Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/06/2003 01:30 PM House TRA

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            HOUSE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 6, 2003                                                                                          
                           1:30 p.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Representative Jim Holm, Co-Chair                                                                                               
Representative Beverly Masek, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Hugh Fate                                                                                                        
Representative Cheryll Heinze                                                                                                   
Representative Vic Kohring                                                                                                      
Representative Albert Kookesh                                                                                                   
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Representative Mary Kapsner                                                                                                     
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
HOUSE BILL NO. 127                                                                                                              
"An Act allowing certain roadside memorials to be placed within                                                                 
the right-of-way of a state highway."                                                                                           
     - MOVED HB 127 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                            
HOUSE BILL NO. 97                                                                                                               
"An Act authorizing a long-term lease of certain Alaska Railroad                                                                
Corporation land at Anchorage; and providing for an effective                                                                   
     - MOVED HB 97 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                             
PREVIOUS ACTION                                                                                                               
BILL: HB 127                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE:ROADSIDE MEMORIALS                                                                                                  
SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVE(S)WHITAKER                                                                                           
Jrn-Date   Jrn-Page                     Action                                                                                  
02/26/03     0304       (H)        READ THE FIRST TIME -                                                                        
02/26/03     0304       (H)        TRA, STA                                                                                     
03/06/03                (H)        TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                    
BILL: HB 97                                                                                                                   
SHORT TITLE:LONG-TERM LEASES OF ALASKA RR LAND                                                                                  
SPONSOR(S): REPRESENTATIVE(S)KOHRING                                                                                            
Jrn-Date   Jrn-Page                     Action                                                                                  
02/14/03     0214       (H)        READ THE FIRST TIME -                                                                        
02/14/03     0214       (H)        TRA, RES, FIN                                                                                
03/06/03                (H)        TRA AT 1:30 PM CAPITOL 17                                                                    
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
LORI BACKES, Staff                                                                                                              
to Representative Jim Whitaker                                                                                                  
Alaska State Legislature                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Presented HB  127  on behalf  of the  bill                                                               
sponsor, Representative Jim Whitaker.                                                                                           
RACHELLE DOWDY                                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 127.                                                                            
SANDY GILLESPIE                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Her testimony  supporting HB 127 was read by                                                               
Rachelle Dowdy.                                                                                                                 
AL SUNDQUIST                                                                                                                    
Alaska Chapter of  Americans United for Separation  of Church and                                                               
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified that  HB 127 should  specify that                                                               
no religious message be included.                                                                                               
JIM EDE                                                                                                                         
Wasilla, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified that  there are some problems with                                                               
HB 127.                                                                                                                         
ASA DOWDY                                                                                                                       
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   During discussion of HB  127, expressed the                                                               
need  to allow  the roadside  memorials to  be an  expression the                                                               
family desires.                                                                                                                 
BARBARA DOWDY, Member                                                                                                           
Fairbanks Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)                                                                       
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 127.                                                                            
SHERYL REILLY                                                                                                                   
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 127.                                                                            
SALLY EKLUND                                                                                                                    
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 127.                                                                            
DENNIS POSHARD, Legislative Liaison/Special Assistant                                                                           
Office of the Commissioner                                                                                                      
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Answered  questions  and   suggested  an                                                               
alternate program to HB 127.                                                                                                    
MICHAEL L. DOWNING, Director and Chief Engineer                                                                                 
Division of Statewide Design & Engineering Services                                                                             
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:     Answered  questions  and   testified  in                                                               
opposition to HB 127.                                                                                                           
MARK MARLOW                                                                                                                     
Alaska Enfranchise Facilities, Inc. (AEF)                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of HB 97.                                                                             
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
TAPE 03-7, SIDE A                                                                                                             
Number 0001                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR  JIM  HOLM  called  the  House  Transportation  Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at  1:30 p.m.   Representatives Holm,                                                               
Masek, Kohring,  and Heinze  were present at  the call  to order.                                                               
Representatives Fate  and Kookesh arrived  as the meeting  was in                                                               
HB 127-ROADSIDE MEMORIALS                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR HOLM  announced that the  first order of  business would                                                               
be  HOUSE  BILL  NO.  127,  "An  Act  allowing  certain  roadside                                                               
memorials  to  be  placed  within the  right-of-way  of  a  state                                                               
Number 0115                                                                                                                     
LORI BACKES, Staff to Representative Jim Whitaker, provided the                                                                 
following sponsor statement on behalf of Representative                                                                         
     When  a  person dies  on  an  Alaska road,  family  and                                                                    
     friends  often express  their  grief  by placing  items                                                                    
     near where the tragedy occurred,  in a kind of memorial                                                                    
     to  their loved  one.   Sometimes,  even strangers  are                                                                    
     moved to add to  the memorial when particularly touched                                                                    
     by the loss.                                                                                                               
     These memorials serve two purposes.   One, to allow the                                                                    
     grieving to  express their sorrow,  and two,  to remind                                                                    
     those  who travel  of the  inherent dangers  in driving                                                                    
     Alaska's  roads, particularly  when excessive  speed or                                                                    
     alcohol  contributed  to  the cause  of  the  accident.                                                                    
     Many Alaskans instinctively check  their speed and take                                                                    
     extra care in driving when  they pass one of these such                                                                    
