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Heard & Held
+ HB 316 MILITARY FACILITY ZONES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 271 COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 29, 2012                                                                                         
                           9:01 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bill Wielechowski, Chair                                                                                                
Senator Joe Paskvan, Vice Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Albert Kookesh                                                                                                          
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 206                                                                                                             
"An Act enacting the Interstate Mining Compact and relating to                                                                  
the compact; relating to the Interstate Mining Commission; and                                                                  
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 316                                                                                                              
"An  Act  relating  to  military facility  zones  in  the  state;                                                               
relating  to  the development  of  housing  in military  facility                                                               
zones;  relating  to  the  financing   of  projects  in  military                                                               
facility zones; and providing for an effective date."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 271(TRA) AM                                                                             
"An Act relating to commercial motor vehicle requirements."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 206                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: INTERSTATE MINING COMPACT & COMMISSION                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) GIESSEL                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/21/12       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/21/12       (S)       STA, FIN                                                                                               
03/29/12       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 316                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: MILITARY FACILITY ZONES                                                                                            
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) THOMPSON                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
02/08/12       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/08/12       (H)       MLV, STA                                                                                               
02/16/12       (H)       MLV AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 120                                                                             
02/16/12       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
02/16/12       (H)       MINUTE(MLV)                                                                                            
02/17/12       (H)       MLV RPT 2DP 1NR 1AM                                                                                    
02/17/12       (H)       DP: LYNN, THOMPSON                                                                                     
02/17/12       (H)       NR: MILLER                                                                                             
02/17/12       (H)       AM: CISSNA                                                                                             
02/28/12       (H)       STA AT 8:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                             
02/28/12       (H)       Moved Out of Committee                                                                                 
02/28/12       (H)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
02/29/12       (H)       STA RPT 5DP 1NR 1AM                                                                                    
02/29/12       (H)       DP:   JOHANSEN,    PETERSEN,   P.WILSON,                                                               
                         KELLER, LYNN                                                                                           
02/29/12       (H)       NR: GRUENBERG                                                                                          
02/29/12       (H)       AM: SEATON                                                                                             
03/05/12       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
03/05/12       (H)       VERSION: HB 316                                                                                        
03/06/12       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/06/12       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
03/29/12       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 271                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) KELLER, PRUITT                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
01/17/12       (H)       PREFILE RELEASED 1/13/12                                                                               
01/17/12       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
01/17/12       (H)       TRA                                                                                                    
02/21/12       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
02/21/12       (H)       Moved CSHB 271(TRA) Out of Committee                                                                   
02/21/12       (H)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
02/22/12       (H)       TRA RPT CS(TRA) NT 5DP 1NR                                                                             
02/22/12       (H)       DP: PRUITT, MUNOZ, PETERSEN, GRUENBERG,                                                                
                         P.WILSON                                                                                               
02/22/12       (H)       NR: FEIGE                                                                                              
03/02/12       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
03/02/12       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 271(TRA) AM                                                                              
03/05/12       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/05/12       (S)       TRA, STA                                                                                               
03/20/12       (S)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/20/12       (S)       Moved CSHB 271(TRA) am Out of Committee                                                                
03/20/12       (S)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
03/21/12       (S)       TRA RPT 4DP                                                                                            
03/21/12       (S)       DP: KOOKESH, THOMAS, MENARD, HUGGINS                                                                   
03/29/12       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ED FOGELS, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                                  
Department of Natural Resources                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information related to SB 206.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GREGORY CONRAD, Executive Director                                                                                              
Interstate Mining Compact Commission (IMCC)                                                                                     
Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information related to SB 206.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TIM MUSGROVE, representing himself                                                                                              
Soldotna, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 206.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
JIM DUFFIELD, Chairman                                                                                                          
Alaska Miners' Association                                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of SB 206.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ASHELY BROWN, Assistant Attorney General                                                                                        
Oil, Gas & Mining Section                                                                                                       
Department of Law                                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to SB 206.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STEVE THOMPSON                                                                                                   
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 316.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
THOMAS STUDLER, Staff                                                                                                           
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information related to HB 316 on                                                                 
behalf of the sponsor.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG CAMPBELL, President and CEO                                                                                               
Alaska Aerospace Corporation                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 316.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MCHUGH PIERRE, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                              
