Legislature(1995 - 1996)

03/18/1996 12:18 PM RLS

Audio Topic
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
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  CHAIRMAN MILLER  called the Senate Rules Committee meeting to order          
 at 12:18 p.m.  He brought  SB 196  (NAMING FERRY VESSEL KONIAG)               
 before the committee and directed attention to a proposed Rules CS.           
 He explained the committee substitute was drafted in response to              
 concern that the name "Koniag" was not a broad enough name,                   
 especially because it would be plying Southeast Alaska waters.  He            
 asked Senator Zharoff  if he would explain why the name "Koniag"              
 was selected.                                                                 
                                                                               
 SENATOR ZHAROFF responded he didn't know what the broad enough name           
 would be.  He noted that under statute, any vessel in the Marine              
 Highway System is to be named after a glacier, and any glacier                
 picked could be restricted to just one area.                                  
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN MILLER said knowing there was a problem, he and Senator              
 Duncan got together and came up with a compromise committee                   
 substitute which would name the ferry "Coghill" after the Coghill             
 Glacier.  He asked Senator Zharoff for his comments, adding that if           
 he had strong objections to the compromise, it would be dropped and           
 the bill could fair as it may on the floor.                                   
                                                                               
 SENATOR ZHAROFF responded he guessed it is a glacier, and he asked            
 if it relates to the Ice Age.                                                 
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN interjected that it's a glacier that's changed its             
 course a couple of times, and it's even receding.                             
                                                                               
 CHAIRMAN MILLER stated the Rules CS would be withdrawn and the bill           
 could proceed on its own merits.  He then asked if there was a                
 motion to calendar the original SB 196.                                       
                                                                               
 SENATOR DUNCAN moved and asked unanimous consent SB 196 be approved           
 for calendaring.  Hearing no objection, it was so ordered.                    

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