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11:32:31 AM Start
11:33:11 AM HJR19
11:54:06 AM Presentation(s): Marine Exchange of Ak
12:26:48 PM HJR19
12:30:49 PM Adjourn
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Marine Exchange of AK
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-- Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
           HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ARCTIC POLICY,                                                                          
               ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM                                                                              
                         April 20, 2017                                                                                         
                           11:32 a.m.                                                                                           
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Representative Dean Westlake, Chair                                                                                             
Representative Andy Josephson                                                                                                   
Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                       
Representative Mark Neuman                                                                                                      
Representative David Talerico                                                                                                   
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Gary Knopp                                                                                                       
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 19                                                                                                   
Commending the Arctic Waterways  Safety Committee; supporting the                                                               
adoption of prevention measures  into international agreements to                                                               
ensure clear,  universal, and enforceable marine  safety measures                                                               
in the  Arctic; and urging  the state's delegation in  the United                                                               
States  Congress and  the  governor to  promote  the adoption  of                                                               
spill prevention  measures into international  agreements; urging                                                               
the  President  of  the  United  States  and  the  United  States                                                               
Department  of  State  to initiate  negotiations  to  enter  into                                                               
international  agreements  to  ensure  safe  and  environmentally                                                               
responsible marine operations in the Arctic.                                                                                    
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
PRESENTATION(S): MARINE EXCHANGE OF ALASKA                                                                                      
     - HEARD                                                                                                                    
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
BILL: HJR 19                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: ARCTIC MARINE SAFETY AGREEMENTS                                                                                    
SPONSOR(s): REPRESENTATIVE(s) WESTLAKE                                                                                          
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
JESSE LOGAN, Staff                                                                                                              
Representative Dean Westlake                                                                                                    
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION   STATEMENT:      Presented   HJR  19   on   behalf   of                                                             
Representative  Westlake,  prime  sponsor,  with  the  use  of  a                                                               
PowerPoint presentation.                                                                                                        
WILLIAM HARRINGTON                                                                                                              
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HJR 19.                                                                          
ED PAGE, Executive Director                                                                                                     
Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK)                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Co-presented  on Marine Exchange  of Alaska                                                             
with the use of a PowerPoint presentation.                                                                                      
PAUL FUHS, President                                                                                                            
Board of Directors                                                                                                              
Marine Exchange of Alaska (MXAK)                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Co-presented  on Marine Exchange  of Alaska                                                             
with the use of a PowerPoint presentation.                                                                                      
RACHAEL KALLANDER, Founder and Executive Director                                                                               
Arctic Encounter Symposium (AES)                                                                                                
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HJR 19.                                                                          
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
11:32:31 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR DEAN WESTLAKE called the  House Special Committee On Arctic                                                             
Policy,  Economic Development,  and Tourism  meeting to  order at                                                               
11:32  a.m. Representatives  Josephson,  Talerico, Westlake,  and                                                               
Neuman were  present at the  call to order.   Representative Tuck                                                               
arrived as the meeting was in progress.                                                                                         
             HJR 19-ARCTIC MARINE SAFETY AGREEMENTS                                                                         
11:33:11 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WESTLAKE announced  that the first order  of business would                                                               
be  HOUSE   JOINT  RESOLUTION  NO.  19,   Commending  the  Arctic                                                               
Waterways   Safety   Committee;   supporting  the   adoption   of                                                               
prevention  measures  into  international  agreements  to  ensure                                                               
clear, universal,  and enforceable marine safety  measures in the                                                               
Arctic; and  urging the state's  delegation in the  United States                                                               
Congress  and  the governor  to  promote  the adoption  of  spill                                                               
prevention  measures into  international  agreements; urging  the                                                               
President of the  United States and the  United States Department                                                               
of  State to  initiate negotiations  to enter  into international                                                               
agreements to ensure safe  and environmentally responsible marine                                                               
operations in the Arctic.                                                                                                       
11:33:28 AM                                                                                                                   
The committee took an at-ease from 11:33 a.m. to 11:39 a.m.                                                                     
11:39:12 AM                                                                                                                   
JESSE LOGAN,  Staff, Representative  Dean Westlake,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature,  presented  HJR  19   on  behalf  of  Representative                                                               
Westlake,   prime  sponsor,   with  the   use  of   a  PowerPoint                                                               
presentation [hardcopy  available in  the committee packet].   He                                                               
mentioned that  formerly he  was a policy  advisor to  the Alaska                                                               
Arctic Policy  Commission (AAPC).   He relayed that HJR  19 deals                                                               
primarily with marine safety prevention  measures as they pertain                                                               
to  international traffic  in the  Bering  Straits and  bilateral                                                               
agreements with Russia.                                                                                                         
MR. LOGAN relayed  that Slide 2 cites the Alaska  statute and the                                                               
federal Act  defining the "Arctic."   He noted the yellow  box on                                                               
Slide  2  demonstrating  the constriction  point  of  the  Bering                                                               
Strait.    He  referred  to  Slide  3,  entitled  "Bering  Strait                                                               
Transits 2008-2016," which illustrates  the vessel traffic in the                                                               
Bering Strait during the last few  years.  He credited the Marine                                                               
Exchange of Alaska (MXAK) for the graph.                                                                                        
MR. LOGAN  mentioned that the  proposed resolution  outlines some                                                               
of  the  needs  and  challenges  in  ensuring  that  all  vessels                                                               
transiting  the  Bering Strait  adhere  to  the same  safety  and                                                               
