Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

02/23/2017 01:30 PM TRANSPORTATION

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01:30:22 PM Start
01:30:46 PM SB50
02:43:13 PM Adjourn
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*+ SB 50 INCREASE STUDDED TIRE FEE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                          
                       February 23, 2017                                                                                        
                           1:30 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bert Stedman, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator David Wilson                                                                                                            
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Anna MacKinnon                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 50                                                                                       
"An Act relating to fees for the sale or installation of studded                                                                
tires; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 50                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE: INCREASE STUDDED TIRE FEE                                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) GIESSEL                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
KARI NORE, Staff                                                                                                                
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented the sectional analysis of SB 50.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
LANCE MEARIG, Chief Engineer                                                                                                    
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF)                                                                      
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information related to SB 50.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JAMES HARPSTER, representing himself                                                                                            
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ANNETTE HARPSTER, representing herself                                                                                          
Palmer, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JUDY SNYDER, Owner                                                                                                              
Diversified Tire, Inc.                                                                                                          
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DAVE SNYDER, Owner                                                                                                              
Diversified Tire, Inc.                                                                                                          
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
STEVEN WORTHAM, Business Owner                                                                                                  
Alyeska Tire                                                                                                                    
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
FRANKLIN WORTHAM, Business Owner                                                                                                
Alyeska Tire                                                                                                                    
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD NORDNESS, Executive Director                                                                                            
NW Tire Dealers Association                                                                                                     
Seattle, Washington                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
GARY WESSEL, Manager                                                                                                            
Bruno Wessel, Inc.,                                                                                                             
Elmsford, New York                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DAVID NEES, representing himself                                                                                                
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ED MARTIN, Partner                                                                                                              
Key Construction                                                                                                                
Cooper Landing, Alaska                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT: Testified in opposition to SB 50.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:30:22 PM                                                                                                                  
CHAIR  BERT STEDMAN  called  the  Senate Transportation  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:30  p.m. Present at the  call to                                                               
order were Senators Bishop, Wilson, Egan, and Chair Stedman.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                SB 50-INCREASE STUDDED TIRE FEE                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:30:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEDMAN announced the consideration of SB 50.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:31:24 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  CATHY   GIESSEL,  Alaska  State   Legislature,  sponsor,                                                               
presented SB 50, thanked the  committee for hearing the bill. She                                                               
said SB  50 would institute an  increase in the fees  for the use                                                               
of  studded  tires. Alaska's  road  system  is critical  for  our                                                               
Alaskan  families,  businesses  and   jobs.  Children  travel  on                                                               
highways  every day  to  and from  school;  workers commute;  and                                                               
businesses  transport their  merchandise and  countless products.                                                               
Everyone  depends  on roads  regardless  of  the weather  or  the                                                               
season. The effectiveness  and safety of the  road system affects                                                               
every Alaskan.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
She defined the  problem SB 50 addresses - road  ruts, which pose                                                               
significant dangers to Alaskans.  The major contribution to these                                                               
ruts  are studded  tires used  during  the winter.  The ruts  are                                                               
worse in  high-speed, high-traffic areas  where some of  the most                                                               
serious accidents occur. She named  the Glenn and Seward Highways                                                               
as having  significant ruts. She  described the danger  of having                                                               
ruts in the  road, especially when changing lanes.  In the summer                                                               
the ruts fill with water.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
She understood that it costs about  $1 million per mile to repair                                                               
the rutting on a two-lane stretch of highway.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:33:53 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL related that in 2002  Alaska did a study and then                                                               
imposed a studded tire fee in 2004.  At a rate of $5 per tire, in                                                               
FY2016  it  generated  about  $400,000,  not  near  the  cost  of                                                               
