Legislature(2015 - 2016)BARNES 124

01/27/2015 10:15 AM ECON. DEV., TOURISM, & ARCTIC POLICY


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10:17:01 AM Start
10:18:42 AM HB1
11:17:59 AM Adjourn
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Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
                   HB   1-STATE ARCTIC POLICY                                                                               
                                                                                                                              
10:18:42 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON announced  that the only order of  business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 1,  "An Act  declaring the  Arctic policy  of the                                                               
state."                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:18:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON informed the  committee the legislature commissioned                                                               
the Alaska  Arctic Policy  Commission (AAPC)  two years  ago, and                                                               
the Alaska  Northern Waters  Task Force  (ANWTF) four  years ago.                                                               
Both   of  these   organizations  were   tasked  to   inform  the                                                               
legislature about  the Arctic and  what it  means to Alaska.   On                                                               
1/30/15 the  AAPC will deliver  its final  report, implementation                                                               
plan, and executive summary to  the legislature.  On 2/2/15 there                                                               
will  be  a press  conference  by  the  ten legislators  who  are                                                               
members of the  commission to explain the work done  by AAPC over                                                               
the past  two years.   One  recommendation of  AAPC was  that the                                                               
legislature  consider introducing  legislation to  create an  act                                                               
declaring the Arctic policy of  the state.  Chair Herron stressed                                                               
that the legislature  needs to think about the Arctic  on a daily                                                               
basis  because the  U.S.  is  assuming the  chair  of the  Arctic                                                               
Council -  an organization consisting  of the eight  countries of                                                               
the  circumpolar north  - which  will  give Alaska  a stage  upon                                                               
which world  leaders will gather.   During the two years  the U.S                                                               
chairs  the  Arctic  Council,  there  will  be  approximately  20                                                               
meetings held in the U.S.  for working groups of senior officials                                                               
from  each country;  about 15  meetings will  be held  in Alaska,                                                               
thus Alaska will be  on the "world stage."  He  advised that HB 1                                                               
is the start of an Arctic  dialogue in which the legislature must                                                               
be involved  in support  of the executive  branch.   Although not                                                               
all legislators represent  the Arctic part of  Alaska, the Arctic                                                               
affects all of Alaska, and is affected by all of Alaska.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:21:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ROB  EARL,   Staff,  Representative  Bob  Herron,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  on behalf  of the  sponsor, Representative  Herron,                                                               
introduced  HB  1.   He  then  noted  that a  sponsor  statement,                                                               
sectional  analysis, a  zero fiscal  note [HB1-LEG-SESS-01-22-15]                                                               
from the  Legislative Affairs Agency,  two non-zero  fiscal notes                                                               
from the Department  of Environmental Conservation [HB1-DEC-SPAR-                                                               
01-20-15;  HB1-DEC-FC-01-23-15], and  the AAPC  executive summary                                                               
were  provided  in  the  committee packet.    He  explained  that                                                               
Section 1  of the bill covers  nine findings and pointed  out the                                                               
importance of the  following four findings:  1)  Alaska makes the                                                               
U.S.  an Arctic  nation;  6) Respect  for  indigenous peoples  is                                                               
critical  to  understanding  the  Arctic; 7)  Other  regions  and                                                               
nations are  rapidly developing Arctic policies  & strategies, so                                                               
Alaska must effectively communicate  its Arctic vison for safety,                                                               
security &  prosperity; 9) Alaska  should create and  maintain an                                                               
official body to further develop  Arctic strategies and policies.                                                               
Section  1,  subsection (b)  refers  to  legislative intent  that                                                               
Arctic policy  should guide legislation  resulting from  the AAPC                                                               
implementation plan.   Proposed  Section AS 44.99.105  Declares a                                                               
state  Arctic  policy, includes  the  following  paragraphs:   1)                                                               
Uphold   the   state's   commitment   to   economically   vibrant                                                               
communities   while  maintaining   a   healthy  environment;   2)                                                               
Collaborate with all appropriate  entities to achieve transparent                                                               
and  inclusive   Arctic  decision-making;  3)   Enhance  Alaska's                                                               
security   by   strengthening   Arctic  safety;   4)   Strengthen                                                               
resilience of  Arctic communities and integrate  local knowledge.                                                               
Mr. Earl  further explained that legislative  intent as indicated                                                               
in  proposed  AS 44.99.105  contains  four  priorities of  effort                                                               