prevention measures.   He explained that beyond  three miles from                                                               
shore and  up to the  end of  the Exclusive Economic  Zone (EEZ),                                                               
the strait is  under federal jurisdiction; beyond that,  it is in                                                               
international and Russian waters.   He asserted that the focus of                                                               
the  proposed resolution  is  the vessel  traffic  in the  Bering                                                               
MR.  LOGAN  stated  that the  proposed  resolution  commends  the                                                               
formation  of  the  Arctic Waterway  Safety  [Committee]  (AWSC),                                                               
urges the  governor and the  state's congressional  delegation to                                                               
promote  the  adoption  of  the  spill  prevention  measures  and                                                               
international agreements,  and urges the President  of the United                                                               
States  and  the  U.S.  Department of  State  (DOS)  to  initiate                                                               
negotiations  with the  state's coastal  neighbors to  enter into                                                               
agreements to ensure safe  and environmentally responsible marine                                                               
operations in the Arctic.                                                                                                       
MR. LOGAN relayed that without  the uniform safety and prevention                                                               
measures  for all  vessels transiting  Alaska  waters, the  state                                                               
becomes increasingly  vulnerable to adverse effects  in the event                                                               
of  a mishap  or  a tragedy.    He mentioned  that  later in  the                                                               
committee  meeting,   Paul  Fuhs  [President  of   the  Board  of                                                               
Directors, MXAK]  and Captain Ed Page  [Executive Director, MXAK]                                                               
will provide background on MXAK and  offer more detail on how the                                                               
proposed resolution would fit into international agreements.                                                                    
MR. LOGAN continued  with Slides 4 and 5 to  explain state policy                                                               
and the  function of AAPC, which  has been in existence  for just                                                               
over two  years.  He stated  that the goal of  the commission was                                                               
to  develop  an  Arctic  policy  for  the  state  and  create  an                                                               
implementation plan for  the policy.  He said that  for two years                                                               
the commission  convened public meetings  around the state:   the                                                               
first  was  in Juneau;  then  meetings  were held  in  Anchorage,                                                               
Fairbanks, Barrow,  Kotzebue, Nome,  and Unalaska.   He mentioned                                                               
that each meeting  began with a full day of  listening sessions -                                                               
gathering information from local  leaders, community members, and                                                               
stakeholders - to make the process as inclusive as possible.                                                                    
MR.  LOGAN referred  to  Slide 6  and relayed  that  in 2015  the                                                               
commission delivered  its Final  Report, the  Implementation Plan                                                               
[for  Alaska's   Arctic  Policy],  and  the   Executive  Summary,                                                               
provided in the committee packet  and available electronically on                                                               
the website, "akarctic.com."                                                                                                    
MR. LOGAN turned  to Slide 7, entitled  "Alaska's Arctic Policy,"                                                               
to highlight portions of the policy  now codified in statute.  He                                                               
mentioned that  the policy was  a direct  result of work  by AAPC                                                               
and former  Representative Bob Herron, who  introduced House Bill                                                               
1 in  the Twenty-Ninth Alaska  State Legislature, 2015-2016.   He                                                               
cited AS  44.99.105(a)(2)(A), which read, "strengthen  and expand                                                               
cross-border   relationships   and   international   cooperation,                                                               
especially bilateral engagements with Canada and Russia."                                                                       
MR. LOGAN  referred to Slide  8 and cited  AS 44.99.105(a)(3)(A),                                                               
shown on  Slide 8,  which read,  "enhance disaster  and emergency                                                               
prevention and  response, oil spill prevention  and response, and                                                               
search  and  rescue  capabilities  in  the  region."    He  cited                                                               
subparagraph B,  which read, "provide safe,  secure, and reliable                                                               
maritime transportation  in areas  of the  state adjacent  to the                                                               
Arctic."   He  relayed that  one of  the most  significant issues                                                               
with maritime  transportation in  the Bering  Strait is  that the                                                               
U.S. has  jurisdiction over only  a portion  of it.   He asserted                                                               
that  if all  transiting vessels  are  not adhering  to the  same                                                               
regulations,  then  it is  possible  that  Alaska would  see  the                                                               
adverse effects of the dangers mentioned in this statute.                                                                       
MR. LOGAN referred to AS 44.99.105(b),  displayed on Slide 9.  He                                                               
said  that  the  state  has  decided in  policy  to  support  the                                                               
strategic  recommendations  of  the implementation  plan  and  to                                                               
address the  infrastructure and response capacity  to support the                                                               
Arctic region.                                                                                                                  
11:43:59 AM                                                                                                                   
MR.  LOGAN   referred  to  Slide   10,  entitled   "Artic  Policy                                                               
Implementation Plan  FOUR LINES OF  EFFORT."  He relayed  that in                                                               
the Implementation  Plan, each  of the four  lines of  effort are                                                               
broken  into multiple  recommendations  identifying the  problem,                                                               
the  lead agency,  and the  plan for  implementation.   He stated                                                               
that it  was a "tool book"  advising policy makers on  a starting                                                               
point, (indisc.--coughing) players, and how to move forward.                                                                    
MR.  LOGAN referred  to Slide  11,  entitled "LINE  OF EFFORT  #2                                                               
ADDRESS  RESPONSE CAPACITY."   He  stated that  response capacity                                                               
requires  strong partnership  and  communication  to prepare  for                                                               
incidents, respond, and develop best practices.                                                                                 
MR. LOGAN referred to Recommendation 2A  on Slide 12, which is to                                                               
ensure  strengthened   capacity  within  the   Administration  to                                                               
address Arctic  maritime, science, climate, and  security issues.                                                               
He mentioned that the lead agency  was the Governor's Office.  He                                                               
stated that  HJR 19 specifically  speaks to the  governor working                                                               
with  other  stakeholders  and the  [Alaska]  U.S.  congressional                                                               
delegation  to  support  bilateral agreements  on  marine  safety                                                               
standards within the Bering Strait and elsewhere.                                                                               
MR. LOGAN referred to Recommendation 2C  on Slide 13, which is to                                                               
expand  the development  of appropriately  integrated systems  to                                                               
monitor and  communicate Arctic maritime information.   He stated                                                               
that  MXAK and  the  Alaska Ocean  Observing  System (AOOS)  were                                                               
identified  as the  lead agencies  for this  recommendation.   He                                                               
mentioned that  a presentation  from MXAK  is scheduled  later in                                                               
the committee meeting.  He noted  the map on Slide 13 showing the                                                               