Department of Military & Veterans Affairs                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 316.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ERIN HAVELOCK, Multi-Family Underwriter Supervisor                                                                              
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to HB 316.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WES KELLER                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 271.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JIM POUND, Staff                                                                                                                
Representative Wes Keller                                                                                                       
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Summarized HB 271 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DAN BREEDEN, Director                                                                                                           
Division of Measurement Standards & Commercial Vehicle                                                                          
Enforcement                                                                                                                     
Department of Transportation                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information related to HB 271.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT HICKS, Vice President-Operations                                                                                          
Alaska West Express and                                                                                                         
Vice President                                                                                                                  
Alaska Trucking Association                                                                                                     
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in support of HB 271.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ANMEI GOLDSMITH, Assistant Attorney General                                                                                     
Transportation Section                                                                                                          
Department of Law                                                                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Answered questions related to HB 271.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:01:44 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BILL WIELECHOWSKI called the  Senate State Affairs Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 9:01  a.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were  Senators Giessel, Kookesh, Paskvan,  Meyer, and Chair                                                               
Wielechowski.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
         SB 206-INTERSTATE MINING COMPACT & COMMISSION                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:01:53 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI announced  that the first bill  to come before                                                               
the  committee  would be  SB  206,  which would  incorporate  the                                                               
Interstate Mining  Compact in state statute  and authorize Alaska                                                               
to participate  fully in the  Interstate Mining  Commission. This                                                               
commission  is a  multi-state  organization  that represents  the                                                               
natural resource interests  of its member states.  It was created                                                               
in 1970 with the entry by  four states. Since then, 19 additional                                                               
states have joined  the compact, and five  additional states have                                                               
become  associate  members.  Alaska  is  presently  an  associate                                                               
member. This is the first hearing on the bill.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR CATHY GIESSEL,  sponsor of SB 206,  presented an overview                                                               
of  the  bill. She  referred  to  a  chart in  members'  packets,                                                               
Interstate Compacts and Commissions  in Alaska Statute. She noted                                                               
that  Alaska  belongs to  at  least  23 interstate  compacts  and                                                               
commissions. She  explained that the  bill was an  opportunity to                                                               
demonstrate leadership  in resource development. Becoming  a full                                                               
member of  the Interstate Mining Compact  Commission (IMCC) would                                                               
give Alaska voting rights.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
She pointed  out that Alaska  has a  large deposit of  rare earth                                                               
elements, which  will become  an issue on  the national  scene in                                                               
the near future. She noted the bill enjoys bi-partisan support.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI requested a sectional analysis.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL explained  each section of the  bill. She related                                                               
that lines 5-7  say that the Interstate  Mining Compact contained                                                               
in  this  section  is  enacted  into law.  Article  1  finds  the                                                               
importance  of  mining  to  the state  and  proposes  to  support                                                               
environmentally  sound  mining.  Article   2  is  the  definition                                                               
section.  Article 3  is  state  programs and  it  ensures that  a                                                               
member state has adequate mining  regulations. Article 4 is about                                                               
powers  of the  commission  to study,  make recommendations,  and                                                               
gather  and  disseminate  information  on  mining-relate  issues.                                                               
Article  5   creates  the  commission.   Article  6   allows  the                                                               
commission  to   establish  advisory,  technical,   and  regional                                                               
committees. Article  7 details how the  commission's finances are                                                               
to be handled.  The fiscal note comes from this  area. The budget                                                               
is apportioned to the state members  and is based on the value of                                                               
mined products.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked about the fiscal note.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  said that Mr.  Fogels would speak to  the fiscal                                                               
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
She continued  with Article 8,  which describes that  states must                                                               
enact  the compact  to participate  and  must repeal  the act  to                                                               
withdraw. Article  9 maintains that  the compact does  not limit,                                                               
repeal, or  supersede any  state laws.  Article 10  provides that                                                               
all phrases,  clauses, sentences,  and provisions  are severable.                                                               
She  related that  the bill  concludes  with a  provision for  an                                                               
alternate,  requirements  for  bylaws   and  amendments,  and  an                                                               
immediate effective date.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:10:57 AM                                                                                                                    
ED FOGELS, Deputy Commissioner,  Department of Natural Resources,                                                               
provided  information related  to  SB 206.  He  pointed out  that                                                               
mining activity has  increased in the state. There  are now seven                                                               
major  operating  mines  in Alaska,  which  are  strong  economic                                                               
contributors.  He  opined  that  DNR  is  doing  a  good  job  of                                                               
permitting  those mines.  He  spoke of  the  controversy and  the                                                               
questioning of  the permitting process.  As part of  a permitting                                                               
review, the state  has been asked to look at  how it collaborates                                                               
with  the federal  side of  the  permitting process,  as well  as                                                               
