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03/18/2020 03:30 PM RESOURCES

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+= SB 189 SPORT FISHING ENHANCEMENT SURCHARGE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 189(RES) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= SB 217 STATE LAND VOUCHER; PFDS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 217(RES) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
*+ SB 204 STATE LAND SALES; PLATS; RIVERS TELECONFERENCED
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           SB 189-SPORT FISHING ENHANCEMENT SURCHARGE                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:52:21 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE  announced that the  next order of  business would                                                               
be SENATE  BILL NO. 189,  "An Act relating  to the fish  and game                                                               
fund;  establishing  the  sport  fishing  enhancement  surcharge;                                                               
relating to the  repeal of the sport  fishing facility surcharge;                                                               
providing for  an effective date  by amending the  effective date                                                               
of sec.  21, ch.  18, SLA  2016; and  providing for  an effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He  noted that  the  bill  was previously  heard  on 2/28/20  and                                                               
public  testimony  was  heard.  He  asked  Mr.  Rutz  to  briefly                                                               
summarize the bill.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:52:55 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVID  RUTZ,  Director,  Division   of  Sport  Fisheries,  Alaska                                                               
Department of Fish  and Game, Palmer, Alaska,  explained that the                                                               
bill  would allow  the department  to keep  a portion  of the  $9                                                               
surcharge added to the sportfish  license fee implemented in 2005                                                               
to repay  the bonds  for building two  sport fish  hatcheries and                                                               
Southeast King salmon enhancements.  The surcharge will disappear                                                               
when the surcharge pays off the bonds in December 2020.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. RUTZ said the intent of the  bill is to maintain a portion of                                                               
the  surcharge. The  surcharge for  residents would  be $4  and a                                                               
little  higher  for nonresidents.  The  surcharge  would help  to                                                               
continue funding  for hatcheries  and King salmon  enhancement in                                                               
Southeast Alaska.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:54:00 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE turned to public testimony.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:54:29 PM                                                                                                                    
FORREST  BRADEN,  Executive  Director,  Southeast  Alaska  Guides                                                               
Organization, Ketchikan, Alaska, testified  in support of SB 189.                                                               
He  said approximately  50 percent  of King  salmon harvested  in                                                               
Southeast Alaska  are hatchery produced. King  salmon enhancement                                                               
is a substantial benefit to  both residents and nonresidents that                                                               
fish the inside waters in Southeast Alaska.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:56:08 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVID  LANDIS,  General   Manager,  Southern  Southeast  Regional                                                               
Aquaculture Association, Ketchikan,  Alaska, testified in support                                                               
of SB  189. He stated  that most fee revenue  will go to  the two                                                               
large hatcheries in Anchorage and  Fairbanks that the State built                                                               
under the  bond. However,  the State  has three  designated sport                                                               
fishing  hatcheries,  including  the  Crystal  Lake  Hatchery  in                                                               
Petersburg.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
He  explained that  the Southern  Southeast Regional  Aquaculture                                                               
Association  (SSRAA) operates  the  Crystal  Lake Hatchery  under                                                               
contract with  the State.  A portion  of the  operational funding                                                               
for Crystal  Lake is through  the surcharge.  Continued surcharge                                                               
funding  is  critical  to  the  operation  of  the  Crystal  Lake                                                               
Hatchery, especially for upgrading hatchery raceways.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. LANDIS  pointed out that  the Crystal Lake  Hatchery provides                                                               
an  impressive  amount  of  King   salmon  in  Southeast  Alaska.                                                               
Enhanced King  salmon account for  half of King  salmon harvested                                                               
in Southeast Alaska  and the Crystal Lake  Hatchery produces half                                                               
of those  enhanced fish.  The hatchery  is an  important facility                                                               
when accounting for the Pacific  Salmon Treaty between the United                                                               
States  and   Canada.  The  hatchery   is  critical   for  sport,                                                               
commercial, and charter operators.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. LANDIS concluded  his comments saying that  the State's user-                                                               
pays system is fair and appropriate.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:59:06 PM                                                                                                                    
MELVIN  GROVE,   Member,  Prince   William  Sound   Charter  Boat                                                               
Association, Wasilla, Alaska, testified in  support of SB 189. He                                                               
stated that the average angler does  not know that there is a fee                                                               
added  to their  fishing license  and would  not know  unless the                                                               
State  takes  the  fee  away.  He said  the  association  is  not                                                               
surprised that the fee revenue  will continue to support hatchery                                                               
enhancement and  other possible hatchery uses.  He suggested that                                                               
the bill  include funds  for data  collection to  verify enhanced                                                               
fish harvest.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MICCICHE turned to the consideration of amendments.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:03:20 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL moved Amendment 1, A.2.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                 31-GS2165\A.2                                                                  
                                                        Klein                                                                   
                                                       3/9/20                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE              BY SENATOR MICICHE                                                                      
          TO: SB 189                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page 1, lines 11 - 12:                                                                                                     
          Delete   "to   sport    fishing   facilities   for                                                                    
     maintenance and enhancement of sport fisheries"                                                                            
          Insert "for [TO] sport fishing stock enhancement                                                                      
          and ongoing maintenance and operation of the                                                                          
