Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/12/2016 09:00 AM FINANCE

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= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 100 UREA/AMMONIA/GAS-LIQ FACILITY; TAX CREDIT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 77 DISABILITY:ID/LICENSE AND TRAINING RQMTS. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
HB 155 FEES; WAIVERS; CREDITS; DEDUCTIONS;TAXES
Heard & Held
+ HB 143 AIDEA BONDS: SWEETHEART CREEK HYDRO PROJ. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 41 SPORT FISHING SERVICES TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 137 HUNT/FISH/TRAP: FEES;LICENSES;EXEMPTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      April 12, 2016                                                                                            
                         9:05 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:05:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  called  the  Senate  Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Anna MacKinnon, Co-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly, Co-Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Peter Micciche, Vice-Chair                                                                                              
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                           
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Mike  Chenault,   Sponsor;  Donald  Bullock,                                                                    
House  Majority  Attorney;  Representative  Steve  Thompson,                                                                    
Sponsor;   Jane   Pierson,   Staff,   Representative   Steve                                                                    
Thompson;  Brodie  Anderson,   Staff,  Representative  Steve                                                                    
Thompson;   Representative  Cathy   Munoz,  Sponsor;   Terry                                                                    
Harvey,  Staff,  Representative  Cathy  Munoz;  Erin  Shine,                                                                    
Staff, Senator Anna  MacKinnon; Representative Cathy Tilton,                                                                    
Sponsor;  Crystal  Koeneman,   Staff,  Representative  Cathy                                                                    
Munoz; Heath Hilyard, Staff, Representative Cathy Tilton.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Aaron  Plikat,  Building  Trades Council  of  South  Central                                                                    
Alaska, Anchorage;  Rick Koch, City Manager,  City of Kenai;                                                                    
Steve   Wendt,   Manager,   Agrium,  Kenai;   Art   Delaune,                                                                    
Wallbusters/Access   Alaska,    Fairbanks;   Amy   Erickson,                                                                    
Division  of  Motor  Vehicles, Anchorage;  Lt.  Chad  Goden,                                                                    
Alaska  State Troopers,  Sitka; John  Springsteen, Executive                                                                    
Director,   Alaska   Industrial   Development   and   Export                                                                    
Authority  (AIDEA);  Andy  Mezirow, Self,  Seward;  Samantha                                                                    
Weinstein,  Executive  Director,   Southeast  Alaska  Guides                                                                    
Organization,  Anchorage;  Paul  Johnson, Self,  Gull  Cove;                                                                    
Dick   Rohrer,  Self,   Kodiak;  Tom   Brookover,  Director,                                                                    
Division of  Sport Fisheries, Department  of Fish  and Game;                                                                    
Alpheus Bullard, Attorney,  Legislative Legal Services; Mike                                                                    
Tinker,    Alaska    Wildlife   Conservation    Association,                                                                    
Fairbanks; Dwight Kramer,  Kenai Area Fisherman's Coalition,                                                                    
Kenai.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 41     SPORT FISHING SERVICES                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
          HB 41 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 77     DISABILITY:ID/LICENSE AND TRAINING RQMTS.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          HB 77 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 100    UREA/AMMONIA/GAS-LIQ FACILITY; TAX CREDIT                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          HB 100 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 137    HUNT/FISH/TRAP: FEES;LICENSES;EXEMPTIONS                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          HB 137 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 143    AIDEA BONDS: SWEETHEART CREEK HYDRO PROJ.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          HB 143 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 155    FEES; WAIVERS; CREDITS; DEDUCTIONS;TAXES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
          HB 155 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon discussed the schedule.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 100(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  establishing a credit  against the  net income                                                                    
     tax   for   an   in-state  processing   facility   that                                                                    
     manufactures urea, ammonia,  or gas-to-liquid products;                                                                    
     relating  to  establishing  the value  of  the  state's                                                                    
     royalty  share of  gas  production  based on  contracts                                                                    
     with  certain   in-state  processing   facilities  that                                                                    
     manufacture urea, ammonia,  or gas-to- liquid products;                                                                    
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:06:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE MIKE CHENAULT, SPONSOR, discussed HB 100. He                                                                     
reviewed the basic issues in the bill.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
DONALD BULLOCK, HOUSE MAJORITY ATTORNEY, introduced                                                                             
himself.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:09:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:09:50 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:10:16 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon confirmed that Speaker Chenault would                                                                        
provide the committee with a sponsor statement at a later                                                                       
date.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bullock discussed the sectional analysis (copy on                                                                           
file):                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section 1. Adds  a new subsection to  AS 38.05.180, the                                                                    
     oil and  gas leasing statute.  Provides for the  use of                                                                    
     the price  established in a  contract between  a lessee                                                                    
     and  an  in-state  processing  facility  whose  primary                                                                    
     function is the manufacture  and sale of urea, ammonia,                                                                    
     or gas to  liquids products to be the value  of the gas                                                                    
     for  royalty  purposes.  Requires the  commissioner  of                                                                    
     natural  resources  to  make  a  written  finding  that                                                                    
     accepting the  contract price is  in the  best interest                                                                    
     of the  state and  that the  price is  not unreasonably                                                                    
     low. Requires  that the lessee  is not  affiliated with                                                                    
     the  owner  of  the   processing  facility  or  with  a                                                                    
     purchaser of  more than 10  percent of the  products of                                                                    
     the  plant. Provides  a  definition for  "gas-to-liquid                                                                    
     product."                                                                                                                  
     Section 2.  Adds AS 43.20.052  to AS 43.20  (Alaska Net                                                                    
     Income Tax Act)  to provide an income tax  credit to an                                                                    
     in-state  processing   facility  that   produces  urea,                                                                    
     ammonia, or gas  to liquids products for  sale to third                                                                    
     parties.  Provides  that the  credit  is  equal to  the                                                                    
     amount  of royalty  paid on  natural gas  produced from                                                                    
     state leases and delivered  to the processing facility.                                                                    
     Limits the taking of the  credit to an amount that will                                                                    
     not  reduce  the  taxpayer's  income  tax  below  zero.                                                                    
     Prevents any unused credit from  applying to a tax in a                                                                    
     subsequent  taxable  year.  Requires reporting  to  the                                                                    
     state by the taxpayer of  the leases supplying the gas,                                                                    
     the  names of  the lessees,  the quantities  purchased,                                                                    