     Recently,   the   State   of   Alaska   Department   of                                                                    
     Transportation  [&  Public   Facilities]  informed  the                                                                    
     creators of such memorials  that these encroachments to                                                                    
     the right-of-way  would no longer  be tolerated.   They                                                                    
     warned that  the department would  remove them  if they                                                                    
     were not taken down by a  date certain.  This action is                                                                    
     in response  to a  perceived threat to  federal highway                                                                    
     funding if the state allowed  the memorials, as well as                                                                    
     an   interpretation  of   the  state   law  that   bans                                                                    
     The  liberty  to  express  our  grief,  the  desire  to                                                                    
     memorialize a  fallen officer, the wish  to recognize a                                                                    
     tragedy in  our community,  is a very  personal freedom                                                                    
     that  must  not  be   unnecessarily  infringed  by  the                                                                    
     HB 127  sets out to  clarify that while the  state does                                                                    
     not  attempt   to  discourage   the  placing   of  such                                                                    
     memorials, they will be reasonably  regulated so as not                                                                    
     to allow  unsafe distractions  and hazards  in Alaska's                                                                    
Number 0210                                                                                                                     
MS. BACKES continued:                                                                                                           
     The genesis  of this  bill lies in  a public  notice of                                                                    
     regulation  change   some  two   years  ago   when  the                                                                    
     Department  of  Transportation  [&  Public  Facilities]                                                                    
     created  the "Memorial  Sign Program."   Representative                                                                    
     Whitaker became  concerned that while  instituting this                                                                    
     program,  the department  made it  clear that  personal                                                                    
     roadside  memorials would  no longer  be tolerated  and                                                                    
     must be removed.                                                                                                           
     We've  had numerous  conversations with  the department                                                                    
     over  this  issue  and are  aware  of  their  concerns,                                                                    
     namely,  that  the   department  believes  that  Alaska                                                                    
     Statute  AS  19.25.075  bans such  memorials;  and  the                                                                    
     department  perceives  a   threat  to  federal  highway                                                                    
     funding should such memorials be allowed.                                                                                  
     I'd like  to briefly address those  concerns.  Firstly,                                                                    
     the cited  Alaska Statute  is the  section of  law that                                                                    
     bans billboards.   I have a copy of the  statute if the                                                                    
     members would like  to take a look at them.   But it is                                                                    
     our belief  that the  intent of  the billboard  ban did                                                                    
     not   contemplate  its   being  applied   to  temporary                                                                    
     personal roadside  memorials such  as are the  topic of                                                                    
     today's discussion.  Secondly,  the perceived threat to                                                                    
     federal  highway funding  comes from  a portion  of the                                                                    
     Highway  Beautification  Act  that states  that  states                                                                    
     face a 10 percent cut  in federal highway funds if they                                                                    
     did not  make "provision  for effective control  of the                                                                    
     erection  and maintenance  ...  of outdoor  advertising                                                                    
     signs, displays, and devices  which are within 660 feet                                                                    
     of  the nearest  edge of  the right-of-way  and visible                                                                    
     from the main traveled way ...."                                                                                           
Number 0417                                                                                                                     
     We  believe the  provisions  in HB  127 provide  policy                                                                    
     direction  to the  state department  of transportation,                                                                    
     that  while roadside  memorials  will  not be  entirely                                                                    
     against  the  law  within the  state,  the  legislature                                                                    
     fully  allows  and  expects   the  department  to  make                                                                    
     certain they  are not  a hindrance  to the  free travel                                                                    
     and maintenance of our roadways.   This is accomplished                                                                    
     in both Sections 1 and 2  of the bill.  These memorials                                                                    
     must be  of temporary  nature, must not  interfere with                                                                    
     the use of  the highway, with other uses  of the right-                                                                    
     of-way, with  the visibility  of directional  and other                                                                    
     official  signs and  notices,  or  with highway  safety                                                                    
     construction  or maintenance.   They  must not  contain                                                                    
     political  or  commercial  messages, and  must  contain                                                                    
     contact information of the person  who placed it there,                                                                    
     so  they may  be contacted  should there  be a  problem                                                                    
     with  such placement.   If  a particular  memorial does                                                                    
     not  meet these  standards,  the  legislature not  only                                                                    
     allows,  but fully  expects the  department to  contact                                                                    
     the  person  who  placed  the   memorial  to  have  the                                                                    
     situation corrected,  or face having it  removed by the                                                                    
MS. BACKES concluded by offering to address any questions.                                                                      
Number 0443                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR MASEK pointed out that  the legislation doesn't [define]                                                               
"temporary" and inquired as to its meaning.                                                                                     
MS. BACKES  acknowledged that some  of these memorials  have been                                                               
around for  quite some time.   She explained  that Representative                                                               
Whitaker sought to  be as least restrictive as  possible with its                                                               
broad language.   The  concept of  "temporary nature"  means that                                                               
the  state  doesn't  intend  to allow  these  memorials  to  have                                                               
concrete  footings or  to be  permanently  attached to  something                                                               
along  the  roadway and  that  these  memorials would  be  easily                                                               
removed.  Therefore, there was no specific timeframe.                                                                           
Number 0552                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  HEINZE noted  that  she has  long worked  against                                                               
drunk  driving  and  asked  if   these  memorials  could  include                                                               
something, such as  a yellow ribbon, signifying  that alcohol was                                                               
MS. BACKES  informed the committee  that the State of  Alaska has                                                               
instituted  a  Memorial Sign  Program  allowing  the state,  upon                                                               
approval of  application by a  family, to  place a sign  near the                                                               
location of the  accident.  She showed  the committee photographs                                                               
of signs that contained the  plea "Please don't drink and drive."                                                               
The  personal roadside  memorials addressed  by HB  127 would  be                                                               
designed by the  family with whatever message  the family desires                                                               
without commercial  or political  messages.  In  further response                                                               
to  Representative Heinze,  Ms. Backes  confirmed that  folks can                                                               
choose a particular sign.                                                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE  FATE   remarked,  "We   seem  to  have   a  great                                                               
