Legislature(2005 - 2006)BUTROVICH 205

04/05/2006 03:30 PM RESOURCES

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Moved SCS CSHB 380(RES) Out of Committee
   CSHB 380)(FIN)(Title am)-ANIMALS & ANIMAL OR AGRICULTURAL                                                                
CHAIR  WAGONER announced  CSHB 380(FIN)(title  am) to  be up  for                                                               
4:51:37 PM                                                                                                                    
MICHAEL PAWLOWSKI,  staff to Representative Kevin  Meyer, said HB
380  addresses  the  state's  ability   to  respond  to  emerging                                                               
diseases.  The dilemma  arises because  the  statute was  written                                                               
prior  to statehood  when animals  were limited  to livestock  or                                                               
poultry. Thus  the state  veterinarian and  the state  don't have                                                               
the authority to  inspect, quarantine, or deal  with animals that                                                               
fall outside the definition of livestock.                                                                                       
HB  380 repeals  and reenacts  the powers  relating to  the state                                                               
veterinarian, updates  the powers and defines  animals and animal                                                               
products. It will  enable the state to respond in  the event that                                                               
Avian  Influenza of  another  disease comes  into  Alaska in  the                                                               
animal population.                                                                                                              
4:54:03 PM                                                                                                                    
DR.  GERLACH,  State  Veterinarian, Department  of  Environmental                                                               
Conservation (DEC), said HB 380  is important for controlling the                                                               
spread  of infectious  disease because  it's  recognized that  70                                                               
percent  of  new  diseases  affecting   human  health  come  from                                                               
animals.  Such diseases  affect animal  health, food  production,                                                               
and human health  as well as local and national  economies so the                                                               
impact can be widespread.                                                                                                       
Currently  the  State  Veterinarian's  authority  is  limited  to                                                               
control  of certain  types of  diseases, but  there is  no single                                                               
agency  in Alaska  that  has authority  to  manage the  different                                                               
categories of animals that are  capable of carrying diseases into                                                               
the  state   that  can  severely  threaten   the  state's  animal                                                               
resources as well as public health.                                                                                             
4:57:32 PM                                                                                                                    
DR. LOUISA  CASTRODALE, Division of Public  Health, Department of                                                               
Health and Social  Services testified on behalf  of the director,                                                               
Dr. Richard Mandsager in full support of HB 380.                                                                                
CHAIR WAGONER closed  the public hearing and  asked the committee                                                               
if there were questions or discussion.                                                                                          
4:58:10 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SEEKINS moved to adopt Amendment 1, labeled IA.1.                                                                       
                      A M E N D M E N T 1                                                                                   
OFFERED IN THE SENATE                                                                                                           
     TO:  CSHB 380(FIN)(title am)                                                                                               
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     Delete "and"                                                                                                               
     Insert new paragraphs to read:                                                                                             
               "(3)  enter into agreements with the federal                                                                     
     government for  controlling disease among animals  and match                                                               
     federal   payments  for   animals   destroyed  under   those                                                               
     agreements  from   any  appropriation  available   for  this                                                               
               (4)  pay an owner of an animal destroyed under                                                                   
     this section an amount from any appropriation available for                                                                
     this purpose; and"                                                                                                         
Renumber the following paragraph accordingly.                                                                                   
Page 7, line 23, following "03.45.060":                                                                                         
Insert ", 03.45.070, 03.45.080"                                                                                                 
BEN STEVENS objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
SENATOR SEEKINS explained that the  amendment would enable DEC to                                                               
work  with the  legislature  and the  federal  government in  the                                                               
event of  an emergency to  ensure that the  agricultural industry                                                               
isn't decimated by  a disease outbreak. It would  also provide an                                                               
updated vehicle  for compensation to  an owner of an  animal that                                                               
was destroyed to control the spread  of disease if funds are made                                                               
available for that  purpose. Finally it inserts  AS 03.45.070 and                                                               
AS 03.45.080 in the repealer section.                                                                                           
5:01:50 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR KIM ELTON asked if DEC suggested the amendment.                                                                         
SENATOR SEEKINS  replied people  in the  farming industry  in the                                                               
Delta  area  who  have  dairy   and  beef  cattle  suggested  the                                                               
amendment. He believes the Farm Bureau and DEC support it.                                                                      
5:02:36 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR ELTON  asked if  this gives DEC  and the  legislature the                                                               
authority  to  elect  to  indemnify   an  owner  if  the  federal                                                               
government orders an animal to be destroyed.                                                                                    
SENATOR  SEEKINS  replied  yes.  The legislature  would  need  to                                                               
appropriate the money,  but it would allow a  federal funds match                                                               
if the  legislature so  elected. It also  broadens the  scope and                                                               
increases the flexibility  in ways to use federal  funds and work                                                               
with new parameters  as they may develop.  Current statutes allow                                                               
just dairy cattle.                                                                                                              
SENATOR STEVENS removed his objection.                                                                                          
CHAIR  WAGONER  announced  that without  objection  Amendment  1,                                                               
labeled IA.1, was adopted.                                                                                                      
5:04:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR SEEKINS moved to report  SCS CSHB 380(RES) from committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal  note(s).                                                               
There was no objection and it was so ordered.                                                                                   

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