Legislature(2015 - 2016)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

04/07/2016 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 193 EXTEND EXEMPTION FOR SMALL POWER PLANTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 193(L&C) Out of Committee
+= HB 268 AIDEA:DIVIDEND TO STATE;INCOME;VALUATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 268 Out of Committee
+ HB 305 RECREATIONAL/AVOCATIONAL TRAINING EXEMPT. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= SB 118 DNR LAND DISPOSAL SURVEYS; PEER REVIEW TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 314 AK REG ECON ASSIST. PROGRAM; EXTEND TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
-- Public Testimony --
           HB 314-AK REG ECON ASSIST. PROGRAM; EXTEND                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:57:46 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced  the consideration of HB  314. She noted                                                               
that this is the first hearing on the bill.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:58:21 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE SHELLEY HUGHES,  Alaska State Legislature, sponsor                                                               
of   HB  314,   explained  that   the  legislation   extends  the                                                               
authorization  of the  Alaska Regional  Development Organizations                                                               
(ARDOR) program for  five years to FY2021. There  is zero funding                                                               
for  the  program  this  year.  The  bill  leaves  the  reporting                                                               
requirements in place,  subject to state funding.  She noted that                                                               
89 percent of ARDOR funding last year was not state funding.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She  reported  on  the   Copper  Valley  Development  Association                                                               
accomplishment of  assisting seven business startups.  She shared                                                               
that  the Southeast  Alaska Municipal  Conference (SWAMC)  has an                                                               
exciting  focus   of  manufacturing  trusses  for   cold  weather                                                               
housing. Anchorage Economic Development's  focus on their airport                                                               
has been  successful. In  the Kenai  area the  focus has  been on                                                               
business retention and incubation.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
She  concluded  that the  reauthorization  of  the ARDOR  program                                                               
allows  them  to retain  their  designation  to carry  out  their                                                               
activities.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:02:01 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS  offered his understanding that  without the bill                                                               
ARDORs cannot apply for funding.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HUGHES  replied  they  could  apply  for  certain                                                               
funds, but it might be a  problem for federal funding and foreign                                                               
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked if there was  no more state match for funding                                                               
for ARDORs.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   HUGHES  said   that  is   correct.  It   is  her                                                               
understanding  that they  could leverage  other dollars,  but not                                                               
state matching dollars.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
BRITTENY   CIONI-HAYWORD,   Director,    Division   of   Economic                                                               
Development,  Department  of  Commerce,  Community  and  Economic                                                               
Development  (DCCED),  said she  is  eager  for  HB 314  to  move                                                               
forward.  She  explained  that DCCED  often  works  on  statewide                                                               
initiatives  within  the  ARDOR  program, such  as  by  providing                                                               
education, grants, and foreign work opportunities.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:04:40 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO opened public testimony.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:04:51 PM                                                                                                                    
ROBERT   VENABLES,   Energy   and   Transportation   Coordinator,                                                               
Southeast  Conference,   said  the  state's  ARDOR   program  has                                                               
demonstrated  its value  over  the past  28  years. This  program                                                               
facilitates  the   public  and   private  investment   that  will                                                               
stimulate  the  economy  and  create   jobs.  It  is  a  powerful                                                               
mechanism  to   move  economic  development   forward.  Southeast                                                               
Conference will  miss the state  money but will move  forward and                                                               
look for other  sources of revenue. The October  EDA report shows                                                               
that the  investment of about $70,000  a year for each  ARDOR has                                                               
collectively been leveraged to over  $100 million in construction                                                               
projects and $286 million in private investment.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:06:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO asked  if the lack of  reporting requirements will                                                               
yield a loss in identity for ARDORs.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  VENABLES said  there is  a high  level of  transparency when                                                               
reporting to conference  members that will allow  questions to be                                                               
answered.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked what the source of funds will be.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. VENABLES  listed the U.S.  Department of  Energy specifically                                                               
and added that they are looking toward the private sector.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  observed that there are  other opportunities, such                                                               
as crowd funding, and it looks like the program will thrive.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  VENABLES  said  they  will  survive, but  it  will  be  more                                                               
difficult to thrive.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:09:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR STEVENS  asked Ms.  Hayward if she'll  still be  aware of                                                               
ARDOR accomplishments.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAYWARD said she believes the  division will be able to track                                                               
what  the different  ARDORs  are doing.  They  will maintain  the                                                               
working relationship until the  appropriations begin again. There                                                               
will still be need for a minimal vetting process.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS agreed  there should still be  basic reporting of                                                               
ARDORs.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAYWARD said  the division would figure out how  to provide a                                                               
report without burdening state staff.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS suggested  asking for the reports  that are given                                                               
to the various boards.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAYWARD  said the  division could  find resources  to produce                                                               
some sort of report.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:13:33 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO suggested  working together  to communicate  what                                                               
the ARDORs are doing without being onerous on the ARDORs.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked if there would  be a state bank for marijuana                                                               
businesses.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. HAYWARD said she didn't have that knowledge.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:15:42 PM                                                                                                                    
DOUG  GRIFFIN,  Southwest  Alaska Municipal  Conference  (SWAMC),                                                               
testified in  support of HB 314.  He related that SWAMC  has been                                                               
in  existence since  1988 and  includes about  25 percent  of the                                                               
tribes in  Alaska in the  region. Fishing is the  newest endeavor                                                               
and  they hope  to focus  initially on  seafood processing.  They                                                               
have the potential to access $2.5 million over five years.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:19:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO  closed  public  testimony and  held  HB  314  in                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
CSSB 193 (L&C) Ver. H.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 193
SB 118.PDF SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 118
SB 118 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 118
SB 118 - Fiscal Note - DNR.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 118
SB 118 - Fiscal Note - DCCED.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 118
HB 305.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Fiscal Note.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Leg. Legal Opinion.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Support Letter.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - FAQs.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - Licensing Title 8.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - Yoga Alliance White Paper.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - National Trends on State Regulation YTTS.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - Yoga Alliance Industry Report.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 314.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Fiscal Note DCCED.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Supporting Documents-Letter SE Delegation 10-29-15.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Supporting Documents-Letter-Rick Roeske-KPEDD 03-14-16.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Supporting Documents-Letters of Support Compiled.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Supporting Documents-Report FY15 ARDOR Annual Report.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314