propensity for  blaming alcohol  [for] everything."   He  said he                                                               
was reminded  of a study done  by the State of  Michigan in which                                                               
1,000 people were stopped under  the influence of alcohol; it was                                                               
found  that 80  percent of  those had  other illicit  drugs.   He                                                               
stated that alcohol isn't the only reason for accidents.                                                                        
Number 0854                                                                                                                     
RACHELLE DOWDY provided the following testimony:                                                                                
     I  support  HB  127.   Standard  roadside  signs  equal                                                                    
     statistics.   This is  fine, but  Alaska has  the worst                                                                    
     drunk driving record in the  nation.  We have to remind                                                                    
     drivers that it is personal,  it happened here, to this                                                                    
     person, to  this family, to this  community, to someone                                                                    
     we loved, not just a statistic.                                                                                            
     Heather's friends stopped to  add flowers to her marker                                                                    
     one day,  and a motorist stopped.   She said she  had a                                                                    
     history  of drinking  and driving.    She thought,  "It                                                                    
     would never happen to me,"  but this marker enlightened                                                                    
     her  and caused  her  to  change her  habits.   It  got                                                                    
     personal, moved  beyond statistics.  Would  a standard,                                                                    
     state sign  have this  effect?   I don't  think so.   I                                                                    
     encourage every  committee member to review  the images                                                                    
     submitted by Sheryl Maree Reily  and to take this issue                                                                    
     to heart.  I also  suggest you [use the Internet search                                                                    
     engine to find] Google  "roadside memorial" and look at                                                                    
     some of  these sites.   This  form of  human expression                                                                    
     takes  place not  only in  Alaska,  but nationally  and                                                                    
     internationally.  Does Alaska want  to be known for its                                                                    
     lack of  human interest,  such human  interest replaced                                                                    
     with mere statistics?                                                                                                      
     I have  lived in Alaska my  entire life.  We  thrive on                                                                    
     individuality   up  here,   our   freedom  to   express                                                                    
     ourselves, both  individually and  as a community.   Do                                                                    
     we really want  to summarize our personal  loss and our                                                                    
     shameful national  record in  identical blue  and white                                                                    
     statistics?   Do  we want  to  be this  impersonal?   I                                                                    
MS. DOWDY  clarified that  she is related  to Heather  Dowdy, who                                                               
was  killed in  2000  in  Fairbanks, Alaska,  on  the Old  Steese                                                               
Number 0980                                                                                                                     
SANDY GILLESPIE had her testimony read by Rachelle Dowdy as                                                                     
     I support  HB 127.   Roadside memorials are  visible on                                                                    
     many  of Alaska's  highways and  roads.   These markers                                                                    
     play   a   significant    role   in   recognizing   and                                                                    
     acknowledging  the  humanity all  of  us  share.   When                                                                    
     still a Fairbanks  resident, I heard about  a family of                                                                    
     five  killed by  a drunk  driver on  the Glenn  Highway                                                                    
     just  outside of  Anchorage.   Each time  I drive  into                                                                    
     Anchorage,  I  see their  memorial  and  think of  that                                                                    
     family.   I  never  met them;  I  don't remember  their                                                                    
     names.   But  I  wish them  well,  I acknowledge  their                                                                    
     lives and  deaths, I  think of  the people  left behind                                                                    
     who love them.                                                                                                             
     I  think  of  other  specific sites:    two  along  the                                                                    
     Richardson [Highway]  near Eielson Air Force  Base; two                                                                    
     on  Chena  Hot  Springs  Road near  Fairbanks;  two  on                                                                    
     Minnesota Drive  in Anchorage;  one on  Northern Lights                                                                    
     Drive  near  the  Anchorage airport.    The  one  names                                                                    
     "brother" and  "daddy" as the person  or persons killed                                                                    
     there.  In  passing these sites, to name just  a few, I                                                                    
     have  not been  distracted  from driving.    I see  the                                                                    
     markers as I  see the landscape, but  the images travel                                                                    
     with me, makes me more human.                                                                                              
     My  17-year-old sister-in-law  was  killed  by a  drunk                                                                    
     driver in Fairbanks.   The family put up  a memorial on                                                                    
     the  Old  Steese Highway  for  Heather  Dowdy.   People                                                                    
     driving by  regularly have stopped at  a nearby turnout                                                                    
     and  told  us  how  the  site has  impacted  them.    A                                                                    
     grandmother told  us how her very  young grandson asked                                                                    
     about Heather.   Grandma  explained what  happened, and                                                                    
     the child  refers to Heather  by name.   Another person                                                                    
     told us that she used to  drive after drinking:  she no                                                                    
     longer  does because  this memorial  made  real to  her                                                                    
     what the consequences can be.                                                                                              
     In  Oregon last  year, I  saw the  official road  signs                                                                    
     that  marked traffic  deaths,  including drunk  driving                                                                    
     deaths.   I like those signs  also.  I think  we have a                                                                    
     right to know - should know  - every spot where a drunk                                                                    
     driver  has killed  or  injured someone.    I think  we                                                                    
     should have  signs that say  how many people  have been                                                                    
     killed  on   various  sections  of  highway   by  drunk                                                                    
     drivers,  just   like  we  have  signs   on  the  Glenn                                                                    
     [Highway]  saying  how  many  moose  have  been  killed                                                                    
     there;  [it's] good  but not  as  important as  people.                                                                    
     The   official   signs   are   about   statistics   and                                                                    
     documentation of  a system that  does not  equally deal                                                                    
     with drunk  drivers in our  state.  I want  those signs                                                                    
     also.   But  they  do not  replace  the memorials,  the                                                                    
     signs that make us aware of  and able to care about the                                                                    
     people  we have  never met  and  who have  died on  the                                                                    
     roads we drive every day.                                                                                                  
Number 1152                                                                                                                     
AL SUNDQUIST,  Alaska Chapter of Americans  United for Separation                                                               
of Church and State, said  that while he sympathized greatly with                                                               
the preceding  testimony, he believes that  the roadside memorial                                                               
program provides  [what is necessary].   Mr.  Sundquist explained                                                               
that [the  Alaska Chapter of  Americans United for  Separation of                                                               
Church and State] is opposed  to the personal memorials that have                                                               
religious  content.    The  state  is  not  in  the  position  of                                                               