     price paid, and ownership of the processing facility.                                                                      
     Section 3. Repeals AS  43.20.052, the credit provision.                                                                    
     Section 6 makes the repeal effective January 1, 2024.                                                                      
     Section  4. Makes  the credit  applicable  to gas  from                                                                    
     state  leases   that  is  delivered  for   use  at  the                                                                    
     processing plant during the period  on or after July 1,                                                                    
     2017 and before January 1, 2024.                                                                                           
     Section 5.  Makes sections 1,  2, and 4 take  effect on                                                                    
     July 1, 2017.                                                                                                              
    Section 6. Repeals the tax credit January 1, 2024.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:12:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly queried the reason and determination of the                                                                      
credits.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bullock stated that the credits were to give the                                                                            
company a tax credit based on the amount of gas that they                                                                       
purchased.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly surmised that the credit was for the                                                                             
production of the product.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bullock answered in the affirmative.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman queried a cap on the tax credit.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Speaker Chenault detailed that there was a cap on the tax                                                                       
credits.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman wondered if there was a cap on the tax                                                                          
liability.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bullock  was unsure if the  percentages were considered,                                                                    
and detailed  that the credit  calculation was based  on the                                                                    
royalty on the gas purchased.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:16:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy wondered  how long the plant  had been shut                                                                    
down.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Speaker Chenault replied that it closed in 2007.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy  asked whether  Agrium was owned  by people                                                                    
in state, or whether it was a subsidiary.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault  replied that Agrium was  owned by a                                                                    
Canadian corporation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy asked if there  was anything to prevent the                                                                    
parent company from selling Agrium after two or three year.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault did not  think there was anything to                                                                    
prevent  the company  from selling.  He explained  that they                                                                    
must  use state  royalty gas  in  order to  qualify for  the                                                                    
credit.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy recalled  that  the  parent company  could                                                                    
sell the plant.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault agreed.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Bullock stated  that the  focus  of the  credit was  to                                                                    
produce  urea,  ammonia, and  gas  to  liquids produced.  He                                                                    
stressed that the legislation was not owner-specific.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop  had not  had a chance  to fully  examine the                                                                    
bill.   He  was   interested  in   Mr.  Bullock's   comments                                                                    
pertaining  to the  increasing price  of fertilizer.  He was                                                                    
concerned about Alaska's ability to produce its own food.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop  referred to  a  small  refinery credit.  He                                                                    
discussed the  price of  asphalt in  the Interior.  He hoped                                                                    
the bill would  aid in driving down the  price of fertilizer                                                                    
in the Interior.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault replied that  Agrium had sold to the                                                                    
state at a reasonable price.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:21:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche thought  there  would be  approximately                                                                    
$159 million  per year  in revenue to  generate the  tax. He                                                                    
remarked that  it was  a break in  corporate income  tax. He                                                                    
surmised  that it  would be  $60 million  in revenue  to the                                                                    
state,  but  only  $12  million   in  corporate  income  tax                                                                    
credits.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bullock was not able to  answer the question, he was not                                                                    
familiar with the company's operations.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:23:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  referred to the controversial  tax credits in                                                                    
other  areas of  the  industry. He  did not  want  to see  a                                                                    
similar situation. He  queried the administration's position                                                                    
on the bill.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault had not  had such conversations with                                                                    
the administration. Under HB 100,  it was incumbent upon the                                                                    
company to  produce a  minimum amount  before being  able to                                                                    
take advantage of a tax credit.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche  referred  to  a  conversation  in  the                                                                    
Senate  Resources  Committee,  in which  the  administration                                                                    
indicated  it  would  design  tax  credits  with  a  similar                                                                    
composition to the one proposed  in the bill. He thought the                                                                    
proposed tax could be likened to a "corporate tax holiday".                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault answered in the affirmative.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:26:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon opened public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:26:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AARON  PLIKAT,  BUILDING  TRADES COUNCIL  OF  SOUTH  CENTRAL                                                                    
ALASKA, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), testified  in favor                                                                    
of  the bill.  He did  not  think the  bill concerned  union                                                                    
versus   non-union  issues.   He   thought   the  bill   was                                                                    
differentiated from other tax credit formats.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly wanted  to  correct the  record  to say.  He                                                                    
asserted  that  all  the  tax credits  for  the  Cook  Inlet                                                                    
required investment.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Chenault agreed                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:29:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICK   KOCH,    CITY   MANAGER,    CITY   OF    KENAI   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  support  of  the  bill.  He                                                                    
thought that  fertilizer production was not  the only issue.                                                                    
He recounted  that the  urea cost (for  use at  the airport)                                                                    
had tripled  upon the closure  of the previous  facility. He                                                                    
mentioned Alaska value-added products.  He did not think the                                                                    
tax credit  proposed in  the bill was  similar to  other tax                                                                    
credit  structures.  He relayed  that  d  had met  with  the                                                                    
governor,  and the  governor had  expressed his  support. He                                                                    
did not observe a negative component in the legislation.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop   asked  Mr.   Koch  to  elaborate   on  the                                                                    
significance of the urea used at the airport.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Koch replied  that the  airport  did use  urea for  de-                                                                    
