Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/29/2016 09:00 AM STATE AFFAIRS

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+= SJR 12 CONST. AM: ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL TELECONFERENCED
Moved SJR 12 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 128 ALASKA WILD SALMON DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS HB 128(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE STATE AFFAIRS STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 29, 2016                                                                                         
                           9:00 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bill Stoltze, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator John Coghill, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Charlie Huggins                                                                                                         
Senator Lesil McGuire                                                                                                           
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 12                                                                                                  
Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska                                                                 
relating to the office of attorney general.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SJR 12 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 128                                                                                                              
"An Act establishing August 10 of each year as Alaska Wild                                                                      
Salmon Day."                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED SCS HB 128(STA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SJR 12                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: CONST. AM: ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL                                                                                
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) STOLTZE                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/06/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/06/15       (S)       STA, JUD, FIN                                                                                          
03/03/15       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
03/03/15       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
03/03/15       (S)       MINUTE(STA)                                                                                            
03/29/16       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 128                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ALASKA WILD SALMON DAY                                                                                             
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) EDGMON                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
02/27/15       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/27/15       (H)       FSH, RES                                                                                               
03/12/15       (H)       FSH RPT 4DP                                                                                            
03/12/15       (H)       DP: HERRON, FOSTER, MILLETT, STUTES                                                                    
03/12/15       (H)       FSH AT 10:00 AM CAPITOL 120                                                                            
03/12/15       (H)       Moved HB 128 Out of Committee                                                                          
03/12/15       (H)       MINUTE(FSH)                                                                                            
03/25/15       (H)       RES AT 1:00 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
03/25/15       (H)       Moved HB 128 Out of Committee                                                                          
03/25/15       (H)       MINUTE(RES)                                                                                            
03/27/15       (H)       RES RPT 8DP                                                                                            
03/27/15       (H)       DP: OLSON, TARR, SEATON, JOHNSON,                                                                      
                         JOSEPHSON, HERRON, TALERICO, NAGEAK                                                                    
03/31/15       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
03/31/15       (H)       VERSION: HB 128                                                                                        
04/01/15       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/01/15       (S)       STA                                                                                                    
03/29/16       (S)       STA AT 9:00 AM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
STUART THOMPSON, representing himself                                                                                           
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition of SJR 12.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
LAURA BONNER, representing herself                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition of SJR 12.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
KRISTINA ANDREW, Staff                                                                                                          
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided an overview of HB 128.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:00:37 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR BILL STOLTZE called the Senate State Affairs Standing                                                                   
Committee meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. Present at the call to                                                                  
order were Senators Coghill, Huggins, and Chair Stoltze.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
           SJR 12-CONST. AM: ELECTED ATTORNEY GENERAL                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:01:36 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  announced the  consideration of  SJR 12.  He noted                                                               
that the  resolution was  heard during  the previous  session and                                                               
public testimony was left open.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL  remarked that electing  an attorney  general was                                                               
something that the  people of Alaska could and  should decide. He                                                               
said he was  in agreement with the forward motion  on electing an                                                               
attorney  general  and  noted  that   the  legislation  had  been                                                               
proposed  in the  past  by Republicans  and  Democrats alike.  He                                                               
declared that the  state has a very  strong gubernatorial office,                                                               
but  remarked  that  quite  often a  tension  exists  between  an                                                               
advocate  for  the people  of  Alaska  and  an advocate  for  the                                                               
governor. He  said his  understanding was  that under  the Alaska                                                               
Constitution, the attorney general would  be both an advocate for                                                               
the people  of Alaska as well  as the governor. He  remarked that                                                               
tensions had  clearly occurred  in the  past between  the general                                                               
population and what the governor  wanted. He opined that electing                                                               
an attorney  general was one good  way of a check  and balance, a                                                               
concept that  the government was  built upon. He  summarized that                                                               
he  supported  SJR  12  and   noted  that  the  21st  Legislature                                                               
initially proposed voting for an attorney general.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:03:27 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  shared a  quote from November  7, 1955  by Senator                                                               
William Egan of  Valdez, territorial senator and  chairman of the                                                               