finding out  how other states  do their permitting. He  said that                                                               
IMCC can help Alaska work with both of those issues.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He provided  the history  of the  state's association  with IMCC.                                                               
Alaska has  been an associate  member for six years.  IMCC brings                                                               
together  the environmental  regulatory programs  and the  mining                                                               
programs  from  24  states  and  is  a  very  robust  information                                                               
exchange. IMCC carries the full weight  of 24 states when it goes                                                               
to  Washington, D.C.,  to testify  in Congress  or to  approach a                                                               
federal agency.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
He gave an  example of the Environmental  Protection Agency (EPA)                                                               
and  their pending  decision  to provide  bonding  for hard  rock                                                               
mining. The  issue relates to the  Super Fund Law. Mining  is the                                                               
first to  be considered. There  is a risk  if EPA takes  over the                                                               
responsibility for  bonding for  hard rock  mining that  it would                                                               
negatively  impact the  state's  ability to  regulate mining.  He                                                               
stated that IMCC  has done a great job of  bringing mining states                                                               
together  to  meet  with the  EPA  in  an  effort  to work  on  a                                                               
solution. He  said he  was the  governor's representative  to the                                                               
IMCC.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:15:22 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  what  benefits Alaska  would get  from                                                               
full membership.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. FOGELS explained  that after five or six years  the state has                                                               
to make a decision whether to  become a full member because it no                                                               
longer can be  an associate member. He described  the benefits of                                                               
full  membership,  such  as  being   able  to  vote  and  sit  on                                                               
committees. The  more full  members IMCC  has, the  more powerful                                                               
the voice in Washington, DC.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN asked how  Alaska's membership contribution would                                                               
rate compared to  other states. He understood that  50 percent of                                                               
membership dues is based on the value of the state's ores.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. FOGELS  explained that the  first half of membership  dues is                                                               
pro-rated equally  to all member  states, and the second  half is                                                               
pro-rated  base on  the state's  mineral valuation.  He suggested                                                               
asking Greg Conrad for more details.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:18:00 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  PASKVAN noted  a favorable  letter from  the Council  of                                                               
Alaska  Producers.  He  asked  if  industry  contributes  to  the                                                               
membership fees, or if there is a policy against that.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. FOGELS  reported that industry  does not contribute  to IMCC.                                                               
It is an organization of state governments that pay dues.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR KOOKESH said he was  interested in more information about                                                               
the dues structure.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FOGELS pointed  out that  IMCC  dues would  not continue  to                                                               
increase; the  state would pay  more of  the share as  the mining                                                               
industry grows. The cap is structured on IMCC's annual budget.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN asked if Nevada was a member.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. FOGELS said Nevada is not  a member. He related that the IMCC                                                               
began with  the coal  states in  the East Coast  in the  60's and                                                               
70's. Now,  Western states are  associate members. Alaska  is the                                                               
first to  consider full  memberships. He  said there  was growing                                                               
interest for IMCC in non-coal states.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:22:22 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  clarified the states' membership  status using a                                                               
chart.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked  if there are any  negatives to Alaska's                                                               
joining the IMCC.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. FOGELS didn't  see any downsides except for  the fiscal cost.                                                               
The IMCC  does not  bind states  to anything, but  is more  of an                                                               
advisory commission.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  asked for examples  of issues IMCC  has dealt                                                               
with in the past that Alaska would have wanted to weigh in on.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FOGELS brought  up the  EPA  bonding issue  and also  issues                                                               
related to the  merger of the Office of Surfaces  Mining with the                                                               
Bureau  of  Land  Management.  The   proposed  merger  was  being                                                               
conducted without state  input. He also listed  federal hard rock                                                               
mining  issues and  key  federal legislation,  such  as the  Good                                                               
Samaritan legislation, which would  allow non-profits to clean up                                                               
old mine sites.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:25:25 AM                                                                                                                    
GREGORY  CONRAD, Executive  Director,  Interstate Mining  Compact                                                               
Commission  (IMCC), provided  information related  to SB  206. He                                                               
explained that  in today's regulatory climate  in Washington, DC,                                                               
it is  important for states to  have a say. IMCC  is an important                                                               
entity when dealing with federal  requirements. He listed several                                                               
issues  that  IMCC  has  testified on,  such  as  Good  Samaritan                                                               
Protections,  stream  protection  requirements for  surface  coal                                                               
mining  operations, hard  rock financial  assurance requirements,                                                               
and the  impacts on the  federal budget on state  grant programs.                                                               
He noted in IMCC's annual  report, recommendations on many issues                                                               
which  are developed  by the  states.  Without the  input of  the                                                               
states,  none of  this would  be possible.  The ability  to speak                                                               
with  one  voice  on  common concerns  gives  meaning  to  IMCC's                                                               
purpose.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
He addressed a  specific matter as to why Alaska  should become a                                                               
full member  of IMCC. He  listed the advantages of  membership: a                                                               
formal vote, committee memberships,  and access to communications                                                               
and  programs. He  continued  to say  that  Congress and  federal                                                               
agencies will recognize  Alaska's interest in issues  as a member                                                               
