Category Archives: Legislative Update

UFA Legislative Wrap-Up: May 18, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Its official, the legislature wrapped up in the wee hours of Sunday morning on May 13.  In all, it was a successful year for UFA in getting bills passed that we supported.  There are many bills out there that we would like to see move forward, and we hope that many of them will be re-introduced next year. Here is a quick breakdown of bills that passed that we supported: SB 37 – Boards of Pharmacy and Commercial Fishery Entry Commission – Includes amended language from HB 231 CFEC bill – Passed House and Senate and awaiting transmittal to the governor (UFA supported the initial bill and version D and was not able to meet as a board on the final version adopted into SB37). HJR 12 – Opposing FDA approval of GM...
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UFA Legislative Update: May 11, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Rumor has it the 30th Legislature will be gaveling out sometime this weekend.  The flurry of bills being pushed out in the past two weeks and no meetings scheduled for next week lead us to believe the rumors are true. Highlights this week include the Conference Committee approving the full increment ($997k) for the ADFG budget.  HB 76 – Mariculture Loan Funds, a UFA supported bill, passed the Senate on Monday and is now awaiting transmittal to the Governor.  Also awaiting transmittal is HB 56 – Comfish Loan Limits which passed the Senate on Wednesday.  This is great news as UFA supported all three of these measures. Thanks for hanging in there with us this session and be sure to look for our session recap next week.  For those of you starting...
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UFA Legislative Update: May 4, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Just when we thought session was winding down, things sped back up with several bills moving.  HB 354 - the Dive Fishery Management bill, which UFA supports, is now awaiting transmittal to the Governor.  Another bill that UFA supports, HB 56 – Comfish Loan Limits passed out of Senate Finance and is awaiting scheduling for a floor vote.  HB 76 – Mariculture Loan Funds, also a UFA supported bill, passed Thursday in Senate Finance and is now in Senate Rules awaiting scheduling for a floor vote.  All three of these bills were sponsored by Representative Dan Ortiz and kudos should be given to Rep. Ortiz and his staff for their hard work supporting commercial fishing. We are still tracking several bills and will be monitoring them closely next week. -Frances Leach, Executive...
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UFA Legislative Update: April 27, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, We apologize we didn’t get a legislative update out last Friday.  We were too busy at the legislature with our eyes on HB 231- the CFEC Restructuring bill that was amended and attached to SB 37- a senate pharmacy board bill. The amendments made to HB 231 were significant enough that it garnered our attention and we worked hard alerting members and member groups of these changes. In short, SB 37 as amended would have removed the position of the CFEC Executive Director and also put the commissioners on unequal footing for pay. After two attempts on the house floor last week to amend or pass the bill out, an amended version was passed on Monday that keeps the Executive Director role as a possibility and put the commissioners on equal pay. The bill received concurrence in the senate to the new...
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UFA Legislative Update: April 13, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, It’s spring which means many of you are getting your boats ready for the summer season and/or participating in spring fisheries throughout the state.  It also means the legislature is entering their final push to the finish line. HB 199 was the primary focus of House Fisheries this week with three scheduled times for public testimony.  Listening to the testimony, there were numerous commercial fishermen around the state who called in to testify, with the majority of them in support of the bill. The joint House and Senate confirmation hearing for governor appointees was held on Tuesday, April 10.  Both Al Cain and Orville Huntington were confirmed to the Board of Fisheries to serve another term, and Dale Kelley and Fate Putman were confirmed as CFEC Commissioners. Lastly, I would like to take a moment in this Legislative Update to recognize our outgoing UFA President, Jerry McCune. Jerry is...
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