Constitutional Convention as follows:                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     I  am  in  favor  of   a  strong  executive  branch  of                                                                    
     government in  order that the  people might be  able to                                                                    
     place  the  finger   of  responsibility  without  buck-                                                                    
     passing.  There should  be a  minimum of  other elected                                                                    
     officials.  One office  I  feel  should most  certainly                                                                    
     remain elective  is that of state  attorney general. It                                                                    
     would seem  to me that  this would provide  a safeguard                                                                    
     against a  strong chief  executive usurping  the powers                                                                    
     of his office.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
He   noted  that   the  attorney   general  was   elected  during                                                               
territorial days.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
He remarked  that Governor Egan  was certainly a  visionary given                                                               
that  he  was  the  state's  first  governor.  He  remarked  that                                                               
Governor  Egan certainly  believed in  a strong  executive branch                                                               
and  opined that  a strong  executive branch  has largely  served                                                               
Alaska well.  He said  as one of  the state's  founders, Governor                                                               
Egan  predicted many  of the  things that  did happen,  but added                                                               
that he did not know if  Governor Egan's position changed when he                                                               
was appointed attorney general.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL asserted that one  of the things that people felt                                                               
very  strongly about  was  being  able to  have  their voice.  He                                                               
remarked  that  voting for  an  attorney  general may  place  the                                                               
position into a political area,  but electing an attorney general                                                               
was more about the people of  Alaska getting their voice. He said                                                               
his experience throughout  the years has been that  the office of                                                               
the  attorney general  has been  highly political  based on  what                                                               
governors want. He  said SJR 12 may be a  better approach to find                                                               
out what the people of Alaska want.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:05:21 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI joined the committee meeting.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STOLTZE announced  that the  committee  would hear  public                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:06:36 AM                                                                                                                    
STUART   THOMPSON,   representing   himself,   Wasilla,   Alaska,                                                               
testified in opposition  of SJR 12. He said there  was no need to                                                               
reinvent the wheel  and suggested that the  materials reviewed by                                                               
the  framers during  the Constitutional  Convention be  looked at                                                               
first.  He summarized  that having  the  people vote  was a  very                                                               
standard  idea,  but noted  that  he  was  concerned as  to  what                                                               
happens  if the  attorney general  position was  made an  elected                                                               
office and its effect on people trying to get elected.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:08:29 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MCGUIRE joined the committee meeting.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:10:34 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:10:58 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE called the committee back to order.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:11:31 AM                                                                                                                    
LAURA  BONNER, representing  herself,  Anchorage, Alaska,  stated                                                               
that she opposed SJR 12  for the following reasons: removal would                                                               
require a  recall, current confirmation  process provided  a more                                                               
thorough  vetting  process,  politicizing  the  attorney  general                                                               
position may  result in  legal positions  being swayed  by public                                                               
pressure,  and a  possible issue  due to  campaign contributions.                                                               
She noted that  running for office costs a lot  of money. She set                                                               
forth  that  she  preferred the  arms-length  distance  from  the                                                               
political process for the selection of the attorney general.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:13:57 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MCGUIRE noted that she  has heard previous testimony that                                                               
the  idea  of   electing  an  attorney  general   would  be  more                                                               
political. She noted that a  governor was politically elected and                                                               
asked how  the act of  a governor selecting the  attorney general                                                               
was not political.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:15:00 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  BONNER concurred  that the  governor selecting  the attorney                                                               
general  was political.  She specified  that the  Legislature has                                                               
its  own legal  counsel  and  the governor  should  have a  close                                                               
relationship  with  the  attorney  general  as  his  or  her  own                                                               
counsel.  She  said  she  was  mostly  concerned  about  campaign                                                               
contributions and how an attorney  general may be swayed, just as                                                               
judges should never be elected as well.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MCGUIRE  replied that Ms.  Bonner's argument  held weight                                                               
where  having  an  attorney  general  and  governor  on  opposite                                                               
philosophical or  political positions  would not be  desired. She                                                               
opined  that she  was concerned  that Alaska's  attorney generals                                                               
have been  acting less as  the attorney  general and more  as the                                                               
legal counsel  for the  governor. She asked  if Ms.  Bonner would                                                               
consider allowing a governor to have their own legal counsel.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MS. BONNNER  replied that Senator  McGuire's proposal  would cost                                                               