of IMCC. He said participation  opens avenues. He noted that IMCC                                                               
is focused solely on mining issues.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:30:14 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  asked about financial implications  to Alaska                                                               
with  the increase  of  mines in  the state  and  how that  might                                                               
affect IMCC dues.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. CONRAD explained that dues are  based on the value of mineral                                                               
production  based  on figures  provided  by  the U.S.  Geological                                                               
Survey  for non-coal,  and by  Energy Information  Administration                                                               
figures for coal.  The dues are proportioned over  two years. The                                                               
dues cap is two times the  equal share amount allocated among the                                                               
states. For 2014 and 2015 the  maximum amount any one state would                                                               
pay would  be $57,000.  Currently, Alaska's  dues would  be about                                                               
$35,000 to  $40,000. They could increase  up to the cap  as it is                                                               
reached. He  noted that  West Virginia's  share was  $72,000, but                                                               
the cap  brought them down  to $57,000. He concluded  that Alaska                                                               
would not be one of the larger dues-paying states.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:33:10 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked what IMCC's total budget was.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CONRAD  related that  the  information  is found  in  IMCC's                                                               
annual report,  which he offered  to make available.  He believed                                                               
that  IMCC's projected  expenses for  FY  2014 and  FY 2015  were                                                               
about $520,000.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI inquired how many staff IMCC employs.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. CONRAD said two.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:33:51 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR PASKVAN asked why Nevada was not a member.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CONRAD  reported that  Nevada  has  made  a request  to  its                                                               
governor  to join  IMCC. IMCC  is also  working with  Montana and                                                               
Arizona to  join. In the  past, during  the first 20  years, IMCC                                                               
was not involved  in hard rock issues.  Currently, Western States                                                               
have expressed an interest in  becoming members. IMCC's strategic                                                               
plan now includes Western States' issues.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN  asked if  there have  been policy  issue reasons                                                               
for states' not joining.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CONRAD related  that the  only concern  has been  related to                                                               
fiscal expense,  but not  to policy  issues. Most  states realize                                                               
that membership dues are reasonable.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:37:45 AM                                                                                                                    
TIM MUSGROVE,  representing himself, Soldotna,  Alaska, testified                                                               
in  support  of  SB  206.  He urged  the  committee  to  continue                                                               
responsible  development of  mining-related natural  resources by                                                               
joining IMCC as a full member.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:38:43 AM                                                                                                                    
JIM DUFFIELD, Chairman, Alaska  Miners' Association, testified in                                                               
support of SB  206. He said he  has seen the benefits  of IMCC in                                                               
other states. He encouraged full membership in IMCC.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if membership  would bind the  state or                                                               
have any negative ramifications.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:40:09 AM                                                                                                                    
ASHELY  BROWN,  Assistant Attorney  General,  Oil,  Gas &  Mining                                                               
Section,  Department of  Law, answered  questions  related to  SB                                                               
206. She replied  that no new laws would have  to be enacted. She                                                               
referred to Article  3 which she opined is  sufficient to fulfill                                                               
the terms  of the compact. Article  9 states that nothing  in the                                                               
compact shall  be construed  to limit,  repeal, or  supersede any                                                               
laws  of the  state. She  stated that  the bill  would not  limit                                                               
sovereignty. There  is an option  for the state to  withdraw from                                                               
the compact.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PASKVAN  asked  if  IMCC  was  an  advisory  group  that                                                               
addresses issues of importance to the mining industry.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. FOGELS clarified that it is  an advisory body for the states,                                                               
not for the industry, as they deal with mining issues.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI closed public testimony. He set SB 206 aside.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                 HB 316-MILITARY FACILITY ZONES                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:43:23 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI announced  that the  committee would  hear HB                                                               
316,  which  allows  the  Department  of  Military  and  Veterans                                                               
Affairs (DMVA) to establish "military  facility zones." These are                                                               
zones of  economic and industrial  production that  help military                                                               
bases  fulfill their  mission.  The bill  passed  the House  with                                                               
great  bipartisan support.  About  13 percent  to  17 percent  of                                                               
Alaska's economic  activity can  be attributed to  military bases                                                               
around the state.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STEVE THOMPSON, sponsor  of HB 316, introduced the                                                               
bill.  He  said   that  HB  316  provides  a   flexible  tool  to                                                               
municipalities  to stimulate  businesses  in Alaska  that are  in                                                               
close proximity  to a military facility.  Military facility zones                                                               
create opportunities  for significant  benefit to Alaska  and the                                                               
nation. This  bill is  inclusive of all  Alaska, urban  and rural                                                               
alike.  These zones  promote the  expansion of  infrastructure to                                                               
benefit both military and civilian objectives.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
He reported  that there are  32 military installations  in Alaska                                                               
that  have more  than  24,000 active  duty  and reserve  National                                                               
Guard  troops  serving in  Alaska,  with  37,000 military  family                                                               
members.  The  annual  payroll amounts  to  $1.5  billion.  These                                                               
facilities include the  U.S. Army, the U.S. Air  Force, the Navy,                                                               
Marine  Corps, the  Coast Guard,  and  their respective  National                                                               
Guard and reserve components.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
