Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/29/2004 04:06 PM WTR

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                 
                          JOINT MEETING                                                                                       
    SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON WORLD TRADE AND STATE/FEDERAL                                                                 
                            RELATIONS                                                                                         
  HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INTERNATIONAL                                                              
                        TRADE AND TOURISM                                                                                     
                          March 29, 2004                                                                                        
                            4:06 p.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
TAPE(S) 04-1                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATE WORLD TRADE AND STATE/FEDERAL RELATIONS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
 Senator John Cowdery, Chair                                                                                                    
 Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                        
 Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND TOURISM                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Cheryll Heinze, Chair                                                                                           
 Representative Pete Kott                                                                                                       
 Representative Nancy Dahlstrom                                                                                                 
 Representative Vic Kohring                                                                                                     
 Representative Sharon Cissna                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE WORLD TRADE AND STATE/FEDERAL RELATIONS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
 Senator Ralph Seekins                                                                                                          
 Senator Gretchen Guess                                                                                                         
 Senator Thomas Wagoner                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND TOURISM                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Lesil McGuire, Vice Chair                                                                                       
 Representative Harry Crawford                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
^USDA INTERNATIONAL TRADE REPRESENTATIVE                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
TAPES                                                                                                                         
04-1, SIDE(S) A & B [SENATE WTR TAPE]                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY OF INFORMATION                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIRS  JOHN  COWDERY  and CHERYL  HEINZE  convened  the  joint                                                          
meeting  of  the  Senate  Special Committee  on  World  Trade  and                                                              
State/Federal  Relations  and  the   House  Special  Committee  on                                                              
Economic  Development, International  Trade  and  Tourism at  4:06                                                              
p.m. Present  were Senators  Cowdery, Therriault,  and Olson,  and                                                              
Representatives  Heinze,  Coghill,  Kott,  Cissna,  Dahlstrom  and                                                              
Holm.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
The first  presentation was  by Mr.  Robert Tse, representing  the                                                              
Foreign  Agricultural  Service  (FAS)   with  the  USDA.  Mr.  Tse                                                              
explained  to  the   committee  the  role  of  the   FAS  in  U.S.                                                              
international trade.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Tse then  explained  Alaska's  global  position in  terms  of                                                              
exporting  agricultural products,  including  timber and  seafood.                                                              
Mr. Tse explained that Alaska is  responsible for 40-60 percent of                                                              
U.S. seafood exports.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Tse   continued  his  presentation   with  a   more  detailed                                                              
explanation of Alaska's role in agricultural trade exports.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Following Mr.  Tse, Mr. Doug  Farquhar of the National  Conference                                                              
of State  Legislatures presented  information on  the role  of and                                                              
interaction between  state legislatures  and the federal  law that                                                              
deals with international trade, such as GATT, WTO, NAFTA, etc.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting concluded at 5:10 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
NOTE:   The meeting  was recorded and  handwritten log  notes were                                                              
taken.   A copy of the  tape(s) and log  notes may be  obtained by                                                              
contacting  the Senate Records  Office at  State Capitol,  Room 3,                                                              
Juneau,  Alaska  99801  (mailing  address),  (907)  465-2870,  and                                                              
after  adjournment  of  the second  session  of  the  Twenty-Third                                                              
Alaska  State Legislature  this  information  may  be obtained  by                                                              
contacting the Legislative Reference Library at (907) 465-3808.                                                                 

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