icing.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:33:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEVE  WENDT, MANAGER,  AGRIUM, KENAI  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in favor of the  bill. He discussed the closure of                                                                    
Agrium due to insufficient supply.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon asked  if  the  Agrium company  operated                                                                    
with  a board  of directors,  and whether  they looked  at a                                                                    
return on investment.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Wendt affirmed  that the board of  directors. He thought                                                                    
the  bill  would enable  the  company  to offset  the  large                                                                    
initial investment  able to compete  in the  corporation for                                                                    
the limited corporate dollars.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop  referred  to the  previous  testifier,  Mr.                                                                    
Plikat,  and wanted  to make  sure  that the  jobs would  be                                                                    
available.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Wendt stated  that the  company planned  on hiring  all                                                                    
Alaskans  for  the  140  jobs  that  would  be  created.  He                                                                    
detailed that the  company only worked a  seven day on/seven                                                                    
day off schedule.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HB 100 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 77(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act relating  to  training regarding  disabilities                                                                    
     for   police  officers,   probation  officers,   parole                                                                    
     officers,  correctional  officers, and  village  public                                                                    
     safety  officers; relating  to  guidelines for  drivers                                                                    
     when encountering or being stopped  by a peace officer;                                                                    
     relating   to   driver's  license   examinations;   and                                                                    
     relating  to a  voluntary disability  designation on  a                                                                    
    state identification card and a driver's license."                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:39:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STEVE THOMPSON, SPONSOR, discussed the                                                                           
legislation:                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     When  people  with non-apparent  disabilities  interact                                                                    
     with peace officers  and corrections officers, elements                                                                    
     of  their disabilities  often  brush against  officers'                                                                    
     protocols  and may  result in  serious misunderstanding                                                                    
     or  even  tragedy.  The  goal of  HB77  is  to  improve                                                                    
     communications between law  enforcement and corrections                                                                    
     professionals who  interact with  people who  have non-                                                                    
     apparent    disabilities,   whether    these   disabled                                                                    
     individuals   encounter  the   "systems"  as   victims,                                                                    
     witnesses, or alleged perpetrators.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     The first part  of HB 77 focuses  on training regarding                                                                    
     interactions    with     people    with    non-apparent                                                                    
     disabilities. The  bill requires the  implementation of                                                                    
     a non-apparent disability  awareness training component                                                                    
     for  Alaska peace  officers,  corrections officers  and                                                                    
     parole/probation officers. The  Alaska Police Standards                                                                    
     Council, has established a basic  course at the academy                                                                    
     level. The  training instructs  officers how  to engage                                                                    
     in  appropriate   interactions  with   individuals  who                                                                    
     experience  a   non-apparent  disability.   The  course                                                                    
     instructs  officers  and  the  guidelines  will  stress                                                                    
     understanding of  the different manner in  which people                                                                    
     with non-apparent disabilities  process sensory stimuli                                                                    
     and language.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     The  bill also  requires that  the Department  of Motor                                                                    
     Vehicles (DMV)  add a section to  the Passenger Vehicle                                                                    
     Driver  Handbook that  instructs  drivers  as to  their                                                                    
     responsibilities   when   interacting  with   a   peace                                                                    
     officer.  Basic  instruction  will   be  added  to  the                                                                    
     driver's  manual  and one  or  more  questions will  be                                                                    
     added to  the written driver's license  test. Awareness                                                                    
     training for  both police officers and  the public will                                                                    
     aid in increasing the safety of most encounters.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Another component of HB 77  is to implement a statewide                                                                    
     voluntary  identification   system  where   a  discrete                                                                    
     marker will be placed on  an Alaska Driver's license or                                                                    
     an Alaska ID  card. The marker would  indicate that the                                                                    
     individual has  a disability that may  not be apparent.                                                                    
     The  police or  corrections officer,  having taken  the                                                                    
     disability   awareness  training,   will  be   able  to                                                                    
     understand  and more  appropriately  interact with  the                                                                    
     individual.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     If a  person's disability  is not recognized  during an                                                                    
     encounter,   it  may   affect  the   outcome  of   that                                                                    
     encounter.   This   bill    would   push   to   improve                                                                    
     communication   between  peace   officers,  corrections                                                                    
     officers    and    parole/probation    officers    when                                                                    
     interacting   with   people   who   have   non-apparent                                                                    
     disabilities. The  hope of this  bill is to  reduce the                                                                    
     potential for tragic encounters in our state.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:42:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANE PIERSON, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE STEVE THOMPSON,                                                                             
discussed the sectional analysis (copy on file):                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Section  1. Amends  AS 18.65.220  to include  statutory                                                                    
     language  that   expands  the  duties  of   the  police                                                                    
     standards   council's  training   program  to   include                                                                    
     training in  recognizing and interacting with  a person                                                                    
     with  disabilities,  as  well as  familiarization  with                                                                    
     resources  that  are  available to  those  with  hidden                                                                    
     disabilities.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Section  2.  Adds a  new  subsection  to AS  18.65.310.                                                                    
     Providing that  a person  may voluntarily  designate on                                                                    
     their state  identification card that the  person has a                                                                    
     disability and the proof required for the designation.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section   3.   Amends   AS  18.65.670(c)   to   include                                                                    