supporting  any  religion.   Therefore,  he  suggested  that  the                                                               
language  in HB  127 specify  that  no religious  message can  be                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE  HEINZE   related  her  understanding   that  [the                                                               
roadside memorial] would come from  the family [who lost a family                                                               
member].    She asked  if  Mr.  Sundquist  was objecting  to  the                                                               
family's expression and wishes [through the roadside memorial].                                                                 
MR. SUNDQUIST  pointed out that  the current  regulations provide                                                               
for the family to [allow the  memorial] to be placed and [allows]                                                               
for the family to put a  message [on the roadside memorial].  Mr.                                                               
Sundquist  clarified  that  he   was  objecting  to  the  state's                                                               
[allowing  roadside  memorials  with  religious  content]  to  be                                                               
placed on public property.                                                                                                      
Number 1369                                                                                                                     
JIM  EDE  said   he  believes  that  the   Alaska  Department  of                                                               
Transportation  & Public  Facilities (DOT&PF)  is correct  in its                                                               
statement that  there are regulations  governing memorials.   The                                                               
problem with  these memorials is  that they are  very distractive                                                               
to  motorists, and  although these  roadside memorials  look nice                                                               
for  a few  days,  after being  out in  the  weather they  become                                                               
unsightly.   Furthermore, there are  many court  cases specifying                                                               
that there shouldn't  be religious messages or  symbols on public                                                               
property.   Mr. Ede highlighted  that the state can  lose federal                                                               
highway funds  if it  doesn't abide  by the  federal regulations.                                                               
The solution proposed by the  [U.S. Department of Transportation]                                                               
is  a good  solution.   He noted  that many  other states  have a                                                               
system in  which one can apply  and place a roadside  sign with a                                                               
short message.  He also  noted that [the roadside memorial system                                                               
employed  by some  states] has  an  effective date.   Without  an                                                               
effective date, there is the  possibility of a multitude of these                                                               
signs.   Most  of  the problems  with HB  127  have already  been                                                               
addressed  by the  [U.S. Department  of  Transportation] and  the                                                               
regulations that are already in existence.                                                                                      
Number 1565                                                                                                                     
ASA  DOWDY informed  the  committee  that he  was  the father  of                                                               
Heather  Dowdy, who  was killed  by a  drunk driver.   Mr.  Dowdy                                                               
pointed  out that  the roadside  memorials are  for the  family's                                                               
expression.  He noted that he  and his family have benefited from                                                               
the  roadside memorial  established for  Heather.   He emphasized                                                               
the need  for families who  have lost  a member to  express their                                                               
loss  in the  way they  see  fit, regardless  of their  religious                                                               
affiliation.  Mr.  Dowdy said that when traveling  he has noticed                                                               
the roadside memorials  that have been put in  place, although he                                                               
hasn't  noticed the  blue-and-white signs  because they  blend in                                                               
with the other state signs.   Furthermore, the roadside memorials                                                               
make folks more conscious of  their driving, which Mr. Dowdy said                                                               
is the focus.                                                                                                                   
Number 1678                                                                                                                     
BARBARA  DOWDY,  Member,  Fairbanks Chapter  of  Mothers  Against                                                               
Drunk  Driving  (MADD),  said that  her  daughter,  Heather,  was                                                               
killed by a drunk driver.  She  began by noting her support of HB
127.  She then provided the following testimony:                                                                                
     My daughter,  Heather, was  killed September  30, 2000,                                                                    
     at 3:00 in the afternoon by  a drunk driver.  My family                                                                    
     and  friends erected  a roadside  memorial  on the  Old                                                                    
     Steese Highway.   From the time that  the accident took                                                                    
     place to  the placing of  the memorial, I was  not able                                                                    
     to drive  by the site  of the  accident.  Now  this has                                                                    
     become a  focal point, a place  of solace as we  try to                                                                    
     recover from our grief.   Memorials across the state of                                                                    
     Alaska  and  all across  the  United  States have  been                                                                    
     erected  long before  we became  a nation.   This  is a                                                                    
     traditional way of mourning.   We cannot allow [DOT&PF]                                                                    
     to  mandate to  our state,  be  it under  the guise  of                                                                    
     benevolence, nor  our federal government to  mandate to                                                                    
     our state that this tradition must be stamped out.                                                                         
     I  have viewed,  on  the web,  memorial after  memorial                                                                    
     that has been  dedicated to the memory of  a loved one.                                                                    
     None   of  these   memorials   look  rain-drenched   or                                                                    
     bedraggled; all  of these are  taken care of  by loving                                                                    
     family members  and friends.   The statements  that are                                                                    
     indicated  on these  memorials  indicate  that a  loved                                                                    
     one, a valued member of  society, was ... violently and                                                                    
     hastily taken  from our  midst.   We honor  their lives                                                                    
     and we value  their commitment to society.   This is an                                                                    
     affirmation that  no official  [DOT&PF] sign  that says                                                                    
     "Please drive  safely" or "Don't  drink and  drive" can                                                                    
     ever  say.    These  state signs  become  an  unnoticed                                                                    
     nonentity.   I have  yet to  see the  two signs  that I                                                                    
     pass by  every time  I go into  town, even  though I've                                                                    
     been told  where they are  located.  How can  this make                                                                    
     an impact on society when people do not see them?                                                                          
     I contacted Lady Byrd Johnson's  Office to let her know                                                                    
     that the Lady Byrd  Johnson [Highway Beautification Act                                                                    
     of  1965]  was  being  cited as  the  reason  that  the                                                                    
     memorials  were  being  removed.   The  letter  that  I                                                                    
     received  from Ms.  Johnson's  office  stated that  Ms.                                                                    
     Johnson would be distressed to  hear that her Act was a                                                                    
     source of pain  to a grieving family.  ...  I have been                                                                    
     told by a friend who  recently came back from the Lower                                                                    
     48 and  drove through 24  different states ...  that he                                                                    
     saw  memorials in  every state  that he  drove through,                                                                    
     and every time he saw  one that he immediately took his                                                                    
     foot off the  gas and drove more cautiously.   I do not                                                                    
     see how  ... taking  one's foot off  the gas  and going                                                                    
     down to the  speed limit makes them  a dangerous driver                                                                    
     to follow.   Since we  are still a country  that allows                                                                    
     us to  have freedom of  religion, I  do not see  how my                                                                    
     putting up  a cross  can take  away from  anyone else's                                                                    