including   promoting   economic  development,   addressing   the                                                               
infrastructure   gap   in    the   Arctic,   supporting   healthy                                                               
communities,  and strengthening  science and  research.   Lastly,                                                               
subsection (c) aligns  the state's definition of  the Arctic with                                                               
the  federal  definition,  and   states  that  for  international                                                               
purposes, "Arctic" means the entirety of the state.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:26:34 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON  clarified  that  section 1  would  be  intent  and                                                               
section  2  would  be  the   codified  section  of  the  proposed                                                               
legislation.  He opened public testimony on HB 1.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:27:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
NIKOOSH   CARLO,  Executive   Director,   Alaska  Arctic   Policy                                                               
Commission  (AAPC),  opined  that   the  proposed  Arctic  policy                                                               
legislation acknowledges  that Alaskans  are at the  forefront of                                                               
new  exploration,  the  use  of  Arctic  resources,  and  of  new                                                               
circumpolar   cooperation.      The  bill   recognizes   Alaska's                                                               
responsibility to  provide information  about the Arctic  as well                                                               
as  promote  understanding  and  the  communication  of  relevant                                                               
critical  issues.    Furthermore,  HB  1  is  a  product  of  the                                                               
commission and  was informed by  the public and  expert testimony                                                               
during  listening sessions  and work  sessions.   She highlighted                                                               
three main  goals of the policy:   to address community  needs in                                                               
the region  and to strengthen  the state's economy; to  provide a                                                               
framework and  guidance for  the future;  and to  demonstrate the                                                               
state's  intention about  policies and  to encourage  efforts and                                                               
priorities.  Ms. Carlos concluded that  HB 1 is designed to guide                                                               
state  initiatives and  inform Arctic  policy to  best serve  the                                                               
interests of Alaskans and the nation.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:31:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON observed  that as executive director  Ms. Carlos has                                                               
had  frequent  contact   with  the  White  House   and  the  U.S.                                                               
Department of  State (state department)  during hearings  held by                                                               
AAPC.   He  asked  for the  federal  administration's opinion  on                                                               
Alaska having its own Arctic policy.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. CARLO opined  that the federal administration  in general has                                                               
been  supportive  of  the  state's effort  to  create  an  Arctic                                                               
policy, gather  information, and  assess the social  and economic                                                               
priorities  throughout the  state.   In addition,  the commission                                                               
was  valued as  a  contact  point for  issues  related to  Arctic                                                               
policies.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:32:58 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
NILS  ANDREASSEN, Executive  Director,  Institute  of the  North;                                                               
commissioner, AAPC, said  he would speak on the  concept "What is                                                               
Arctic?"  The  state's motto of "North to the  Future" has been a                                                               
source  of pride  and  today  explorers look  to  what have  been                                                               
previous aspirations of opportunities in  the Arctic that are now                                                               
a   reality.     However,   opportunities  in   the  Arctic   are                                                               
challenging,  complex,  and  confusing.    The  peoples  of  this                                                               
increasing  busy  region  need  to fully  understand  the  issues                                                               
ahead.   The  AAPC has  provided the  first steps  in approaching                                                               
Alaska's role  in the  Arctic region  and its  commissioners have                                                               
represented varied interests, ranging  from conservation, oil and                                                               
gas, fishing, and  mining, and illustrated the  urgency of issues                                                               
such as  risk and responsibility.   He expressed his  belief that                                                               
Alaska is  playing "catch-up" in  evaluating the  changing forces                                                               
of globalization,  climate change, and economic  challenges, thus                                                               
the  importance  of  participatory governance  and  the  informed                                                               
management  of   resources  to  face   these  challenges.     Mr.                                                               
Andreassen  opined  AAPC  has  done a  good  job  reflecting  the                                                               
aforementioned in HB 1.  He  pointed out the Arctic region of the                                                               
state has different needs and  opportunities than the rest of the                                                               
state,  but it  is  still  interrelated to  all  of  Alaska.   In                                                               
defining the Arctic, the commission  has been very public and has                                                               
involved  Alaskans in  its discussions,  which is  a change  from                                                               