repairing roads.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
She addressed  what other states  do. The four states  around the                                                               
Great  Lakes -  Michigan,  Wisconsin, Minnesota,  and Illinois  -                                                               
have  banned studded  tires,  as has  Ontario,  Canada. She  said                                                               
Japan  has also  banned studded  tires due  to the  air pollution                                                               
caused by the tires.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
She  stressed that  SB 50  is  not about  banning studded  tires.                                                               
There is  a solution that will  work for Alaska; to  increase the                                                               
user fee. She  provided examples of other user fees,  such as the                                                               
State  Parks  Division's  park  fees,  and  hunting  and  fishing                                                               
license fees.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:36:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL  spoke of  new  technology  studless tires.  She                                                               
referred to  studies in  members' packets  from states  that have                                                               
found that  these tires perform  as well, or better  than studded                                                               
tires. The  study from Washington  State includes  16 conclusions                                                               
drawn from tests done in Alaska.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:37:50 PM                                                                                                                    
She  brought  up  the  cost  of  studded  tires  versus  the  new                                                               
technology tires. She  maintained that the cost,  overall, is the                                                               
same. The  increased fee  in the  bill will  be allocated  to the                                                               
Department of  Transportation and  Public Facilities  (DOTPF) for                                                               
road maintenance and repair.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She  defended the  bill as  a conservative  bill. She  emphasized                                                               
that the bill is not a ban on studded tires, but a user fee.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:39:38 PM                                                                                                                    
KARI   NORE,  Staff,   Senator   Cathy   Giessel,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, presented the sectional analysis of SB 50:                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1: Amends AS 43.97.025(b)                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     This section amends the current statute in 3 ways. It                                                                      
     first increases the studded tire user fee from $5 to                                                                       
     $50, it reduces the weight of studs that fall under                                                                        
     this fee from 1.1 grams to 0.5 grams. It also ensures                                                                      
     that all tires sold through online retailers for use                                                                       
     in Alaska are subject to this fee.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2: Adds a new subsection under AS 43.98.025                                                                      
     This section creates a new subsection (i) to establish                                                                     
     legislative intent that the funds generated from this                                                                      
     fee will be directed back to the Department of                                                                             
     Transportation for the repair and maintenance of state                                                                     
     maintained roads. It does not create a dedicated fund.                                                                     
     Section 3: Adds a new section into the uncodified law                                                                    
     of the State of Alaska                                                                                                     
     This section outlines that the act will apply to all                                                                       
     tire sales and stud installations on or after the                                                                          
     effective date.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Section 4: Effective Date                                                                                                
     This Act would take effect on July 1, 2017.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEDMAN thanked the sponsor.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:42:10 PM                                                                                                                    
LANCE MEARIG,  Chief Engineer,  Department of  Transportation and                                                               
Public Facilities  (DOTPF), presented  information related  to SB                                                               
50.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:42:39 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:43:01 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MEARIG provided definitions found  in the bill. Pavement ruts                                                               
are  longitudinal depressions  in the  wheel paths.  High traffic                                                               
volume, high speed  roads are more prone to  studded tire damage.                                                               
He  listed  roads  susceptible to  ruts:  Glenn  Highway,  Seward                                                               
Highway, Minnesota  Drive, all  in Anchorage,  and Egan  Drive in                                                               
Juneau.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
He showed a picture of rutting evidence caused by studded tires.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:44:12 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  WILSON asked  if the  tires on  the compact  car in  the                                                               
picture fit the ruts.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MEARIG  noted  there  are  a  range  of  vehicle  sizes.  He                                                               
clarified  that it  is  basically light  duty  cars, trucks,  and                                                               
SUVs, that use studded tires.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MEARIG showed  a photo  of  Eagle River  Loop Road  pavement                                                               
sampling  with 13,000+  vehicles per  day. The  base material  is                                                               
flat, and the rutting exists only in the pavement.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MEARIG  noted  that intersections  and  corners  with  heavy                                                               
vehicle use results in deformed pavement in warm weather.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:48:00 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MEARIG showed  a map  of states  that have  restrictions and                                                               
prohibitions for studded  tires. Alaska has a  prohibition on the                                                               