     freedom.  Please  help me to keep this  memorial for my                                                                    
     daughter and to uphold the  right of myself and [other]                                                                    
     grieving families by passing HB 127.                                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE HEINZE remarked that roadside memorials have a                                                                   
tremendous impact on her.                                                                                                       
Number 1875                                                                                                                     
SHERYL REILLY noted  that she is in support of  the Dowdy family.                                                               
Ms.  Reilly began  by announcing  her support  for HB  127.   She                                                               
noted that she  has forwarded her statement to  the committee for                                                               
distribution.   She  indicated that  [the Highway  Beautification                                                               
Act] is clear in addressing  junkyards and billboards so that the                                                               
highways  are beautiful  and maintained,  although this  seems to                                                               
have  been distorted.   Ms.  Reilly said  she believes  it's good                                                               
that the  state provides a choice  with regard to the  signs that                                                               
are allowed.   Furthermore, she  related that she  didn't believe                                                               
this is  a religious issue  but rather  an issue of  humanity and                                                               
grief and  the expression  of that grief,  which she  believes is                                                               
protected by the constitution.                                                                                                  
Number 1982                                                                                                                     
SALLY EKLUND began  by informing the committee  that her 21-year-                                                               
old son  was killed  by a  drunk driver in  Fairbanks.   She said                                                               
that a  memorial is a  remembrance, usually  put in place  by the                                                               
family.    Her son  was  killed  on  the Johanson  Expressway  on                                                               
November 20, 1996, and about one  week after the accident she and                                                               
her two other children built a  cross.  The cross had his picture                                                               
on it, and also contained the  clearly stated message that he was                                                               
killed by  a drunk driver.   Within  six months of  the accident,                                                               
the solid oak  cross was busted in  half.  She wrote  a letter to                                                               
the editor and put up another  cross on-site.  Ms. Eklund went to                                                               
the  [DOT&PF]  office  and  said  she  had  the  impression  that                                                               
[DOT&PF]  was  taking  the  cross  down.   She  said  that  other                                                               
families had received  guidelines on how to  take memorials down,                                                               
although  she  did not  receive  such  a  letter  or memo.    She                                                               
testified  that  she   didn't  feel  that  the   memorial  was  a                                                               
distraction or  an eyesore.   After the  last time the  cross was                                                               
taken down,  the local police were  called, and now the  cross is                                                               
in her backyard.  She stated  that the memorials are personal and                                                               
should be kept  that way and that regulations  are for impersonal                                                               
government entities.   She said  her memorial for her  son should                                                               
say whatever she  wants it to say; she has  never meant to offend                                                               
Number 2237                                                                                                                     
MS. BACKES commented  that the photographs that  were referred to                                                               
earlier were provided  by the witness, Sheryl Reilly.   There are                                                               
other photographs  on various web  sites, and a listing  of those                                                               
web sites could be provided to anyone who is interested.                                                                        
REPRESENTATIVE KOOKESH asked about  the definition of "temporary"                                                               
under [Sec. 19.25.260(a)].                                                                                                      
MS. BACKES  replied that  there is not  a definition  because the                                                               
sponsor's  intent was  to leave  the language  broadly worded  to                                                               
allow freedom to those who put  up the memorials.  She reiterated                                                               
that "temporary in  nature" indicates that it is not  meant to be                                                               
permanent; the memorials  would not have concrete  footings or be                                                               
permanently attached to the ground.                                                                                             
REPRESENTATIVE  KOOKESH   said  he  thought  this   ought  to  be                                                               
time-certain  to  provide  some  guidelines.    He  said  without                                                               
further  definition,  "temporary"  quickly  becomes  regarded  as                                                               
CO-CHAIR HOLM  questioned what a  reasonable timeframe  for grief                                                               
might be, saying that this is not a time-certain situation.                                                                     
TAPE 03-7, SIDE B                                                                                                             
DENNIS POSHARD, Legislative  Liaison/Special Assistant, Office of                                                               
the   Commissioner,  Department   of   Transportation  &   Public                                                               
Facilities, testified  that the department is  sensitive to those                                                               
who have  lost loved ones  along the  highways, which is  why the                                                               
Memorial Sign Program  was developed.  He said  that although the                                                               
process  has been  difficult and  clumsy,  it has  resulted in  a                                                               
reasoned  program  for  dealing  with  roadside  memorials.    He                                                               
explained  that [23  C.F.R. 710.403]  requires the  department to                                                               
manage the roadsides and to  control all encroachments within the                                                               
right-of-way,  and  limits the  use  of  the roadway  to  highway                                                               
purposes.  If there is  something that is non-highway use, DOT&PF                                                               
needs  to work  with  the Federal  Highway Administration  (FHWA)                                                               
because  there is  a federal  highway  oversight agreement  which                                                               
requires   the  department   to  submit   all  applications   for                                                               
encroachments  in   the  right-of-way.     The   Federal  Highway                                                               
Administration either approves of  or denies those encroachments;                                                               
one  such   example  is  the  beautification   permits  that  the                                                               
department submits to the FHWA.                                                                                                 
Number 2243                                                                                                                     
MR. POSHARD continued that if  HB 127 passes, the grieving family                                                               
will need  to apply for  a permit, to be  reviewed by FHWA.   The                                                               
DOT&PF Memorial  Sign Program is  a voluntary, free  program that                                                               
allows  a  family to  request  a  sign  DOT&PF  will put  up  and                                                               
maintain for 10  years.  Currently, if someone chooses  to put up                                                               
a memorial other than one  of the departmental signs, technically                                                               
and legally  it is probably in  violation of the law,  but DOT&PF                                                               
does  not have  the inclination  or the  resources to  police the                                                               
sites in a manner that would  result in removing those signs.  To                                                               
Mr. Poshard's  knowledge, the department  has not taken  down any                                                               
memorials against  the wishes of any  families.  He said  that if                                                               
that has  been done, it was  done contrary to any  direction that                                                               
has been  given from the  commissioner's office.  He  said DOT&PF                                                               
has   had   several   good  conversations   with   Representative                                                               
Whitaker's office, and would like  to continue working to achieve                                                               
a reasonable  resolution that allows DOT&PF  flexibility and also                                                               
allows grieving families to grieve in the manner they see fit.                                                                  
Number 2155                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR HOLM  asked if after  the roads were built  with federal                                                               