policies  made  at the  federal  level.   Further,  commissioners                                                               
represented many  constituencies well.   He said it  is important                                                               
that   the    U.S.   regards   the   Arctic    domestically   and                                                               
internationally,  and Alaska  needs to  have its  prospective and                                                               
priorities represented at each level.   He referred to the Arctic                                                               
Council chairmanship  and noted  Alaska has  two years  to inform                                                               
the  members on  northern development,  environmental protection,                                                               
cultural  assets  and economic  prosperity.    Although AAPC  has                                                               
completed its  deliverables, public  outreach and  education must                                                               
continue.    Mr. Andreassen  said  HB  1  allows Alaskans  to  be                                                               
confident in  the processes that  have been developed,  to engage                                                               
in  Arctic issues,  and to  use the  opportunity for  leadership.                                                               
Alaska's  leadership is  based on  place,  need, and  opportunity                                                               
because  the Arctic  is  home.   The work  has  been ongoing  for                                                               
decades and the  bill has captured past efforts and  set in place                                                               
steps for the future.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:38:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON asked  Mr. Andreassen for the reaction  of his peers                                                               
and colleagues to the AAPC preliminary report.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  ANDREASSEN responded  that  the  international community  is                                                               
paying  attention  to  Alaska  and  its  role  as  a  subnational                                                               
jurisdiction similar  to that of  other states,  territories, and                                                               
regions within  the Arctic  represented by  national governments.                                                               
The preliminary report was well received,  and HB 1 and the final                                                               
AAPC report  and implementation  plan are  significant components                                                               
to the future of national perspectives in the Arctic.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:40:32 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH  CRAVALHO, Senior  Director,  Community and  Government                                                               
Affairs, NANA Regional  Corporation; commissioner, AAPC, informed                                                               
the  committee  NANA   is  one  of  13   regional  Alaska  Native                                                               
corporations  created  pursuant  to   the  Alaska  Native  Claims                                                               
Settlement Act of  1971.  The NANA Regional  Corporation owns the                                                               
land upon  which the Red  Dog Mine  is situated, and  the wholly-                                                               
owned  subsidiary NANA  Development  Corporation, which  operates                                                               
over  30  companies  throughout  the  U.S.    The  NANA  Regional                                                               
Corporation  is owned  by more  than 13,600  Inupiat shareholders                                                               
and is  familiar with  the challenges of  balancing the  risks of                                                               
resource development with the  opportunities provided thereby; in                                                               
fact,  the  Red  Dog  Mine  took years  to  achieve  support  for                                                               
development from  the villages  in the  region.   Consultation to                                                               
achieve this  support was by  hearings, sharing  information, and                                                               
providing  opportunities for  meaningful influence  on decisions.                                                               
Today,  subsistence  management  and shareholder  employment  and                                                               
training committees  continue to be active  to ensure responsible                                                               
management of the  mine after 25 years  of responsible operations                                                               
that account for  caribou migration and whaling  activities.  The                                                               
mine profits  shareholders and  other corporations,  and benefits                                                               
residents through  employment, payments in  lieu of taxes  to the                                                               
Northwest    Arctic   Borough,    dividends   to    shareholders,                                                               
scholarships, payments  to the elders' trust  fund, and technical                                                               
and first responder  training for employees.   The Inupiat people                                                               
rely on the  continued harvest of caribou,  sheefish, and berries                                                               
and, like  hunters and  gatherers, the state  and must  adapt and                                                               
take  advantage  of  opportunities  in the  Arctic.    There  are                                                               
barriers  to  economic growth  in  Northwest  Alaska, such  as  a                                                               
changing climate, and  communities face high energy  prices and a                                                               
high  cost  of  living.   Ms.  Cravalho  said  infrastructure  to                                                               
support   further  resource   development,  defense   activities,                                                               
maritime  traffic,  future  oil  and gas  development,  and  food                                                               
security is necessary.   Untapped human and  natural resources of                                                               
the  region  can play  a  significant  role in  diversifying  the                                                               
state's economy and the Arctic  communities wish to work with the                                                               