He   continued  to   say  that   military   facility  zones   are                                                               
successfully  employed   in  other  states,  such   as  Virginia,                                                               
Alabama, Texas, Florida, Maryland, and  Arizona. They are used as                                                               
vehicles to obtain and administer  funds for business development                                                               
specifically  relating to  military activities  that enhance  the                                                               
military's  mission and  make military  bases more  efficient and                                                               
effective.  Military  facility  zones   in  Alaska  will  clearly                                                               
demonstrate the  state's continuing  and substantive  support for                                                               
the armed services  and help defend against  the negative impacts                                                               
of Alaska's  regional economies  and military  communities should                                                               
Congress  choose to  implement the  federal Base  Realignment and                                                               
Closure Act (BRAC).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
THOMAS  STUDLER, staff,  Representative Steve  Thompson, provided                                                               
information  related to  HB  316  on behalf  of  the sponsor.  He                                                               
thanked  the committee  for hearing  the bill.  He read  from the                                                               
following sponsor statement:                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     'An  act relating  to military  facility  zones in  the                                                                    
     state;  relating  to  the  development  of  housing  in                                                                    
     military facility  zones; relating to the  financing of                                                                    
     projects in military facility  zones; and providing for                                                                    
     an  effective date.'  HB 316  provides a  very flexible                                                                    
     tool to municipalities to  stimulate business in Alaska                                                                    
     in the close proximity of military facilities.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     HB 316  gives statutory authority to  the Department of                                                                    
     Military and  Veterans' Affairs to  establish 'military                                                                    
     facility zones'  within the  State of  Alaska. Military                                                                    
     facility zones are designated  areas in close proximity                                                                    
     to  a  military  base (facility)  where  industrial  or                                                                    
     economic development  will directly enhance  the base's                                                                    
     ability to fulfill its mission.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Military  facility zones  are successfully  employed in                                                                    
     other  states  as  vehicles to  obtain  and  administer                                                                    
     funds  for business  development specifically  relating                                                                    
     to  military  activities.  Funding for  such  zones  in                                                                    
     Alaska  may be  available  from  the Alaska  Industrial                                                                    
     Development  and Export  Authority  (AIDEA) and/or  the                                                                    
     Alaska  Housing  Finance  Corporation (AHFC),  or  from                                                                    
     federal  New Market  Tax  Credits.  Federal, state,  or                                                                    
     local  public or  private funding  sources, credit,  or                                                                    
     guarantee programs  can be  made available  directly to                                                                    
     municipalities  and   boroughs  that  are   working  on                                                                    
     specifically  approved   projects  within   a  military                                                                    
     facility zone.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Military  facility   zones  create   opportunities  for                                                                    
     significant  benefits to  Alaska and  the nation.  They                                                                    
     will   enhance   economic    activity   near   military                                                                    
     installations  and thereby  facilitate economic  growth                                                                    
     and development  in the  state, especially  where local                                                                    
     governments  are  working  in  close  partnership  with                                                                    
     their   military   counterparts.  The   zones   promote                                                                    
     expansion  of infrastructure  to benefit  both military                                                                    
     and  civilian   objectives,  such  as   civil  defense,                                                                    
     homeland  security and  emergency  response. They  will                                                                    
     enhance the  nation's military capabilities  by helping                                                                    
     bases operate more effectively and efficiently.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Finally,  military   facility  zones  in   Alaska  will                                                                    
     clearly   demonstrate   the  state's   continuing   and                                                                    
     substantive support for the armed forces.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:48:18 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI opened public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG CAMPBELL, President and  CEO, Alaska Aerospace Corporation,                                                               
testified in  support of  HB 316, which  provides ways  for local                                                               
communities  to  help military  stay  in  Alaska. He  shared  his                                                               
experience with military bases outside  of Alaska where there are                                                               
many  military-related businesses  right next  to bases.  This is                                                               
not so in  Alaska. Other states try to BRAC-proof  their bases by                                                               
creating  partnerships with  businesses. They  make an  effort to                                                               
offset military  costs and entice  businesses to  communities. He                                                               
maintained that this effort should be  made in Alaska in order to                                                               
support the  military. Alaska Aerospace supports  this effort due                                                               
to  their involvement  with missile  activity. He  said the  bill                                                               
would make building a launch  complex economically feasible to do                                                               
in Kodiak.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:53:09 AM                                                                                                                    
MCHUGH  PIERRE, Deputy  Commissioner,  Department  of Military  &                                                               
Veterans  Affairs, testified  in  support of  HB  316. He  stated                                                               
support for local communities as  they bring forward the military                                                               
facility zone designation.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI asked  if the  bill has  an impact  on Alaska                                                               
Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC}.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ERIN  HAVELOCK,   Multi-Family  Underwriter   Supervisor,  Alaska                                                               
Housing  Finance Corporation,  answered questions  related to  HB                                                               
316.  He stated  that the  statutory authority  to finance  loans                                                               
would  not be  affected; AHFC  would  simply be  notified of  the                                                               