funds,  there  were  federal inspections  ensuring  that  ongoing                                                               
compliance was  maintained on the sides  of the roads.   He asked                                                               
if the agreement with the  federal government pertained to design                                                               
and construction or  if it also applied once the  road was built.                                                               
He  said   he  thought  maintenance   applied  but   wondered  if                                                               
monitoring of rights-of-way would impact funding.                                                                               
Number 2114                                                                                                                     
MICHAEL  L. DOWNING,  Director and  Chief  Engineer, Division  of                                                               
Statewide   Design   &   Engineering  Services,   Department   of                                                               
Transportation &  Public Facilities, said the  provision requires                                                               
that the  highway right-of-way continue  to be  managed according                                                               
to  the Code  of Federal  Regulations (C.F.R.)  once federal  aid                                                             
dollars have been  invested in that highway.   The FHWA maintains                                                               
that the requirements  for management of the  right-of-way are in                                                               
perpetuity.   Regarding the inspection  of a  federal-aid highway                                                               
project,  as  part  of the  reimbursement  provision,  DOT&PF  is                                                               
required to  certify that  the highway  right-of-way is  free and                                                               
clear of  any illegal encroachments.   The DOT&PF staff  does the                                                               
certification.   It  is  not a  federal  inspector; however,  the                                                               
effect is the same.                                                                                                             
Number 2018                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR  HOLM wondered  if  once the  highway  was certified  as                                                               
meeting those criteria,  it was no longer subject  to penalty; he                                                               
asked if  federal oversight  of the  project continued  from that                                                               
point onward.                                                                                                                   
Number 2030                                                                                                                     
MR. DOWNING responded that the  obligation remains, even if there                                                               
is  not  much enforcement  activity  involved.   He  stated  that                                                               
certification  is  a one-time  event  at  the completion  of  the                                                               
CO-CHAIR HOLM  suggested that  the State of  Alaska owns  its own                                                               
highways after  the projects are  completed.  He said  that under                                                               
the guise  of being a member  of the federal highway  system, the                                                               
state   responds   to  laws   pertaining   to   new  design   and                                                               
construction.  Co-Chair Holm asked about retroactivity.                                                                         
Number 1989                                                                                                                     
MR. DOWNING  said that he was  an engineer, not an  attorney, and                                                               
he was  reluctant to go into  legal interpretations.  He  said if                                                               
federal  aid dollars  have been  spent  on a  highway in  Alaska,                                                               
there  is a  requirement to  maintain, operate,  and manage  that                                                               
highway  right-of-way under  those  guidelines, for  a very  long                                                               
period of time - a minimum of 20 years.                                                                                         
CO-CHAIR HOLM wondered  if the passage of  this legislation would                                                               
result  in  Alaska's  being suspect  for  losing  future  federal                                                               
Number 1957                                                                                                                     
MR. DOWNING replied that he did  not honestly believe there was a                                                               
great risk  of losing federal aid  dollars, due to this  issue of                                                               
compliance with  state and  federal law.   He stated  his concern                                                               
was  focused elsewhere;  he wanted  to  make sure  that a  safety                                                               
hazard  was not  being introduced  within the  right-of-way.   He                                                               
said a "clear  zone" is a section of the  highway - a theoretical                                                               
limit  in  which 80  percent  of  the run-off-the-road  accidents                                                               
occur.  The department would not  want to introduce a hazard into                                                               
the clear zone.                                                                                                                 
Number 1912                                                                                                                     
MR.  DOWNING  said that  other  states  have set  precedents  for                                                               
removing memorials  on the basis of  safety.  He said  there is a                                                               
correlation  between  the  location   of  the  memorial  and  the                                                               
location of the accident, so the  site is an inopportune place to                                                               
introduce a hazard.   He continued that the  department could get                                                               
past  the safety  concern and  the  concern of  aesthetics.   The                                                               
bigger issue  is that the  majority of memorials that  are placed                                                               
in the highway right-of-way -  that is, government property - are                                                               
religious  symbols;   the  question   emerges  of   managing  the                                                               
separation  of church  and  state.   The  court  history is  that                                                               
government  agencies lose  that fight  when those  constitutional                                                               
boundaries are  crossed.   As written, the  bill does  not define                                                               
"memorials",  but eventually  a definition  will occur,  possibly                                                               
through  the  permitting  process.     He  said  that  if  DOT&PF                                                               
submitted a  permit for a  memorial and asked for  concurrence in                                                               
accordance with  the oversight  agreement, FHWA  would absolutely                                                               
want to know what the memorial was honoring.                                                                                    
Number 1830                                                                                                                     
MR.  DOWNING said  there are  ways  to accommodate  the need  for                                                               
personal expression and suggested  that the department's Memorial                                                               
Sign Program  could be  used.  He  said there  are constitutional                                                               
limitations, once religious symbols are involved.                                                                               
Number 1798                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR MASEK referred to the  Highway Beautification Act in the                                                               
committee  packet and  noted that  Congress has  not repealed  or                                                               
changed  the declaration  in  37  years.   She  pointed out  that                                                               
advertising was not addressed within  the right-of-way, and noted                                                               
that the Federal  Highway Act, in part,  bases its interpretation                                                               
of   advertising  within   the   right-of-way   on  the   Highway                                                               
Beautification Act.  The Act regulates outside of the right-of-                                                                 
way,   excluding  on-premise   signs,   but   does  not   address                                                               
advertising  within the  right-of-way.   The Federal  Highway Act                                                               
attributes this omission to the  fact that in the 1960s, Congress                                                               
did not foresee  this becoming an issue in the  future.  Co-Chair                                                               
Masek asked if this had any bearing on the bill.                                                                                
Number 1739                                                                                                                     
MR.  DOWNING replied  that Alaska's  ban  on outdoor  advertising                                                               
originated in the  Highway Beautification Act and in  a ban which                                                               
preceded that.   He said that Alaska's ban goes  further than the                                                               
federal ban; the state law is more stringent [than federal law].                                                                
MR. POSHARD added that the  Highway Beautification Act is not the                                                               
governing law for  instituting the [Memorial Sign  Program] - the                                                               
program was instituted out of  the department's responsibility to                                                               
manage the right-of-way.                                                                                                        