the state more and she remained opposed to SJR 12.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:18:33 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE closed public testimony on SJR 12.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He related that  in the past, constitutional  amendments have had                                                               
a standard $1500  fiscal note for election  pamphlet printing. He                                                               
revealed that  the resolution's  fiscal note  was zeroed  out and                                                               
the administration  stated that  they would  absorb the  cost. He                                                               
remarked  that he  did not  mind if  the resolution  proceeded to                                                               
Senate Finance with a zero fiscal  note, but pointed out that the                                                               
procedure was a change in policy within the administration.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MCGUIRE asked Chair Stoltze  if he had considered putting                                                               
language  in the  election pamphlet  that said  the governor  was                                                               
entitled to legal  counsel on his/her cabinet  that could replace                                                               
another cabinet position.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:20:00 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  replied that  he thought the  governor has  all of                                                               
the ability to hire legal counsel  and the act was probably being                                                               
done already.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MCGUIRE responded that she  would not hold the resolution                                                               
up, but added that she would continue to contemplate the topic.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE pointed  out that the next  committee of assignment                                                               
for SJR  12 was  Senate Judiciary and  remarked that  he welcomed                                                               
Senator McGuire to do what she  liked as Chair for the committee.                                                               
He admitted  that SJR  12 had a  deliberative journey,  but noted                                                               
that only  20 days remained in  the session. He pointed  out that                                                               
hearing  the  resolution  was  delayed  due  to  the  committee's                                                               
deference to larger bills. He  said Senator McGuire's proposition                                                               
was  a good  discussion  point that  had to  be  fleshed out  and                                                               
formalized.  He  reiterated  that  he thought  the  governor  was                                                               
currently entitled to legal counsel.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MCGUIRE  replied  that  she  considers  the  number  one                                                               
complaint  would  be  from  Alaskans   saying  that  electing  an                                                               
attorney general  would be  too political  and that  the governor                                                               
should be entitled  to legal counsel. She asked  if Chair Stoltze                                                               
had looked at other joint  resolutions that were further along in                                                               
the process. She remarked that  SJR 12 addressed legislation that                                                               
was  ripe  for  consideration  and  she  was  troubled  that  the                                                               
resolution was so late in the session coming forward.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:22:28 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  noted that the  House's version  had 18 or  20 co-                                                               
sponsors and  that a lot of  support was present in  both bodies.                                                               
He  conceded that  getting  two-thirds vote  in  both bodies  was                                                               
always a  big hurdle.  He facetiously remarked  that he  was glad                                                               
that there were  no politics in the  attorney general's position,                                                               
that the current attorney general  was not a major contributor to                                                               
the governor,  was not the  governor's business partner,  and was                                                               
not  a  political  operative  in   the  governor's  campaign.  He                                                               
declared  that  the  attorney  general was  his  friend  and  the                                                               
information he previously recited was factual.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS remarked that Chair  Stoltze's comment was a good                                                               
point.  He noted  that a  district attorney  based in  Nome, June                                                               
Stein,  was recently  fired by  the governor  and added  that the                                                               
attorney  general was  unaware  of  the firing.  He  asked if  an                                                               
elected  attorney general  would have  changed the  dynamic where                                                               
the governor fires a district attorney.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STOLTZE responded  that what  Senator Huggins  pointed out                                                               
would be an  enabling statute as well. He  surmised that creating                                                               
a third constitutional officer would  put the attorney general on                                                               
par with the  lieutenant governor and governor.  He detailed that                                                               
the attorney  general would have  the same  constitutional powers                                                               
and  autonomy  that both  the  lieutenant  governor and  governor                                                               
have. He  specified that  a constitutional  officer could  not be                                                               
fired or hired.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:25:18 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGGINS  moved to  report  SJR  12, [29-LS0095\W],  from                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal                                                               
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:25:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced  that hearing no objection,  SJR 12 moved                                                               
out of committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:25:46 AM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                 HB 128-ALASKA WILD SALMON DAY                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:27:28 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  called the committee  back to order  and announced                                                               
the consideration of HB 128.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:27:40 AM                                                                                                                    
KRISTINA  ANDREW,  Staff,  Representative  Bryce  Edgmon,  Alaska                                                               
State  Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, read  the sponsor  statement                                                               
for HB 128 as follows:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Alaskans prize wild salmon. No  other of our fish plays                                                                    
     such a prevalent  role in our lives and no  other is so                                                                    
     nourishing  and  appetizing.   According  to  a  survey                                                                    