major Arctic  shipping routes;  three of  the routes  converge in                                                               
the Bering Strait.                                                                                                              
MR. LOGAN referred to Recommendation 2H  on Slide 14, which is to                                                               
foster  and  strengthen  international  partnerships  with  other                                                               
Arctic  nations  and  to establish  bilateral  partnerships  with                                                               
Canada  and   Russia  to   address  emerging   opportunities  and                                                               
challenges in the  Arctic.  He stated that the  lead agencies for                                                               
this  recommendation  are  the  Office  of  International  Trade,                                                               
Alaska's Congressional  Delegation, U.S.  DOS, and  the President                                                               
of  the United  States.   He referred  to the  Northeast Passage,                                                               
shown on  the slide,  and asserted that  it is  vitally important                                                               
not only  because it  is open for  increased vessel  traffic, but                                                               
because  it  reduces  vessel  transit  by  ten  days  and  10,000                                                               
kilometers.  It  represents savings for shipping to  the Far East                                                               
and is increasingly being utilized.                                                                                             
MR.  LOGAN  referred  to  Slide  15, a  repeat  of  Slide  3,  to                                                               
emphasize   that  increased   vessel  traffic   positions  Alaska                                                               
uniquely.   Vessels  not  calling  on Alaska  or  U.S. ports  are                                                               
considered innocent  passage and are  not subject to  U.S. safety                                                               
prevention measures - increasingly a cause for concern.                                                                         
11:47:34 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK mentioned  that  he viewed  a digital  video                                                               
disc (DVD)  on the  Northwest Passage.   He  said that  the route                                                               
shown  on the  map on  Slide 14  is one  of the  two routes  that                                                               
explorers  tried to  find for  many years.   He  relayed that  he                                                               
learned from the DVD that 15-25  percent of the world's supply of                                                               
oil and natural gas is in that region.                                                                                          
11:48:20 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WESTLAKE opened public testimony on HJR 19.                                                                               
11:48:43 AM                                                                                                                   
WILLIAM HARRINGTON offered his congratulations  on the intent and                                                               
timeliness of the proposed resolution.   He offered that lines 9-                                                               
12, on page 2, of HJR  19, clearly state that Alaska's ability to                                                               
control   other  nations'   Arctic  oil   and  gas   ventures  is                                                               
nonexistent.    He  relayed  that  on  April  19,  2017,  British                                                               
Broadcasting   Corporation  (BBC)   Japan   broadcasted  a   show                                                               
featuring  Russian-Japanese collaboration  to deliver  Arctic gas                                                               
to Japan via  huge Liquefied natural gas (LNG} tankers.   He said                                                               
a $200 million Japanese investment  was mentioned.  He claimed it                                                               
was not  possible to fully  gauge the entire situation  from this                                                               
reputable news  source.  He  concluded that LNG tankers  will ply                                                               
the  Bering  Strait  and  the   Arctic  if  the  Russian-Japanese                                                               
consortium has  its way.  He  added that his modeling  shows this                                                               
to be  12 to 15 years  in the future.   He urged that  Alaska not                                                               
pursue a gas pipeline to tide water.                                                                                            
11:50:26 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WESTLAKE closed public testimony on HJR 19.                                                                               
11:50:40 AM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN  relayed that when  he worked with  AAPC in                                                               
its first year, his office  worked on infrastructure and wildlife                                                               
policies.   He  stated that  regarding infrastructure,  there was                                                               
much discussion  on location of  entry ports to the  Arctic; both                                                               
Dutch Harbor and the Northwest  region were considered.  He asked                                                               
for an update on that issue.                                                                                                    
11:51:34 AM                                                                                                                   
MR. LOGAN answered that the  question is longstanding, especially                                                               
as it  relates to a deep-water  port, which does not  exist north                                                               
of Dutch  Harbor -  800 miles  from the Arctic  Circle.   He said                                                               
that [the possibility  of] a dual port in Nome  and Port Clarence                                                               
was most  recently identified by  the federal government  and the                                                               
Army  Corps of  Engineers (ACE).   He  mentioned that  an earlier                                                               
HAET committee meeting  provided an update on what  Nome is doing                                                               
to bring  the port to fruition.   He said that  Cape Blossom near                                                               
Kotzebue  has  also  been  considered.    He  opined  that  other                                                               
communities would undoubtedly wish to have a port as well.                                                                      
MR. LOGAN stated that one of  the final reviews of ACE concerning                                                               
the deep-water port  in Nome specifically stated  that without an                                                               
anchor tenant,  such as oil  and gas  drilling in the  Chukchi or                                                               
Beaufort Sea,  a port there may  not be economically viable.   He                                                               
added  that with  the right  kind of  agreements with  Russia for                                                               
vessel  transiting, there  may  be  opportunities for  transiting                                                               
vessels to  call on ports.   He added that Adak  has the capacity                                                               
to  be a  storage and  distribution center  for vessels  with ice                                                               
navigation  capabilities  "to  come down  through  the  Northeast                                                               
Passage, drop their cargo in Adak,  and move back and stay within                                                               
icy waters where other vessels  can then distribute to either the                                                               
U.S. or to Asia."                                                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN asked  for the locations of  the U.S. Coast                                                               
Guard (USCG) ports in Alaska besides Kodiak.                                                                                    
MR. LOGAN responded  that to the best of his  knowledge Kodiak is                                                               
the  main  station, and  USCG  has  temporary stations  north  of                                                               
Barrow and out of Kotzebue for Arctic exercises.                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   NEUMAN   shared  that   Alaska's   congressional                                                               
delegation has been working very hard  to get a U.S. ice breaker,                                                               
which he hopes would be stationed in Alaska.                                                                                    
11:53:59 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WESTLAKE announced that HJR 19 would be held over.                                                                        
^PRESENTATION(S): MARINE EXCHANGE OF AK                                                                                         
              PRESENTATION(S): Marine Exchange of AK                                                                        
11:54:06 AM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WESTLAKE  announced that the  next order of  business would                                                               
be the  presentation by Paul  Fuhs and Captain Ed  Page entitled,                                                               
"Marine Exchange of AK."                                                                                                        
11:54:20 AM                                                                                                                   
