Legislature(2015 - 2016)BUTROVICH 205

03/03/2015 09:00 AM Senate STATE AFFAIRS

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-- Public Testimony --
Moved SCR 2 Out of Committee
Moved CSHB 43(STA) Out of Committee
Moved SCS CSHB 1(STA) Out of Committee
Heard & Held
+ Bills / Topics Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                    HB 1-STATE ARCTIC POLICY                                                                                
9:32:36 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  STOLTZE announced  consideration of  HB 1.  [CSHB 1(EDA)AM                                                               
was before the committee.]                                                                                                      
REPRENSENTATIVE BOB HERRON, Alaska  State Legislature, sponsor of                                                               
HB  1,  explained in  2013  and  2014  the Alaska  Arctic  Policy                                                               
Commission, made  up of  ten legislators,  five from  each house,                                                               
along with  16 peer  experts, met  to work  on an  Arctic Policy.                                                               
They  delivered the  final report,  the implementation  plan, and                                                               
executive  summary  on  January  30, 2015,  as  required  by  the                                                               
legislature. There  was much  dialogue, debate,  and conversation                                                               
throughout the  state as to the  best policies. He said  the most                                                               
important points  are that  Alaska people  should come  first and                                                               
the policy will benefit the  entire state. The policy strengthens                                                               
Alaska's position in  the Arctic with the  federal government and                                                               
other  Arctic  nations  and  must lead  to  economic  benefit  to                                                               
He noted  Section 1  sends the  most important  message: Alaskans                                                               
are Arctic experts.                                                                                                             
9:34:13 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON  reviewed the four  lines of effort  in the                                                               
implementation  plan:   promote  economic   development,  address                                                               
infrastructure gap,  support healthy communities,  and strengthen                                                               
Arctic science and research.                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE requested information on  a recent amendment on the                                                               
House Floor regarding the Law of the Sea.                                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON  explained that the  Law of the  Sea Treaty                                                               
is before the U.S.  Senate and does not need to  be stated in the                                                               
Arctic  Policy.  He  said  he   supported  the  deletion  of  the                                                               
CHAIR STOLTZE  summarized that  all endorsements  for the  Law of                                                               
the Sea Treaty are removed.                                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON answered yes.                                                                                             
9:35:51 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  understood that the  U.S. would be  assuming the                                                               
chairmanship of the Arctic Council.  He requested to know to whom                                                               
the report is targeted.                                                                                                         
REPRESENTATIVE  HERRON answered  that there  are three  audiences                                                               
targeted by  the report.  The first, and  most important,  is the                                                               
Alaska State  Legislature. The second  audience is  the executive                                                               
branch. The third audience is  the federal government. He pointed                                                               
to recent  decisions made by  the federal government  for Alaska.                                                               
He stressed that Alaska should determine its own destiny.                                                                       
He  explained that  the  Arctic Policy  also  targets the  Arctic                                                               
Commission  in that  it  explains  how Alaska  would  like to  be                                                               
treated and involved in decision-making  regarding the Arctic. He                                                               
noted  Alaska has  a  very close  working  relationship with  the                                                               
State Department  who will chair  the Arctic  Council; Ambassador                                                               
David Balton will be the chair of the Senior Arctic Officials.                                                                  
9:39:44 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  COGHILL thanked  Representative Herron  for his  concise                                                               
CHAIR  STOLTZE asked  Representative  Herron to  address page  3,                                                               
lines 16 to 18. He  requested an explanation of the collaboration                                                               
with the stated entities.                                                                                                       
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON  explained that  it means Alaska  will have                                                               
discussions  with   all  the  listed  entities   about  having  a                                                               
transparent and  inclusive decision-making  process. It  asks the                                                               
executive branch to  participate, as well as  the legislature, as                                                               
much as possible. The most  difficult entity has been the federal                                                               
9:41:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR   STOLTZE    noted   a   reference    to   non-governmental                                                               
organizations (NGOs).                                                                                                           
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON  clarified that  there are NGO's  the state                                                               
can benefit  from, such as  environmental NGO's (ENGO's),  a term                                                               
created by the  North Slope Borough. Alaska would  like the NGO's                                                               
to be  as informed as possible  and would like to  be informed by                                                               
their intentions and efforts.                                                                                                   
CHAIR STOLTZE asked for NGO specifications.                                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON said the Pew  Foundation is an example of a                                                               
friendly NGO.  He said  the goal  is to be  informed of  the true                                                               
intention  of entities  and  for  Alaska to  be  included in  the                                                               
decision-making process.                                                                                                        
9:43:36 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  did not know  if he  was comfortable with  the Pew                                                               