     disability training to village public safety officers.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section  4.  Amends  AS  28.05.011   by  adding  a  new                                                                    
     subsection to  include the duties  and responsibilities                                                                    
     of  drivers when  encountering or  being  stopped by  a                                                                    
     peace officer be included in the driver's manual.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section  5.  Amends  AS  28.15.081(a)  to  include  the                                                                    
     duties   and    responsibilities   of    drivers   when                                                                    
     encountering  or being  stopped by  a peace  officer on                                                                    
     the driver's test examination.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     Section  6. AS  28.15.111 is  amended by  adding a  new                                                                    
     subsection   (d),   providing   that   a   person   may                                                                    
     voluntarily designate on  their Alaska Driver's License                                                                    
     a  disability  designation,   proof  required  for  the                                                                    
     designation and fees that may be charged.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pearson remarked  that Section 1 was  in accordance with                                                                    
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:44:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked if the driver's  license indicator                                                                    
would  qualify  the  individual   for  something  else,  and                                                                    
whether they would be screened for additional benefits.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pierson answered in the  negative, and clarified that an                                                                    
individual would be  required to get a  health care provider                                                                    
to  receive  the  designation.   It  would  not  change  any                                                                    
designation for any other type of services.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon surmised  that  the only  issue was  the                                                                    
work to receive the designation.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Pierson agreed and restated that it was voluntary.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  wondered whether  the DMV  would address                                                                    
the boundaries.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pierson replied that there was already a set process.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon remarked  that  there  was some  alleged                                                                    
issue of posing as police officers.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson wondered  if there were other  states that had                                                                    
similar implementation.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pierson  was not sure.  She had seen  recent legislation                                                                    
that proposed to mark license plates.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:49:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ART  DELAUNE,  WALLBUSTERS/ACCESS   ALASKA,  FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support of the bill.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked if there  would be  sensitivity to                                                                    
training when adding to the manual.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
AMY  ERICKSON, DIVISION  OF MOTOR  VEHICLES, ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), stated that the  DMV had no problem putting                                                                    
a designation in the manual or license.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked if Ms.  Erickson had  checked with                                                                    
the Department of Law about integration.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon directed  attention to  a memo  from LAW                                                                    
(copy on file).                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LT.   CHAD  GODEN,   ALASKA  STATE   TROOPERS,  SITKA   (via                                                                    
teleconference), stated  that he it  would not be  a problem                                                                    
to implement the program.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB  77  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 155(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act  repealing  an exploration  incentive  credit;                                                                    
     amending the  calculation of adjusted gross  income for                                                                    
     purposes  of  the  tax on  gambling  activities  aboard                                                                    
     large passenger vessels; repealing  the amount that may                                                                    
     be  deducted  from the  motor  fuel  tax to  cover  the                                                                    
     expense of  accounting and filing  for the  monthly tax                                                                    
     return;    repealing    a   provision    allowing    an                                                                    
     investigation expense under the  Alaska Small Loans Act                                                                    
     to  be in  place of  a  fee required  under the  Alaska                                                                    
     Business License Act; repealing  the amount that may be                                                                    
     deducted  from  the tobacco  excise  tax  to cover  the                                                                    
     expense of  accounting and filing  for the  monthly tax                                                                    
     return; repealing the discount  on cigarette tax stamps                                                                    
     provided  as compensation  for affixing  the stamps  to                                                                    
     packages; and providing for an effective date."                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:53:54 AM                                                                                                                    
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9:55:27 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STEVE THOMPSON, SPONSOR; discussed the bill:                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     With increasing technology,  DNA exonerations have been                                                                    
     on the  rise. There  have been 325  post-conviction DNA                                                                    
     exonerations with the vast  majority coming since 2000.                                                                    
     Each of  these individuals  spent time behind  bars, an                                                                    
     average of 13.6 years, and  was released into a changed                                                                    
     world. House Bill 55  gives these wrongfully imprisoned                                                                    
     victims  a chance  to start  a new  life and  integrate                                                                    
     back into society.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Specifically, HB  55 creates an  administrative process                                                                    
     whereby victims of  overturned criminal convictions can                                                                    
     request compensation  from the  state for  time served.                                                                    
     They can be  compensated up to $50,000 per  year with a                                                                    
     cap at  two million  dollars. In  order to  qualify for                                                                    
     the compensation,  the claimant  must have  served time                                                                    
     in prison  and then  have been exonerated  via retrial,                                                                    
     dismissed  charges,  or  executive  pardon  because  of                                                                    
     innocence.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     While there is  no price on the  emotional and personal                                                                    
     suffering of  those who were wrongfully  imprisoned, HB
     55 would  bring Alaska  up to the  federal compensation                                                                    
     standard  to help  right the  state's wrong.  Financial                                                                    
     compensation   would    help   victims    of   wrongful                                                                    
     imprisonment repair  their lives  by covering  costs of                                                                    
    education, healthcare, housing and transportation.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     This legislation  will right the state's  wrongs. Every                                                                    
     innocent   person,  regardless   of  how   they  became                                                                    
     incarcerated, deserves  just compensation for  the time                                                                    
     they wrongly  served. HB  55 is a  stepping stone  in a                                                                    