weight of studs over 1.1 grams.  The bill proposes to change that                                                               
to .5 grams.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:48:34 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP asked  when the asphalt was laid and  what the mix                                                               
design of the asphalt on the road is.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:49:13 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MEARIG  offered to  get  back  to  the committee  with  that                                                               
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He  turned to  safety and  environmental issues  related to  ruts                                                               
made from studded tires on icy,  dry, and wet roads. Studded tire                                                               
use on bare pavement generates dust.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:50:27 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MEARIG related  what DOTPF  does to  address rut  damage. He                                                               
explained  that rut  depth  of  1/2 inch  triggers  a project  to                                                               
address  rut repair;  usually a  2-year  turnaround to  bid-ready                                                               
plans. A  typical fix:  mill-and-fill in  travel lanes.  DOT does                                                               
have a hard  aggregate policy; it stipulates the use  of a harder                                                               
aggregate  in the  asphalt mix  when the  traffic volume  exceeds                                                               
5,000 vehicles per lane in areas  prone to stud use. He addressed                                                               
potential fixes  such as  micro surfacing -  a mix  of aggregate,                                                               
polymerized asphalt,  and water that  is used to fill  ruts using                                                               
special paving  equipment. Within two  hours the road is  open to                                                               
traffic.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:52:59 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MEARIG   addressed  winter  driving  issues.   He  spoke  of                                                               
automobile  and tire  technology improvements  which make  winter                                                               
driving safer. There  are a limited range of  conditions in which                                                               
studded tires outperform alternatives.  On packed snow conditions                                                               
and icy surfaces, studded tires are better.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:55:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEDMAN   recalled  that  several  years   ago  there  was                                                               
discussion  about using  harder  aggregate. He  asked  if it  was                                                               
successful and if the bill relates to that.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. MEARIG thought  the policy was in effective in  2013 or 2014.                                                               
Harder aggregate has  been tested on Egan Drive in  Juneau and on                                                               
Tudor Road in  Anchorage, both having positive  results. He noted                                                               
that there  is difficulty finding  sources for the mix  and there                                                               
are higher costs associated with hard aggregate.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:57:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR EGAN recalled that when  Egan Drive was repaved it lasted                                                               
a long  time; the aggregate  came out of Washington  and Southern                                                               
British Columbia.  He asked  whether Alaska  has sources  of hard                                                               
aggregate.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:58:05 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MEARIG replied  that there  are two  sources near  Cantwell,                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:58:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR EGAN thought those would be less expensive.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MEARIG  said  there  is  some  discussion  about  that.  Two                                                               
projects  on  the  Glenn Highway  are  currently  using  Cantwell                                                               
aggregate.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR EGAN asked  if the new polymerized mix would  be equal to                                                               
or better than the hard aggregate.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. MEARIG explained that the  polymerized mix is a quick, short-                                                               
term, less expensive fix.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:59:42 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WILSON asked how many vehicles have studded tires.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. MEARIG said he did not  know but the department will start to                                                               
research that shortly.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WILSON  noted different  types of  studs and  asked about                                                               
their impact.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. MEARIG  said the heavier  the stud,  the more damage  it will                                                               
cause.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:00:53 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR WILSON related  that he commutes to  Anchorage and opined                                                               
that  the  Department  of Transportation  and  Public  Facilities                                                               
(DOTPF) has problems  with pavement materials used  to repair the                                                               
road causing more damage than  studs. He asked about other causes                                                               
of road wear.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:01:59 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MEARIG  replied that  traffic alone  causes road  damage, but                                                               
studded  tires accelerate  the damage  considerably. He  said DOT                                                               
has done  a measurement of  performance and can  designate normal                                                               
wear without studs and compare it to the Glenn Highway.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR WILSON referred  to the motor fuel tax  which provides no                                                               
increase in  services. He asked if  there will be an  increase in                                                               
road repairs  due to  this feed  or less damage  to roads  due to                                                               
fewer people purchasing studded tires.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. MEARIG said he did not have that information.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:04:51 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BISHOP said  he used  to drive  the Glenn  Highway three                                                               
days a week and he used  to "split his tracks". He suggested that                                                               
to extend pavement life, the  department might educate the public                                                               