ED PAGE,  Executive Director, Marine  Exchange of  Alaska (MXAK),                                                               
co-presented on the  Marine Exchange of Alaska with the  use of a                                                               
PowerPoint  presentation  [hardcopy  available in  the  committee                                                               
packet],  entitled  "Safe   and  Environmentally  Sound  Maritime                                                               
Operations  in  the  Arctic."    He  explained  that  the  Marine                                                               
Exchange of  Alaska (MXAK) is  a non-profit  organization located                                                               
in Juneau; it was initiated 16 years  ago.  He stated that he and                                                               
Paul Fuhs  [president of the  MXAK board of directors]  served in                                                               
the U.S.  Coast Guard (USCG)  in the  80s, and during  that time,                                                               
there were many marine casualties,  oil spills, vessel drownings,                                                               
and fires.   He mentioned that  Mr. Fuhs was a  diver involved in                                                               
some of  these vessel incidents; he  is also the former  mayor of                                                               
Dutch Harbor.                                                                                                                   
CAPTAIN PAGE  relayed that  he served  33 years  in USCG  and has                                                               
been  in the  marine  safety  program almost  50  years, both  in                                                               
private  industry  and in  USCG.    He  stated that  during  that                                                               
period, he worked  on the Exxon Valdez spill  response effort and                                                               
was also  involved in several  search and rescue  cases resulting                                                               
in  unfortunate outcomes  including loss  of  life.   He said  he                                                               
became a  strong advocate of  prevention.  Upon leaving  USCG, he                                                               
and Mr. Fuhs  discussed the "marine exchange"  concept to involve                                                               
industry in  the development  of solutions.   He  maintained that                                                               
MXAK  board of  directors represents  the marine  industries that                                                               
operate in Alaska - the  ports, the tanker operators, the fishing                                                               
vessel   operators,   the    container   operators,   the   pilot                                                               
association,  and  the  towing   industry.  He  added  that  MXAK                                                               
receives  support from  the  State of  Alaska,  funding from  the                                                               
cruise ship head  tax, and contributions from USCG.   He asserted                                                               
that  the MXAK  is responsible  for the  Automatic Identification                                                               
System (AIS)  tracking system in  MXAK's operation  center, which                                                               
serves  as  the "nerve  center"  for  USCG, and  for  information                                                               
exchange.   He  stated that  MXAK's  focus has  shifted from  the                                                               
Aleutians  and  Southeast Alaska  to  the  Arctic.   Even  though                                                               
shipping  in that  area is  not yet  huge, it  is increasing  and                                                               
there is increased  risk.  He said that MXAK  seeks to "shut that                                                               
down" and not suffer the consequences of a major oil spill.                                                                     
CAPTAIN  PAGE  reiterated  that   his  testimony  is  to  provide                                                               
background,  support, and  context  to  the proposed  resolution.                                                               
Since there is increased shipping  in this new maritime frontier,                                                               
the admiral district commander,  the headquarters commandant, the                                                               
vice  commandant, and  others recognize  that the  tools to  deal                                                               
with these  new challenges of  maritime safety  and environmental                                                               
protection will be unlike the  lighthouses and buoys of the past;                                                               
new technologies are needed and  the MXAK is advocating for them.                                                               
He  mentioned  the large  cruise  ship  that passed  through  the                                                               
Northwest Passage  this past summer  and MXAK's role  in tracking                                                               
the  vessel  and ensuring  that  if  there  is  a mishap,  it  is                                                               
CAPTAIN  PAGE stated  that the  Arctic Waterway  Safety Committee                                                               
(AWSC) was developed  by the communities and is  "owned" by them.                                                               
He  added  that  he  serves  as  the  technical  advisor  to  the                                                               
committee.    He  maintained  that   USCG  personnel  attend  the                                                               
meetings to be  aware of the local interests and  concerns and to                                                               
ensure  that  residents  have  a   role  in  decision-making  for                                                               
managing shipping and its risks.                                                                                                
CAPTAIN PAGE  relayed that  maritime exchanges  date back  to the                                                               
1800s  -  sharing information  with  the  maritime community  and                                                               
USCG.   In  those days,  spyglasses, semaphores,  and chalkboards                                                               
were  used;  today  personal  digital  assistants  (PDAs),  smart                                                               
phones, and computers  are used.  He mentioned that  much of what                                                               
is used today  was not possible ten years ago.   For example, AIS                                                               
is new  technology; it is  akin to transponders in  aircraft; and                                                               
it is  required on all major  vessels.  Every couple  of seconds,                                                               
information  is  broadcast  via  the AISs,  and  MXAK  built  the                                                               
network to receive  those transmissions.  He said  the MXAK nerve                                                               
center  in  Juneau  maintains  24/7  tracking  of  cruise  ships,                                                               
container  ships,  USCG  vessels,  ferries,  fishing  boats,  and                                                               
12:00:20 PM                                                                                                                   
PAUL  FUHS, President,  Board of  Directors,  Marine Exchange  of                                                               
Alaska  (MXAK), explained  that  the vessels  broadcast a  signal                                                               
approximately  every   six  seconds  transmitting   latitude  and                                                               
longitude,  which is  accurate  within  three meters;  therefore,                                                               
MXAK knows a  vessel's location to within about ten  feet and the                                                               
direction in which the vessel is pointed.                                                                                       
CAPTAIN  PAGE  stated  that  with support  from  the  state,  the                                                               
maritime  industry,  and  USCG,  MXAK has  built,  operated,  and                                                               
maintained a network of 130  receiving stations throughout Alaska                                                               
and  in the  Arctic.    The MXAK  maintains  a 24-hour  operation                                                               
center; it is the largest  vessel compliance monitoring system in                                                               
the world  with a range  of 1.5 million  square miles.   The next                                                               
largest  is  the  Australian  monitoring  system  for  the  Great                                                               
Barrier Reef, which is only 100,000 square miles.                                                                               
12:01:17 PM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK   asked  where  the  monitoring   center  is                                                               
CAPTAIN PAGE responded that the  MXAK monitoring center is on the                                                               
waterfront  next to  the Juneau-Douglas  bridge  about 100  yards                                                               
from the  waterfront construction  at the  end of  Harris Harbor.                                                               
He  added  that  it  is  a  new  location;  it  is  above  Juneau                                                               
Electronics; and  he invited the  committee members to  visit the                                                               
MR. FUHS  encouraged the committee  members to visit  the center.                                                               
He asserted  that it  is a "marvelous  piece of  technology," and                                                               
MXAK staff can  convey a more in-depth perspective  of the vessel                                                               
