Legislature(2005 - 2006)BELTZ 211

05/01/2006 05:00 PM COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY OVERSIGHT


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05:09:09 PM Start
05:09:50 PM HJR14
05:20:24 PM Adjourn
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+= HJR 14 URGE CONGRESS TO GRANT LAND TO UNIVERSITY TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHJR 14(UOV) Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
        SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON UNIVERSITY OVERSIGHT                                                                      
                          May 1, 2006                                                                                           
                           5:09 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Gary Stevens, Chair                                                                                                     
Senator Thomas Wagoner                                                                                                          
Senator Kim Elton                                                                                                               
Senator Ben Stevens                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Ralph Seekins, Vice Chair                                                                                               
Senator Con Bunde                                                                                                               
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 14(RES)                                                                                       
Urging the United States Congress to pass legislation to convey                                                                 
land to the University of Alaska.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED SCS CSHJR 14(UOV) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: HJR 14                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: URGE CONGRESS TO GRANT LAND TO UNIVERSITY                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) ELKINS                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
03/01/05       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
03/01/05       (H)       EDU, RES                                                                                               
01/31/06       (H)       EDU AT 11:00 AM CAPITOL 106                                                                            

01/31/06 (H) Moved CSHJR 14(EDU) Out of Committee

01/31/06 (H) MINUTE(EDU) 02/01/06 (H) EDU RPT CS(EDU) 3DP 4NR 02/01/06 (H) DP: LYNN, WILSON, NEUMAN; 02/01/06 (H) NR: SALMON, GATTO, GARA, THOMAS 02/15/06 (H) RES AT 1:00 PM CAPITOL 124 02/15/06 (H) Moved CSHJR 14(RES) Out of Committee 02/15/06 (H) MINUTE(RES) 02/17/06 (H) RES RPT CS(RES) 4DP 3NR 02/17/06 (H) DP: SEATON, ELKINS, SAMUELS, RAMRAS; 02/17/06 (H) NR: GATTO, LEDOUX, CRAWFORD 03/03/06 (H) TRANSMITTED TO (S) 03/03/06 (H) VERSION: CSHJR 14(RES) 03/06/06 (S) READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS 03/06/06 (S) UOV, RES 04/24/06 (S) UOV AT 5:00 PM BELTZ 211 04/26/06 (S) UOV AT 5:00 PM BELTZ 211 05/01/06 (S) UOV AT 5:00 PM BELTZ 211 WITNESS REGISTER James Van Horn, Staff Representative James Elkins POSITION STATEMENT: Presented HJR 14 on behalf of the sponsor Dick Mylius, Director Division of Mining, Land and Water Department of Natural Resources 400 Willoughby Ave. Juneau, AK 99801-1724 POSITION STATEMENT: Available for questions related to HJR 14 Mari Montgomery, Director Land Management Office University of Alaska P.O. Box 755000 Fairbanks, AK 99775 POSITION STATEMENT: Available for questions related to HJR 14 ACTION NARRATIVE CHAIR GARY STEVENS called the Senate Special Committee On University Oversight meeting to order at 5:09:09 PM. Present were Senators Kim Elton, Thomas Wagoner, and Chair Gary Stevens. Senator Ben Stevens arrived during the course of the meeting. CSHJR 14(RES)-URGE CONGRESS TO GRANT LAND TO UNIVERSITY CHAIR GARY STEVENS announced HJR 14 to be up for consideration. 5:09:50 PM JAMES VAN HORN, Staff to Representative James Elkins, sponsor of HJR 14, said the resolution urges Congress to pass legislation to convey 250,000 acres in federal land to the University of Alaska. As the largest landholder in Alaska it is important that the federal government support the land grant to the University of Alaska to make it financially independent. SENATOR WAGONER remarked he's unaware of any land grant university in the U.S. that has become financially independent. Mr. Van Horn clarified this would make the university less dependent on the Legislature for funding. DICK MYLIUS, Director of the Division of Mining, Land and Water for the Department of Natural Resources, said he was available to answer questions. MARI MONTGOMERY, Director of the University of Alaska Land Management Office, said she was available to answer questions. 5:12:59 PM SENATOR KIM ELTON referenced page 2, line 21 and noted that Gale Norton is no longer the Secretary of the Interior. SENATOR GARY STEVENS said that is a good point and asked Mr. Van Horn to comment on whether the sponsor would object to changing the reference to the Acting Secretary of the Interior. 5:15:06 PM MR. VAN HORN responded he could see no problem with making that change. CHAIR GARY STEVENS called an at-ease from 5:15:29 PM to 5:18:11 PM. Senator Ben Stevens joined the meeting. SENATOR ELTON motioned to amend the resolution on page 2, line 21 to read "the Acting United States Secretary of the Interior;" and delete the name "Gale Norton,". There being no objection Amendment 1 passed. Senator Wagoner motioned to report SCS CSHJR 14(UOV) from committee with individual recommendations and attached fiscal note(s). There being no objection, the motion carried. There being no further business to come before the committee, Chair Gary Stevens adjourned the meeting at 5:20:24 PM.

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