Legislature(2009 - 2010)HOUSE FINANCE 519

04/01/2010 09:00 AM FINANCE


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09:07:35 AM Start
09:07:41 AM HB226
09:20:11 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 226 NAMING VETERANS' WAY IN MAT-SU TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 226(TRA) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
HOUSE BILL NO. 226                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act renaming Seldon Road and that portion of                                                                           
     Bogard Road that extends between Palmer and Meadow                                                                         
     Lakes, as Veterans' Way."                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:08:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WES KELLER, the  bill's sponsor, depicted the                                                                    
bill  as a  tribute  to  the veterans  of  Alaska for  their                                                                    
service  and  sacrifice.  He  expressed  the  importance  of                                                                    
remembering that the freedom for  self determination is paid                                                                    
for with the  sacrifice of veterans who  serve this country.                                                                    
He  reported on  the variety  of names  that presently  exit                                                                    
along the roadway.  He referred to the Wasilla  map (copy on                                                                    
file).  Representative Keller  reported that  he knocked  on                                                                    
doors  along the  corridor and  encountered  no problems  or                                                                    
resistance with Wasilla  locals in changing the  name of the                                                                    
corridor to honor the veterans.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:11:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stoltze  clarified  that  the  name  change  would                                                                    
follow  the same  procedure as  other  veteran corridors  in                                                                    
Alaska in  that it does  not change  the names of  the local                                                                    
roads, but has an overlap name assigned to the roadway.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller  agreed. He expressed again  the local                                                                    
enthusiasm for the process.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze reiterated that  renaming roads can be more                                                                    
complicated, but this bill only  renames the entire corridor                                                                    
to honor the veterans.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:12:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Gara  asked  if   there  was  any  community                                                                    
opposition to this bill.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller  replied that the community  has given                                                                    
this bill its enthusiastic support.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Foster  agreed the  bill  is  good idea.  He                                                                    
wondered if  there was  any negative  comments, and,  if so,                                                                    
what they might have been.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Keller  responded that there was  no negative                                                                    
response within the community.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:13:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
YUKON TANNER, TALKEETNA  (via teleconference) announced that                                                                    
he proposed  to change  the corridor  to Veterans  Way years                                                                    
ago, but  met with a  political obstacle at that  time which                                                                    
delayed the  process. Last  year several  hundred signatures                                                                    
were gathered in support of  naming the corridor in honor of                                                                    
veterans   (copy   on   file).  He   revealed   that   after                                                                    
accumulating  hundreds   of  signatures,  only   two  people                                                                    
initially  refused to  sign, but  after further  explanation                                                                    
they  were  more  agreeable. He  found  zero  resistance  to                                                                    
changing the  name. Mr. Tanner  expounded on the  history of                                                                    
his family's  military service and reiterated  that the name                                                                    
honors veterans and is the respectful thing to do.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze acknowledged that  the committee had copies                                                                    
of the letter signed by the Mat-Su Valley delegation.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:16:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DALLAS  MASSIE, SUSITNA  AMERICAN  LEGION  POST 35,  WASILLA                                                                    
(via teleconference) spoke  on behalf of the  500 members in                                                                    
the legion.  He expounded of his  family's military service.                                                                    
He  supported the  bill  on  behalf of  his  family and  the                                                                    
members of the American Legion Post in Susitna.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze asked for any further public testimony.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze closed public testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:17:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY   SIROKY,  SPECIAL   ASSISTANT  TO   THE  COMMISSIONER,                                                                    
DEPARTMENT  OF TRANSPORTATION  communicated  the changes  in                                                                    
the   revised   fiscal   note.  The   department   initially                                                                    
understood  that the  section  of road  was  to be  entirely                                                                    
renamed and  the original fiscal note  for $34,000 reflected                                                                    
the  necessary   changes.  After  further   explanation  the                                                                    
department revised the fiscal note  to a lower number with a                                                                    
reduction for  only ten  signs. The new  fiscal note  is for                                                                    
$8,500.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze  honored Private  First Class  James Miller                                                                    
from Chugiak  who was  killed in  action in  Afghanistan. He                                                                    
acknowledged other veterans in the room                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:20:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Thomas  MOVED to  report CS HB  226 (TRA)  out of                                                                    
Committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal  note. There being NO  OBJECTION, it was                                                                    
so ordered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CS HB  226 (TRA) was  REPORTED out  of Committee with  a "do                                                                    
pass"   recommendation  and   with  a   new  Department   of                                                                    
Transportation fiscal note.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Fiscal sign locations.pdf HFIN 4/1/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 226
HB 226 sponsor.pdf HFIN 4/1/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 226
support for HB 226.pdf HFIN 4/1/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 226
Wide area color map.pdf HFIN 4/1/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 226
CSHB226(TRA)-DOT-CRHA-03-30-10NEW.pdf HFIN 4/1/2010 9:00:00 AM
HB 226