[motor vessel (M/V) Destination] that  sank with no survivors [on                                                               
12:02:08 PM                                                                                                                   
CAPTAIN PAGE declared that the  system has captured the attention                                                               
of  Canada and  Russia.   He said  that he  has traveled  to both                                                               
Moscow  and  Ottawa, at  their  invitation  and expense,  because                                                               
Canada  and Russia  are trying  to replicate  MXAK's system.   He                                                               
added that MXAK is sharing the  concept and the technology due to                                                               
shared concerns and possible common solutions.                                                                                  
CAPTAIN  PAGE referred  to Slide  14 to  point out  the waterways                                                               
being  managed by  MXAK.   He  stated that  MXAK monitors  vessel                                                               
distance  from  shore,  safety   practices  in  the  Arctic,  and                                                               
compliance  with  the voluntary  standards  to  which the  marine                                                               
industry  has  agreed to  participate  to  minimize risk  of  oil                                                               
spills.  He asserted that  MXAK's focus is aiding with prevention                                                               
and with  response.  He  maintained that  if there is  a problem,                                                               
MXAK immediately  knows what vessels are  in the area to  aid and                                                               
in that way, prevent a major disaster.                                                                                          
CAPTAIN  PAGE stated  that "an  ounce  of prevention  is worth  a                                                               
pound of  cure" and offered that  MXAK learned that the  hard way                                                               
during the  grounding of the M/V  Selendang Ayu.  He  related the                                                               
events of that  incident:  The USCG contacted MXAK  to locate the                                                               
Selendang,  which was  in distress.   The  conditions surrounding                                                               
the  Selendang  Ayu became  extreme.    The  USCG and  tugs  were                                                               
limited in  the assistance they could  offer at that point.   The                                                               
ship broke  in half.   The rescue  helicopter crashed.   Six ship                                                               
crew members  died.  There  was a major oil  spill and a  loss of                                                               
the  vessel.   He opined  that the  tools for  early notification                                                               
that MXAK  currently utilizes would probably  have prevented that                                                               
sequence of events.  He added  that due to new standards, vessels                                                               
must stay  farther off  shore unless they  are coming  into port.                                                               
He added that  this is true for vessels that  are subject to U.S.                                                               
regulations;   the  proposed   resolution  would   encourage  the                                                               
international  community to  participate  in  these standards  as                                                               
12:04:37 PM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN  asked for  the size  and types  of vessels                                                               
that MXAK monitors.                                                                                                             
CAPTAIN   PAGE   answered   that   USCG   expanded   the   vessel                                                               
requirements:   there  are  international community  requirements                                                               
and requirements  of various other  countries.  He  declared that                                                               
every commercial vessel over 65 feet  is required to have the AIS                                                               
technology,  including fishing  vessels.   He added  that, as  it                                                               
turns out,  fishing vessels of any  size are choosing to  use the                                                               
equipment:   it  is relatively  inexpensive; and  through use  of                                                               
this  equipment,   crew  can  determine   the  name,   size,  and                                                               
destination  of  another vessel  approaching  them  at night  and                                                               
communicate with  the other  vessel's crew.   He added  that even                                                               
recreational boats  are acquiring  the AIS technology  because it                                                               
is one of the greatest  technological advances in maritime safety                                                               
in the last 30 years.                                                                                                           
12:05:54 PM                                                                                                                   
MR.  FUHS  relayed  that the  technology  includes  an  emergency                                                               
button  notifying MXAK  staff that  a  vessel is  sinking or  has                                                               
other  problems.   He  stated that  "we used  to  say search  and                                                               
rescue," but maintained  that now there is no search,  it is just                                                               
rescue.   He reiterated that MXAK  can locate a vessel  within 10                                                               
feet and  a nearby  vessel can  be summoned  for assistance.   He                                                               
mentioned  the sinking  of the  Alaska  Juris, in  which 26  crew                                                               
members  were saved  by a  thousand-foot container  ship diverted                                                               
from its sailing route on the great circle.                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  NEUMAN asked  for the  average cost  to outfit  a                                                               
boat with AIS technology.                                                                                                       
CAPTAIN  PAGE   responded  that  large  commercial   vessels  are                                                               
required to have the more  sophisticated Class A AIS, which costs                                                               
about  $2,500.   Smaller vessels  can use  a Class  B AIS,  which                                                               
costs about $500.                                                                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE NEUMAN asked  if there is a  yearly fee associated                                                               
with the AIS.                                                                                                                   
CAPTAIN PAGE answered no.                                                                                                       
12:07:25 PM                                                                                                                   
CAPTAIN PAGE  referred to Slide  20, entitled  "U.S. Jurisdiction                                                               
Innocent Passage Vessels."  He  stated that USCG has jurisdiction                                                               
out to 200 miles for vessels  engaged in U.S. trade.  The vessels                                                               
shown  on  the map  are  most  likely traveling  from  Vancouver,                                                               
British  Columbia (BC),  or Prince  Rupert, BC,  to China.   They                                                               
have no  trade with the  U.S., but  since they pass  through U.S.                                                               
waters, they  present risks.   He said  that the challenge  is to                                                               
bring  the innocent  passage vessels  "into the  fold" as  far as                                                               
complying with  the risk mitigating  measures.  He  asserted that                                                               
these vessels  are not required to  stay off shore, which  is one                                                               
of the safety measures.  If  a vessel breaks down off shore, crew                                                               
have  time to  act -  fix  the problem,  find  a tug,  or have  a                                                               
helicopter deliver  parts.  If  a vessel  is one mile  off shore,                                                               
there is  no time  to fix  the problem.   This  is a  standard to                                                               
which  vessel operators  agree.   He mentioned  that many  of the                                                               
innocent  passage  vessels comply  with  the  standard at  MXAK's                                                               
urging because  it is a good  "standard of care."   He relayed an                                                               
example of a captain with  a German shipping company who demanded                                                               
to know why MXAK requires his  vessels to do an innocent passage.                                                               
Captain Page  replied, "I'm  not requiring, but  tell me,  do you                                                               
think it's  a good idea to  stay offshore; to notify  us if there                                                               
is  a casualty;  and have  your AIS  on?"   The shipping  company                                                               
captain responded, "Of  course ... I make all my  vessels do it."                                                               