     conducted  during the  summer  of 2011,  96 percent  of                                                                    
     Alaskans feel that salmon is  essential to their way of                                                                    
     life.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Salmon subsistence fishing  has sustained Alaska Native                                                                    
     people  for thousands  of  years. Recreational  fishing                                                                    
     for salmon is a lifelong  pursuit and passion for urban                                                                    
     and rural residents alike, along  with many visitors to                                                                    
     our  state.  Commercial  salmon   fishing  has  been  a                                                                    
     mainstay  industry in  Alaska for  more than  a hundred                                                                    
     years.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     By establishing August 10th as  Alaska Wild Salmon Day,                                                                    
     HB 128  will encourage the celebration  of these Alaska                                                                    
     pastimes, professions,  and ways  of life.  Alaska Wild                                                                    
     Salmon Day  will also provide opportunities  to promote                                                                    
     our   wild   salmon's    deliciousness,   purity,   and                                                                    
     healthfulness to  visitors from across the  country and                                                                    
     around the world.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Prior  to   introducing  this  bill,  our   office  has                                                                    
     consulted with  people involved  in the  Alaska seafood                                                                    
     marketing industry,  the Alaska restaurant  and tourism                                                                    
     industries,  and  even  representatives  from  Alaska's                                                                    
     airlines, and  they all agree  that Alaska  Wild Salmon                                                                    
     Day  can create  endless opportunities  to make  salmon                                                                    
     lovers out of countless visitors to Alaska.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     We are  confident in upcoming  support from  the Alaska                                                                    
     Travel Industry  Association, Visit Alaska,  the Alaska                                                                    
     Seafood   Marketing   Institute  (ASMI),   the   United                                                                    
     Fishermen of Alaska, and Alaska Airlines.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:29:40 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  asked why  August 10th  was chosen  as the  day to                                                               
celebrate Alaska Wild Salmon Day.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MS. ANDREW answered that the intent  was to select a day that was                                                               
in the midst  of the tourism season. She explained  that July was                                                               
crowded with state holidays and early August was chosen.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE suggested that July  10th might be more appropriate                                                               
because the  date coincided with  the start of  the Kenai-Kasilof                                                               
Personal Use Salmon Fishery.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MS. ANDREW pointed out that July 9th was Alaska Flag Day.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MCGUIRE stated  that she  supported  Alaska Wild  Salmon                                                               
Day. She said she had two  questions, the first was the status on                                                               
U.S. Senator  Lisa Murkowski's  challenge for  the U.S.  Food and                                                               
Drug  Administration  (FDA)  to   rule  on  genetically  modified                                                               
methods for  farmed salmon.  Second, she  asked what  the sponsor                                                               
envisioned for  activities that would  take place on  Alaska Wild                                                               
Salmon Day. She  inquired if local community  councils would come                                                               
up with their own ideas and how would children be involved.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ANDREW  replied that she did  not have an answer  regarding a                                                               
FDA ruling  on farmed  salmon. She  addressed Alaska  Wild Salmon                                                               
Day and  explained that the  intent was  to establish a  day that                                                               
could be celebrated by the  state, private industry, communities,                                                               
and  families.  She opined  that  HB  128  would  be liken  to  a                                                               
birthday party  for salmon  that would  be celebrated  with cook-                                                               
offs  and merchandise.  She said  HB 128  would let  Alaskans and                                                               
visitors  know  that August  10th  was  a  day to  celebrate  the                                                               
beloved salmon.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:32:50 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MCGUIRE  recounted that the  Legislature in the  past had                                                               
grown tired  of created  new "days." She  opined that  "days" had                                                               
merit and  her intent was to  consider what the "days"  were. She                                                               
suggested  that  Alaska  Wild Salmon  Day  address  a  commercial                                                               
element  where  the  cruise  ship   and  tourism  industries  get                                                               
involved  as  was done  with  the  Iditarod.  She added  that  an                                                               
educational  element for  children be  integrated as  well during                                                               
the final month of school.  She opined that children should learn                                                               
about "wild versus  farmed" and why wild salmon  was important in                                                               
one's diet.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ANDREW revealed that the  bill's original draft mentioned the                                                               
educational  component. She  concurred  that  both promotion  and                                                               
education should be explored for Alaska Wild Salmon Day.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STOLTZE remarked  that HB  128 identified  salmon in  both                                                               
formal  and  less  formal  terms.   He  noted  that  Chinook  was                                                               
identified  as  "king." He  asked  what  provenance was  used  in                                                               
deciding on names for specific salmon species.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. ANDREW  replied that there  was not much behind  choosing the                                                               
word  "king"  and offered  that  the  name  could be  changed  to                                                               
"Chinook."                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE stated that his intent was to provide consistency.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS. ANDREW noted that a  previous committee debated "chum" versus                                                               
