Legislature(2017 - 2018)ADAMS ROOM 519

04/16/2018 01:30 PM FINANCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
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-- Recessed to a Call of the Chair --
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS CSSB 15(L&C) Out of Committee
Moved HCS CSSB 78(FIN) Out of Committee
Moved SB 215 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
Moved CSHB 260(FIN) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
HOUSE BILL NO. 260                                                                                                            
     "An Act  relating to  electronic possession  of certain                                                                    
     licenses, tags, and identification  cards issued by the                                                                    
     Department  of  Fish and  Game;  and  providing for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
4:31:12 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE DAN SADDLER, SPONSOR, read the sponsor                                                                           
     Smart  phones  have  become an  indispensable  part  of                                                                    
     modern   Alaska   life.   They   provide   users   with                                                                    
     inexpensive,  convenient and  reliable information  and                                                                    
     services,    including   communications,    navigation,                                                                    
     scheduling,  research, photography,  and entertainment.                                                                    
     There  is almost  no aspect  of  life that  smartphones                                                                    
     don't make easier and better.                                                                                              
     HB   260  seeks   to  leverage   modern  communications                                                                    
     technology  to   enhance  the  timeless   pleasures  of                                                                    
     traditional  Alaskan  activities of  hunting,  fishing,                                                                    
     and  trapping, by  allowing  state  licenses for  these                                                                    
     activities to be displayed on  digital devices, as well                                                                    
     as in  paper form. In  addition, it seeks to  provide a                                                                    
     peace   officer   examining    an   electronic   device                                                                    
     displaying a  license with immunity from  liability for                                                                    
    damage to the device resulting from the inspection.                                                                         
     State law  currently requires outdoorsmen and  women to                                                                    
     carry   paper   licenses    while   enjoying   licensed                                                                    
     activities.  But as  anyone who's  ever tumbled  into a                                                                    
     stream while landing  a king salmon or sat  in the rain                                                                    
     in a  duck blind knows,  paper licenses can  be damaged                                                                    
     or lost at the worst  possible time. And while a person                                                                    
     might  misplace  their   wallet,  their  smartphone  is                                                                    
     almost  always  within  arm's   reach.  But  for  those                                                                    
     circumstances when a person fails  to have a license in                                                                    
     actual possession, HB 260 turns  the citation issued by                                                                    
     a  peace  officer into  a  "fix-it  ticket," whereby  a                                                                    
     person can nullify any violation  for failure to have a                                                                    
     license  in actual  possession, by  presenting a  valid                                                                    
     license within 30 days.                                                                                                    
     Alaskans  have been  authorized since  2013 to  display                                                                    
     secure proof of insurance on  a digital device, and the                                                                    
     benefits  of  extending  that  capability  to  outdoors                                                                    
     recreational licenses are clear. They would:                                                                               
        • Make it easier and more convenient for hunters,                                                                       
          fishers and trappers to obtain and carry required                                                                     
        • Help entice new participants in these activities,                                                                     
          by lowering one barrier to entry                                                                                      
        • Make Alaska a more attractive tourist destination                                                                     
          by making it easier for visitors to get licenses                                                                      
        • Improve compliance with state fish and wildlife                                                                       
          management laws, by making it easier for                                                                              
          enforcement officials to verify users are legal                                                                       
        • Save money for the state and private license                                                                          
          vendors, by reducing or eliminating printing                                                                          
        • Enhance licensing   security   with   harder-to-                                                                      
          counterfeit digital licenses                                                                                          
     HB 260  also lays  the foundation  for smartphone-based                                                                    
     "apps" that  will eventually  let ADF&G  deliver timely                                                                    
     information  on local  regulations,  opening dates  and                                                                    
     times, and hazards to  users; while letting outdoorsman                                                                    
     reciprocate by  sending back real-time data  on harvest                                                                    
     effort  and  success.  Until then,  the  advantages  of                                                                    
     digital  licenses  are  significant enough  to  warrant                                                                    
     swift passage of HB 260.                                                                                                   
4:34:51 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Foster relayed the list of available testifiers                                                                        
