Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

03/07/2017 01:30 PM Senate TRANSPORTATION

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01:30:52 PM Start
01:31:15 PM SB50
01:34:52 PM Confirmation Hearing
01:40:49 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Consideration of Governor's Appointee: TELECONFERENCED
Board of Marine Pilots, Mr. Ronald Ward
Moved SSSB 50 Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            SENATE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                          
                         March 7, 2017                                                                                          
                           1:30 p.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Bert Stedman, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Anna MacKinnon                                                                                                          
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator David Wilson                                                                                                            
Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                             
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
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."                                                                                    
     - MOVED SB 50 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                                            
     State Board of Marine Pilots                                                                                               
          Ron Ward                                                                                                            
     - CONFIRMATION ADVANCED                                                                                                    
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: SB 50                                                                                                                 
SHORT TITLE: INCREASE STUDDED TIRE FEE                                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) GIESSEL                                                                                                  
02/06/17       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
02/06/17       (S)       TRA, FIN                                                                                               
02/15/17       (S)       SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE INTRODUCED-REFERRALS                                                                
02/15/17       (S)       TRA, FIN                                                                                               
02/23/17       (S)       TRA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
02/23/17       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/23/17       (S)       MINUTE(TRA)                                                                                            
03/07/17       (S)       TRA AT 1:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                           
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
SENATOR CATHY GIESSEL                                                                                                           
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of SB 50.                                                                                         
RON WARD, Captain                                                                                                               
Southwest Alaska Pilots                                                                                                         
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified as  an appointee  to the  Board of                                                             
Marine Pilots.                                                                                                                  
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
1:30:52 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  Egan, Wilson,  and Chair  Stedman. Senators                                                               
MacKinnon and Bishop arrived shortly thereafter.                                                                                
                SB 50-INCREASE STUDDED TIRE FEE                                                                             
1:31:15 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STEDMAN  announced the  consideration  of  SB 50.  It  was                                                               
previously heard on February 23 and included public testimony.                                                                  
1:31:59 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR CATHY  GIESSEL, Alaska State  Legislature, sponsor  of SB
50, related that the bill  would increase an already existing fee                                                               
for studded  tires to $50  per tire for a  new studded tire  or a                                                               
used  tire in  which studs  were  inserted. She  stated that  the                                                               
purpose  of the  bill is  to  help fund  the cost  of the  damage                                                               
studded  tires  do  to  roads,  exemplified  by  ruts  which  are                                                               
CHAIR  STEDMAN  noted  the presence  of  Senators  MacKinnon  and                                                               
Bishop.  He   asked  if  any  committee   members  had  questions                                                               
concerning the bill.                                                                                                            
1:32:54 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  EGAN  moved   to  report  SB  50   from  committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and attached fiscal notes.                                                                           
SENATOR WILSON objected.                                                                                                        
SENATOR  WILSON  voiced  concern  about having  a  rate  increase                                                               
without knowing where  the tax would go and how  it would benefit                                                               
Alaskans. He  said the  higher traffic roads  are where  the ruts                                                               
occur,  but having  a broad  user tax  fee that  would benefit  a                                                               
small  population is  not  equitable. He  said he  is  ok with  a                                                               
slight increase in  the tire fee, but going from  $5 to $50 seems                                                               
high.  The  lack  of  conclusive  data  is  also  a  concern.  He                                                               
concluded that he cannot support SB 50.                                                                                         
SENATOR WILSON removed his objection.                                                                                           
CHAIR  STEDMAN  found  no  further  objection  and  SSSB  50  was                                                               
reported from the Senate Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                     
^CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                                           
                      CONFIRMATION HEARING                                                                                  
1:34:52 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STEDMAN  announced the final  order of business would  be a                                                               
confirmation hearing on Ron Ward  for the Board of Marine Pilots.                                                               
He noted  that Captain Ward  was appointed by Governor  Walker on                                                               
March 1,  2017, to the Board  of Marine Pilots. He  asked Captain                                                               
Ward  to  share his  professional  expertise  and willingness  to                                                               
serve on the Board.                                                                                                             
He  noted the  hearing will  not  bind committee  members to  any                                                               
future votes they may or may not take.                                                                                          
1:35:31 PM                                                                                                                    
RON  WARD,  Captain, Southwest  Alaska  Pilots,  testified as  an                                                               
appointee  to  the  Board  of Marine  Pilots.  He  described  his                                                               
background,  work history,  and  affiliation  with the  Southwest                                                               
Alaska Pilots. He noted he has  been a pilot with Southwest since                                                               
1997. He  started training  in 1993  and became  a full  pilot in                                                               
2000. He has  attended Board of Marine Pilots since  1993 when he                                                               
first moved to Alaska. Prior to  that he was a tanker captain for                                                               
17  years transporting  Alaska crude  oil from  the Trans  Alaska                                                               
Pipeline  in Valdez.  He became  a pilot  in 1997  with Southwest                                                               
Alaska Pilots.                                                                                                                  
CAPTAIN WARD  said he  is very  committed to  the mission  of the                                                               
Board of Marine  Pilots - protecting the  Alaskan environment and                                                               
promoting safe  commerce. He has  been a member of  the Anchorage                                                               
Port Commission at  various times the last five or  six years. He                                                               
is  the  Vice  President  of  the  Cook  Inlet  Safety  Committee                                                               
promoting best practices for commerce  in Cook Inlet. He has been                                                               
a licensed mariner since 1980,  a licensed unlimited master since                                                               
1989, and piloting in the state since 1997.                                                                                     
CHAIR STEDMAN assumed he was  willing to serve because he applied                                                               
to do so.                                                                                                                       
CAPTAIN WARD said  he is eager to serve and  honored to have been                                                               
1:38:08 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  MACKINNON  requested  that  he state  when  he  was  re-                                                               
licensed as an unlimited master mariner                                                                                         
CAPTAIN WARD clarified that it was in 1991.                                                                                     
SENATOR MACKINNON asked about the licensed marine pilot date.                                                                   
CAPTAIN WARD agreed it was 1977  to present. He explained that he                                                               
received  his  deputy  marine  pilot license  in  1997  and  then                                                               
trained for three  years and received his  unlimited marine pilot                                                               
license in 2000.                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEDMAN thanked Captain Ward.                                                                                             
1:40:09 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BISHOP  moved  to  advance  the name  of  Ron  Ward  for                                                               
appointment to the Board of  Marine Pilots to the full membership                                                               
of  the legislature  in  joint session  for  consideration and  a                                                               
final vote.  This does not reflect  any intent by the  members to                                                               
vote for  or against  the confirmation  of the  individual during                                                               
any further sessions.                                                                                                           
CHAIR  STEDMAN found  no objection  and Captain  Ward's name  was                                                               
forwarded for consideration by the full body.                                                                                   
1:40:49 PM                                                                                                                    
There being  no further  business to  come before  the committee,                                                               
Chair Stedman  adjourned the  Senate Transportation  Committee at                                                               
1:40 p.m.                                                                                                                       

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 50 Letter of Support 3.6.2017.PDF STRA 3/7/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Letters of Opposition 3.6.2017.PDF STRA 3/7/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 Tire Cost Comparison corrected.pdf STRA 3/7/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50
SB 50 - DOT response to 1st hearing questions.PDF STRA 3/7/2017 1:30:00 PM
SB 50