Captain  Page offered  that it  is an  "easy sell";  the shipping                                                               
company captain just  does not like anyone suggesting  to him how                                                               
to operate his vessels.                                                                                                         
MR. FUHS commented  that insurance carriers are  invested in this                                                               
practice, since  they pay  the costs  associated with  damages to                                                               
environment and cargo.                                                                                                          
CAPTAIN  PAGE added  that the  value of  cargo on  some container                                                               
ships is  as much  as $1  billion; some  container ships  are 950                                                               
feet long and carry 10,000 containers.   He referred to Slide 21,                                                               
entitled  "North Slope  Maritime  Activity 2016,"  and Slide  22,                                                               
entitled  "Kaktovik  Region  Maritime Traffic  Summer  2016,"  to                                                               
illustrate  historical  track  lines  to identify  the  risk  and                                                               
higher  risk  events.    He   added  that  most  of  the  vessels                                                               
represented  in the  illustrations are  research vessels  and tug                                                               
boats,  so do  not present  much risk.   He  said that  MXAK pays                                                               
close attention to oil tankers and  the larger cargo vessels.  He                                                               
referred to  Slide 23,  entitled "Bering  Strait 2016,"  which is                                                               
colored  coded  to  show  the  types of  ships.    He  added  the                                                               
information is  used by USCG  to determine port access  routes to                                                               
manage  the risk.   He  referred  to Slide  24, entitled  "Bering                                                               
Strait  Transits  2008-2016,"  which illustrates  the  growth  of                                                               
traffic through the Bering Strait  region.  He referred to Slides                                                               
25 and 26  to report that MXAK is also  working closely with USCG                                                               
using   the   "Arctic   Next   Generation   Navigational   Safety                                                               
Information  System" to  develop transmitters  that can  transmit                                                               
information  about  whales,  whalers, and  other  information  to                                                               
manage risk  and response incidents.   He  gave the example  of a                                                               
buoy in  Cook Inlet,  which would  not stay in  place due  to ice                                                               
movement, being replaced  by a virtual buoy  that was transmitted                                                               
through technology.                                                                                                             
12:11:37 PM                                                                                                                   
MR. FUHS added  that the virtual buoy is displayed  to the bridge                                                               
of the  ship and appears  to crew just like  a buoy -  right side                                                               
green, left side  red.  Crew know their location  in the channel.                                                               
He added  that the channel  going into  the Port of  Anchorage is                                                               
only 1,000  feet wide through the  (indisc.--coughing) shoal, and                                                               
it must be  transited precisely and at high  tide; therefore, the                                                               
virtual buoys are of great importance.                                                                                          
CAPTAIN PAGE stated that  the International Maritime Organization                                                               
(IMO) Polar Code went into effect in January of this year:                                                                      
implementing a series  of measures to manage risk  in the Arctic;                                                               
and  recognizing  that  an  oil  spill  in  the  Arctic  is  very                                                               
damaging,  difficult   to  recover,   and  the  best   option  is                                                               
prevention.   He referred to  Slides 29-31 to  highlight excerpts                                                               
from the  Polar Code:   a premium  placed on ship  monitoring and                                                               
tracking;  future protection  of  Arctic  people, Arctic  coastal                                                               
communities, and  traditional lifestyles;  and the  protection of                                                               
the unique environment  and eco-systems of the polar  region.  He                                                               
added that these excerpts demonstrate  the state's engagement and                                                               
interest  in  protecting  the Arctic  through  implementation  of                                                               
these measures.                                                                                                                 
CAPTAIN PAGE referred to Slides 32-34  to relay an example of how                                                               
a ship  that is  not complying with  risk mitigating  measures is                                                               
notified:    the  24-hour  MXAK  operation  center  contacts  the                                                               
vessel;  it  notifies   crew  that  it  is   not  complying  with                                                               
standards;  and it  asks what  the vessel's  intentions are,  but                                                               
does not  direct the ship.   He relayed  that in response  to the                                                               
notification,  the vessel  changes course  and replies,  "Message                                                               
well  received  and noted.    We  have  deviated to  comply  with                                                               
MR. FUHS added  that in that instance, the  vessel was attempting                                                               
to transit through the wrong pass,  and the pass did not have the                                                               
water depth necessary to accommodate  the vessel.  The MXAK staff                                                               
caught the error and redirected the ship.                                                                                       
CAPTAIN  PAGE  said  that  MXAK staff  ensure  ships  go  through                                                               
charted waters that are well surveyed and of sufficient depth.                                                                  
12:13:46 PM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  TUCK asked  on what  occasions marine  pilots are                                                               
MR. FUHS  responded that  a marine  pilot is  only required  if a                                                               
ship calls  on a state port;  no marine pilot is  required if the                                                               
ship is just passing through.                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK referred  to Slide 28 [showing  the IMO Polar                                                               
Code area]  and asked why the  IMO jurisdiction is not  a uniform                                                               
CAPTAIN PAGE replied  it is because of the Gulf  Stream; the Gulf                                                               
Stream  influences  the temperature  of  the  waters making  them                                                               
milder in the  region of Norway.   He said the IMO  does not want                                                               
the measures to apply to waters  that are not ice covered or "act                                                               
like Arctic waters."   He confirmed for  Representative Tuck that                                                               
the partial circle on the map is not the Arctic Circle.                                                                         
12:15:32 PM                                                                                                                   
CAPTAIN  PAGE declared  that there  are similar  needs throughout                                                               
the Arctic  region, and the Polar  Code area is not  strictly the                                                               
Arctic Circle, but Arctic waters.                                                                                               
CAPTAIN PAGE  mentioned that MXAK  has been working  closely with                                                               
AWSC to identify  ways to minimize potential  for local (indisc.)                                                               
being impacted  by larger  ships.  He  reported that  through the                                                               
Arctic maritime "Safety Net" project,  MXAK can track the smaller                                                               
vessels  and make  crew  aware of  other vessels.    There is  an                                                               
application ("app") on their iPhones  through which they can view                                                               
Arctic  maritime  activity  and  ships   in  their  region.    He                                                               
maintained that the  crew of small vessels can become  aware of a                                                               
ship  passing  by that  may  be  breaking  ice and  changing  the                                                               