     long process towards protecting all Alaskans.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:57:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRODIE ANDERSON, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE STEVE THOMPSON,                                                                          
discussed the sectional analysis:                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Section  1of  the  bill adds  wrongful  conviction  and                                                                    
     imprisonment to AS 44.77.010(a)  which provides for the                                                                    
     presentation of  money claims against the  state to the                                                                    
     Department of Administration.                                                                                              
     Section  2 sets  out  the circumstances  under which  a                                                                    
     person will  be eligible for compensation  for wrongful                                                                    
     conviction and imprisonment:                                                                                               
     AS 44.77.018(a)  requires that for  a person  to obtain                                                                    
     compensation, the  person must first present  the claim                                                                    
     to the  attorney general and  show that the  person was                                                                    
     convicted of one  or more offenses, was  sentenced to a                                                                    
     term  of  imprisonment,  served  part  or  all  of  the                                                                    
     sentence, and:                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
          (1) That  the conviction  was vacated  or reversed                                                                    
          because  the person  was not  guilty; or  a pardon                                                                    
          was granted  on account of innocence  and wrongful                                                                    
          conviction                                                                                                            
          (2) The  person did not  commit any of  the crimes                                                                    
          charged  in  the  criminal  action  in  which  the                                                                    
          person  was  convicted,  and  did  not  cause  the                                                                    
          conviction   by  committing   perjury  or   induce                                                                    
          another to  commit perjury. A false  confession or                                                                    
          guilty plea to  a crime the person  did not commit                                                                    
          is not  considered a cause  of conviction  in this                                                                    
          section.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     AS 44.77.018(b) provides that a  person is not entitled                                                                    
     to compensation  for a period  of imprisonment  that is                                                                    
     served  concurrently   with  a  sentence   for  another                                                                    
     offense.                                                                                                                   
     AS 44.77.018(c) sets the requirement  of the section at                                                                    
     $50,000  times   the  number   of  years   of  wrongful                                                                    
     imprisonment, including  fractions representing partial                                                                    
     year, up to a maximum of $2 million.                                                                                       
     AS  44.77.018(d)   prohibits  a  person   who  receives                                                                    
     compensation under the section  from bringing an action                                                                    
     on  the  same  subject matter  involving  the  person's                                                                    
     arrest, conviction, or length of confinement.                                                                              
     AS  44.77.018(e) requires  that a  claim must  be filed                                                                    
     within  two  years  after  the  dismissal,  not  guilty                                                                    
     verdict, or pardon on which  the claim is based, except                                                                    
     that the  attorney general can authorize  payment for a                                                                    
     late-filed  claim if  the person  shows good  cause for                                                                    
     the delay.                                                                                                                 
     Section  3  a  person  making  a  claim  from  wrongful                                                                    
     conviction and  imprisonment may  appeal the  denial of                                                                    
     the claim under the  Administrative Procedures Act, but                                                                    
     may  not, unlike  other claimants  under AS  44.77.010,                                                                    
     bring an action under  AS 09.50.250 - 09.50.300 (claims                                                                    
     against the state) if  the Department of Administration                                                                    
     fails to act under AS 44.77.                                                                                               
     Section  4  provides  that   for  claims  for  wrongful                                                                    
     conviction and  imprisonment, the claims process  in AS                                                                    
     44.77.010  - 44.77.060  applies even  if the  agency to                                                                    
     which the person  applies (which in this  case would be                                                                    
     the  Department   of  Law)   has  a   mandatory  claims                                                                    
     procedure.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HB 155 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:01:37 AM                                                                                                                   
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10:02:00 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 143(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  authorizing the Alaska  Industrial Development                                                                    
     and  Export Authority  to issue  bonds  to finance  the                                                                    
     infrastructure   and   construction    costs   of   the                                                                    
     Sweetheart Lake hydroelectric project."                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:02:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CATHY MUNOZ, SPONSOR, discussed the bill:                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     House  Bill   143  authorizes  the   Alaska  Industrial                                                                    
     Development and  Export Authority  to issue up  to $120                                                                    
     million  in   conduit  issuance  bonds  to   finance  a                                                                    
     hydroelectric     project    at     Sweetheart    Lake,                                                                    
     approximately  43   miles  south  of   Juneau.  Conduit                                                                    
     issuances  do not  impact  AIDEA  bonding capacity  and                                                                    
    would solely be based on the merits of the project.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     AIDEA  would  act  as  a  facilitator  by  vetting  and                                                                    
     performing due  diligence on  the project  to determine                                                                    
     whether it qualifies for such financing.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Hydroelectric   power  is   a  clean,   effective,  and                                                                    
     affordable  source  of  energy in  coastal,  rainforest                                                                    
     Alaska - a region that can  use it to offset high costs                                                                    
     of  industries such  as  mining,  processing fish,  and                                                                    
     forest products.  Mining, tourism, and  fish processing                                                                    
     are vital to the area's economy.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Affordable  energy  is  a keystone  of  a  healthy  and                                                                    
     sustainable  economy.   It  ensures   Alaska  families,                                                                    
     businesses,  and job-creating  industries may  grow and                                                                    
     thrive. HB  143 would help  a region take  steps toward                                                                    
     unlocking its  great energy and resource  potential and                                                                    
     move  toward having  a  stronger  and more  diversified                                                                    
     economy.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:05:07 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TERRY HARVEY, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE CATHY MUNOZ, discussed                                                                      
