Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/05/1993 05:07 PM RLS

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TO MEET UPON ADJOURNMENT
SB 19
SJR 27
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                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                    
                          March 5, 1993                                        
                            5:07 p.m.                                          
                                                                               
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
  Senator George Jacko, Chairman                                               
  Senator Steve Rieger, Vice Chairman                                          
  Senator Rick Halford                                                         
  Senator Suzanne Little                                                       
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
  Senator Fred Zharoff                                                         
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
  SENATE BILL NO. 19                                                           
  "An Act relating to the crime of conspiracy."                                
                                                                               
  SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27                                               
  Relating to  United  States Coast  Guard commercial  fishing                 
  vessel safety regulations.                                                   
                                                                               
  -- COPIER MAINTENANCE APPROVAL                                               
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
  SB  19 - See Judiciary minutes dated 2/19/93 and 2/22/93.                    
           Finance report 3/5/93.                                              
                                                                               
  SJR 27 - No previous action to record.                                       
                                                                               
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
  Bryce Edgmon, Staff to Senator Jacko                                         
  State Capitol                                                                
  Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                        
                                                                               
  Pam Stoops, Director of Administrative Services                              
  Legislative Affairs Agency                                                   
  130 Seward St., Suite 313                                                    
  Juneau, AK 99801                                                             
                                                                               
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
  TAPE 93-1, SIDE A                                                            
                                                                               
  Number 001                                                                   
                                                                               
  The Senate Rules Committee  was called to order  by Chairman                 
  Jacko at 5:07 p.m.                                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN JACKO introduced SB 19 (CRIME OF CONSPIRACY) as the                 
  first order of business                                                      
                                                                               
  SENATOR HALFORD moved and asked unanimous consent that SB 19                 
  be  approved  for  calendaring at  the  Chair's  discretion.                 
  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR LITTLE stated for the record that there are areas of                 
  the  bill that really need  to be tightened  up and that she                 
  will be offering some amendments on the floor of the Senate.                 
  Number 015                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN JACKO  opened the public hearing on SJR 27 (FEDERAL                 
  FISHING VESSEL SAFETY RULES).                                                
                                                                               
  BRACE  EDGMON,  staff to  Senator  Jacko, presented  a brief                 
  overview  on  SJR 27,  which  relates  to  U.S. Coast  Guard                 
  proposed regulations  on commercial  fishing vessel  safety.                 
  The resolution requests the U.S. Coast Guard to:  (1) extend                 
  the  comment  period on  proposed commercial  fishing vessel                 
  safety  regulations; (2)  hold public  hearings  on proposed                 
  commercial fishing vessel safety regulations; (3) respond to                 
  suggestions  made commercial  fishermen  and the  commercial                 
  fishing  industry;   (4)  incorporate   into  the   proposed                 
  commercial fishing vessel safety regulations the suggestions                 
  and recommendations  made by  private  or independent  naval                 
  architects; (5) propose new commercial fishing vessel safety                 
  regulations for new commercial fishing vessels under 79 feet                 
  in length  only after  the commercial  fishing industry  has                 
  accepted  international  commercial  fishing  vessel  safety                 
  standards; (6) delay the effective  date of final commercial                 
  fishing  vessel safety  regulations  applicable to  existing                 
  commercial fishing vessels; and (7) delay the effective date                 
  of  final   commercial  fishing  vessel   safety  regulation                 
  applicable to new commercial fishing vessels.                                
                                                                               
  TAPE 92-1, SIDE B                                                            
                                                                               
  Number 001                                                                   
                                                                               
  SENATOR RIEGER referred to subparagraph  (5) on page two and                 
  asked  if  it was  the  intent  to say  that  the commercial                 
  fishing industry  has  to  accept  international  commercial                 
  fishing  vessel safety  standards.   BRACE EDGMON  responded                 
  that at this point, there are  no standards for vessels less                 
  than 79  feet, and  the industry  and some  fisheries groups                 
  feel that they would be  more comfortable with international                 
  standards as opposed to no standards at all.                                 
                                                                               
  Number 049                                                                   
                                                                               
  SENATOR LITTLE commented that because fishing is one  of the                 
  most  dangerous industries in the state, she thinks it would                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  be in the best  interest of everyone to have the  new safety                 
  regulations  in  place  as  soon   as  possible  to  protect                 
  individuals in that industry.  SENATOR JACKO agreed there is                 
  a need  to have the regulations in place, but he pointed out                 
  that  the fishermen  need the  opportunity to know  what the                 
  regulations  are  and to  comply  with  them.   He  said the                 
  standards are published in the  Federal Register which costs                 
  approximately  $200 and  there  are only  a select  few that                 
  receive the Federal Register, so it  is difficult to get the                 
  word  out  to all  those people.    SENATOR LITTLE  said she                 
  recognizes  the   problem,  but  she   thinks  the  one-year                 
  extension  on  the  comment  period is  too  long.   SENATOR                 
  HALFORD pointed  out that  numerous fisheries  organizations                 
  have   all   supported   these   extensions  of   time   and                 
  considerations.                                                              
                                                                               
  There being no further discussion on SJR 27,  CHAIRMAN JACKO                 
  asked for the pleasure of the committee.                                     
                                                                               
  SENATOR HALFORD moved that SJR 27 be passed out of committee                 
  with individual recommendations.   Hearing no objection,  it                 
  was so ordered.                                                              
                                                                               
  SENATOR HALFORD moved  and asked unanimous consent  that SJR                 
  27 be approved  for calendaring  at the Chair's  discretion.                 
  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                                     
  The final order of  business was the approval of  payment of                 
  $7,284 for an annual copier maintenance agreement.                           
                                                                               
  PAM STOOPS, Director of Administrative Services, Legislative                 
  Affairs Agency,  explained that previously,  House Rules and                 
  also Legislative Council, through a delegation of authority,                 
  have approved the maintenance agreement  for all the copiers                 
  in the Capitol Building that support the session operations.                 
  There is one remaining copier on  the first floor that needs                 
  approval, and because  the amount  exceeds the $5,000  limit                 
  under the  Procurement Code,  approval by  the committee  is                 
  necessary.                                                                   
                                                                               
  SENATOR  HALFORD  moved  that  the  Senate  Rules  Committee                 
  approve the payment of $7,284 to  Pitney Bowes for an annual                 
  copier maintenance agreement.  This copier is located on the                 
  lst Floor of the Capitol and is used for session operations.                 
  Hearing no objection, the motion carried.                                    
                                                                               
  There  being  no   further  business  to  come   before  the                 
  committee, the meeting was adjourned at 5:25 p.m.                            

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