Legislature(2001 - 2002)

03/27/2001 08:43 AM EDT

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                 
                           JOINT MEETING                                                                                      
     SENATE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON WORLD TRADE AND STATE/FEDERAL                                                                
                           RELATIONS AND                                                                                      
         HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT,                                                                     
                         TRADE AND TOURISM                                                                                    
                          March 27, 2001                                                                                        
                             8:43 a.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION BY THE NORTHWEST  TERRITORIES DELEGATION ON PARTNERSHIP                                                            
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
TAPES                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 01-1, SIDE(S) A & B [Senate WTR tape]                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LESIL  McGUIRE, Chair,  House Special  Committee  on                                                            
Economic Development,  Trade and Tourism,  called the joint  meeting                                                            
with the Senate  Special Committee on World Trade  and State/Federal                                                            
Relations to order at 8:43 a.m.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
House  committee  members  present  were  Representatives   McGuire,                                                            
Green, Morgan,  and Dyson.   Senate committee  members present  were                                                            
Senators Cowdery, Lincoln, Olson, and Leman.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY OF INFORMATION                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
THE HONORABLE  ROGER T. ALLEN, Minister  of Municipal and  Community                                                            
Affairs, Government  of Northwest  Territories Housing Corporation,                                                             
told  legislators his  group  would like  to continue  to develop  a                                                            
relationship with its counterpart in Alaska.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. DENNIS MARCHIORI, Manager  of Policy and Planning, Municipal and                                                            
Community   Affairs,  Northwest  Territories,   gave  a   PowerPoint                                                            
presentation  on the 33  communities in  the Northwest Territories.                                                             
He described  housing projects underway  and the drinking  water and                                                            
wastewater  systems  for  those projects.    He  answered  questions                                                            
related  to  prevention   of  water  pollution  from   oil  and  gas                                                            
development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  TOM   BEAULIEU,  President,   Northwest   Territories   Housing                                                            
Corporation,  answered  questions  about  the  design  and  cost  of                                                            
housing and of water and sewer systems in the communities.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ROSS  BOWRING,  Manager  of  Business  Development,   Northwest                                                            
Territories  Housing  Corporation,   answered  questions  about  the                                                            
design and  cost of housing  and of water  and sewer systems  in the                                                            
communities.   He  explained that  the corporation  tries to  assist                                                            
communities  to build  homes  by offering  mortgage  assistance  and                                                            
training, and explained  how that program works.  A similar approach                                                            
was used in  Stebbins; that project  received the "Simply  the Best"                                                            
award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. CARL BRACKMAN, Senior  Resource Economist; Minerals, Oil and Gas                                                            
for the  Resources, Wildlife  and Economic  Development Department,                                                             
informed committee members  of oil and gas drilling efforts underway                                                            
in the  Northwest Territories  and how the  fiscal regime works  for                                                            
those fields.   He discussed how combining Alaska  and Northwest gas                                                            
production  efforts by using  one pipeline  would maximize  resource                                                            
development in both areas.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JAMES  said  she  felt  the  two  governments  could                                                            
benefit by sharing information on many issues.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
There were no announcements.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JAMES of  the House  Special  Committee on  Economic                                                            
Development,  Trade  and  Tourism  moved  to adopt  a  statement  of                                                            
intent, which read:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Both governments  agree to establish a joint coordinating                                                                  
     committee  to participate in future timely and  meaningful                                                                 
     consultations,  with the goal  of signing a Memorandum  of                                                                 
     Understanding  within the  period ending  July 1, 2001  or                                                                 
     when  Speaker  Anthony  J. Whitford  and  Minister Joseph                                                                  
     Handley  are able  to come to  Alaska to  sign this  joint                                                                 
     document.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
The  statement  of intent  also  directed  Ronda  Thompson,  Special                                                            
Assistant  on  International  Trade  Policy  for  the  Alaska  State                                                            
Legislature,  and  Doug  Schuarte,  Deputy Clerk  of  the  Northwest                                                            
Territories Assembly, to  present draft language to both governments                                                            
for discussion  and mutual  agreement at the  next joint meeting  of                                                            
both governments.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR McGUIRE  announced that with  no opposition, the statement  of                                                            
intent was adopted.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  McGUIRE adjourned  the joint  meeting of  the Senate  Special                                                            
Committee on World  Trade and State/Federal Relations  and the House                                                            
Special  Committee on  Economic Development,  Trade  and Tourism  at                                                            
10:14 a.m.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
NOTE:   The meeting  was recorded.    A copy of  the tape(s)  may be                                                            
obtained by contacting  the Senate Records Office  at State Capitol,                                                            
Room 3, Juneau, Alaska  99801 (mailing address), (907) 465-2870, and                                                            
after adjournment of the  second session of the Twenty-Second Alaska                                                            
State Legislature  this information  may be  obtained by  contacting                                                            
the Legislative Reference Library at (907) 465-3808.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                

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