Legislature(1997 - 1998)

02/26/1997 05:05 PM FSH

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 HB 19 - SPORT FISHING GUIDES                                                
 Number 022                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN announced that the first order of business is              
 HOUSE BILL NO. 19 "An Act relating to licensing of sport fishing              
 services operators and fishing guides; and providing for an                   
 effective date."  He stated that there would be no public testimony           
 on HB 19.  He stated that he would like to introduce a committee              
 substitute for HB 19, P Version, 2/24/97.                                     
 Number 099                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT OGAN made a motion to adopt CSHB 19(FSH), O-             
 LSO140\, P Version, Utermohle, 2/24/97.                                       
 Number 119                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN asked if there were any objections.  Hearing               
 none, CSHB 19(FSH), was adopted.                                              
 Number 130                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN stated that the first change is on page 3, line            
 15.  He stated that they added back in "the safety of clients of              
 the industry, or the protection of the integrity of the industry."            
 He stated this is relating to the Board of Fisheries and their                
 powers.  He stated that the next change is on page 5, to be                   
 consistent with the change on page 3.  He stated that the next                
 change is in the definition of 'field', which was in the bill                 
 because it related to what was done with outfitting.  It has been             
 taken out, as a separate item and placed on page 8, line 3.  He               
 stated that there has been no change of the definition, it just has           
 been placed under the outfitting section of the bill, so there is             
 no confusion that it meant anything else.  He stated that page 9,             
 line 14, says that this act takes effect immediately.  He said,               
 "For the department to be able to respond on an immediate basis               
 with this act, they couldn't do it, and it would have created a               
 problem with us, with the fees and stuff that we were going to be             
 collecting and the amount of licenses and how long it would take to           
 get it."  As a result there is a Transition Section that starts on            
 page 8, so that the department will have 2 months to transition               
 into it.                                                                      
 Number 515                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE GENE KUBINA asked if the insurance was changed.                
 Number 544                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN replied that it hasn't been changed but he has             
 had a discussion with Representative Ogan, chairman of the House              
 Resources Standing Committee, which is the next committee of                  
 referral, Representative Ogan has agreed to take a strong look at             
 that and make a determination on whether it should come out or not.           
 He stated that the original concept of the bill was to set up a               
 mechanism for charter boat operators to register with the state and           
 report their catch.  Over the last three years that has developed             
 into everything from having transporters to aircraft charter                  
 services and now it is back to a simplified bill, that gives the              
 Board of Fisheries the authority to do everything that they need to           
 do to regulate the industry.  He stated that the less that is put             
 into statute the more we allow the Board of Fisheries to implement            
 the regulations.  He stated that he will not oppose taking out the            
 insurance aspect, if that is what the House Resources Standing                
 Committee wants to do.                                                        
 Number 640                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE MARK HODGINS asked if there are other areas, besides           
 the insurance portion, that the House Resources Standing Committee,           
 has been asked to look at.                                                    
 Number 650                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN replied that as far as he knows it is just the             
 insurance portion.                                                            
 Number 664                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE IVAN IVAN stated that there has been considerable              
 review of the bill by affected agencies and with that he felt                 
 comfortable that the issue of insurance can be addressed at the               
 next committee of referral.                                                   
 Number 712                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE IVAN made a motion to move CSHB 19(FSH), 0-LSO140\,            
 P Version, Utermohle, 2/24/97, with individual recommendations and            
 the attached fiscal note.                                                     
 Number 724                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN AUSTERMAN asked if there were any objections.  Hearing               
 none, CSHB 19(FSH) moved out of the House Special Committee on                

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