Legislature(2017 - 2018)BUTROVICH 205

04/13/2017 03:30 PM STATE AFFAIRS

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 148 SECOND CLASS BOROUGH SERVICE AREAS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS HB 148(STA) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 78 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 78 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ HB 87 CONFLICT OF INTEREST: BD FISHERIES/GAME TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
*+ SB 106 MUNI TAX EXEMPTION: ECON DEVEL PROPERTY TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
           HB 148-SECOND CLASS BOROUGH SERVICE AREAS                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:40:06 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER announced the consideration  of HB 148. He noted that                                                               
SB 77,  sponsored by Senator  Micciche, is the companion  bill to                                                               
HB 148.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:40:32 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE  CHENAULT, Alaska State  Legislature, Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, sponsor of HB 148, provided an overview as follows:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     HB 148  would expand the authority  of the second-class                                                                    
     borough to exercise  a local option of  creating a non-                                                                    
     taxable  service  area  to provide  emergency  response                                                                    
     along  state-highway corridors  that are  not currently                                                                    
     covered  by any  existing  emergency-service areas;  in                                                                    
     particular,  this  would   allow  the  Kenai  Peninsula                                                                    
     Borough  to establish  a service  area for  coordinated                                                                    
     coverage  for  the  almost 90  miles  of  Sterling  and                                                                    
     Seward  highways  that  are   not  within  the  current                                                                    
     existing boundaries  of any  existing emergency-service                                                                    
     areas.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  CHENAULT  referenced a  map  and  noted that  the                                                               
Sterling and  Seward highways' area  is very highly  traveled and                                                               
currently is  semi-serviced with two-volunteer  fire departments.                                                               
He remarked  that the voluntary staff  is aging, and HB  148 is a                                                               
good idea  on how to  fund the  noted service area.  He explained                                                               
that the legislation would be  implemented by action of the Kenai                                                               
Peninsula Borough Assembly.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:42:32 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE  GARY  KNOPP,  Alaska State  Legislature,  Juneau,                                                               
Alaska, testified in support of  HB 148. He detailed his previous                                                               
history with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly as follows:                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     In my time on the  Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, we                                                                    
     struggled  with volunteer  service in  the area  and as                                                                    
     equipment  and  volunteers  aged,  we've  been  running                                                                    
     short. So,  we've been  struggling to  find the  way to                                                                    
     provide  medical  services as  most  of  you know,  and                                                                    
     Senator Giessel  at one time represented  this area, so                                                                    
     she's probably  familiar with, but it  doesn't allow us                                                                    
     by law  to exercise any  type of support because  it is                                                                    
     outside of  the service areas that  currently exist, so                                                                    
     our hands are somewhat  tied in providing support. From                                                                    
     January 2015 to December  2016, we serviced 123-medical                                                                    
     calls,  ambulance calls  in that  particular area.  I'm                                                                    
     sure most  people have driven that  from Cooper Landing                                                                    
     to Hope,  Seward, and then  over the pass  to Girdwood,                                                                    
     and  that's primarily  the area  we  are talking  about                                                                    
     servicing.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:44:32 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER opened public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:45:00 PM                                                                                                                    
LARRY PERSILY, Chief  of Staff to Borough  Mayor, Kenai Peninsula                                                               
Borough, Soldotna,  Alaska, testified  in support  of HB  148. He                                                               
disclosed that  approximately 4000  vehicles traverse  the Seward                                                               
and  Sterling highways  daily with  levels doubling  and tripling                                                               
during the summer peak that results in a lot of accidents.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. PERSILY explained  that the Kenai Peninsula  Borough does not                                                               
have area-wide-emergency-services  powers and only in  a specific                                                               
service area  that results  in a no-service  area on  the highway                                                               
right-of-way. He  said HB 148 would  allow a local option  to the                                                               
six-second-class  boroughs  around  the  state  via  an  assembly                                                               
approval and  public vote  the ability to  create a  service area                                                               
for emergency-response  services on  highway corridors  and state                                                               
right-of-ways where  there are no residents  or private property.                                                               
He  detailed  that  the Kenai  Peninsula  Borough's  mayor  would                                                               
propose to the borough  assembly that federal payment-in-lieu-of-                                                               