state and others to develop resources  for a future in the Arctic                                                               
that  involves its  residents; for  example, understanding  plans                                                               
that are already vetted and  established, and traveling to Arctic                                                               
communities  when necessary.    Responsible resource  development                                                               
holds benefits and  is most successful when  public, private, and                                                               
government  entities work  together and  address local  concerns.                                                               
She concluded  that HB  1 and the  recommendations of  AAPC bring                                                               
the state  closer to addressing the  opportunities and challenges                                                               
of the future.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:45:54 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON invited comments from  Representatives who served on                                                               
the commission.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:46:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE DAVID GUTTENBERG,  Alaska State Legislature, noted                                                               
that he  served during the second  year of the commission  as the                                                               
chair of the  security and defense component.   In this capacity,                                                               
he and  other members  met on security  issues with  the military                                                               
and the  U.S. Coast Guard,  taking an international focus  on the                                                               
needs of the Arctic.  He referred  to the work of Dr. Harry Bader                                                               
of  the University  of Alaska  Fairbanks  (UAF) who  is based  in                                                               
Washington D.C.   Representative Guttenberg said  the recent work                                                               
on Arctic  policy is  a topic  of discussion  internationally and                                                               
all the world  is interested in the Arctic when  planning for the                                                               
economic outlook  of the future.   During discussions  on defense                                                               
policy, it became clear that the  U.S. military is focused on the                                                               
Arctic and a key  question is where a port will  be located.  The                                                               
military and the  Coast Guard have a huge  interest, and economic                                                               
development  will  drive the  location  of  a military  presence,                                                               
unless  a  military  response of  some  kind  becomes  necessary.                                                               
Representative Guttenberg stressed that  Alaska makes the U.S. an                                                               
Arctic  nation   and  thus  must   influence  the   direction  of                                                               
activities in the  future.  The worldwide economy -  based on the                                                               
current  price of  oil  -  is a  hindrance,  but without  putting                                                               
infrastructure in  place, there will  be lost opportunities.   In                                                               
fact, in discussions  with other nations and entities  there is a                                                               
lack of understanding  about the fact there  is no infrastructure                                                               
and  very  limited  facilities  along the  northern  coast.    He                                                               
restated  that there  is a  lost opportunity  cost to  not taking                                                               
advantage of Alaska's positioning in  the Arctic.  The state must                                                               
take  advantage   of  its   international  positioning   and  the                                                               
commission's recognition of this is reflected in the bill.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:52:12 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE BRYCE EDGMON, Alaska  State Legislature, said HB 1                                                               
underscores the importance  of the opening of the  Arctic and the                                                               
growing  roles that  Alaska and  the U.S.  will play.   In  2010,                                                               
previous to  the formation  of AAPC,  the Alaska  Northern Waters                                                               
Task  Force (ANWTF)  heard extensive  testimony on  activities in                                                               
the Arctic  of which  state government  and the  legislature were                                                               
largely  unaware.    Since  then,  legislators  and  others  have                                                               
traveled along  the coast of  Alaska and have seen  the diversity                                                               
and the needs of coast  communities from Unalaska to Wales, where                                                               
the  community  feels  trepidation  due  to  increasing  shipping                                                               
traffic  through the  Bering  Strait.   At  Wainwright, there  is                                                               
resolve in the  community that its future is tied  to both a cash                                                               
and a subsistence way of  life that needs resource development to                                                               
survive.  Representative  Edgmon and others have seen  a shift to                                                               
resource  development   as  an   important  component   to  rural                                                               
communities.  There has also been  an opportunity to look at what                                                               
opening the Arctic region means  to Alaska from a strategic point                                                               
of view.   He observed that  even today, Alaska remains  a junior                                                               
partner  to the  federal government,  despite efforts  to provide                                                               
expert local  knowledge about the  region.  However,  since ANWTF                                                               
in 2010,  the "Arctic  IQ" in  the legislature  has risen  to the                                                               
mainstream, along  with an  awareness of  the limitations  of the                                                               