CO-CHAIR MASEK said that there  are agreements in place with each                                                               
state  regarding   aspects  of  advertising  in   commercial  and                                                               
industrial   zones  along   the  highway,   but  this   does  not                                                               
specifically  apply  to  roadside   memorials.    She  questioned                                                               
whether an interpretation of this  issue might falter the state's                                                               
ability  to   get  federal  highway   funding.     Regarding  the                                                               
department's  Memorial Sign  Program,  she asked  how it  worked;                                                               
whether the public has to pay  for the signs, fill out forms, get                                                               
permits, et cetera.                                                                                                             
Number 1645                                                                                                                     
MR. DOWNING replied that there  is minimal processing, but DOT&PF                                                               
needs confirmation that an accident  did occur and needs the name                                                               
of the  individual who  died.   The department  acknowledges that                                                               
the  family needs  to  be  treated with  the  utmost respect  and                                                               
kindness,  and  makes  the  process  as simple  and  as  easy  as                                                               
possible.   The department pays  for the  sign and puts  the sign                                                               
up.   Funding  for the  program comes,  in part,  from sanctioned                                                               
money  generated  by  the  state that  have  been  diverted  from                                                               
construction to driver education.                                                                                               
CO-CHAIR MASEK  asked if  there have been  many requests  for the                                                               
MR. POSHARD  said that  the department  has already  installed 60                                                               
memorial signs  around the  state.  The  closest sign  is located                                                               
near Egan  Drive [in Juneau]  just past the lookout  viewing area                                                               
in the wetlands, where a  motorcycle fatality occurred last year.                                                               
The department did  a statewide inventory of the  number of signs                                                               
and believes there  to be around 200  homemade roadside memorials                                                               
around the state.  Research is  being done as to when an accident                                                               
occurred  and who  the  victim was,  so that  the  family can  be                                                               
notified of the DOT&PF's Memorial  Sign Program, in case they are                                                               
Number 1531                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR MASEK asked if the signs could be adorned.                                                                             
MR. DOWNING  replied, "Absolutely, and  it's just better  if they                                                               
don't  ask  us."   He  said  that  DOT&PF  is not  interested  in                                                               
preventing  people from  grieving.   However,  if  they ask,  the                                                               
answer they will receive will be  in the context of that memorial                                                               
as being public property.  He  said that in a practical sense, he                                                               
couldn't imagine the department objecting  to such a request.  He                                                               
noted that  there are a  lot of  memorials in existence  and that                                                               
the DOT&PF is not actively  enforcing the statute which indicates                                                               
that they're not legal.                                                                                                         
Number 1450                                                                                                                     
MS. BACKES pointed  out that about two  years ago, Representative                                                               
Whitaker's office  began looking  into this issue,  and initially                                                               
the  department  conveyed  that   safety  was  a  major  concern.                                                               
However, the  department has "re-thought" their  concerns and now                                                               
safety may not  be the biggest issue.   Similarly, the department                                                               
initially  said that  state law  banned such  roadside memorials,                                                               
yet that cited state law clearly does not allow for billboards.                                                                 
MS.  BACKES  referred  to   the  agreement  [Federal-aid  Project                                                               
Oversight Responsibility Agreement], cited  by Mr. Downing in his                                                               
testimony.   She said it  clearly states, "The  agreement applies                                                               
to  the oversight  of projects  during design  and construction."                                                               
She  said  that  having  an ongoing  inspection  by  the  federal                                                               
government, ensuring  that there are no  illegal encroachments in                                                               
the right-of-way,  would not result  with the passage of  HB 127,                                                               
in the roadside  memorials as being illegal.  It  would be easier                                                               
for  the  department to  respond  to  the federal  government  by                                                               
saying, "we do  not have any illegal  encroachments."  Currently,                                                               
the department has intimated, perhaps  between the lines, that it                                                               
would rather "look the other way than face this head-on."                                                                       
MS. BACKES  continued that  the department  is not  interested in                                                               
causing  pain  to any  of  the  families  or in  being  heartless                                                               
bureaucrats; it would  rather just not have this issue  be on the                                                               
books.   Unfortunately, it was  made an  issue a couple  of years                                                               
ago.    She remarked  that  the  public  notice  that is  on  the                                                               
department's web site [e-mail publish  date 9/5/02] regarding the                                                               
creation  of  the  Memorial Sign  Program  clearly  states,  "All                                                               
existing,  nonregulation memorials  must  be  removed from  state                                                               
roadways.    Beginning  September  16, 2002,  DOT&PF  will  begin                                                               
removal of  nonregulation memorials and  hold them for  30 days."                                                               
Ms.  Backes  stated  that  she thinks  the  website  reveals  the                                                               
department's  intent, and  the passage  of HB  127 would  clearly                                                               
state the intent of the legislature.                                                                                            
Number 1257                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE FATE moved to report  HB 127 out of committee with                                                               
individual  recommendations  and  the  accompanying  zero  fiscal                                                               
note.   There being no  objection, HB  127 was reported  from the                                                               
House Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                                        
HB  97-LONG-TERM LEASES OF ALASKA RR LAND                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR HOLM announced that the  next order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE  BILL NO.  97, "An  Act  authorizing a  long-term lease  of                                                               
certain  Alaska  Railroad  Corporation  land  at  Anchorage;  and                                                               
providing for an effective date."                                                                                               
Number 1213                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  KOHRING, the  bill's sponsor,  stated that  HB 97                                                               
allows the Alaska  Railroad Corporation to grant  a 55-year lease                                                               
without   a  termination   clause.      This  potentially   gives                                                               
organizations like the Alaska  Enfranchise Facilities, Inc. (AEF)                                                               
the opportunity to build a  senior housing facility on Government                                                               
Hill  in  Anchorage  -  property  that is  owned  by  the  Alaska                                                               
Railroad  Corporation.   He said  the problem  is that  the [U.S.                                                               
Department  of  Housing  and Urban  Development]  HUD  202  grant                                                               
requires a 75-year  lease; however, since current  law allows for                                                               
a 55-year  lease, that  organization will  not qualify  to obtain                                                               
the lease necessary to build the senior housing project.                                                                        
REPRESENTATIVE KOHRING  referred to  legislation that  had passed                                                               
from  the  House  Transportation   Standing  Committee  during  a                                                               
previous year  [HB 298, passed  in 2002] that allowed  for leases                                                               
to be extended from 35 years, which  was the time that was set in                                                               
