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2022-02-04 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2022-02-04 House Journal Page 1768 HB 303 HOUSE BILL NO. 303 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to commercial passenger vessel environmental compliance; relating to commercial passenger vessel fees; establishing the wastewater infrastructure grant fund; repealing the authority for citizens' suits relating to commercial passenger vessel environmental compliance; repealing the commercial passenger vessel recognition program; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Community & Regional Affairs, Resources, and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Environmental Conservation 2. Fiscal, Dept. of Environmental Conservation 3. Fiscal, Dept. of Environmental Conservation 4. Fiscal, Dept. of Environmental Conservation/Fund Transfers 2022-02-04 House Journal Page 1769 The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 2 follows: "Dear Speaker Stutes: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to commercial passenger vessel environmental compliance. This bill is an update of the commercial passenger vessel environmental oversight statutes drafted by the Department of Environmental Conservation in 2001. The changes proposed in the bill will allow them to be more effective in protecting Alaska's environment. It repeals the statutory requirement for on-board ocean ranger observers created by ballot initiative in 2006 in favor of Department inspection staff spending more time on board vessels. It also changes the statutory fees applied to commercial passenger vessels, adjusts wastewater discharge definitions, and aligns the commercial passenger vessel environmental compliance program within the Department of Environmental Conservation's regulatory structure. The proposal would retain the core structure of the Department's oversight, while repealing detailed provisions that are better managed in regulation for timely updates in response to changing science on contamination and pollutants. It has delayed effective dates, particularly for small commercial vessels, that allow uniform implementation and time for the industry to come into compliance with the new law. Finally, the bill creates a new wastewater infrastructure grant fund that would be available for municipal port communities to apply and receive partial funding toward establishing, upgrading, or improving wastewater treatment collection systems or facilities that provide services to commercial passenger vessels. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Mike Dunleavy Governor"