4:35:22 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Foster OPENED public testimony.                                                                                        
4:35:53 PM                                                                                                                    
RICK GEASE,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  KENAI RIVER  SPORT FISHING                                                                    
ASSOCIATION,  SOLDATNA  (via teleconference),  relayed  that                                                                    
the Kenai  River Sport  Fishing Association  fully supported                                                                    
HB  260. He  thought it  was consistent  with being  able to                                                                    
make  application  online.  He  suggested  incorporating  an                                                                    
electronic harvest card in the future.                                                                                          
4:37:17 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair  Seaton  asked  how the  fisheries  or  hunts  that                                                                    
required recording of  catch would be designed for  use on a                                                                    
Mr. Gease responded that if  an electronic harvest card that                                                                    
allowed  anglers to  report  on their  phones  while in  the                                                                    
field were authorized now, the  department could develop the                                                                    
Representative  Saddler offered  that currently  capture was                                                                    
recorded  on the  back of  the paper  license. He  said that                                                                    
under the  legislation a form  would need to be  printed and                                                                    
filled out  to record the  capture of king  salmon. However,                                                                    
the  Board  of Fish  had  recently  decided that  regulation                                                                    
would  be  changed  so  that   a  record  of  harvest  of  a                                                                    
specifically managed  species would  not have to  be written                                                                    
in ink. He thought it was the next obvious step.                                                                                
4:40:05 PM                                                                                                                    
MARK RICHARDS,  RESIDENT HUNTERS  OF ALASKA,  FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference), fully supported HB 260.  He told a story of                                                                    
one  of  the  members  of Resident  Hunters  of  Alaska.  He                                                                    
thought  the  bill  was  a   great  idea.  He  believed  the                                                                    
department and  the Alaska State  Troopers would  support it                                                                    
4:41:18 PM                                                                                                                    
SAMANTHA  WEINSTEIN, SOUTHEAST  ALASKA GUIDES  ORGANIZATION,                                                                    
JUNEAU  (via  teleconference),  spoke   in  support  of  the                                                                    
legislation. She read a prepared statement (copy on file).                                                                      
4:42:34 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Foster CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                        
4:43:39 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative  Pruitt MOVED  to ADOPT  Conceptual Amendment                                                                    
     Page 2, Line 8                                                                                                             
     Delete "any"                                                                                                               
     Following "device":                                                                                                        
     Insert ", except that a peace officer may be liable                                                                        
     for civil damages that are the result of the peace                                                                         
     officer's intentional misconduct"                                                                                          
Representative   Wilson   OBJECTED   for  the   purpose   of                                                                    
Representative Pruitt explained the amendment.                                                                                  
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
Representative  Wilson MOVED  to ADOPT  Conceptual Amendment                                                                    
Page 2, Line 2                                                                                                                  
Delete "in"                                                                                                                     
Following "produces"                                                                                                            
Insert ",  to an office  of the arresting or  citing agency,                                                                    
not later than  90 days after the issuance  of the citation,                                                                    
a license previously issued to  the person that was valid at                                                                    
the time of the offense."                                                                                                       
Representative   Pruitt   OBJECTED   for  the   purpose   of                                                                    
Representative Wilson explained the amendment.                                                                                  
Representative Pruitt WITHDREW his OBJECTION.                                                                                   
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
Vice-Chair Gara reviewed the fiscal note.                                                                                       
4:49:04 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Seaton MOVED to report CSHB 260 (FIN) out of                                                                           
Committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal note.                                                                                                       
There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                    
CSHB 260 (FIN) was REPORTED out of committee with a "do                                                                         
pass" recommendation and with a previously published zero                                                                       
fiscal note: FN1 (DFG).                                                                                                         
Co-Chair Foster discussed housekeeping.                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
IN3NERGY_HFIN HB411_04162018.pdf HFIN 4/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 411
SB 15 Amendment #1 Wilson.pdf HFIN 4/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
SB 15
HB 260 Conceptual Amendment #1.pdf HFIN 4/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 260