Coast Guard and the state's  responsibilities in an international                                                               
arena.  An Arctic policy is  an opportunity for Alaska to work in                                                               
the circumpolar arena, and perhaps  to strengthen its partnership                                                               
with   federal  counterparts   that  continue   to  act   without                                                               
consultation with the state.   In addition, a lot of improvements                                                               
are  still  needed  in  rural  Alaska  -  coastal  and  Arctic  -                                                               
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:58:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE EDGMON  then expressed  his support of  HB 1.   He                                                               
suggested condensing  the bill, and encouraged  further committee                                                               
discussion  on  ancillary  issues  such  as  coastal  erosion  in                                                               
Western Alaska,  permafrost and the changing  climate, fisheries,                                                               
and ocean  acidification, and  concluded that  this is  a weighty                                                               
topic.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
11:00:24 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON  said a  committee  substitute  for  HB 1  will  be                                                               
available on  2/5/15 for  debate.  He  described agencies  of the                                                               
federal  government  not  as partners  or  counterparts,  but  as                                                               
"counterpartners".   Chair  Herron told  a  story of  the use  of                                                               
social media by residents of the Arctic region.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
11:02:09 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  SFRAGA  PhD,  Vice-Chancellor for  University  and  Student                                                               
Advancement,  University   of  Alaska  Fairbanks,   informed  the                                                               
committee that  he and Dartmouth  College co-lead  the University                                                               
of  the Arctic  (UArctic)  Institute for  Arctic  Policy and  the                                                               
Fulbright Arctic Initiative at the  state department.  He pointed                                                               
out that UAF  and its colleagues in the  university system engage                                                               
significantly   in  policy-related   white   papers  and   forums                                                               
informing  and influencing  Arctic policy,  which is  why UAF  is                                                               
supportive of  the work done  by the  committee, by AAPC,  and by                                                               
the governor's  Arctic transition team.   The state  has invested                                                               
in  the  university  for  100   years  and  the  Arctic  research                                                               
institution located  in Fairbanks  serves Alaska and  the nation.                                                               
The role  of UAF  is to  support the work  of the  committee, the                                                               
bill, and the  state with research from the R/V  Sikuliaq and the                                                               
international Arctic research center;  in fact, UAF is positioned                                                               
to  enable,  inform,  and influence  the  global  discussion  and                                                               
debate  about  the  Arctic.    Since  2008,  UAF,  Dartmouth  and                                                               
[Carnegie Institution]  have been  holding institutes  around the                                                               
world on  Arctic policy,  most recently in  Washington D.C.   The                                                               
purpose of the  institutes is to inform  and influence activities                                                               
in  the  Arctic  and  Alaska,  and the  institutes  are  held  in                                                               
coordination  with  the state  department  and  the White  House.                                                               
Recent institutes were related to  the upcoming U.S. chairmanship                                                               
of  the  Arctic  Council  and involved  the  other  seven  Arctic                                                               
nations.  The  Institute of the North also partners  with UAF and                                                               
they  will continue  to  work together  to  serve the  committee.                                                               
Last  year, Dr.  Sfragas attended  a meeting  of the  Joint Ocean                                                               
Commission Initiative  in Washington  D.C., and the  co-chairs of                                                               
the initiative  agreed to  hold its  April meeting  in Fairbanks,                                                               
which will  bring another policy-setting  body to  Alaska thereby                                                               
furthering  the  understanding  of  the  region.    Recently,  UA                                                               
approved the  creation of the  Center for Arctic  Policy Studies,                                                               
which  will  be housed  at  UAF  and  inclusive  for all  of  the                                                               
University of  Alaska (UA).   The center  will serve  to coalesce                                                               
all of the  university's efforts in Arctic policy,  such as white                                                               
papers and position  papers, so that the state and  others in the                                                               
circumpolar north  can benefit  from its  research.   Dr. Sfragas                                                               
closed, noting  that Dr. Bader  is working in Washington  D.C. to                                                               
address security  issues and  Dr. Lawson  Brigham is  a colleague                                                               
working on Arctic  shipping and infrastructure, both  of whom are                                                               
adding to  the progress in  Arctic policy  that has been  made in                                                               
the past  eight to ten years.  He concluded that UAF  is prepared                                                               
