Legislature(2005 - 2006)BUTROVICH 205

02/23/2005 03:30 PM RESOURCES


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+ SB 25 GENETICALLY MODIFIED FISH TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 25 Out of Committee
+ HJR 6 LABELING OF FISH /SHELLFISH PRODUCTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHJR 6(FSH) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                       February 23, 2005                                                                                        
                           3:32 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Thomas Wagoner, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Fred Dyson                                                                                                              
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
Senator Kim Elton                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ralph Seekins, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator Ben Stevens                                                                                                             
Senator Gretchen Guess                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
SENATE BILL NO. 25                                                                                                              
"An Act relating to labeling and identification of genetically                                                                  
modified fish and fish products."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED SB 25 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 6(FSH)                                                                                        
Relating to the labeling of fish and shellfish to identify the                                                                  
country of origin and to distinguish between wild and farmed                                                                    
fish and shellfish.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED CSHJR 6(FSH) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB  25                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: GENETICALLY MODIFIED FISH                                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) ELTON, STEVENS G                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
01/11/05       (S)       PREFILE RELEASED 12/30/04                                                                              
01/11/05       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/11/05       (S)       L&C, RES                                                                                               
02/01/05       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 211                                                                               
02/01/05       (S)       -- Meeting Rescheduled to 02/08/05 --                                                                  
02/08/05       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 211                                                                               
02/08/05       (S)       Moved SB  25 Out of Committee                                                                          
02/08/05       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
02/09/05       (S)       L&C RPT 4DP 1NR                                                                                        
02/09/05       (S)       NR: BUNDE                                                                                              
02/09/05       (S)       DP: ELLIS, DAVIS, SEEKINS, STEVENS B                                                                   
02/23/05       (S)       RES AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR  6                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: LABELING OF FISH /SHELLFISH PRODUCTS                                                                               
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KERTTULA                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
01/19/05       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/19/05       (H)       FSH, RES                                                                                               
01/26/05       (H)       FSH AT 8:30 AM CAPITOL 124                                                                             
01/26/05       (H)       -- Meeting Canceled --                                                                                 
01/26/05       (H)       RES AT 3:00 PM CAPITOL 124                                                                             
01/26/05       (H)       Scheduled But Not Heard                                                                                
01/31/05       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 124                                                                             
01/31/05       (H)       -- Meeting Canceled --                                                                                 
02/02/05       (H)       FSH RPT CS(FSH) NT 6DP                                                                                 
02/02/05       (H)       DP: HARRIS, ELKINS, SALMON, WILSON,                                                                    
                         THOMAS, LEDOUX                                                                                         
02/02/05       (H)       FSH AT 8:30 AM CAPITOL 124                                                                             
02/02/05       (H)       Moved CSHJR 6(FSH) Out of Committee                                                                    
02/02/05       (H)       MINUTE(FSH)                                                                                            
02/09/05       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 124                                                                             
02/09/05       (H)       Moved CSHJR 6(FSH) Out of Committee                                                                    
02/09/05       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
02/11/05       (H)       RES RPT CS(FSH) NT 7DP                                                                                 
02/11/05       (H)       DP: OLSON, GATTO, SEATON, LEDOUX,                                                                      
                         ELKINS, SAMUELS, RAMRAS                                                                                
02/14/05       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
02/14/05       (H)       VERSION: CSHJR 6(FSH)                                                                                  
02/16/05       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/16/05       (S)       RES                                                                                                    
02/23/05       (S)       RES AT 3:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Dennis Kelso                                                                                                                    
University of California Santa Cruz                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Supported SB 26.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kerttula                                                                                                         
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor or HJR 6.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Tabatha Williams, Intern                                                                                                        
Representative Kerttula                                                                                                         
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT: Commented on HJR 6 for sponsor.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  THOMAS  WAGONER  called   the  Senate  Resources  Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order  at  3:32:25  PM.  Senators  Elton,                                                             
Stedman, Dyson and Chair Wagoner were present.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                SB  25-GENETICALLY MODIFIED FISH                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WAGONER announced SB 25 to be up for consideration.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR ELTON said  Senator Gary Stevens is co-sponsor  of SB 25.                                                               
It requires  that genetically modified finfish  or shellfish sold                                                               
in Alaska be identified on the label  if it is sold at the retail                                                               
level.  Right now  only an  aquarium fish  has been  approved for                                                               
sale at the retail level, but  the FDA has an application pending                                                               
from a US/Canadian firm that  wants to produce GM Atlantic salmon                                                               
for human  consumption and to  sell the  eggs from them  to other                                                               
fish farmers around  the world. He said  that other jurisdictions                                                               
around the  world will be making  decisions on whether or  not to                                                               
allow GM fish and it won't  be economic to deny it. Alaskans will                                                               
be able to  make informed purchase decisions at  the retail level                                                               
and  the  required  labeling  will  allow  marketers  of  Alaskan                                                               
seafood products to  draw an even brighter line  between wild and                                                               
natural  Alaska fish  and industrially  produced  fish for  human                                                               
consumption.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:36:30 PM                                                                                                                    
DENNIS KELSO,  University of California Santa  Cruz, supported SB                                                               
25  and  said his  research  focuses  on  the effects  of  global                                                               
production  of  GM  fish on  Alaska's  wild  salmon.  Genetically                                                               
modified fish  will be  the most active  area for  development of                                                               
the  GM technology.  He thought  that this  is a  consumer choice                                                               
bill that  equips Alaskan  consumers with  the knowledge  of what                                                               
kind  of  seafood  and  production practice  they  can  chose  to                                                               
support.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:38:54 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  STEDMAN said  SB 25  has  the unanimous  support of  the                                                               
Salmon Industry Task Force.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:39:57 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR DYSON  moved to pass  SB 25 from committee  with attached                                                               
fiscal  note  and  individual   recommendations.  There  were  no                                                               
objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                               
3:40:15 PM Recess 3:41:25 PM                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
       CSHJR  6(FSH)-LABELING OF FISH /SHELLFISH PRODUCTS                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WAGONER announced CSHJR 6(FSH) to be up for consideration.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  KERTTULA,  sponsor,   said  there  are  currently                                                               
labeling requirements for  country of origin and  wild and farmed                                                               
salmon.  Unfortunately,   the  USDA   is  thinking   of  removing                                                               
processed  fish from  those requirements.  That includes  canned,                                                               
smoked and  pouched products. She  thinks this is wrong  and that                                                               
people should still be able to benefit from labeling.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:42:55 PM                                                                                                                    
TABATHA  WILIAMS,  intern  working for  Representative  Kerttula,                                                               
said  she is  from a  fishing family  and said  that the  fishing                                                               
industry  provides  many jobs  for  Alaskans  and that  even  the                                                               
tourist  industry  depends  on   the  Alaska  seafood  industry's                                                               
reputation to attract its clientele.  Farmed fish has been linked                                                               
to cancer-causing toxins  and high mercury levels.  We don't want                                                               
our  wild   and  healthy  salmon   to  be  associated   with  the                                                               
notoriously  bad press  farmed fish  has earned  over the  recent                                                               
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:44:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  ELTON  moved  to  pass CSHJR  6(FSH),  version  F,  from                                                               
committee   with    attached   fiscal   notes    and   individual                                                               
recommendations. There were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
There was  nothing else  to come before  the committee  and Chair                                                               
Wagoner adjourned the meeting at 3:45:05 PM.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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