     department's sport fish hatchery facilities"                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, lines 9 - 10:                                                                                                      
          Delete "to [FOR] sport fishing facilities for                                                                         
     maintenance and enhancement of sport fisheries"                                                                            
          Insert "for sport fishing stock enhancement and                                                                       
     ongoing maintenance and operation of the department's                                                                      
     sport fish hatchery facilities"                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:04:05 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:04:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE called  the committee back to  order and confirmed                                                               
that the version for Amendment 1 is A.2.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:05:01 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:05:05 PM                                                                                                                    
KONRAD  JACKSON,  Staff,  Senator Peter  Micciche,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  Juneau, Alaska,  explained that  Amendment 1  makes                                                               
two changes.  On page 1, lines  11-12, it deletes the  phrase "to                                                               
sport  fishing  facilities  for maintenance  and  enhancement  of                                                               
sport fisheries" and inserts the  phrase "for sport fishing stock                                                               
enhancement  and   ongoing  maintenance  and  operation   of  the                                                               
department's sport fish hatchery facilities."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
He  detailed  that the  second  change  on  page 2,  lines  9-10,                                                               
deletes the  phrase "to sport fishing  facilities for maintenance                                                               
and enhancement of sport fisheries"  and inserts, the phrase "for                                                               
sport  fishing  stock  enhancement and  ongoing  maintenance  and                                                               
operation of the department's sport fish hatchery" facilities.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JACKSON explained  that Amendment  1  would focus  surcharge                                                               
funds more  closely to the  original purpose as expressed  by the                                                               
department at the previous hearing.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MICCICHE maintained  his objection to explain  that he felt                                                               
that  the language  was  a little  loose.  The department  talked                                                               
about the promise of the  funding remaining with enhancement, yet                                                               
the language allowed  other spending. He said the  promise of the                                                               
original  fee  on   sport  fishing  licenses  was   in  fact  for                                                               
enhancement and tightening the language was important.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:06:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE  removed his objection and  announced that without                                                               
further objection, Amendment 1 is adopted.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:06:43 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL moved Amendment 2, A.3.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                      31-GS2165\A.3                                                             
                                                             Klein                                                              
                                                            3/2/20                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                          AMENDMENT 2                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE              BY SENATOR MICCICHE                                                                     
          TO: SB 189                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Page  1,  line 2,  following  the  first occurrence  of                                                                    
     "surcharge;":                                                                                                            
          Insert "relating to personal use fishing permits                                                                    
     and fees;"                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, following line 4:                                                                                                  
     Insert a new bill section to read:                                                                                         
        "* Sec.  2. AS 16.05.340(a)  is amended by  adding a                                                                
     new paragraph to read:                                                                                                     
               (28) Personal use fishing permit  .......... 5                                                                   
     A  recipient of  a $5  resident hunting,  trapping, and                                                                    
     sport fishing  license under (6)(A) of  this subsection                                                                    
     may obtain this permit for $5."                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
     Page 3, following line 5:                                                                                                  
     Insert new bill sections to read:                                                                                          
        "* Sec. 4.  AS 16.05.340 is amended by  adding a new                                                                
     subsection to read:                                                                                                        
          (l)  The commissioner shall charge the fee in                                                                         
     (a)(28) of  this section for  personal use  fishing not                                                                  
     otherwise  licensed  or  permitted under  (a)  of  this                                                                    
     section.  Receipts  from  personal use  fishing  permit                                                                    
     fees   shall   be   accounted  for   separately   under                                                                    
     AS 37.05.146(c). The legislature  may appropriate money                                                                    
     in the  account to  the department to  support personal                                                                    
     use  fisheries,  and  to   a  municipality  to  support                                                                    
     personal  use fisheries  based on  the total  number of                                                                    
     days fished  in all  personal use fisheries  divided by                                                                    
     the  number  of personal  use  days  fished within  the                                                                    
     municipality.                                                                                                              
        * Sec. 5. AS 37.05.146(c) is amended by adding a                                                                    
     new paragraph to read:                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
               (80)  receipts of the Department of Fish and                                                                     
        Game from personal use fishing permit fees under                                                                        
     AS 16.05.340."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Renumber the following bill sections accordingly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 20:                                                                                                           
          Delete "2"                                                                                                            
          Insert "3"                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 23:                                                                                                           
          Delete "2"                                                                                                            
