Legislature(2009 - 2010)BUTROVICH 205

02/25/2010 01:00 PM TRANSPORTATION


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 114 USE STATE TRANS FACILITY FOR DISASTER AID TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 114(TRA) Out of Committee
*+ SB 280 SAM SCHUYLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 280 Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                          
                       February 25, 2010                                                                                        
                           1:00 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Albert Kookesh, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Linda Menard, Vice Chair                                                                                                
Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                                            
Senator Kevin Meyer                                                                                                             
Senator Joe Paskvan                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 114(TRA) AM                                                                             
"An Act relating to availability of state transportation                                                                        
facilities and state-owned or state-operated transportation                                                                     
modes for delivering compassionate aid."                                                                                        
     - MOVED SCS CSHB 114(TRA) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 280                                                                                                             
"An Act designating the bridge to be built on the Dalton Highway                                                                
at approximately mile post 308 as the Sam Schuyler Memorial                                                                     
Bridge."                                                                                                                        
     - MOVED SB 280 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HB 114                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: USE STATE TRANS FACILITY FOR DISASTER AID                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) RAMRAS                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
02/04/09       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/04/09       (H)       TRA, FIN                                                                                               
02/17/09       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
02/17/09       (H)       Heard & Held; Assigned to Subcommittee                                                                 
02/17/09       (H)       MINUTE (TRA)                                                                                           
03/12/09       (H)       TRA AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                              
03/12/09       (H)       Moved CSHB 114(TRA) Out of Committee                                                                   
03/12/09       (H)       MINUTE (TRA)                                                                                           
03/13/09       (H)       TRA RPT CS (TRA) NT 3DP 2NR                                                                            
03/13/09       (H)       DP: MUNOZ, JOHNSON, GRUENBERG                                                                          
03/13/09       (H)       NR: JOHANSEN, WILSON                                                                                   
04/07/09       (H)       FIN RPT CS (TRA) NT 6DP 1NR                                                                            
04/07/09       (H)       DP:   THOMAS,   AUSTERMAN,   FAIRCLOUGH,                                                               
                         JOULE, HAWKER, STOLTZE                                                                                 
04/07/09       (H)       NR: SALMON                                                                                             
04/07/09       (H)       FIN AT 8:30 AM HOUSE FINANCE 519                                                                       
04/07/09       (H)       Moved CSHB 114(TRA) Out of Committee                                                                   
04/07/09       (H)       MINUTE (FIN)                                                                                           
04/15/09       (H)       TRANSMITTED TO (S)                                                                                     
04/15/09       (H)       VERSION: CSHB 114(TRA) AM                                                                              
04/16/09       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/16/09       (S)       TRA, FIN                                                                                               
02/04/10       (S)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/04/10       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/04/10       (S)       MINUTE (TRA)                                                                                           
02/25/10       (S)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 280                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: SAM SCHUYLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE                                                                                       
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) PASKVAN                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
02/15/10       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/15/10       (S)       TRA, FIN                                                                                               
02/25/10       (S)       TRA AT 1:00 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JANE PIERSON, Staff                                                                                                             
  to Representative Jay Ramras                                                                                                  
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified that the sponsor agrees to the                                                                 
Senate CS for HB 114.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
GAIL VOIGTLANDER, Assistant Attorney General                                                                                    
Civil Division                                                                                                                  
Department of Law (DOL)                                                                                                         
POSITION STATEMENT:  Available for questions on HB 114.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ANNA SORENSEN, Staff                                                                                                            
  to Senator Paskvan                                                                                                            
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Introduced SB 280 on behalf of the sponsor.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CLARK MILNE, Maintenance Engineer                                                                                               
Northern Region                                                                                                                 
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                              
Fairbanks, AK                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of SB 280.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MEADOW BAILEY, Public Information Officer                                                                                       
Northern Region,                                                                                                                
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                              
Fairbanks, AK                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions related to SB 280.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY SIROKY, Special Assistant to the Commissioner                                                                              
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                                                              
Juneau, AK                                                                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT:  Answered questions related to SB 280.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:00:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR ALBERT  KOOKESH called  the Senate  Transportation Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order  at   1:00  p.m.  Senators  Menard,                                                               
Paskvan, Meyer,  and Kookesh were  present at the call  to order.                                                               
Senator Davis arrived soon thereafter.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
        HB 114-USE STATE TRANS FACILITY FOR DISASTER AID                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:01:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  KOOKESH  announced  the consideration  of  HB  114.  [CSHB
