Bill Text 30th Legislature
- Session Laws
00 Enrolled HB 76
01 Relating to the mariculture revolving loan fund and loans from the fund; and providing for an
02 effective date.
04 * Section 1. AS 16.10 is amended by adding a new section to article 14 to read:
05 Sec. 16.10.890. Declaration of policy. It is the policy of the state, under
06 AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945, to promote mariculture and the enhancement of the state's
07 shellfish fisheries by means of long-term, low-interest loans.
08 * Sec. 2. AS 16.10.900 is amended to read:
09 Sec. 16.10.900. Mariculture revolving loan fund. (a) The mariculture
10 revolving loan fund is created in [WITHIN] the Department of Commerce,
11 Community, and Economic Development to carry out the purposes of AS 16.10.890 -
12 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945].
13 (b) The mariculture revolving loan fund consists of the following:
14 (1) money appropriated to, transferred to, or received by gift, grant,
01 devise, bequest, or donation to the fund;
02 (2) principal and interest payments or other income earned on loans or
03 investments of the fund; and
04 (3) money chargeable to principal or interest that is collected through
05 liquidation by foreclosure or other process on loans made under AS 16.10.890 -
06 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945].
07 (c) Money in the fund may be used by the legislature to make appropriations
08 for costs of administering AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945].
09 * Sec. 3. AS 16.10.900 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
10 (d) Of the total amount available annually to the department to carry out the
11 purposes of AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945, less any funds appropriated under (c) of this
12 section, 60 percent shall be available solely for making loans under
13 AS 16.10.910(a)(1) and the remainder shall be available solely for making loans under
14 AS 16.10.910(a)(2).
15 * Sec. 4. AS 16.10.905 is amended to read:
16 Sec. 16.10.905. Powers and duties of the department. The department may
17 (1) make loans to eligible applicants under AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945
18 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945] for the planning, construction, and operation of a
19 (A) mariculture business;
20 (B) hatchery that artificially propagates marine aquatic
21 plants or shellfish; or
22 (C) a shellfish enhancement project;
23 (2) receive, take, hold, and administer any appropriation, transfer, gift,
24 grant, bequest, devise, or donation of money for the fund;
25 (3) establish amortization plans for repayment of loans, including
26 extensions of the terms of loans;
27 (4) allow an assumption of a loan if
28 (A) the applicant meets the requirements established under this
29 section; and
30 (B) approval of the assumption would be consistent with the
31 purposes of AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945];
01 (5) establish the rate of interest for loans consistent with law;
02 (6) charge and collect fees for services provided under AS 16.10.890 -
03 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945];
04 (7) adopt regulations under AS 44.62 necessary to carry out the
05 provisions of AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945], including
06 regulations to establish reasonable fees for services provided; and
07 (8) designate agents and delegate powers as necessary to the agents.
08 * Sec. 5. AS 16.10.910(a) is amended to read:
09 (a) For an applicant to be eligible for a loan under AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945
10 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945], the applicant shall be
11 (1) [BE] a resident of the state who has
12 (A) [, AS DETERMINED UNDER (c) OF THIS SECTION;
13 (2) HAVE] a permitted mariculture farm location in this state; and
14 (B) [(3) HAVE] experience or training in the mariculture
15 industry; or
16 (2) a resident of the state or entity organized under the laws of this
17 state that
18 (A) holds a permit under AS 16.40.100 to operate a
19 hatchery for the purpose of producing aquatic plants or shellfish; or
20 (B) conducts shellfish enhancement projects.
21 * Sec. 6. AS 16.10.910(c) is amended to read:
22 (c) To meet the residency requirements of (a) of this section, an individual
23 [THE] applicant
24 (1) shall physically reside in this state and maintain a domicile in this
25 state during the 24 consecutive months preceding the date of application for the
26 program; and
27 (2) may not have
28 (A) declared or established residency in another state; or
29 (B) received residency or a benefit based on residency from
30 another state.
31 * Sec. 7. AS 16.10.915(a) is amended to read:
01 (a) Except as provided in (b) and (c) of this section, a loan under
02 AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945]
03 (1) may not exceed
04 (A) $100,000 a year for an applicant under
05 AS 16.10.910(a)(1); or
06 (B) $1,000,000 a year for an applicant under
07 AS 16.10.910(a)(2);
08 (2) may not, unless extended under AS 16.10.905, exceed a term of
09 (A) 20 years for an applicant under AS 16.10.910(a)(1); or
10 (B) 30 years for an applicant under AS 16.10.910(a)(2) [,
11 EXCEPT FOR EXTENSIONS UNDER AS 16.10.905];
12 (3) may not bear interest at a rate greater than the prime rate, as
13 defined in AS 44.88.599, plus one percentage point, but which may not be less than
14 five percent a year or more than nine percent a year;
15 (4) must be secured by a first priority lien on collateral acceptable to
16 the department; and
17 (5) may not be made to a person who has a past due child support
18 obligation established by court order or by the child support services agency under
19 AS 25.27.160 - 25.27.220 at the time of application.
20 * Sec. 8. AS 16.10.915(b) is amended to read:
21 (b) Subsequent loans may be made to a [THE] borrower under
22 (1) AS 16.10.910(a)(1), [AS 16.10.910] if the total of the balances
23 outstanding on the loans received by the borrower does not exceed $300,000; or
24 (2) AS 16.10.910(a)(2), if the total of the balances outstanding on
25 the loans received by the borrower does not exceed $1,000,000.
