Legislature(2001 - 2002)

03/21/2002 01:10 PM EDT

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
              HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC                                                                             
                 DEVELOPMENT, TRADE AND TOURISM                                                                               
                         March 21, 2002                                                                                         
                           1:10 p.m.                                                                                            
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
OVERVIEW:  PACIFIC  NW ECONOMIC REGION RE:   RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN                                                               
REGIONAL PARTNERS                                                                                                               
02-4, SIDE(S) A                                                                                                                 
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
REPRESENTATIVE  LESIL McGUIRE,  Chair, called  the House  Special                                                               
Committee on Economic Development, Trade  and Tourism to order at                                                               
1:10 p.m.                                                                                                                       
Committee  members present  were Representatives  McGuire, Green,                                                               
Morgan, Dyson, Crawford, Guess, and Rokeberg.                                                                                   
SUMMARY OF INFORMATION                                                                                                        
BARRY PENNER,  Member of the Legislative  Assembly (MLA), British                                                               
Columbia;  Vice  President  Canada,  Pacific  NorthWest  Economic                                                               
Region   (PNWER),  thanked   the  committee   for  allowing   the                                                               
opportunity  to address  various members  of the  legislature and                                                               
introduced the rest  of the delegation.  Mr.  Penner commented on                                                               
various issues that  are similar in Alaska  and British Columbia.                                                               
He offered  to work together  to try to increase  tourism between                                                               
the two  regions.   He informed  members that  he was  willing to                                                               
help  write a  resolution  to the  Canadian government  regarding                                                               
cross-border issues.                                                                                                            
MATT  MORRISON, Executive  Director,  Pacific NorthWest  Economic                                                               
Region, mainly  discussed PNWER and  how it affects  the regional                                                               
members.   Mr.  Morrison talked  about legislation  in Washington                                                               
State that  will help  in homeland and  binational security.   He                                                               
also  discussed the  upcoming PNWER  meeting in  June, addressing                                                               
the various topics that will be discussed.                                                                                      
SUKUMAR PERIWAL,  Senior Policy Analyst in  the Intergovernmental                                                               
Relations  Secretariat, spoke  briefly  about British  Columbia's                                                               
role in PNWER and its anticipated involvement.                                                                                  
There were no announcements.                                                                                                    
COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                              
The committee took no action.                                                                                                   
CHAIR McGUIRE  adjourned the House Special  Committee on Economic                                                               
Development, Trade and Tourism meeting at 1:59 p.m.                                                                             
NOTE:   The meeting was  recorded and handwritten log  notes were                                                               
taken.  A  copy of the tape(s)  and log notes may  be obtained by                                                               
contacting the  House Records  Office at  State Capitol,  Room 3,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska  99801  (mailing address),  (907)  465-2214,  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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