taxes  (PILT) be  used  because the  highway  corridor is  mostly                                                               
federal property.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  PERSILY  summarized that  HB  148  would allow  the  borough                                                               
assembly a local option to  help take care of residents, Alaskans                                                               
and  visitors that  use the  Sterling and  Seward highways  year-                                                               
round.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:47:02 PM                                                                                                                    
GEORGE PIERCE,  representing self, Kasilof, Alaska,  testified in                                                               
opposition  of  HB 148.  He  said  the  state cannot  afford  new                                                               
projects. He opined  that the bill is a "land  grab" by the Kenai                                                               
Peninsula Borough.  He claimed that local-tax  dollars outside of                                                               
the federal  money would  have to  be used  to fund  the proposed                                                               
service area.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:51:40 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MEYER closed public testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL  explained that during her  time representing the                                                               
Kenai Peninsula Borough that there  was a need for equipment. She                                                               
asked Representative Chenault  if HB 148 would cover  the cost of                                                               
equipment for the volunteer fire departments.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CHENAULT noted  that Representative Knopp recently                                                               
served on the  Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly  and could better                                                               
address Senator Giessel's question.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP  replied that the  initial intent is  not to                                                               
purchase any  equipment, but conceded  that the PILT  money could                                                               
be  used  in  the  future  to  update  an  ambulance  or  replace                                                               
antiquated  equipment.   He  noted  that  the   borough  annually                                                               
receives $2 million  to $3 million in PILT dollars  and the mayor                                                               
plans on spending up to 20 percent on the service area.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL  concurred  with the  representatives'  comments                                                               
regarding the  aging-volunteer population in the  Kenai Peninsula                                                               
Borough region.  She opined  that the  area has  a crisis  due to                                                               
long    accident-response   times    during   bad-weather-driving                                                               
conditions  and thanked  the two  representatives  for coming  up                                                               
with a collaborative solution.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:57:13 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to adopt  the committee substitute  for HB
148,  version:  30-LS0597\U  as   the  working  document  of  the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:58:00 PM                                                                                                                    
CHRISTINE   MARASIGAN,  Staff,   Senator   Meyer,  Alaska   State                                                               
Legislature, Juneau,  Alaska, explained  that the CS  combines SB
106 and HB 148. She detailed as follows:                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Sections  1-3 of  SB 106  has been  inserted in  HB 148                                                                    
     following Section 1. The  subsequent sections have been                                                                    
     renumbered  and it  was thought  that since  both bills                                                                    
     deal  with local-control  issues,  that  it related  to                                                                    
     either    municipal-tax   exemption    or   non-taxable                                                                    
     services,  that   those  two   things  would   go  well                                                                    
     together; the  office did contact the  sponsors of both                                                                    
     bills and that seemed amenable.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER removed his objection.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR COGHILL said he appreciated  the cooperation of the House                                                               
members in looking at the issue addressed in HB 148.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:59:29 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL moved  to report the CS for HB  148, version: 30-                                                               
LS0597\U,  [SCS  HB  148(STA)], from  committee  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and attached fiscal note(s).                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR MEYER  announced that seeing  no objection, the  bill moved                                                               
out of committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:59:49 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease.                                                                                                                        

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 106 Version J.PDF SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Version A.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Sectional.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Comparison with Existing Statute.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 MatSu Borough Support.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
SB 106 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
SB 106
HB0148A.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB 148-Sponsor Statement.PDF SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB 148-Letter of Support-AML.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB 148-Highway corridor service area map.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB148 Support Letter to Rep. Chenault 03.03.17.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB 148 Fiscal Note.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
DRAFT SCS HB 148 STA Version U.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 148
HB078 Fiscal Note CRA 1.31.17.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Supporting Document-Support Letter 1.31.2016 - Doyon.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Sponsor Statement 2.3.17.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Supporting Document-Support Letter 2.17.2016 - AFN.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Supporting Document-Support Letters 1.25.17 - R.Worl.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 Supporting Document-Support Letters 1.26.17 - Burkowitz.pdf SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78
HB078 ver A 1.31.17.PDF SSTA 4/13/2017 3:30:00 PM
HB 78