application for the military facility zone.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN asked about federal new market tax credits.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HAVELOCK replied  that the  new market  tax program  targets                                                               
commercial businesses, not private home financing.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN asked  if the new market tax  credits require the                                                               
creation of a military facility zone.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HAVELOCK thought  that  was a  question  better directed  to                                                               
Alaska Industrial  Development & Export Authority  (AIDEA), which                                                               
handles commercial loans.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:56:48 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI noted wording in the bill that includes AHFC.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HAVELOCK  responded  that  AHFC  would  be  involved  if  an                                                               
application  for  residential  housing was  presented  through  a                                                               
corporation or through partnering lenders.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI inquired  if low  interest residential  loans                                                               
would be made available in a military facility zone.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HAVELOCK  replied  that  AHFC  did  not  envision  having  a                                                               
priority for a military facility zone.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI  addressed  the  same question  to  the  bill                                                               
sponsor.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON explained that there  would be a need for                                                               
more housing if the Marine  Corp Base would expand. A corporation                                                               
would make a deal with the  Marine Corp and build subdivisions of                                                               
housing,  enabling   the  corporation  to  receive   federal  tax                                                               
credits. AHFC  would be  involved in  providing housing  loans to                                                               
persons interested in buying housing.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI closed public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE THOMPSON  said the  bill was  another tool  in the                                                               
tool box for  communities and military base commanders  to use to                                                               
enhance military expansion.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI noted HB 316 would be set aside.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          HB 271-COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:59:55 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI  announced  that  the next  bill  before  the                                                               
committee  would  be HB  271,  which  changes the  definition  of                                                               
commercial vehicles.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WES KELLER,  sponsor  of HB  271, introduced  the                                                               
bill.  He  related  that  the  bill  changes  the  definition  of                                                               
commercial vehicles  to adapt to  the new and better  vehicles of                                                               
today.  It modernizes  the law  and reduces  regulation on  small                                                               
businesses and owners of commercial vehicles.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JIM POUND,  staff, Representative Wes Keller,  summarized HB 271.                                                               
He  said that  the bill  would make  doing business  in Alaska  a                                                               
little  easier  and less  costly.  Transporting  goods in  pickup                                                               
trucks and step  vans is typically done by  small business owners                                                               
in Alaska. Those vehicles are  currently classified as commercial                                                               
vehicles. HB 271 will increase  gross vehicle weight restrictions                                                               
from the current  10,000 pounds to 14,000  pounds. Today's light-                                                               
to-medium trucks  are larger than  when the original  language in                                                               
the law was written in 1999.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He gave  an example  of where a  small business  owner, currently                                                               
classified  as  commercial, would  run  into  problems under  the                                                               
current  language  with  additional   costs  such  as  insurance,                                                               
registration, inspections,  and the  cost of  a medical  exam for                                                               
the vehicle operator.  Change in the weight  allocation makes the                                                               
average one-ton pickup truck non-commercial.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He  noted that  the same  rules  apply for  pilot vehicles.  Many                                                               
younger Alaskans  are looking to  get into the  trucking industry                                                               
and this  bill would give them  an opportunity to operate  a more                                                               
efficient one-ton vehicle as a pilot vehicle.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:02:24 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI requested  an  explanation  of the  technical                                                               
changes.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR.  POUND reported  that  Section 1  deals  with regulations  in                                                               
statutes in conjunction with federal law.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked about  page  1,  lines 8-10,  and  the                                                               
purpose  for removing  regulations  that are  necessary to  avoid                                                               
loss or withholding of federal highway money.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DAN  BREEDEN,  Director,  Division  of  Measurement  Standards  &                                                               
Commercial  Vehicle  Enforcement, Department  of  Transportation,                                                               
provided information  related to  HB 271.  He explained  that the                                                               
removal  of that  language  is  to prevent  the  loss of  federal                                                               
highway  funding and  to make  regulations  that would  withstand                                                               
court challenges.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked what was being amended.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN  clarified that  the language was  not clear  and was                                                               
challenged in court.  The intent is to avoid the  loss of federal                                                               
highway funding.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN  asked if  the intent is  to prevent  Alaska from                                                               
being potentially at risk for loss of federal highway funds.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN said it was a moot point.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI summarized that  the current statute says that                                                               
the state can only adopt  regulations regarding size, weight, and                                                               
load provisions,  and adopting those regulations  might cause the                                                               
state to lose federal highway funding.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN replied that some interpret it that way.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  restated that  HB 271  would change  that and                                                               
give the  state more flexibility  in allowing the state  to adopt                                                               
regulations regarding size, weight,  and load provisions that may                                                               
or may not affect federal highway funds.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN said yes.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI requested clarification of Section 2.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:07:00 AM                                                                                                                   