the sectional analysis (copy on file):                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section  1 (a)  Provides legislative  approval for  the                                                                    
     Alaska Industrial  Development and Export  Authority to                                                                    
     issue  bonds  for  the  Sweetheart  Lake  hydroelectric                                                                    
     project  in  an  amount   not  to  exceed  $120,000,000                                                                    
     payable exclusively  from the revenue derived  from the                                                                    
     project.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
          (b) Provides that the bond authorization in this                                                                      
          section does not constitute a general obligation                                                                      
          of the state or authority.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
          (c)  Provides that  the bonds  authorized by  this                                                                    
          section may  not be considered in  calculating the                                                                    
          authority's 12-month  bonding limitation  under AS                                                                    
          44.88.095(a).                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2 Repeals sec. 1 on June 30, 2020.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:06:25 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy wondered whether the bill had any cost to                                                                      
the state.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Munoz  reiterated that  the bill had  no cost                                                                    
to the state.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:06:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  wondered what  would occur  if the  mine shut                                                                    
down.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Munoz related  that Kensington  had invested                                                                    
in an 8,000  foot tunnel, and there were  reserves that were                                                                    
available for low cost power.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson asked  about the  potential ramifications  if                                                                    
Kensington were to shut down.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Representative Munoz  replied that the other  large customer                                                                    
was the downtown district heating project.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche wondered why  the bond authorization did                                                                    
not constitute a general obligation to the state.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:09:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  SPRINGSTEEN,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  ALASKA  INDUSTRIAL                                                                    
DEVELOPMENT    AND    EXPORT    AUTHORITY    (AIDEA)    (via                                                                    
teleconference), explained  that the clause was  included so                                                                    
the project would not be  against the 12-month rolling limit                                                                    
of $400 million.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  announced that the bond  debt report had                                                                    
zero cash available for future  bond under the legislature's                                                                    
debt  calculation.  She  wondered  if  the  limit  would  be                                                                    
exceeded by $120 million.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Springsteen replied  that it was a  conduit issuance and                                                                    
relied solely on the revenue of the project.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  wondered  whether other  projects  were                                                                    
counted against the  debt limit of the  rolling average with                                                                    
backed revenue bonds.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Springsteen  stated that  current statute  dictated that                                                                    
the only  bond issuances  that were  not counted  toward the                                                                    
$400 million 12-month rolling cap were refunding bonds.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  wondered if the legislation  was raising                                                                    
the cap by $120 million.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Springsteen replied that the  legislation was a one-time                                                                    
approval.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked how long  it would take to fund the                                                                    
project.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Springsteen  stated that  the project  had not  yet come                                                                    
forward with a feasibility study.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked if such  projects were typically 10                                                                    
years, 20 years, 30 years, or 50 years.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Springsteen thought  that  hydroelectric projects  were                                                                    
typically  50 years,  and the  project  could be  up to  100                                                                    
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  surmised that the bill  was not against                                                                    
AIDEA's  bonding  limitation  because  the  securities  were                                                                    
based upon the financial backing of another entity.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Springsteen iterated that the  assets and revenue of the                                                                    
project provided a security for the bond issuance.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon asked  if there  was a  moral obligation                                                                    
with the revenue bond.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Springsteen stated that in  the instance there was not a                                                                    
moral obligation.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon opened public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:15:27 AM                                                                                                                   
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10:15:37 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:16:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  wanted to support the  Kensington mine.                                                                    
He stated that the heat  pump technology was fascinating. He                                                                    
hoped to expand heat pump technology.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon commented that  she would like to discuss                                                                    
the reason for the language.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HB  143  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 41(FIN) am                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to sport fishing services, sport                                                                          
     fishing operators, and sport fishing guides; and                                                                           
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:17:40 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:21:27 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche  MOVED   to  ADOPT  proposed  committee                                                                    
substitute   for  CSHB   41(FIN),  Work   Draft  29-LS0238\G                                                                    
(Bullard, 3/18/16).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ERIN SHINE,  STAFF, SENATOR ANNA MACKINNON,  explained that,                                                                    
over the  interim, there  was work  on examining  the issues                                                                    
raised  in  previous hearing  from  the  prior session.  She                                                                    
stated  that   on  January   12,  2016,   the  stakeholders,                                                                    
departments, and  staff to address those  concerns. The main                                                                    
change in  the committee substitute was  that the freshwater                                                                    
and  saltwater   were  bifurcated,  and  the   logbooks  and                                                                    
licensing only require saltwater. She  noted that on page 2,                                                                    
line 31  to page 3, line  9 added a definition  of saltwater                                                                    
sport  fishing services.  She  looked at  page  5, lines  10                                                                    
through   14  which   allowed   the   department  to   adopt                                                                    
regulations for  a procedure that  allows a person  to apply                                                                    
for a  waiver of timely  submission of the  reports required                                                                    
in the  bill. She stated  that the other  substantial change                                                                    
was on  page 8, line 19,  which moved the effective  date to                                                                    
2019.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon REMOVED  her OBJECTION.  There being  NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:24:31 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CATHY TILTON, SPONSOR, related that she had                                                                      