environment, creating substantially more risk.                                                                                  
12:16:54 PM                                                                                                                   
MR.  FUHS  referred  to  Slide  38,  entitled  "Cost  Prohibitive                                                               
Federal Oil  Spill Response Equipment Requirements."   He relayed                                                               
that  national oil  spill  pollution  response standards  require                                                               
that oil  spill response be within  a certain amount of  time and                                                               
with a certain  amount of equipment.  He said  that if Alaska had                                                               
to  meet  those  requirements,  many  depots  would  need  to  be                                                               
established around the state - as shown  on the slide - at a cost                                                               
of hundreds  and hundreds of millions  of dollars to be  borne by                                                               
the entire  industry.   The USCG,  recognizing that  the maritime                                                               
industry could not meet those  standards, allowed the industry to                                                               
propose  prevention   measures  instead.     In   response,  MXAK                                                               
developed safety  measures.  He  offered that Mr.  Harrington was                                                               
partly correct in  testifying that Alaska does  not have absolute                                                               
jurisdiction [over Arctic waters],  but maintained that proposing                                                               
the prevention measures  as an alternative was  acceptable to the                                                               
vessel operators.   He stated that  the measures do not  apply to                                                               
35  percent of  the vessels,  which are  Canadian, or  to Russian                                                               
vessels.   He  asserted  that MXAK  is  working on  international                                                               
agreements with  Canada and Russia,  because these  two countries                                                               
have some of  the same concerns; U.S. vessels  transit very close                                                               
to the coast of BC.  He  mentioned that Russia appears to be open                                                               
to an agreement  and to demonstrating that the  two countries can                                                               
work together on an issue that cannot be criticized.                                                                            
MR.  FUHS  relayed that  the  Arctic  Economic Council  (AEC)  is                                                               
comprised  of  the  Arctic Native  corporations  and  the  Arctic                                                               
shipping  companies.   The  shipping  companies support  standard                                                               
requirements  and prevention  measures;  the insurance  companies                                                               
support  [the   requirements  and  measures]  as   good  business                                                               
practices.   American shippers support  the measures as a  way of                                                               
"leveling   the   playing  field";   if   they   must  meet   the                                                               
requirements, all  vessels should  have to meet  the requirements                                                               
and benefit from greater safety.                                                                                                
MR.  FUHS  referred to  Slide  40,  entitled "Arctic  Circulation                                                               
Patterns,"  and offered  that an  incident in  the Bering  Strait                                                               
would  affect the  entire coast.    He stated  that the  proposed                                                               
resolution  references the  "Law  of the  Sea  Treaty"; the  U.S.                                                               
[Congress]   has  not   adopted  the   treaty;  and   the  Alaska                                                               
congressional delegation  has indicated  that the  possibility of                                                               
that happening  is even  more remote today.   The  countries that                                                               
have adopted the  treaty have the authority  to issue regulations                                                               
for ice-laden  waters including those  of Canada and Russia.   He                                                               
stated that  MXAK has  offered to apply  its technology  to these                                                               
waters, because it can view the entire Bering Strait.                                                                           
12:20:24 PM                                                                                                                   
MR. FUHS referred  to Slide 41, entitled  "Bering Strait Seaway,"                                                               
and relayed  that MXAK  has proposed to  Russia a  seaway modeled                                                               
after  the St.  Lawrence Seaway,  which flows  through the  Great                                                               
Lakes  region and  is  shared  with Canada.    He mentioned  that                                                               
establishing the  Bering Strait  Seaway would entail  agreeing on                                                               
the location  of shipping  lanes, monitoring  of the  seaway, and                                                               
implementing  prevention measures.    He said  that  in the  last                                                               
conference he attended, Russian President Vladimir Putin                                                                        
specifically  stated that  Russia supports  collaboration on  the                                                               
Bering  Strait, which  will  facilitate  negotiating the  Russian                                                               
bureaucracy.   Mr.  Fuhs mentioned  he will  be meeting  with the                                                               
Russian  Ministry   of  Transport.     He  maintained   that  the                                                               
technology that  MXAK has already developed  will facilitate this                                                               
collaboration.   He  stated  that  the MXAK  budget  is about  $4                                                               
million  per year:    a  little over  half  is  from the  private                                                               
sector; $1.7  million is  from USCG, which  shares the  data; and                                                               
$600,000 is from State of Alaska cruise ship head tax funds.                                                                    
MR.  FUHS,  in  response   to  Representative  Neuman's  question                                                               
regarding deep  water ports,  stated that it  may be  possible to                                                               
create  a  28-foot  port  in  Kotzebue.   He  asserted  that  the                                                               
question involves the definition of  "deep water draft."  He said                                                               
the U.S. Navy wants the depth to  be 35-40 feet.  He relayed that                                                               
when U.S.  Senator Lisa Murkowski  [of Alaska] met with  the U.S.                                                               
Secretary  of the  Navy [Richard  Spencer], the  secretary stated                                                               
that the  U.S. wished  to protect  its sovereignty  militarily in                                                               
the  Arctic.   She asked,  "What  resources, what  money are  you                                                               
bringing  to the  table?"   Secretary  Spencer  replied, "Oh,  we                                                               
didn't mean  that ....  Let  us assure you [we]  have very strong                                                               
feelings  about our  sovereignty in  the Arctic."   Consequently,                                                               
MXAK concluded it needed a  major industrial partner to drive the                                                               
economics of  the effort.   He  added that  in the  meantime, all                                                               
materials for  port development  are coming up  to the  Arctic by                                                               
barge, which is very effective  but very expensive.  Beach access                                                               
is often the only access.                                                                                                       
MR.  FUHS  stated that  the  proposed  resolution would  be  very                                                               
important.   He relayed that  in discussions with  the Secretary-                                                               
General  of IMO  [Kitack Lim  of the  Republic of  Korea] at  the                                                               
Arctic meetings in  Juneau, Mr. Lim was very  impressed with MXAK                                                               
operations.    Mr.  Lim  offered   that  the  IMO  pays  greatest                                                               
attention   to  official   government   bodies;  therefore,   the                                                               
resolution would  be important,  as would the  forthcoming letter                                                               
from  the governor.    He offered  that  the proposed  resolution                                                               
would be used  effectively in fostering support  from groups such                                                               
as the Pacific NorthWest Economic  Region (PNWER).  He maintained                                                               
