Legislature(2001 - 2002)

05/03/2001 09:06 AM House RLS

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SB 151-BRISTOL BAY SALMON CLASSIC                                                                                             
CHAIR KOTT announced  that the only order of  business before the                                                               
committee would be  SENATE BILL NO. 151, "An Act  relating to the                                                               
Bristol  Bay  Salmon  Classic; and  providing  for  an  effective                                                               
Number 0044                                                                                                                     
TIM  GRUSSENDORF,   Staff  to   Senator  Hoffman,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, testified on behalf of the  sponsor of SB 151.  This                                                               
bill  simply adds  the  Bristol Bay  Salmon  Classic to  existing                                                               
statutes regarding  salmon classics.   He informed  the committee                                                               
that the  Bristol Bay  Native Association  thought that  a salmon                                                               
classic  would  be another  way  to  offer more  scholarships  to                                                               
children in the  district.  He explained that  this classic would                                                               
have  people guess  how many  salmon  are commercially  harvested                                                               
from the five major rivers in Bristol Bay.                                                                                      
CHAIR KOTT,  in response to Representative  Joule, explained that                                                               
SB 151 is being  heard because it has to have  one hearing in the                                                               
House.    There being  no  questions,  the public  testimony  was                                                               
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REPRESENTATIVE KOHRING  inquired as to  the amount of  money that                                                               
would be raised from this activity.                                                                                             
MR. GRUSSENDORF informed  everyone that a committee  is being put                                                               
together.  At  this point, the price of the  tickets haven't even                                                               
been determined.   However, there will be  no administrative fees                                                               
to the corporation  that runs the classic.   Mr. Grussendorf said                                                               
that the  current thought  is to mirror  the Nenana  Ice Classic.                                                               
In further  response to  Representative Kohring,  Mr. Grussendorf                                                               
specified  that  the  money  raised  will  be  used  for  college                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE KOHRING remarked that  it is interesting that such                                                               
[events]  would  require   authorization  from  the  legislature.                                                               
Although   he   realized   that  state   statute   requires   the                                                               
legislature's  authorization,  he  felt  that it  would  be  more                                                               
appropriate  to  do   this  based  on  a  local   decision.    In                                                               
conclusion,  Representative Kohring  said that  he believes  it's                                                               
great that  this money is  being raised locally versus  coming to                                                               
the government for funding.                                                                                                     
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REPRESENTATIVE  JOULE moved  to report  SB 151  out of  committee                                                               
with individual recommendations and  the accompanying zero fiscal                                                               
note.   There being no  objection, SB  151 was reported  from the                                                               
House Rules Standing Committee.                                                                                                 

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