Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/02/2018 04:00 PM RESOURCES

Note: the audio and video recordings are distinct records and are obtained from different sources. As such there may be key differences between the two. The audio recordings are captured by our records offices as the official record of the meeting and will have more accurate timestamps. Use the icons to switch between them.

Download Mp3. <- Right click and save file as
Download Video part 1. <- Right click and save file as

Audio Topic
04:03:00 PM Start
04:04:15 PM Confirmation Hearing(s): Board of Fisheries, Regulatory Commission of Alaska
04:20:15 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Time Change --
Consideration of Governor's Appointees
+ Board of Fisheries: TELECONFERENCED
- Mr. Orville Huntington
- Mr. Al Cain
+ Regulatory Commission of Alaska TELECONFERENCED
Mr. Anthony Scott
-- Public Testimony on Appointees --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              SENATE RESOURCES STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                         April 2, 2018                                                                                          
                           4:03 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                            
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Cathy Giessel, Chair                                                                                                    
Senator John Coghill, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Natasha von Imhof                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CONFIRMATION HEARING(S)                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Board of Fisheries                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Orville Huntington                                                                                                         
     Al Cain                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA)                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Antony Scott                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ORVILLE HUNTINGTON, appointee                                                                                                   
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Re-appointee to the Board of Fisheries.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
AL CAIN, appointee                                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Re-appointee to the Board of Fisheries.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANTONY SCOTT, appointee                                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  New appointee  to the  Regulatory Commission                                                             
of Alaska (RCA)                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARK RICHARDS, representing himself                                                                                             
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in  support of Orville Huntington's                                                             
and Al Cain's reappointments to the Board of Fisheries.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:03:00 PM                                                                                                                    
ACTING  CHAIR KEVIN  MEYER called  the Senate  Resources Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 4:03  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order  were  Senators  Wielechowski, Stedman,  and  Acting  Chair                                                               
Meyer. Senator  Coghill was  excused. He noted  the absence  of a                                                               
quorum but stated that members would arrive shortly.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
^Confirmation   Hearing(s):   Board  of   Fisheries,   Regulatory                                                           
Commission of Alaska                                                                                                            
                    CONFIRMATION HEARING(S):                                                                                
                       BOARD OF FISHERIES                                                                                   
                REGULATORY COMMISSION OF ALASKA                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:04:15 PM                                                                                                                    
ACTING CHAIR MEYER said the  committee would take up appointments                                                               
to boards  and commissions. He  asked Mr. Huntington to  tell the                                                               
committee  why  he wants  to  be  re-appointed  to the  Board  of                                                               
Fisheries.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ORVILLE  HUNTINGTON,  re-appointee  to the  Board  of  Fisheries,                                                               
Fairbanks, Alaska, stated that he grew  up in Huslia and lives in                                                               
Fairbanks. He  has worked  for seven years  at the  Tanana Chiefs                                                               
Conference (TCC)  as Wildlife Parks  Director. He has  served two                                                               
terms  on the  Board  of  Fisheries. He  has  been a  subsistence                                                               
fisherman  for  all his  life  and  relies  on the  personal  use                                                               
fishery,  as  well. He  used  to  have  a commercial  permit  but                                                               
doesn't use it anymore. He wants  to serve one last term, and not                                                               
more because of his health.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ACTING  CHAIR  MEYER  thanked  him for  his  service  and  opened                                                               
questions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEDMAN  asked  if  he   thought  his  health  might  be                                                               
deteriorating  and  this  may  be   his  last  term  if  he  gets                                                               
reappointed.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HUNTINGTON answered  yes; he  is  at the  age when  it is  a                                                               
little bit  hard to  stay on  a board. His  uncle Sidney,  who is                                                               
much healthier, had a stroke at age 66.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:06:45 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP joined the meeting.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ACTING CHAIR  MEYER found  no further  questions and  invited Mr.                                                               
Cain to  tell the committee  why he  wanted to be  reappointed to                                                               
the Board of Fisheries.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:07:12 PM                                                                                                                    
AL CAIN  said he was  a State Wildlife  Trooper for 25  years and                                                               
spent  another decade  as the  criminal justice  planner for  the                                                               
Alaska  Department of  Fish and  Game  (ADF&G). He  has quite  an                                                               
interest in  Alaska's fish, game,  and habitat  natural resources                                                               
and has spent his entire  career helping protect and manage them.                                                               
Two years  ago, the Governor  invited him to  be a member  of the                                                               
Board of  Fisheries, which  has been  a wonderful  experience. He                                                               
spent 15  years prior to that  as the enforcement advisor  to the                                                               
Board  of  Fisheries.  So,  he   has  a  lot  of  experience  and                                                               
background with  the board.  Further,  his wife said he  could do                                                               
another  term, but  his main  interest is  making sure  our great                                                               
grandkids have as many  or more fish to catch and  enjoy as we do                                                               
today. "It's an honor to be here," he said.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:08:34 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  if  he had  any  concerns about  the                                                               
changes made  to Cook Inlet  management and how that  will impact                                                               
fish getting back to the Kenai River and the MatSu Valley.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. CAIN  replied, "Of course, I  have concerns." It is  an issue                                                               
that has  been worked on  by several  boards in recent  years and                                                               
over  the decades.  With the  establishment  of the  conservation                                                               
