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 267-RELEASE HUNTING/FISHING RECORDS TO MUNI                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:08:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  JOSEPHSON announced  that the  first order  of business                                                               
would be  HOUSE BILL NO.  267, "An  Act requiring the  release of                                                               
certain records relating  to big game hunters,  guided hunts, and                                                               
guided   sport   fishing   activities   to   municipalities   for                                                               
verification  of taxes  payable; and  providing for  an effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
[Before the  committee was the  committee substitute (CS)  for HB                                                               
267(CRA), labeled 30-LS0808\J.]                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:08:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TIM  CLARK,  Staff,  Representative Bryce  Edgmon,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, on  behalf of Representative  Edgmon, sponsor  of HB                                                               
267, paraphrased  from the following sponsor  statement [original                                                               
punctuation provided]:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     For  boroughs and  other municipalities  that bring  in                                                                    
     revenues  through  levies  on fish  and  game  guiding,                                                                    
     CSHB267(CRA) will  provide a tool to  help confirm that                                                                    
     activities  within   their  jurisdictions   subject  to                                                                    
     taxation  are being  accurately reported  to them.  The                                                                    
     bill  would  allow  municipalities  access  to  certain                                                                    
     records collected by the state  that relate to big game                                                                    
     hunters,  guided hunts,  and guided  sport fishing  for                                                                    
     the  purpose  of  verifying  taxes  payable.  All  such                                                                    
     information would remain confidential.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     The access that  CSHB267(CRA) permits municipalities is                                                                    
     modeled   after   long-existing    provisions   in   AS                                                                    
     16.05.815(a)(4) and  AS 43.75.133, both of  which allow                                                                    
     local governments  to review certain  records, reports,                                                                    
     and  returns  to  verify payment  of  local  commercial                                                                    
     fishing taxes.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     With  state-government  cutbacks resulting  in  greater                                                                    
     responsibilities  and   costs  being  borne   by  local                                                                    
     governments,  all necessary  resources  should be  made                                                                    
     available  to our  municipalities  to  ensure they  are                                                                    
     receiving the  revenues due to them  according to their                                                                    
     local ordinances.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CLARK  pointed out  at  the  time  the information  is  made                                                               
available to municipalities,  the strict confidentiality required                                                               
of state agencies would apply to the municipalities as well.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  PARISH  directed  attention to  [an  email  dated                                                               
2/15/18,  provided in  the committee  packet] in  opposition from                                                               
the  Big  Game Commercial  Services  Board  (BGCSB), Division  of                                                               
Corporations, Business and  Professional Licensing, Department of                                                               
Commerce,  Community &  Economic  Development,  which stated  its                                                               
concern about confidentiality.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.   CLARK  opined   BGCSB  would   be   less  concerned   about                                                               
confidentiality  when apprised  of  [CSHB  267(CRA), Version  J].                                                               
The bill was amended by  the House Community and Regional Affairs                                                               
Standing Committee  to clarify the  confidentiality requirements;                                                               
furthermore,  the consequences  to an  official for  a breach  in                                                               
confidentiality would constitute a class A misdemeanor.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  JOSEPHSON asked  whether municipalities  feel they  are                                                               
not getting revenue to which they are entitled.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CLARK  explained  affected municipalities  have  very  large                                                               
jurisdictions  and may  be  unaware of  all  hunting and  fishing                                                               
guiding activities.   In addition, some guides may  be unaware of                                                               
municipal  or borough  ordinances,  and some  may  forget to  pay                                                               
taxes  or fees;  however, most  businesses will  remit delinquent                                                               
taxes when notified.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR JOSEPHSON observed some  guides or transporters may work                                                               
outside the seat of government.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:13:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CLARK  agreed and  gave  the  example  of regions  that  are                                                               
accessed by  floatplane and not  through an airport managed  by a                                                               
borough.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON  asked whether  there are other  state tax                                                               
records to which municipalities have access.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  CLARK  said  certain Alaska  Statutes  allow  municipalities                                                               
access  to  records regarding  commercial  fishing  from the  Tax                                                               
Division, Department of Revenue.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  TALERICO   observed  from  his   experience  most                                                               
municipal codes require a municipality  to keep accurate records,                                                               
and  also include  confidentiality clauses;  furthermore, general                                                               
accounting  rules  and  standards   are  explicitly  followed  to                                                               
maintain accuracy for  auditing purposes.  He said  the issue was                                                               
discussed thoroughly at the time the  bill was heard by the House                                                               
Community and Regional Affairs Standing Committee, and expressed                                                                
his confidence in the conduct of municipalities.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:17:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB 267 was held over.                                                                                                           

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