          Insert "3"                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 29:                                                                                                           
          Delete "sec. 7"                                                                                                       
          Insert "sec. 10"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 30:                                                                                                           
          Delete "sec. 7"                                                                                                       
          Insert "sec. 10"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Page 3, line 31:                                                                                                           
          Delete "sec. 9"                                                                                                       
          Insert "sec. 12"                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:06:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. JACKSON  explained that Amendment 2  inserts a $5 fee  on all                                                               
personal use salmon  fishing permits statewide. That  was not the                                                               
intent so the amendment requires  a conceptual amendment to limit                                                               
the $5 fee  specifically to Upper Cook Inlet  personal use salmon                                                               
fishing permits.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MICCICHE maintained  his objection to allow a  motion for a                                                               
conceptual amendment to Amendment 2.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:08:02 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL moved conceptual amendment 1 to Amendment 2.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MICCICHE objected for purposes of an explanation.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. JACKSON  explained that conceptual  amendment 1  to Amendment                                                               
2, would  focus the personal  use fishing permit fee  strictly on                                                               
the  Upper Cook  Inlet personal  use fisheries.  He detailed  the                                                               
following changes:                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
   • Page 1, line 7                                                                                                             
     Insert "Upper Cook Inlet" before the word "personal"                                                                       
   • Page 1, line 7                                                                                                             
     Insert "salmon" following the word "use"                                                                                   
   • Page 1, lines 16-17                                                                                                        
     Delete the two lines except for the subsection letter                                                                      
     "(l)"                                                                                                                      
   • Page 1, line 18                                                                                                            
     Insert "Upper Cook Inlet" following the word "from"                                                                        
   • Page 1, line 18                                                                                                            
     Insert "salmon" following the word "use"                                                                                   
   • Page 1, line 20                                                                                                            
         Insert "Upper Cook Inlet" following [the first                                                                         
     occurrence of] the word "support"                                                                                          
   • Page 1, line 20                                                                                                            
     Insert "salmon" following the word "use"                                                                                   
   • Page 1, line 20                                                                                                            
        Insert "Upper Cook Inlet" following [the second                                                                         
     occurrence of] the word "support"                                                                                          
   • Page 1, line 21                                                                                                            
     Insert "salmon"                                                                                                            
   • Page 2, line 1                                                                                                             
     Insert "Upper Cook Inlet" following the word "from"                                                                        
   • Page 2, line 1                                                                                                             
     Insert the word "salmon" following the word "use"                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  JACKSON  summarized  that  the  conceptual  amendment  would                                                               
achieve the original intent of Amendment  2, which is to add a $5                                                               
per permit fee for Upper Cook Inlet personal use salmon fishing.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:10:14 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE removed his objection  to the conceptual amendment                                                               
to Amendment 2.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MICCICHE  related that the  only opposition his  office had                                                               
heard to  the fee  was that  it would apply  to all  personal use                                                               
fisheries,  which was  not the  intent. Individuals  from Chitina                                                               
expressed concern  that the  fee would be  added to  the existing                                                               
fee for  Chitina but that  is not the case.  It is strictly  a $5                                                               
Upper Cook Inlet personal salmon fishery fee.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:11:05 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MICCICHE found  no further  objection to  Amendment 2,  as                                                               
amended, and stated that Amendment 2, [as amended], is adopted.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:11:14 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL moved to report  CSSB 189, work order 31-GS2165\A                                                               
as amended,  from committee  with individual  recommendations and                                                               
the attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:11:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE found no objection  and CSSB 189(RES) was reported                                                               
from the Senate Resources Standing Committee.                                                                                   

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SB 217 DRAFT Land Voucher layout (2).PDF SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 204 v. A.PDF SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 204 Sponsor Statement 2.25.20.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 204 Sectional Analysis 2.25.2020.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 204 Fiscal Note DOT-COM 02.18.2020.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 204 Fiscal Note DNR-MLW 02.18.2020.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 204 DNR Presentation 03.18.2020.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 189 ADF&G Followup answers to committee questions.pdf SRES 3/9/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 189 Support Document - Stocking FAQ 02.29.2020.pdf SRES 3/9/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 189 Support Document - ADFG Response 3.4.20.pdf SRES 3/9/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 189 Support Document - Surcharge Revenue Breakdown revised- 03.04.2020.pdf SRES 3/9/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 189
SB 189 Draft Amendment A.2.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 189
SB 189 Draft Amendment A.3.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
SB 189
SB 189 Written Testimony SEAGO 03.18.2020.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 217 Draft amendment A.2.pdf SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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SB 189 Conceptual Amendment #1 to amendment #2 A.3.docx SRES 3/18/2020 3:30:00 PM
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