MR.  POUND explained  that on  page 1,  line 14,  the words  "for                                                               
commercial  purposes"  were added  to  clarify  that it  was  for                                                               
commercial motor vehicles. On page 2,  line 7, the words "is used                                                               
in the  transportation of  materials found  by the  United States                                                               
Secretary of  Transportation to be  hazardous for purposes  of 49                                                               
U.S.C 5101 - 5128" were deleted.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked  why the change on page 1,  line 14, was                                                               
necessary.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  POUND explained  that  it clarifies  that  the vehicles  are                                                               
specifically being used for commercial purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked why that was important.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BREEDEN explained  that there  were vehicles  that were  not                                                               
being  used in  commerce that  are being  forced to  be regulated                                                               
when they would not need to be.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  asked for the  practical implication  of that                                                               
change.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN clarified if a person  is not in commerce, then their                                                               
vehicle should not be considered a commercial vehicle.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN asked why the word  "intrastate" is used if it is                                                               
referring  to commerce.  He suggested  it should  be "intrastate"                                                               
and "interstate".                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BREEDEN said  bill would  only  affect intrastate  vehicles,                                                               
because  the definition  of interstate  commerce is  still 10,000                                                               
pounds.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN pointed  out that it was meaningless  to limit it                                                               
to  intrastate. He  reiterated that  commercial purposes  include                                                               
interstate commerce.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.   BREEDEN   said   the    Federal   Motor   Carriers   Safety                                                               
Administration (FMCSA)  has a clear definition  of the difference                                                               
between  "intrastate" and  "interstate".  This legislation  would                                                               
affect  intrastate  vehicles  only   because  of  vehicle  weight                                                               
standards.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:09:57 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI  agreed  with  Senator  Paskvan's  point.  He                                                               
pointed out  that Supreme  Court has a  very broad  definition of                                                               
"interstate", which  is any commercial transaction  that has been                                                               
deemed by  the Supreme Court  to be an  "interstate" transaction.                                                               
He suggested  having an attorney  from Legislative  Legal address                                                               
the issue.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. POUND continued to explain changes  in Section 2.  On page 2,                                                               
line  7,  language  was  deleted because  it  is  redundant  with                                                               
federal  law.   That  same change  is  also made  on  page 3,  in                                                               
Section 3.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  asked for the  rationale behind  removing the                                                               
words, "is used  in the transportation of materials  found by the                                                               
United  States Secretary  of Transportation  to be  hazardous for                                                               
purposes of 49 U.S.C 5101 - 5128."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN  related that all  hazardous material  operations are                                                               
under federal law already.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked  why the words were included  in bill in                                                               
the first place.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN thought it was due to a lack of understanding.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI  inquired  about  the addition  of  the  word                                                               
"motor" on page 2, line 12.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. POUND said it was a technical change.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  asked about  the change on  page 2,  line 20,                                                               
the deletion of the word "recreational."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. POUND explained that it was  a reference to motor homes which                                                               
are not commercial vehicles.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked  for the  definition  of  recreational                                                               
vehicles.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BREEDEN said  that the  definition of  recreational vehicles                                                               
lies  with the  Division of  Motor vehicles  and they  are exempt                                                               
from all things associated with commercial motor vehicles.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI   asked  for  a  practical   implication  for                                                               
removing recreational vehicles from Section 3.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BREEDEN  clarified  that  the reason  is  simply  to  exempt                                                               
recreational  vehicles   from  the  requirements   of  commercial                                                               
vehicles.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  inquired if  recreational vehicle  owners are                                                               
currently required to pay commercial fees.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BREEDEN explained  that they  were  considered a  commercial                                                               
vehicle when used  for deliveries, but three years  ago the FMCSA                                                               
clarified  language  making  recreational  vehicles  exempt  from                                                               
commercial regulations.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:14:19 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked if  it  would  result in  recreational                                                               
vehicle owners not having to buy insurance.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BREEDEN  said  the  removal  of  the  language  was  further                                                               
clarification   to   remove   recreational  vehicles   from   any                                                               
commercial arena.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked if there was any practical change.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN said no.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. POUND  referred to Section  3 as "the  meat of the  bill." It                                                               
adds words  to distinguish between  vehicles greater  than 10,000                                                               
pounds  used for  interstate commerce  and vehicles  greater than                                                               
14,000 pounds used  for intrastate commerce in order  to show the                                                               
separation of the two classes of vehicles.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER  said  he  appreciated  the  list  of  classes  of                                                               
vehicles which are  not commercial vehicles. He asked  if Class 3                                                               
trucks would also be exempted.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR. POUND  said Class  3 trucks  would be  exempted up  to 14,000                                                               
pounds.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER gave an example of  a plumber who would need a Ford                                                               
450 truck weighing 16,000 pounds in order to do business.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. POUND thought it would be rated as a commercial vehicle.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MEYER  suggested that  the  limit  be raised  to  16,000                                                               