1984,  to 55  years.    The intent  of  that  legislation was  to                                                               
encourage economic development in  communities along the Railbelt                                                               
and  to facilitate  commercial and  residential development.   He                                                               
pointed out  that if 35  years does not  meet the standards  of a                                                               
lending institution, it's difficult  to obtain financing to build                                                               
a facility.  He added that  there are certain exceptions in which                                                               
55  years is  not sufficient.   One  such exception  is a  senior                                                               
housing project effort in Anchorage  in which there is an attempt                                                               
to obtain a 75-year lease on a particular site.                                                                                 
Number 1188                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  KOHRING continued  that  if  the Alaska  Railroad                                                               
Corporation  is  allowed  to  grant a  55-year  lease  without  a                                                               
termination clause, the  time period for a lease  on a particular                                                               
site  that is  owned  by the  Alaska  Railroad Corporation  would                                                               
essentially  be extended  indefinitely.   The  result of  passing                                                               
this law  would be to  pave the  way to build  much-needed senior                                                               
housing - housing intended for low-income seniors.                                                                              
Number 1046                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR  MASEK referred  to the  previous  legislation that  had                                                               
become  law  and  asked  if changes  in  HUD's  requirements  had                                                               
resulted in disqualifying the aforementioned project.                                                                           
Number 1030                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE KOHRING  stated that  the legislation  allowed the                                                               
railroad to extend  its leases to 55 years rather  than 35 years.                                                               
He informed  the committee  that there  are new  HUD requirements                                                               
for the HUD  202 grant - a grant used  to build low-income senior                                                               
housing.   He explained that  after the previous  legislation had                                                               
been passed,  HUD regulations then  changed to require  a 75-year                                                               
lease on Section 202 grant loans.                                                                                               
Number 0973                                                                                                                     
MARK MARLOW, Alaska Enfranchise  Facilities, Inc. (AEF), said the                                                               
agency seeks to apply  for a lease of at least  75 years for land                                                               
on  Government Hill  so that  the  application of  a Section  202                                                               
grant for that area can be  facilitated.  He testified in support                                                               
of HB 97,  saying that the legislation that was  passed last year                                                               
had nothing to do with this  particular grant program.  He stated                                                               
that it was "just a good idea  whose time had come" to extend the                                                               
railroad's ability  to lease  ground from 35  years to  55 years.                                                               
He said that  it was a coincidence that HUD  changed the terms of                                                               
the  "202  program"  last  year.   The  current  requirement  for                                                               
Section 202  grant monies being  used to build housing  on leased                                                               
land is  to have  a lease  duration of  75 years.   He  said that                                                               
previously the duration requirement had been 40 years.                                                                          
MR.  MARLOW  testified  that statute  currently  reads  that  the                                                               
railroad  is  able to  lease  ground  for  longer than  55  years                                                               
provided that the legislature approves of  such a lease.  He said                                                               
the  request for  the  legislature to  approve  of extending  the                                                               
lease would allow for the  Alaska Railroad Corporation to approve                                                               
of  the lease,  should AEF  be  successful in  being awarded  the                                                               
Number 0840                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE FATE asked if Mr.  Marlow had been in negotiations                                                               
with the railroad.                                                                                                              
MR. MARLOW confirmed that this was so.                                                                                          
REPRESENTATIVE   FATE  asked   if  anybody   else  had   been  in                                                               
negotiations with the railroad.                                                                                                 
Number 0821                                                                                                                     
MR. MARLOW said  he leased the ground last year  for 55 years, in                                                               
anticipation of  the application  period for this  year's Section                                                               
202 grant.   When the  regulation changed to requiring  a 75-year                                                               
lease  there  was  the  question  of  seeking  the  legislature's                                                               
approval  for  a  longer  lease   (indisc.)  and  the  railroad's                                                               
position, should the grant be awarded.                                                                                          
Number 0785                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE FATE  asked if  the intent was  to build  a senior                                                               
MR. MARLOW confirmed that this was correct.                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE FATE asked  if the project would  require a public                                                               
process  due to  involving  land belonging  to  the railroad  but                                                               
involving a dispersal clause in  state statute indicating a "best                                                               
interest finding."                                                                                                              
Number 0758                                                                                                                     
MR.  MARLOW  replied that  he  didn't  know  the answer  to  that                                                               
question.   He reported  that when he  initially leased  the land                                                               
from  the  railroad  his  application  was  advertised  and  went                                                               
through  the  railroad's process,  resulting  in  the lease  that                                                               
currently exists.                                                                                                               
Number 0737                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  FATE   said  he  wondered  if   the  lease  would                                                               
terminate  if something  to prevent  completion  of building  the                                                               
senior citizens' home occurred during the public process.                                                                       
Number 0715                                                                                                                     
MR. MARLOW replied  that it would not  terminate unless something                                                               
else was  built that  was similarly  appropriate for  the zoning,                                                               
adding that  something would have  to be started on  the property                                                               
by September 2004.  He said if AEF  was not able to get the grant                                                               
- and  grant applications typically have  to be in by  the end of                                                               
May  - then  between  now  and September  of  2004,  it would  be                                                               
incumbent  upon  him  to  either  sell  the  lease  or  to  build                                                               
something himself.   In any event, he said it  would be a housing                                                               
project, since the property is zoned residential.                                                                               
Number 0666                                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE  FATE offered  that a  "best interest  finding" is                                                               
usually a  required process, noting  that he wasn't  sure whether                                                               
this was a HUD requirement.                                                                                                     
Number 0618                                                                                                                     
CO-CHAIR  MASEK moved  to  report  HB 97  out  of committee  with                                                               
individual recommendations and the  accompanying fiscal note; she                                                               
requested unanimous  consent.   There being  no objection,  HB 97                                                               
was reported from the House Transportation Standing Committee.                                                                  
There being no  further business before the  committee, the House                                                               
Transportation Standing  Committee meeting was adjourned  at 2:58                                                               

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