to drive outside the ruts. He said inevitably the road will rut.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEDMAN  asked Mr. Mearig to  get back to the  committee on                                                               
DOT's  expectations  on  what  is causing  road  wear,  the  cost                                                               
benefit of harder aggregate, and  what sources might be available                                                               
to extend road life.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He spoke of maintenance catch-up being an endless circle.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:08:12 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MEARIG  pointed out that  DOT studies  show it is  more cost-                                                               
effective  to  use the  hard  aggregate.  He offered  to  provide                                                               
further information.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:08:43 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEDMAN opened public testimony on SB 50.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:09:30 PM                                                                                                                    
JAMES HARPSTER, representing himself,  testified in opposition to                                                               
SB 50. He referred to  several articles that maintained that high                                                               
taxes on studded tires are not  cost effective. He asked them not                                                               
to tax the people.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:11:20 PM                                                                                                                    
ANNETTE HARPSTER,  representing herself, testified  in opposition                                                               
to  SB 50.  She  suggested the  aggregate is  the  problem and  a                                                               
harder mix needs  to be used. She opined that  the people who use                                                               
studded tires should not be penalized.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:12:43 PM                                                                                                                    
JUDY  SNYDER,   Owner,  Diversified  Tire,  Inc.,   testified  in                                                               
opposition to  SB 50.  She provided  examples when  studded tires                                                               
are needed. She  stated that studded tires are  needed for safety                                                               
purposes by  reducing the number  of car crashes, they  save auto                                                               
insurance costs,  and save  the state  money. She  encouraged law                                                               
enforcement to enforce studded tire laws.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:15:07 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVE  SNYDER,   Owner,  Diversified  Tire,  Inc.,   testified  in                                                               
opposition to SB 50. He  stated that removing studded tires would                                                               
result in roads  that are polished. He suggested  rubber tires be                                                               
used on  highways. He questioned  whether Cantwell  aggregate was                                                               
ever used on  the highways. He said heavy-duty  studded tires are                                                               
available everywhere and are not outlawed.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:17:21 PM                                                                                                                    
STEVEN  WORTHAM,  Business  Owner,  Alyeska  Tire,  testified  in                                                               
opposition  to  SB   50.  He  encouraged  DOT   to  research  the                                                               
technology other countries  use to increase traction.  He did not                                                               
know about  the existence of  a .5  gram stud. He  voiced concern                                                               
that  the tax  is a  short-term quick  fix. He  said a  June 2017                                                               
implementation of the tax presents a burden on his business.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:21:50 PM                                                                                                                    
FRANKLIN WORTHAM,  Alyeska Tire,  testified that he  concurs with                                                               
Steven Wortham's comments.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:22:25 PM                                                                                                                    
RICHARD  NORDNESS,  Executive  Director, Northwest  Tire  Dealers                                                               
Association,  testified in  opposition  to SB  50.  He said  tire                                                               
dealers  have the  responsibility to  provide customers  with the                                                               
best safety for  winter driving. He thought the  added expense of                                                               
the  tax  was  unfair  to  tire companies  and  the  elderly.  He                                                               
referred to  a University of  Alaska study on studded  tires that                                                               
concluded that studded tires have  a positive financial impact on                                                               
the  economy. He  noted that  tire technology  has improved,  but                                                               
manufacturers  believe  a  studless tire  needs  some  additional                                                               
help. The studless tire improves  vehicle surface traction on icy                                                               
roads,  but is  not as  good as  a studded  tire, according  to a                                                               
study in Washington State.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
GARY   WESSEL,  Manager,   Bruno  Wessel,   Inc.,  testified   in                                                               
opposition to SB  50. He said his company is  a supplier of studs                                                               
to  North  America,  including  Alaska.  All  areas  with  winter                                                               
driving  conditions have  had conversations  about studded  tires                                                               
and road rutting.  He maintained that all  vehicles contribute to                                                               
road ruts, especially heavy vehicles.                                                                                           
MR.  WESSEL corrected  several of  the  sponsor's statements.  He                                                               
maintained that  there is not a  single study that shows  a stud-                                                               
less tire provides better traction  than a studded tire. Consumer                                                               
Report does  not test studded  tires. He said Japan  reports that                                                               
the increase  in air pollution  is more due to  increased sanding                                                               
of the  roads after tire  studs were  banned. He was  against the                                                               
idea that tires were being taxed because of safety reasons.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
He continued  to say that the  tax is going to  increase costs to                                                               