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON noted  that they have done  good things for                                                               
Alaska, such as opposing the Aleutian Sanctuary.                                                                                
CHAIR STOLTZE opened public testimony.                                                                                          
9:44:24 AM                                                                                                                    
DR. JOE  MCLAUGHLIN, State  Epidemiologist, Department  of Health                                                               
and Social Services (DHSS) testified in  support of HB 1. He said                                                               
the  bill  promotes  the  health  and  wellness  of  Alaskans  by                                                               
supporting healthy Arctic communities  and strengthening a state-                                                               
based agenda for  Arctic science and research. He  noted areas of                                                               
health  impact  prevention  due  to  the  Artic  Policy:  climate                                                               
change,  environmental contaminants,  subsistence food,  resource                                                               
changes,  cultural changes  in  communities, changing  infectious                                                               
and  chronic  disease  patterns,  access  to  medical  care,  and                                                               
emergency response  capacity. The bill  is beneficial in  that it                                                               
fosters  wide-ranging   collaboration  to   achieve  transparent,                                                               
inclusive, and  informed decision-making to maximize  the benefit                                                               
to Alaskans.                                                                                                                    
9:46:07 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE  closed public  testimony. He  asked Representative                                                               
Herron if he had seen the amendment.                                                                                            
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON said he had.                                                                                              
9:46:30 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS moved Amendment 1, labeled 29-LS0013\F.1.                                                                       
                          AMENDMENT 1                                                                                       
     OFFERED IN THE SENATE              BY SENATOR STOLTZE                                                                      
          TO: SCS CSHB 1(ARC)                                                                                                   
     Page 2, following line 23:                                                                                                 
          Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                      
          "(c) Nothing in the Act is meant to support,                                                                          
     endorse, or reestablish the Alaska Coastal Management                                                                      
     Program that expired in 2011 and was rejected by state                                                                     
     voters in 2012."                                                                                                           
9:46:44 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR STOLTZE object for discussion.                                                                                            
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON stated support for Amendment 1.                                                                           
CHAIR   STOLTZE  explained   that  the   amendment  removes   the                                                               
possibility of  including the  Alaska Coastal  Management Program                                                               
in the bill.                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON restated support for the amendment.                                                                       
SENATOR  WIELECHOWSKI  asked  if  the  amendment  refers  to  not                                                               
endorsing or supporting any coastal management program.                                                                         
CHAIR STOLTZE said yes; the intent is to be much broader.                                                                       
SENATOR WIELECHOWSKI objected.                                                                                                  
A  roll  call vote  was  taken.  Senators Coghill,  Stoltze,  and                                                               
Huggins  voted   in  favor  of  adopting   Amendment  1.  Senator                                                               
Wielechowski voted  against it. Therefore, Amendment  1 passed by                                                               
a vote of 3 to 1.                                                                                                               
9:48:14 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL moved that the fiscal  notes to HB 1 be approved.                                                               
There being no objection, the fiscal notes were adopted.                                                                        
CHAIR  STOLTZE  thanked  the  sponsor  for  his  support  of  the                                                               
amendment and noted that  it only applies to HB 1  and not to any                                                               
other legislation.                                                                                                              
9:50:11 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR COGHILL  moved to report  SCS CSHB 1(STA)  from committee                                                               
with  individual  recommendations  and attached  fiscal  note(s).                                                               
There being no objection, the motion carried.                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB1 Summary of Changes for Senate STA.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 1
HB1 Sectional Analysis.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 1
CSHB43(STA) Fiscal Note (no #; HRLS) DOA-DGS 2-9-15 (Replaces #1).pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 43
CSHB43(STA) Summary of Changes ver A to ver H.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 43
SCR2 Fiscal Note - Draft SSTA Note.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SCR2 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SCR2 Supporting Document - HCR 66 - 1970.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR12 Sponsor Statement.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 Support Document - AK Constitutional Convention Minutes on Electing AG.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 Support Document - Alaska Proposed Constitutional Amendments.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 Support Document - Article Donald Craig Mitchell (ADN) 2-28-15.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 Support Document - CSG Attorneys General & Qualifications for Office.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 Support Document - Table - Statewide Elections by State.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 Fiscal Note OOG 2-27-15.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 Fiscal Note LEG-SESS 2-27-15.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 LRS Report Proposals for an Elected AG in AK.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
SJR12 LRS Report 1959 to Present AK Govs Lt Govs Presiding Officers and AGs.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12
HB1 Amendment #1 - Sen Stoltze.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 1
CSHB43(STA) Supporting Documents - Letter Rick Boyles 2-19-2015.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 43
SSTA Amendment #1 (Stoltze) to HB 1 - Adopted by Roll-Call Vote 3-3-15.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
HB 1
SJR12 Support Document - Current Governors and Attorneys General.pdf SSTA 3/3/2015 9:00:00 AM
SJR 12