114(JUD) am was before the committee.]                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PASKVAN withdrew  the motion  to strike  subsection (b),                                                               
which he  made during the 2/4/10  hearing. He moved to  adopt the                                                               
Senate Transportation  CS for CSHB  114, labeled  26-LS0505\W, as                                                               
the working  document. There  being no  objection, version  W was                                                               
before the committee.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:02:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR DAVIS joined the committee.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
JANE  PIERSON, Staff  to Representative  Jay Ramras,  thanked the                                                               
committee  for the  work it  did on  the bill.  It was  never the                                                               
sponsor's intention  to give  state equipment  to a  nonprofit to                                                               
use, she said.  The intention was always for a  state employee to                                                               
operate state equipment.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOOKESH stated  for the record that  the committee directed                                                               
the  sponsor  to  work  with   Senator  Paskvan  to  resolve  the                                                               
differences.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PASKVAN said  he  is satisfied  and  believes that  it's                                                               
appropriate for the bill to move forward.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
GAIL  VOIGTLANDER, Assistant  Attorney  General, Civil  Division,                                                               
Department of  Law (DOL), offered  to answer questions  about how                                                               
the changes came about.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KOOKESH found no questions  and closed public testimony. He                                                               
asked the will of the committee.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:04:32 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR PASKVAN thanked the sponsor for working with his office.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MENARD moved  to report the Senate  CS, 26-LS0505\W, [for                                                               
HB  114]  from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached  fiscal  note(s). There  being  no  objection, SCS  CSSB
114(TRA) moved from Senate Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
At ease from 1:05 p.m. to 1:07 p.m.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
              SB 280-SAM SCHUYLER MEMORIAL BRIDGE                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:07:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR KOOKESH announced the consideration of SB 280.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN, Sponsor  of SB 280, said that  earlier this year                                                               
the  northern region  director of  maintenance and  operation for                                                               
the Department  of Transportation  and Public  Facilities (DOTPF)                                                               
asked  him to  sponsor  a  bill naming  a  bridge  on the  Dalton                                                               
Highway for Sam  Schuyler, a late employee of  the department. He                                                               
highlighted  that  the  bridge   will  be  in  Senator  Kookesh's                                                               
district, Mr.  Schuyler was represented  by Senator  Coghill, and                                                               
the DOTPF northern region is headquartered in his district.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:09:10 PM                                                                                                                    
ANNA  SORENSEN, Staff  to Senator  Paskvan, said  SB 280  names a                                                               
bridge to be built  at mile 308 on the Dalton  Highway as the Sam                                                               
Schuyler Memorial  Bridge. She reported  that Sam  Schuyler began                                                               
his career  with DOTPF as a  heavy equipment operator at  the Jim                                                               
River maintenance  station and quickly  became foreman.  Later he                                                               
was promoted to  roving foremen for the  Dalton Highway District.                                                               
He was  known to be thorough  and always felt that  the safety of                                                               
those  working and  traveling on  the Dalton  Highway was  of the                                                               
utmost importance.  He was  still a  department employee  when he                                                               
passed unexpectedly on January 1, 2007.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. SORENSEN  noted that the  bridge that  will be built  at Mile                                                               
308 will replace a culvert. The  fiscal note reflects the cost of                                                               
the bridge and the signage.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MENARD  commented that  Mr. Schuyler  made his  mark with                                                               
DOTPF and deserves this recognition.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:12:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CLARK MILNE, Northern Region  Maintenance Engineer, Department of                                                               
Transportation and  Public Facilities (DOTPF), said  Mr. Schuyler                                                               
was the guy that  went out in a storm and  used innovation to get                                                               
things done.  He noted  the numerous  letters of  appreciation in                                                               
the packet.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MENARD  reviewed a  picture of the  proposed sign  in the                                                               
packet and  asked if the actual  sign will be brown.  She thought                                                               
the standard was green.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PASKVAN   said  he's  sure   it  will  conform   to  the                                                               
appropriate signage standards.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:14:31 PM                                                                                                                    
MEADOW  BAILEY,  Public  Information  Officer,  Northern  Region,                                                               
Department of Transportation and  Public Facilities (DOTPF), said                                                               
she understands that  the sign was designed by  the DOTPF traffic                                                               
and safety  department. The  standard color is  brown for  a sign                                                               
that names a bridge.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MARY SIROKY,  Special Assistant  to the  Commissioner, Department                                                               
of Transportation  and Public Facilities (DOTPF),  confirmed that                                                               
the  standard for  bridge memorial/naming  signs is  brown. Green                                                               
signs are directional.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  KOOKESH closed  public testimony.  Finding no  comments or                                                               
questions, asked the will of the committee.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  MENARD  moved  to  report SB  280  from  committee  with                                                               
individual  recommendations and  attached  fiscal note(s).  There                                                               
being no objection,  SB 280 moved from  the Senate Transportation                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:16:18 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Kookesh adjourned the Senate Transportation Standing                                                                      
Committee meeting at 1:16 p.m.                                                                                                  

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