Legislature(1995 - 1996)

02/07/1995 11:40 AM RLS

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                     SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                    
                        February 7, 1995                                       
                           11:40 a.m.                                          
                                                                               
                                                                               
  MEMBERS PRESENT                                                              
                                                                               
 Senator Mike Miller, Chair                                                    
 Senator Drue Pearce, Vice Chair                                               
 Senator Bert Sharp                                                            
 Senator Jim Duncan                                                            
 Senator Judy Salo                                                             
                                                                               
  MEMBERS ABSENT                                                               
                                                                               
 All members present                                                           
                                                                               
  COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                           
                                                                               
 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4                                             
 Relating to adoption of the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State                 
 Legislature, amending those rules; and providing for an effective             
 date.                                                                         
                                                                               
 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 4                                            
 Naming the Poet Laureate of Alaska.                                           
                                                                               
 SENATE BILL NO. 55                                                            
 "An Act repealing the sunset of the enhanced 911 emergency                    
 reporting systems."                                                           
                                                                               
 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 13 (O&G)                                    
 Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the             
 coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, to              
 oil and gas exploration, development, and production.                         
                                                                               
  PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                             
                                                                               
 HCR  4 - No previous action to record.                                        
                                                                               
 SCR  4 - See State Affairs minutes dated 2/2/95.                              
                                                                               
 SB  55 - See Labor and Commerce minutes dated 2/2/95.                         
                                                                               
 HJR 13 - See Resources minutes dated 2/6/95.                                  
                                                                               
  WITNESS REGISTER                                                             
                                                                               
 Senator Fred Zharoff                                                          
 State Capitol                                                                 
 Juneau, AK 99801-1182                                                         
  POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified on amendment to HJR 13                       
  ACTION NARRATIVE                                                             
                                                                               
 TAPE 95-1, SIDE A                                                             
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN MILLER  called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order          
 at 11:40 a.m.                                                                 
                                                                               
 SRLS - 2/7/95                                                                 
                                                                               
 SENATOR SHARP moved and asked unanimous consent that  HCR 4                   
 (ADOPTION AND AMENDMENT OF UNIFORM RULES) be approved for                     
 calendaring.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                        
                                                                               
 SRLS - 2/7/95                                                                 
                                                                               
 SENATOR PEARCE moved and asked unanimous consent that  SCR 4  (POET           
 LAUREATE OF ALASKA) be approved for calendaring.  Hearing no                  
 objection, it was so ordered.                                                 
                                                                               
 SRLS - 2/7/95                                                                 
                                                                               
 SENATOR PEARCE moved and asked unanimous consent that  SB 55                  
 (REPEALING SUNSET OF ENHANCED 911 SYSTEM) be approved for                     
 calendaring.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                        
                                                                               
 SRLS - 2/7/95                                                                 
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN MILLER brought  CSHJR 13(O&G)  (ENDORSING ANWR LEASING)              
 before the committee as the final order of business.  He directed             
 attention to a proposed amendment by Senator Lincoln.                         
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN moved the adoption of the following amendment:                 
                                                                               
 Page 1, line 15:  Insert the following:                                       
                                                                               
  "WHEREAS the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife                   
 Refuge comprises a core calving and nursery ground of the Porcupine           
 Caribou herd; and                                                             
                                                                               
  WHEREAS the people residing within the boundaries of the                     
 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have relied on caribou for                    
 subsistence for thousands of years, and continue to subsist on the            
 Porcupine Caribou herd, a herd that is essential to meet the                  
 nutritional, cultural, and spiritual needs of these people; and"              
                                                                               
 Page 3, line 3:  Delete "." and insert "; and be it"                          
                                                                               
 Page 3, line 4:  Insert the following:                                        
                                                                               
  "FURTHER RESOLVED that the Congress join with the state to                   
 ensure the continued health and productivity of the Porcupine                 
 Caribou herd, and the protection of land, water and wildlife                  
 resources during the exploration and development of the coastal               
 plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge."                                
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN MILLER objected to the adoption of the amendment for                 
 discussion purposes.                                                          
                                                                               
 SENATOR FRED ZHAROFF explained it was his understanding the                   
 amendment was offered in the Senate Resources Committee, although             
 neither Senator Lincoln or Senator Hoffman were present at that               
 meeting.  He said the caribou within ANWR is a subsistence herd and           
 the purpose of Senator Lincoln's amendment is to ensure protection            
 of that herd.                                                                 
                                                                               
 SENATOR SALO, speaking in support of the amendment, pointed out               
 that in addition to the subsistence issue of the dependence on the            
 Porcupine Caribou herd, there is also an issue of how much the ANWR           
 development is either supported or fought by the people who live              
 there.  Although the language doesn't change the resolution a whole           
 lot, it probably assures that the people in that area are                     
 supportive of the development rather than in opposition.                      
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN MILLER said it was his understanding that the amendment              
 failed in the Senate Resource Committee, and he maintained his                
 objection.  The roll was taken with the following result:  Senators           
 Duncan and Salo voted "Yea" and Senators Pearce, Sharp and Miller             
 voted "Nay."  The Chairman stated the amendment failed.                       
                                                                               
 SENATOR PEARCE moved and asked unanimous consent that CSHJR 13(O&G)           
 be approved for calendaring.  SENATOR SALO objected and then                  
 requested that the legislation not be calendared until Senator                
 Lincoln is back in town so that she will have the opportunity to              
 offer the amendment on the Senate floor.  CHAIRMAN MILLER responded           
 that he and the presiding officer will try to accommodate that                
 request.  SENATOR SALO removed her objection, and there being no              
 further objection, HJR 13 was approved for calendaring.                       
 There being no further business to come before the committee, the             
 meeting was adjourned at 11:47 a.m.                                           
                                                                               

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