corridor and  all the  other concerns, Board  members need  to be                                                               
open and listen  more carefully than ever to the  issues and note                                                               
the source of the input.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
He said ADF&G  has done an excellent job of  managing things, but                                                               
there are  still a  number of  economic and  escapement concerns.                                                               
While he didn't  know that those issues would  ever be completely                                                               
solved with  the existing  population base,  an extreme  level of                                                               
care needs to  be given to the number of  fish that are allocated                                                               
between the Kenai, Lower Kenai, and Upper Cook Inlet.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  commented that at  least one of  Mr. Cain's                                                               
colleagues didn't ultimately  live up to what he  testified to on                                                               
both those issues.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:10:44 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  CAIN said  he was  not in  anybody's camp  but would  do the                                                               
right  thing  for  the  fish  and try  to  keep  the  established                                                               
populations as healthy as possible.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ACTING  CHAIR  MEYER  thanked  him   and  invited  Mr.  Scott  to                                                               
introduce himself  and tell  them why  he wants  to serve  on the                                                               
Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:11:37 PM                                                                                                                    
ANTONY  SCOTT,  new appointee  to  the  Regulatory Commission  of                                                               
Alaska (RCA), said  it's a pleasure to be here  and he is honored                                                               
to be considered  for the position at the commission.  He came to                                                               
Alaska in  2000 out  of graduate school.  He was  staff economist                                                               
for the RCA and worked there for 2.5 years.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. SCOTT  said he has  been involved  in public service  for his                                                               
whole career here  and is committed to serving.  He is interested                                                               
in serving  as a commissioner for  a few reasons: in  general, he                                                               
seeks work  that involves hard  problems that are  of consequence                                                               
and where he  has good people to work with.  "The commission fits                                                               
the  bill,  certainly," he  said.  He  spent  all of  his  career                                                               
working  to  provide  analysis   in  support  of  other  people's                                                               
decisions,  but he  would "relish  the opportunity  to contribute                                                               
more  directly   to  decisions  myself."  This   work  suits  him                                                               
temperamentally in terms of background, skills, and capacities.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:14:01 PM                                                                                                                    
ACTING CHAIR MEYER said that he  heard the answers he provided to                                                               
the  Finance  Committee and  knows  where  he stands  on  various                                                               
issues.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI  said he was glad  to see Mr. Scott  in that                                                               
chair. He  had worked with him  for many years and  was impressed                                                               
with him.  He said, "You're  straight and you're fair  and you're                                                               
smart,  and   I  think   you're  going   to  be   an  outstanding                                                               
commissioner. I wish you the very best."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. SCOTT thanked him.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ACTING  CHAIR MEYER  said  that  he also  thought  the state  was                                                               
fortunate  to  have  someone  with  his  talent,  education,  and                                                               
experience seeking and wanting to  be on this commission. He also                                                               
noted that Mr. Scott had  been involved directly or indirectly on                                                               
all the different  gas pipeline proposals that most  of them have                                                               
heard, starting back under Governor Knowles.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:15:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BISHOP   commented  that   the  committee   had  another                                                               
appointee  a  couple  of  weeks  ago who  was  appointed  by  Jay                                                               
Hammond.  At that  time, he  said,  "What's good  enough for  Jay                                                               
Hammond is good  enough for me. So, Dr. Mark  Meyer hired you and                                                               
that's good enough for me."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:16:17 PM                                                                                                                    
ACTING CHAIR MEYER opened public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MARK  RICHARDS,  representing  himself, Fairbanks,  Alaska,  said                                                               
even though he  is the executive director of  Resident Hunters of                                                               
Alaska  he  is  testifying  for himself  in  support  of  Orville                                                               
Huntington's  and  Al  Cain's  reappointments  to  the  Board  of                                                               
Fisheries.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ACTING  CHAIR   MEYER  found  no   further  questions   from  the                                                               
committee, thanked the appointees  for their willingness to serve                                                               
on these boards and commissions and closed public testimony.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He said in accordance with  AS 39.05.080, the Resources Committee                                                               
reviewed  the  following  and   recommends  the  appointments  be                                                               
forwarded  to a  joint session  for consideration:  Anthony Scott                                                               
from Anchorage,  Al Cain from  Anchorage, and  Orville Huntington                                                               
from  Huslia. This  does  not reflect  an intent  by  any of  the                                                               
members  to  vote   for  or  against  the   confirmation  of  the                                                               
individuals during any further sessions.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:20:15 PM                                                                                                                    
ACTING  CHAIR  MEYER  adjourned  the  Senate  Resources  Standing                                                               
Committee meeting at 4:20 p.m.                                                                                                  

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Senate Resources Agenda - 4 - 2 - 18.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments - Regulatory Commission of Alaska Fact Sheet.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Regulatory Commission of Alaska Current Roster.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Regulatory Commission of Alaska - Resume - Antony Scott.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Board of Fisheries Fact Sheet.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Board of Fisheries Current Roster.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Board of Fisheries - Resume - Orville Huntington.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Board of Fisheries - Resume - Al Cain.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Letter of Support - ATA for Cain.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Letter of Support - ATA for Huntington.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments
Appointments - Letter of Support - UFA for Cain.pdf SRES 4/2/2018 4:00:00 PM
Appointments