to   extend   to   the   committee   its   expertise,   research,                                                               
partnerships, and strategies.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
11:08:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL  asked about the importance  of ratifying the                                                               
[U.N. Conventions on the Law of the Sea] treaty.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DR.  SFRAGA opined  ratification is  a  priority in  a number  of                                                               
areas.   He questioned how  the U.S.  can be actively  engaged to                                                               
inform   and  influence   activities   in   the  Arctic   without                                                               
participation in the treaty.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:09:20 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HERRON  inquired as  to how  the state's  current financial                                                               
situation is being addressed at UAF.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR.  SFRAGA said  UAF Chancellor  Rogers and  the four  UAF vice-                                                               
chancellors  met and  recalibrated  the work  for  the future  to                                                               
focus  on  the  Arctic.    The  university  will  make  strategic                                                               
investments in  the Arctic  and science,  technology, engineering                                                               
and math  disciplines (STEM),  and some  areas will  have reduced                                                               
budgets.  On  the policy side, UAF has  been leveraging resources                                                               
for a  long time,  but work  will slow.   Although hiring  is not                                                               
needed, resources  are needed to  complete the  studies; however,                                                               
one of the  university's priorities was to enable  the Center for                                                               
Arctic  Policy  Studies to  complete  its  work.   Arctic  policy                                                               
remains a priority for UAF and for the UA system.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
11:11:20 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  GUTTENBERG asked  for  more  information about  a                                                               
recent  meeting on  Arctic  research with  the  Secretary of  the                                                               
Navy.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DR. SFRAGA answered  that the extensive ocean research  by the RV                                                               
Sikuliaq is  known.  However,  Admiral Papp requested  a briefing                                                               
wherein UAF provided information  on Arctic research ranging from                                                               
unmanned  aerial  vehicles  (UAVs)  and the  R/V  Sikuliaq  ocean                                                               
research  to rocket  ranges.    The Secretary  of  the Navy  also                                                               
requested a  briefing that was held  at UAF and which  involved a                                                               
close look  at the  science of  ocean acidification  and feedback                                                               
loops, and then  at how science and research inform  policy.  The                                                               
Admiral  and  the  Secretary were  very  complimentary  and  were                                                               
subsequently invited by UAF to  participate in the Arctic Science                                                               
Summit  Week in  Fairbanks  in  2016.   The  summit  week is  the                                                               
largest Arctic-related  meeting and  is scheduled for  Tokyo this                                                               
year.   Further,  the  new  U.S. Coast  Guard  Center for  Arctic                                                               
Studies and Policy is interested as well.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:13:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HERRON related  his understanding  there  will be  further                                                               
action from the Obama Administration  that affects the Arctic and                                                               
Alaska.   He  asked when  U.S.  Secretary of  the Interior  Sally                                                               
Jewell will visit Alaska.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DR. SFRAGA said he did not know.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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CHAIR HERRON  noted that world-wide  publications that  report on                                                               
the Arctic  have commented about  "the federal  government versus                                                               
Alaska  -  the  subnational  on  Arctic  issues  -  and  how  the                                                               
legislature  and  the  Alaska  Arctic  Policy  Commission  [have]                                                               
openly  questioned some  of  the decisions,  because  we are  not                                                               
being fully consulted on a lot  of the decisions that were made."                                                               
He  closed saying  that  HB 1  has three  targets:   the  federal                                                               
government,  the  state  legislature,  and  the  state  executive                                                               
branch.  The  AAPC implementation plan is to  take on initiatives                                                               
that  are  relative  to the  aforementioned  three  entities  and                                                               
projects.   Chair Herron stated  his intent to hear  testimony on                                                               
the committee  substitute for HB  1 on 2/5/15.   As an  aside, he                                                               
said Senator McGuire's staff is  available to provide information                                                               
on the  bill, and  reminded the committee  of a  press conference                                                               
scheduled for 2/2/15.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
[HB 1 was held over.]                                                                                                           

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB1 Fiscal Note LEG-SESS-01-22-15.php.pdf HEDA 1/27/2015 10:15:00 AM
HB 1
HB1 Sectional Analysis.pdf HEDA 1/27/2015 10:15:00 AM
HB 1
HB1 Supporting Documents - 2014 AAPC Preliminary Report Exec Summary.pdf HEDA 1/27/2015 10:15:00 AM
HB 1
HB1 ver E.PDF HEDA 1/27/2015 10:15:00 AM
HB 1
HB1 Sponsor Statement.pdf HEDA 1/27/2015 10:15:00 AM
HB 1