Legislature(2017 - 2018)BARNES 124

02/16/2018 01:00 PM RESOURCES

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01:06:57 PM Start
01:08:01 PM HB267
01:17:55 PM Presentation(s): Pebble Mine Status Update
02:43:35 PM HB217
02:58:49 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 267 RELEASE HUNTING/FISHING RECORDS TO MUNI TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ Presentation: Pebble Mine Status Update by TELECONFERENCED
General Mark Hamilton, Exec. Vice President of
External Affairs, Pebble Partnership
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 217 RAW MILK SALES; FOOD EXEMPT FROM REGS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 217(RES) Out of Committee
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
          HB 217-RAW MILK SALES; FOOD EXEMPT FROM REGS                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:43:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  JOSEPHSON announced  that the  final order  of business                                                               
would  be HOUSE  BILL NO.  217, "An  Act relating  to the  Alaska                                                               
Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; relating  to the sale of milk, milk                                                               
products, raw milk,  and raw milk products; and  providing for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON handed the gavel to Co-Chair Tarr.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR informed  the committee  an amendment  provided in                                                               
the committee  packet [related to  labeling Alaska  food products                                                               
(raw milk),  and discussed at  the hearing of 2/14/18]  would not                                                               
be moved for adoption.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:45:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR moved to adopt  Amendment 2, labeled 30-LS0593\J.3,                                                               
Wayne, 2/15/18.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON objected for discussion purposes.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR said due to the  growing interest in farm tours and                                                               
visits,  there is  a need  to protect  farmers who  seek to  host                                                               
tours  on their  farms.   Currently,  AS 09.65.290(e)(3),  limits                                                               
liability related  to sports or recreational  activities, and the                                                               
bill seeks to add farm touring  to the list of activities in this                                                               
statute.    Further, Amendment  2  adds  the definition  of  farm                                                               
touring on page 2, lines 1-3, which read:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          (4)  "farm touring"  means briefly visiting a farm                                                                    
     to observe  or experience aspects of  raising, growing,                                                                    
     producing,  cultivating, harvesting,  or processing  an                                                                    
     agricultural  product as  a tourist,  without receiving                                                                    
     pay.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR explained the amendment  would also allow a tourist                                                               
to pick fruit or flowers on a farm.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DRUMMOND  asked whether  dinners served on  a farm                                                               
would be considered farm touring as defined by the amendment.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR said yes.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:47:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WAYNE  FLOYD,  Co-owner,  Cool  Cache Farms,  said  his  farm  in                                                               
Nikiski specializes in  peonies and food products.   He expressed                                                               
his support  for the amendment because  the agricultural industry                                                               
is now  expanding into  [farm touring] which  is a  new industry;                                                               
agriculture  in  Alaska  is  becoming  known  and  is  attracting                                                               
visitors.   Farms carry liability  insurance, but  insurers raise                                                               
rates on policies  for tourism activities such  as selling U-pick                                                               
products.   Thus,  the amendment  would help  farmers keep  their                                                               
expenses down, so  they can compete with products  from the Lower                                                               
48.  Mr.  Floyd pointed out because the  tourism industry already                                                               
has protection,  adding farm  tourism is  logical and  would help                                                               
small farms grow.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PARISH asked  how often  injuries are  associated                                                               
with U-pick activities.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. FLOYD explained farms with  beehives may have bees on flowers                                                               
that can lead to stung noses,  but farmers want to have insurance                                                               
against reasonable and valid claims.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:52:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  FLICKINGER,  Spokesperson,  Kodiak  Chapter,  Alaska  Farm                                                               
Bureau, Inc., said  people stop by at his ranch  and want to help                                                               
brand the animals, which could lead to injuries.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:52:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON withdrew his objection.   There being no other                                                               
objection, Amendment 2 was adopted.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR  reviewed  HB  217,  as  amended,  which  includes                                                               