26 * Sec. 9. AS 16.10.915(c) is amended to read:
27 (c) A loan under AS 16.10.910 may be made for the purchase of boats or
28 vessels determined to be integral to the operation of the farm or hatchery.
29 * Sec. 10. AS 16.10.915(d) is amended to read:
30 (d) For a loan made under AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 -
31 16.10.945], the department may provide a reduction of the interest rate of not more
01 than two percent if at least 50 percent of the loan proceeds are used by the borrower
02 for purchasing products manufactured or produced in the state. When the department
03 offers a reduction under this subsection, the department shall provide the reduction to
04 all loan applicants who meet the criterion described in this subsection. In this
05 subsection, "manufactured or produced" means processing, developing, or making an
06 item into a new item with a distinct character and use.
07 * Sec. 11. AS 16.10.915 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
08 (e) The department may not make a loan to an applicant under
09 AS 16.10.910(a)(2) for a hatchery or shellfish enhancement project unless the
10 department determines that the hatchery or enhancement project will
11 (1) be managed in a financially viable manner that is reasonably
12 expected to result in repayment of the loan; and
13 (2) provide a significant contribution to common property fisheries or
14 otherwise benefit the public interest.
15 * Sec. 12. AS 16.10.920 is amended to read:
16 Sec. 16.10.920. Repayment of principal of and interest on loans. The
17 department may not require the repayment of the principal of and interest on a loan
18 made under AS 16.10.910 during the first six years of the loan. However, for a loan
19 made under AS 16.10.910(a)(2), the department may defer repayment of the
20 principal of and interest on the loan for an additional period not to exceed the
21 first 11 years of the loan. The department may provide that interest [INTEREST]
22 on the principal of a loan made under AS 16.10.910(a)(1) does not accrue during
23 [AS 16.10.910 MAY BE DEFERRED FOR] a period [OF] not to exceed [MORE
24 THAN] the first six years of the loan. For a loan made under AS 16.10.910(a)(2),
25 the department shall provide that interest on the principal of the loan does not
26 accrue during the first six years of the loan, and the department may provide
27 that interest on the principal of the loan does not accrue during an additional
28 period not to exceed the first 11 years of the loan.
29 * Sec. 13. AS 16.10 is amended by adding a new section to read:
30 Sec. 16.10.923. Voluntary assessment on sale of shellfish. (a) An association
31 of persons who hold entry permits under AS 16.43 comprising at least 51 percent of
01 the persons holding entry permits and actively participating in a fishery to be benefited
02 by a hatchery program may levy and collect an assessment from among its members
03 for the purpose of securing and repaying a loan made under AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945.
04 (b) Upon satisfactory demonstration to the department that an assessment
05 levied under this section may reasonably be relied on to secure and repay a loan to be
06 made under AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945, the department may make the loan.
07 * Sec. 14. AS 16.10.935 is amended to read:
08 Sec. 16.10.935. Disposal of property acquired after default. The department
09 shall dispose of property acquired through default of a loan made under AS 16.10.890
10 - 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 - 16.10.945]. Disposal must be made in a manner that
11 serves the best interest of the state and may include the amortization of payments over
12 a period of years.
13 * Sec. 15. AS 16.10.945 is amended to read:
14 Sec. 16.10.945. Definitions. In AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945 [AS 16.10.900 -
16 (1) "commissioner" means the commissioner of commerce,
17 community, and economic development;
18 (2) "department" means the Department of Commerce, Community,
19 and Economic Development;
20 (3) "hatchery" has the meaning given in AS 16.40.199;
21 (4) "mariculture" means the farming of shellfish and aquatic plants as
22 defined in AS 16.40.199;
23 (5) "shellfish enhancement project" means a project to
24 (A) augment the yield or harvest of shellfish above
25 naturally occurring levels using a natural, artificial, or semiartificial
26 production system; or
27 (B) rehabilitate a shellfish stock by restoring it to its
28 naturally occurring levels of productivity.
29 * Sec. 16. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to
31 APPLICABILITY. Changes made by this Act to the terms of loans made under
01 AS 16.10.890 - 16.10.945 do not apply to a loan made before the effective date of this Act.
02 * Sec. 17. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).
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