"keta," but chum was chosen.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  revealed that "keta" was  considered for marketing                                                               
purposes.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:36:31 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS suggested that Alaska  Wild Salmon Day be thought                                                               
of in a  broader sense where fishery shortages  were addressed as                                                               
well.  He  opined that  a  broader-context  approach would  bring                                                               
attention to wild salmon's plight.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:39:15 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZ  announced that  he  would  offer an  amendment  to                                                               
change "king" to "Chinook" for consistency's sake.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:39:32 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  objected for discussion purposes.  He noted that                                                               
he  was  almost  an  adult  before he  knew  king  salmon  had  a                                                               
different name because on the  Yukon River, "kings" were what the                                                               
particular salmon  was called.  He suggested  that if  the bill's                                                               
intent  had   an  educational  component,  that   "known  as"  be                                                               
incorporated to provide colloquial  salmon species names in order                                                               
to avoid confusion.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE announced that he  would withdraw his amendment and                                                               
offered a  conceptual amendment to  draft the formal name  and in                                                               
parenthesis indicate  the common usage.  He noted that  "chum" or                                                               
"dog" salmon  was changed  to "keta"  for marketing  purposes. He                                                               
asked Ms. Andrew if she preferred "keta" or "dog."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. ANDREW replied  that she had not heard the  word "keta" until                                                               
she worked  for the  Legislature. She  stated that  she preferred                                                               
"chum" or "dog" salmon.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  stated that both  would be used. He  revealed that                                                               
he has  been on the  Alaska Seafood Marketing  Institute's (ASMI)                                                               
board  of directors  for  10 years  and noted  that  ASMI made  a                                                               
concerted effort to market keta salmon versus dog salmon.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  shared that  he  had  reviewed the  Alaska                                                               
Department  of Fish  and Game's  (ADFG) website  and pointed  out                                                               
that ADFG  identified salmon as:  king, coho, sockeye,  chum, and                                                               
pink.  He  added   that  ADFG  noted  salmon's   other  names  in                                                               
parenthesis as well.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  replied that ADFG interchangeably  used formal and                                                               
common names.  He pointed out  that the Legislature put  money in                                                               
the budget  for "Chinook" studies  and "Chinook"  enhancement. He                                                               
added that  fishermen refer  to the "sockeye"  stamp and  not the                                                               
"red" stamp.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:42:25 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MCGUIRE  stated  that   she  supported  Chair  Stoltze's                                                               
conceptual  amendment because  the change  addressed both  salmon                                                               
education and  marketing. She suggested that  the committee agree                                                               
on the scientific and commonly used names.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STOLTZE asked  if Representative  Edgmon's office  had any                                                               
objections to expanding salmon names for educational purposes.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ANDREW  replied  that  she  personally  liked  the  idea  of                                                               
including  the names  for salmon,  but noted  that she  could not                                                               
answer for Representative  Edgmon. She remarked that  she did not                                                               
anticipate an objection from Representative Edgmon.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE  commented that he  would not  bow at the  altar of                                                               
Fish  and Game.  He  stated  that he  would  make the  "executive                                                               
decision" to  move forward with  his amendment and  remarked that                                                               
he thought Senator Wielechowski would concur.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI   opined  that   no  one  would   read  the                                                               
resolution, but people would celebrate  Alaska Wild Salmon Day by                                                               
whatever name the salmon were called.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MCGUIRE stated  that her  hope was  the amendment  would                                                               
inspire Representative  Edgmon's office  to think  of educational                                                               
and marketing ideas to celebrate Alaska Wild Salmon Day.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:45:55 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE  restated  his   motion  and  detailed  Conceptual                                                               
Amendment 1 as follows:                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                     CONCEPTUAL AMENDMENT 1                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Line 6 will read: Chinook (king), sockeye (red), coho                                                                      
     (silver), chum (dog/keta), and pink (humpy).                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:46:31 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE moved  Conceptual Amendment  1. He  announced that                                                               
hearing no objection, the amendment was adopted.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He  referenced  data from  2015  and  asserted that  over  36,000                                                               
Alaskan  households benefited  from the  "Alaskan resident  only"                                                               
personal-use Kenai-Kasilof and Chitina  fisheries. He stated that                                                               
he could not  think of a more unique fishery  that benefited from                                                               
the wild bounty of Alaska's salmon.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:48:25 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL  moved  to  report   HB  128,  as  amended  from                                                               
committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached  zero                                                               
fiscal note.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:48:35 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE announced that hearing no objection, SCS HB
128(STA) is reported from committee.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:49:29 AM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Stoltze adjourned the Senate State Affairs Committee at                                                                   
9:49 a.m.