the consumer  and insurance rates will  go up due to  an increase                                                               
in accidents. He  offered to share the data he  has from being in                                                               
the tire stud industry for 40 years.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:30:11 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVID NEES,  representing himself, testified in  opposition to SB                                                               
50. He pointed out that there  are no fiscal notes to address how                                                               
the tax will be  applied. He asked how the tax  would be spent by                                                               
DOT for  resurfacing. He noticed  that in the summer  drivers are                                                               
still driving  with studded tires  on and he  suggested enforcing                                                               
the law.  He concluded  that he  is against  the increase  in the                                                               
cost of studded tires.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:32:34 PM                                                                                                                    
ED MARTIN, Partner, Key Construction,  testified in opposition to                                                               
SB 50.  He discussed the  safety issues and maintained  that ruts                                                               
are caused  by heavy  trucks and soft  asphalt pavement.  He made                                                               
suggestions for DOT and how to earn revenue for the state.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:37:07 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEDMAN closed public testimony on SB 50.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:37:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEDMAN asked about the availability of stud sizes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:37:47 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL offered to provide that information.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEDMAN  asked DOT to  get back  to the committee  on their                                                               
questions.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:38:46 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BISHOP referred  to a  caller from  Wasilla and  said he                                                               
believed that aggregate is moved by rail, not highway.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:39:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEDMAN  noted the  short life  of asphalt  has been  a big                                                               
concern the last several years.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:39:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL  pointed  out  that  road  construction  science                                                               
advances every year. She asked  DOT to consider aggregate sources                                                               
in  Juneau,  to  provide  information about  spring  road  weight                                                               
restrictions, and  to respond to the  question whether rubberized                                                               
asphalt has been tested in Alaska.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:40:37 PM                                                                                                                    
She noted the  number of studded tires in use  in Alaska is about                                                               
10-20 percent,  according to the  Department of  Revenue's totals                                                               
from the $5  fee. She emphasized that  this is a fee,  not a tax.                                                               
She referred  to the statute  in members' packets  that addresses                                                               
the tire fee.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She offered  that Alaska  State Troopers  use the  new technology                                                               
tires. When  she refers  to studless tires,  she is  referring to                                                               
two  brands  of  a  softer  rubber  tire.  She  referred  to  the                                                               
Washington State Summary on the new softer tire.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
She  addressed  current testing  in  Anchorage  on high  friction                                                               
surfaces at intersections designed to  grip tires and assist with                                                               
stopping  and  accelerating.  She   requested  that  DOT  provide                                                               
information on that testing.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She  concluded   that  studded  tires  affect   driver  behavior,                                                               
affording a sense of power and causing overdriving.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:42:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEDMAN  suggested  the  sponsor work  with  DOT  for  the                                                               
answers to those questions.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
He held SB 50 in committee for future consideration.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:43:13 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair  Stedman  adjourned   the  Senate  Transportation  Standing                                                               
Committee at 2:43 p.m.                                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 50 version J.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Sponsor Statement.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Sectional Analysis ver J.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Backup Document Transportation Research Record Article by Brunette and Lundy.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Backup Document Craig Medred Article.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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SB 50 Backup Document Alaska Infrastructure Report Card 2017 - Roads Section.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB50 - Letter of Inquiry Craig Douglas.PDF STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Summary ISER study 2004.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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SB 50 Summary Oregon Studt2014.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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SB 50 Summary Oregon Study 2000.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Summary Washtington Study 2002.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Fiscal Note DOR.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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SB 50 Fiscal Note DOT.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Admin Responses.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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SB 50 Statute References.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Legal Opinion version J.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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SB 50 Letters of Support 2.22.2017.PDF STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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SB 50 Letters of Opposition 2.22.2017.PDF STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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StuddedTirePresentation23Feb2017.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50 Nokian Tyres, Inc. Discussion Paper.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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StuddedTirePresentation23Feb2017.pdf STRA 2/23/2017 1:30:00 PM
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