pounds for non-commercial vehicles.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. POUND  noted that  the legislation  was based  on considering                                                               
one-ton trucks and doolies.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KELLER added that  he followed the recommendations                                                               
of   the   Alaska   Trucking  Association   when   drafting   the                                                               
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:17:53 AM                                                                                                                   
SENATOR  MEYER wondered  how  difficult  it is  to  obtain a  DOT                                                               
number.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BREEDEN replied  that  the  process of  getting  a U.S.  DOT                                                               
number for  intrastate use is  easy to do  on line or  in person.                                                               
The  difference between  an interstate  and intrastate  number is                                                               
$300, with the forms being the same.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked Mr.  Pound  if  there were  any  other                                                               
changes in Section 3.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. POUND responded that redundant language was removed.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN stated support for HB 271.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:19:34 AM                                                                                                                   
SCOTT HICKS, Vice President-Operations,  Alaska West Express, and                                                               
Vice President,  Alaska Trucking Association (ATA),  testified in                                                               
support  of HB  271. He  related that  a legislative  priority of                                                               
ATA's  was  to change  the  definition  of intrastate  commercial                                                               
vehicle to reduce  the regulatory burden on  small businesses. He                                                               
justified the  need to change motor  vehicle weight requirements.                                                               
He  talked about  the current  requirements  for pilot  vehicles,                                                               
which  would be  changed for  the better  by the  legislation. He                                                               
urged the committee to act favorably on the bill.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:22:32 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI noted that someone  from the Department of Law                                                               
could address a previous question on the bill.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ANMEI  GOLDSMITH,  Assistant   Attorney  General,  Transportation                                                               
Section,  Department of  Law, answered  questions  related to  HB                                                               
271.  She addressed  the issue  of  intrastate versus  interstate                                                               
commerce. She  referred to a  case that found that  commerce that                                                               
happens  within  a state  affects  commerce  that happens  across                                                               
state  boundaries; therefore,  Congress  can regulate  intrastate                                                               
commerce.  She  explained  that statutes  that  cover  commercial                                                               
motor  vehicles make  a distinction  between interstate  commerce                                                               
and intrastate  commerce. Congress says that  interstate commerce                                                               
will be  regulated by federal  law, but intrastate  commerce will                                                               
not be governed by federal law.  The State of Alaska can regulate                                                               
intrastate commercial motor vehicles.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PASKVAN asked  if HB  271 would  create a  conflict with                                                               
federal law for vehicles between 10,000 and 14,000 pounds.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. GOLDSMITH said  the intent of the bill is  to raise the gross                                                               
vehicle weight  for vehicles used only  for intrastate commercial                                                               
business, so she did not think so.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN asked what the lower weight limit is.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:27:51 AM                                                                                                                   
MS.  GOLDSMITH  said  she  would  have  to  double  check  weight                                                               
regulations.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN  responded that federal  regulations allow  states to                                                               
regulate vehicles under 26,000 pounds.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI asked if anything  in the bill could result in                                                               
Alaska losing federal highway money.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. BREEDEN said he did not know.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI  asked if the bill  deletes statutory language                                                               
regarding  commercial licenses  for  vehicles carrying  hazardous                                                               
materials.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  BREEDEN said  no. All  hazardous material  laws would  apply                                                               
regardless of the size of the vehicle.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:30:12 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WIELECHOWSKI said HB 271 would be held in committee.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:30:23 AM                                                                                                                   
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Wielechowski  adjourned the  Senate State  Affairs Standing                                                               
Committee at 10:30 p.m.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 206 Full Text.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB 206 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB 206 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB206-DNR-MLW-03-23-12.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB 206 IMCC Back-Up - What We Do.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB 206 - Memo of Understanding.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB 206 IMCC Back-Up - Background.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB 206 Support Document-AMA Letter.PDF SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB 206 IMCC Back-Up - Member States.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
SB 206 IMCC Back-Up - Welcome.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/10/2012 9:00:00 AM
SB 206
1- HB0316 ver I- Bill.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
2- HB 316 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
QA on HB316 memo.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
HB316-Fiscal Note-DMVA-MVA-CO-02-13-12.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
HB316-DOR-AHFC-02-10-12.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
HB316-DCCED-AIDEA-02-10-12.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
HB316-DCCED-AIDEA-02-28-12.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
7- HB 316- Rep Saddler Testimony.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
HB0316A.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
HB316 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 316
CSHB 271 (TRA).pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
CSHB 271 Fiscal.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
CSHB 271(TRA) H. Floor amend 1.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
CSHB0271-1-2-022212-ADM-N.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
CSHB271 Support Renovators.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
Hb 271 Ak Truck support.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HB 271 Fed Standard CMV.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HB 271 NFIB Support.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
Hb 271 Norcom Operations.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HB 271 Norcom.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
Hb 271 St. John support.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HB 271 Vehicle classes.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HHB 271 Support enstar.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HB271 AGC Letter.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HB0271A.PDF SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HB 271 SPONSOR.pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271
HB271-DOA-DMV-2-17-12 (3).pdf SSTA 3/29/2012 9:00:00 AM
SSTA 4/11/2012 9:00:00 AM
HB 271