was any               
way to protect that.                                                           
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN HALFORD said he thought the Commission could establish                
procedures that provide for the transfer through the Commission.               
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN said that would be his intent to give direction to               
the Commission.                                                                
                                                                               
SENATOR LINCOLN said that was her concern, also.                               
                                                                               
SENATOR LEMAN moved to pass SCSHB 204(RES)from Committee with                  
individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so            
ordered.                                                                       
                                                                               
CHAIRMAN HALFORD adjourned the meeting at 10:54 p.m.                           

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