that  the  intent  of  the  proposed resolution  is  not  to  put                                                               
additional  requirements  on  business;  industry  organized  the                                                               
effort; and  vessel operators appreciate  the monitoring  and the                                                               
prevention measures.   He added that MXAK has  never received any                                                               
12:24:17 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  WESTLAKE stated  that he  supports the  idea of  congruity                                                               
with the  Russian Arctic region.   He expressed  his appreciation                                                               
for  the companies  that  hired ships  to ply  the  coast and  do                                                               
wildlife studies.   He mentioned  MXAK's vessel tracking  with an                                                               
accuracy  of  within  ten  [feet] as  it  relates  to  first-line                                                               
response  to an  oil  spill coming  from the  other  side of  the                                                               
border.  He added that the  flow charts for the Bering Strait are                                                               
a  big problem.   He  offered the  support of  the committee  for                                                               
MXAK's efforts.                                                                                                                 
CAPTAIN  PAGE responded  that  MXAK  appreciates the  legislative                                                               
support in  the last couple  years.   He offered that  MXAK would                                                               
not have  existed if the  state had not  allowed the use  of Exon                                                               
Valdez  settlement money  to "jumpstart"  the effort.   He  added                                                               
that the  industry and  the state  provided the  initial impetus,                                                               
and USCG said, "We want in."                                                                                                    
CAPTAIN  PAGE, in  response  to  Representative Neuman's  comment                                                               
regarding an ice breaker, said  that all indications suggest that                                                               
securing an ice breaker will come  to fruition, but doing so will                                                               
require  a  very  long  process; it  would  be  a  billion-dollar                                                               
project; and it would not happen  sooner than ten years.  He said                                                               
that there  seems to be  a fair amount  of support for  having an                                                               
icebreaker and for having sovereignty,  control, and influence in                                                               
the Arctic.  He said that  with respect to Arctic ports, the USCG                                                               
has no  ports in the  Arctic and the  closest port is  in Kodiak.                                                               
He  mentioned that  temporary  air stations  can  be deployed  in                                                               
Barrow  and Kotzebue,  but USCG  ships currently  must come  from                                                               
Kodiak or Hawaii.                                                                                                               
              HJR 19-ARCTIC MARINE SAFETY AGREEMENTS                                                                        
12:26:48 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WESTLAKE announced  that the final order  of business would                                                               
be the  return to HOUSE  JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 19,  Commending the                                                               
Arctic  Waterways Safety  Committee; supporting  the adoption  of                                                               
prevention  measures  into  international  agreements  to  ensure                                                               
clear, universal,  and enforceable marine safety  measures in the                                                               
Arctic; and  urging the state's  delegation in the  United States                                                               
Congress  and  the governor  to  promote  the adoption  of  spill                                                               
prevention  measures into  international  agreements; urging  the                                                               
President of the  United States and the  United States Department                                                               
of  State to  initiate negotiations  to enter  into international                                                               
agreements to ensure safe  and environmentally responsible marine                                                               
operations in the Arctic.                                                                                                       
12:26:52 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WESTLAKE reopened public testimony on HJR 19.                                                                             
12:27:05 PM                                                                                                                   
RACHAEL  KALLANDER,   Founder  and  Executive   Director,  Arctic                                                               
Encounter  Symposium (AES),  testified  that AES  is the  largest                                                               
annual Arctic  policy and  economics symposium in  the U.S.   She                                                               
mentioned  that   AES  just  hosted  the   Fourth  Annual  Arctic                                                               
Encounter in Seattle on April 13  and 14; AES also hosted a group                                                               
of young  Alaskans as  part of  its team.   She relayed  that AES                                                               
hosted  Arctic Encounter  in Paris  last year  during the  United                                                               
Nations (UN)  Convention on Climate  Change, also referred  to as                                                               
COP 21.   She shared  that there were stimulating  discussions at                                                               
last week's symposium and expressed  her belief that the proposed                                                               
resolution  is   timely.    She  mentioned   that  many  Alaskans                                                               
participated  in   the  conference.    The   conference  speakers                                                               
included   Alaska    Senator   Lisa   Murkowski,    Alaska   U.S.                                                               
Representative  Don  Young,  Ambassador  [Geir  H.  Haarde]  from                                                               
Iceland, Ambassador  [Kre  R.  Aas] from  Norway, and  the former                                                               
Prime Minister of  Greenland [Aleqa Hammond].  She  said that all                                                               
were  enthusiastic  and optimistic  to  work  with the  State  of                                                               
Alaska, the  legislature, and Alaska's  congressional delegation,                                                               
to "push  forward" on  many issues impacting  the Arctic  and the                                                               
people who live  in the Arctic.  She offered  her support for HJR
19 and the efforts to raise awareness.                                                                                          
MS. KALLANDER  stated that she  wished to share the  AES mission,                                                               
which  is  to gather  together  all  the stakeholders  to  engage                                                               
challenges  and  debate  solutions for  responsible  development,                                                               
sustainable  environments, and  healthy  communities.   She  said                                                               
that she learned  at last week's symposium  that the stakeholders                                                               
have  an  opportunity and  a  responsibility  to raise  awareness                                                               
together.   She said that she  feels compelled to point  out that                                                               
"we're in a time and place in  history in which we really have to                                                               
innovate  and advocate  for the  best  future possible  results."                                                               
She offered that  there are many young Alaskans  around the state                                                               
who are engaged  in these issues.  She  emphasized the importance                                                               
of the  committee's role  in involving  Alaskans in  these issues                                                               
that  will impact  the  future of  the state.    She offered  the                                                               
assistance and support of AES for the committee's efforts.                                                                      
12:30:30 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR WESTLAKE,  after ascertaining  that no  one else  wished to                                                               
testify, reclosed public testimony on HJR 19.                                                                                   
[HJR 19 was held over.]                                                                                                         
12:30:49 PM                                                                                                                   
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
State Affairs Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 12:31                                                                 

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Marine Exchange Presentation.pdf HAET 4/20/2017 11:30:00 AM
Marine Exchange of Alaska - Paul Fuhs & Captain Ed Page Presentation
HJR19 ver A.PDF HAET 4/20/2017 11:30:00 AM
HJR 19
HJR 19 Presentation.pdf HAET 4/20/2017 11:30:00 AM
HJR 19