provisions  to  allow  the Department  of  Natural  Resources  to                                                               
market the  Alaska Grown trademark; provides  product procurement                                                               
preference  permissive  from 7  percent  to  15 percent;  creates                                                               
consistent statewide  policy for  the cottage food  industry with                                                               
informed  consumer   consent;  included  a  provision   for  farm                                                               
touring.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:54:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON  moved to report the  committee substitute for                                                               
HB 217,  labeled 30-LS0593\J, Wayne,  2/6/18, as amended,  out of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal notes.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TALERICO objected  for discussion  purposes.   He                                                               
stated  his interest  in an  amendment previously  discussed [but                                                               
not moved  for adoption  related to  labeling food  products (raw                                                               
milk)] which addresses an issue  critical to local producers.  He                                                               
urged for continued work on this issue.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR TARR suggested a subcommittee  representing all areas of                                                               
the state  could continue hearing  testimony from farmers  on the                                                               
[labeling of food products and] raw milk issue.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PARISH directed  attention to the bill  on page 2,                                                               
lines 26-28, which read [in part]:                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
      "THIS PRODUCT WAS MADE IN A PRIVATE FACILITY THAT IS                                                                      
     NOT SUBJECT TO STATE OR MUNICIPAL REGULATION";                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE PARISH  stated his preference for  the language in                                                               
the original version of the bill, which read:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     This product was made in a private kitchen that is not                                                                     
     inspected by a state or local agency.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  TARR  said the  change  in  language was  suggested  by                                                               
Legislative Legal Services, Legislative Affairs Agency.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:57:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TALERICO  removed his  objection.  There  being no                                                               
further objection,  CSHB 217(RES) was  reported out of  the House                                                               
Resources Standing Committee.                                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 267 1 CSHB267(CRA), Version J.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 2 Version D.PDF HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 3 Explanation of Changes--HB 267 to CSHB267(CRA) 2.8.18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 4 CSHB267(CRA) Sponsor Statement--Release of Hunting and Fishing Records to Municipalities 2.8.18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 5 Fiscal Note HB267-DCCED-CBPL-01-19-18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 6 Fiscal Note HB267-DFG-DSF-01-19-18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 7 Fiscal Note HB267-DFG-DWC-01-19-18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 8 Supporting Document--BBEDC Support Letter 1.26.2018.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 Big Game Commercial Services Board Hunt Record and Activity Report--2.8.2018.PDF HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 Supporting Document--Lake and Peninsula Borough Municipal Code Title 6--1.12.2018.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 Supporting Document--Legal Consequences for Violating Confidentiality 2.8.18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
Big Game Commercial Services Board re HB 267.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
Pebble Partnership Presentation.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
Pebble Mine
HB217 (CS) Version J 2.6.18.pdf HRES 2/7/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB217 CS Version J - Sectional Analysis 2.7.18.pdf HRES 2/7/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
CSHB217 Summary of Changes Ver J to A 2.12.18.pdf HRES 2/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB 217 Fiscal Note - DNR-AGR 2.1.18.pdf HRES 2/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB217 Fiscal Note - DEC-EHL 1.26.18.pdf HRES 1/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/7/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB217 Fiscal Note - DEC-EH 1.26.18.pdf HRES 1/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/7/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB217 Supporting Document - Alaska Chamber Endorses Food Freedom 10.12.17.pdf HRES 1/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/7/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB217 Supporting Document - Food Hub 2.13.18.pdf HRES 2/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB 217 CS Version J - FarmTouring - Amendment Two - Rep. Tarr 2.15.18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB 217 CS Version J Amendment One, Rep. Tarr 2.13.18.pdf HRES 2/14/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 217
HB 267 Letter of opposition from BGCS Board.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 CSHB267(CRA) Sectional Summary--Release of Hunting and Fishing Records to Municipalities 2.13.18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 Opposing Document - Letter from Big Game Commercial Services Board 2.16.18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
HB 267 Supporting Document--Yakutat Support 2.15.18.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
HRES 2/23/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 267
Letter to HRES Chair Josephson - From Hamilton.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
Argon Report - April 2017.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
Pebble Project 2017 Care and Maintenance Work Plan.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
DNR Field Summary Report for Pebble - Sept 2017.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM
Pebble Project 2017 Reclamation Report.pdf HRES 2/16/2018 1:00:00 PM