worked over the previous interim to address issues that had                                                                     
been identified.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:25:21 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CRYSTAL KOENEMAN, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE CATHY MUNOZ,                                                                            
discussed the sectional analysis (copy on file):                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     Section  1 -  Effective  January  1, 2016;  establishes                                                                    
     license fees  at the rate  of $200 for  operators, $100                                                                    
     for guides, and $200 combined.                                                                                             
     Section  2   -  Effective   January  1,   2016;  Amends                                                                    
     16.05.395  Sport fishing  vessel registration;  updates                                                                    
     the  statute  references   to  reflect  the  reinstated                                                                    
     program.                                                                                                                   
     Section  3 -  Effective  January 1,  2026; removes  the                                                                    
     language in  Section 4  to reflect  the 10  year sunset                                                                    
     provision.                                                                                                                 
     Section 4  - Effective  January 1,  2016; Reestablishes                                                                    
     the Sport  fishing operator  license, Sport  fish guide                                                                    
     license,   reporting   requirements,   penalties,   and                                                                    
     definitions; only  change to original  statute language                                                                    
     is to reflect the updated statute citations.                                                                               
     Section 5  - Effective  January 1,  2016; Reestablishes                                                                    
     language  in AS  25.27.244(s)(2) as  this language  was                                                                    
     repealed December  31, 2014;  cleanup of  statute since                                                                    
     (ii) was repealed in 2005.                                                                                                 
     Section  6  -  Effective  January  1,  2016;  Reinserts                                                                    
     language  into  AS 41.21.506  Comprehensive  Management                                                                    
     Plan,  Regulations that  was repealed  with the  sunset                                                                    
     provision; This language  requires the DNR Commissioner                                                                    
     to develop  and adopt a  management plan for  the Kenai                                                                    
     River Special  Management Area in conjunction  with the                                                                    
     Borough.                                                                                                                   
     Section  7 -  Effective  January 1,  2026; removes  the                                                                    
     language in  Section 8  to reflect  the 10  year sunset                                                                    
     provision.                                                                                                                 
     Section 8  - Effective  January 1, 2026;  Repealers for                                                                    
     the 10 year sunset provision.                                                                                              
     Sections  9   and  10  -  Transitional   provision  for                                                                    
     regulations with an immediate effective date.                                                                              
     Section 11  - Section 3,  7, and 8 take  effect January                                                                    
     1, 2021.                                                                                                                   
     Section 12 - Effective date of January 1, 2016.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:29:35 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon stated  that her  staff had  sent her  a                                                                    
message  to  make the  committee  aware  that there  was  an                                                                    
ongoing issue related a violation in the bill.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  specified that the subsequent  two bills                                                                    
concerned fisheries  on the topic  of state  versus personal                                                                    
use.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked the sponsor to  summarize what was                                                                    
trying to be accomplished with the bill.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Tilton  stated that  the bill  was introduced                                                                    
to better serve  the state with regard to  the allocation of                                                                    
halibut resources.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  noted  that  she  would  reopen  public                                                                    
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:33:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANDY MEZIROW,  SELF, SEWARD (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support of the bill.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy  asked if the  department currently  kept a                                                                    
logbook.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Mezirow stated  that the department currently  had a log                                                                    
book, however  without the legislation the  department would                                                                    
not be able to have it                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:36:08 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SAMANTHA  WEINSTEIN,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  SOUTHEAST  ALASKA                                                                    
GUIDES   ORGANIZATION,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of the bill.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:37:24 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PAUL   JOHNSON,  SELF,   GULL  COVE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of the  bill. He  was concerned  that                                                                    
individuals  in rural  areas would  not  proper access,  and                                                                    
felt that there was room for mistakes.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:39:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  mentioned  that  there was  work  on  a                                                                    
resolution related to the violation issue.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:40:18 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DICK ROHRER,  SELF, KODIAK (via teleconference),  echoed the                                                                    
comments of  the previous testifier.  He maintained  that //                                                                    
He directed  attention to page 6,  lines 4 through 6  of the                                                                    
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  asked why  the  designation  was changed  to                                                                    
saltwater only, rather than including freshwater.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HEATH   HILYARD,   STAFF,   REPRESENTATIVE   CATHY   TILTON,                                                                    
explained that stakeholder meetings  resulted in the feeling                                                                    
that there  were a  number of  unique situations  within the                                                                    
freshwater  realm  that  required  different  treatment.  He                                                                    
stated that  the logbook programs  drove the  information to                                                                    
make  management decisions  at the  North Council  level, it                                                                    
was  deemed   necessary  to   progress  with   treating  the                                                                    
freshwater at a different time.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  wondered whether the bill  targeted saltwater                                                                    
guides.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Hilyard responded  that it  was not  the intent  of the                                                                    
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked if  the bill would  have any  effect on                                                                    
Native and non-Native subsistence users.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Hilyard  believed that the subsistence  provision was at                                                                    
a state level, and halibut  was a federally managed fish. He                                                                    
deferred to the department to answer more specifically.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson stressed  that  he wanted  an  answer to  his                                                                    
question.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:45:34 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TOM  BROOKOVER,  DIRECTOR,   DIVISION  OF  SPORT  FISHERIES,                                                                    
DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME  (via teleconference), agreed to                                                                    
provide that information.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  requested  more information  about  the                                                                    
freshwater  provision,  and  how   that  position  would  be                                                                    
defended for logs in freshwater.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche  understood  that  there  would  be  no                                                                    
change to the freshwater requirement.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Koeneman agreed.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALPHEUS BULLARD,  ATTORNEY, LEGISLATIVE LEGAL  SERVICES (via                                                                    
teleconference),  remarked that  the  bill,  except for  one                                                                    
provision,  related  only  to the  management  of  saltwater                                                                    
fishing guides and saltwater fishing operators.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche asked  for more  information about  the                                                                    
change to freshwater.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Bullard referred  to Section 2, which  had a requirement                                                                    
that  all vessels  used to  provide  sport fishing  services                                                                    
whether   in  freshwater   or  saltwater   have  appropriate                                                                    
identification.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon requested  that language  and amendments                                                                    
be delivered to her office the following day.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HB  41  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 137(FIN) am                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act raising certain  fees related to sport fishing,                                                                    
     hunting, and  trapping; relating  to the fish  and game                                                                    
     fund;  providing for  the repeal  of the  sport fishing                                                                    
     surcharge  and sport  fishing  facility revenue  bonds;                                                                    
     replacing  the  permanent  sport fishing,  hunting,  or                                                                    
     trapping  identification  card  for  certain  residents                                                                    
     with  an identification  card  valid  for three  years;                                                                    
     relating to  hunting and fishing by  proxy; relating to                                                                    
     fish and  game conservation decals; raising  the age of                                                                    
     eligibility for  a sport fishing, hunting,  or trapping                                                                    
     license exemption for state  residents; raising the age                                                                    
     at  which a  state  resident is  required  to obtain  a                                                                    
     license for  sport fishing,  hunting, or  trapping; and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:48:36 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon opened public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:49:23 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:49:30 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon announced that  the day's testimony would                                                                    
address version U.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:49:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  TINKER,  ALASKA   WILDLIFE  CONSERVATION  ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), testified in  opposition to                                                                    
the bill.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked Mr. Tinker to  provide his written                                                                    
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon stated that she  would hear from one more                                                                    
testifier.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:53:20 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DWIGHT KRAMER, KENAI AREA  FISHERMAN'S COALITION, KENAI (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke in opposition to the bill.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  She offered to give  testifiers priority                                                                    
the following day.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
HB  137  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
10:57:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 10:56 a.m.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 100 03-31-15 Peak Oilfield Service Company LLC Letter of Support for HB 100.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 3.25.15 HRES HB 100 - J R Meyers Opposition.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 4-4-16 Mayor Letter HB100-Agrium.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 1427 Agrium State Gov Impact Revised 1_28_2015.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Agrium Econ Impact Final Report 5.22.13.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 AgriumStudy11_4.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Alaska Garden Letter of Support-HB 100.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 AS 38.05.135.docx SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 CSHB 100 (FIN) Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Forms 6000 and 6300.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Friese-Letter of Support-HB 100.docx SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 House bill 100 Agrium.msg SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 House Bill 100-Letter of Support_Klessens.doc SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 How the credit works.docx SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 House Bill 100.msg SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Kenai Resolution.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 KPEDD Letter of Support.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Letter of Support-Furie.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Public Testimony Benson.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Public Testimony Egrass.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Public Testimony KPEDD.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Public Testimony Huston.msg SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Public Testimony Lynden.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Public Testimony Smith.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Support Letter Saner.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Support-Arctic Rope and Wire.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Support-Cialek.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Support-Dowland Bach.docx SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Support-Glacier Electric.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Support-Kenai Chamber.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100 Support-KPEDD.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100.msg SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100-AgriumRestartSupportLetter_HEA.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100-Letter of Support-Alaska Farm Bureau.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100-Support_Stynsberg.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100-Support-Kakivik.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100-Support-Udelhoven.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100-Support-Warthen.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
Support of HB 100 - Epperheimer Inc..msg SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 100-Univar Support.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
CSHB 77 Sponsor Statement 3 11 16.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 77
HB 77 Disability Training and Identification Bill support senator mackinnon.docx SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 77
HB 77- Supporting Documentation.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 77
Summary of Changes ver. W-ver. E-, ver. P 4-5-2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 77
HB 143 Sectional Summary.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB 137 2016-Apr-BOG Game Lic Inc Support-HB 137.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 137
HB 137 SCS CSHB 137(RES) Supporting Document - Tag Fee Revenue Increase.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 137
HB 137 SCS CSHB 137(RES) Supporting Document - License and Stamp Fee Revenue Increase.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 137
HB 137 Public Testimony Mauer.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 137
HB 41 Public Testimony Downes Tallerico Schwalm.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 41
HB 41 Public Testimony KRSA.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 41
HB 137 Public Testimony KRSA.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 137
HB 41 CSHB 41 work draft version G.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 41
HB 143 Sectional Summary.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143 AIDEA Springsteen.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143 CBJ Support March 22 2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143 Juneau Hydro Presentation.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143 Kensington Update Support Letter January 2016.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143 Letters of Support.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143 Operating Engineers Support Letter.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143 Resolutions of Support.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143(S)FIN Explanation of Changes.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB143(S)FIN Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 143
HB 155 Sectional Summary.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 155
HB 100 Sectional Summary CSHB 100(FIN).pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 100
HB 137 Public Testimony Packet 1.pdf SFIN 4/12/2016 9:00:00 AM
HB 137