Category Archives: Legislative Update

UFA Legislative Update: March 10, 2017

Note to members – At-Large board election is in process! Thanks to seventeen members who are in the running for four two year seats. Ballots were mailed this week to current individual and lifetime members. Be sure to vote by the April 1 postmark deadline!   We have been busy carrying out the actions from our February 21-23 meeting. Letters are being posted to our website Current Issues tab as they are finalized and sent. Letters on Alaska legislation may also be found on the documents tab on the main page for the bill, and on the meeting page for the committees as they take up bills on which the UFA board took a position.   Legislative Meetings of Interest Scheduled for the week of March 13: Top item – public testimony on Board of Fish candidates in Senate Resources committee - see Monday at 3:30 P.M.   Monday, March 13, 2017                          1:00 PMHouse Resources...
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UFA Legislative Update: February 19, 2017

Note to members – Nominations are open for UFA at-large board elections. Four seats are open. Current Individual and lifetime members who hold an Alaska commercial fishing permit or IFQ are eligible to run, and to vote in the election that will take place in March. Nomination forms have been mailed to paid and recent lapsed members and are also online at: http://www.ufafish.org/nominations-open-for-ufa-at-large-board-election-deadline-march-1/ The UFA Spring 2017 meeting will be held Tuesday February 21 through Thursday February 23, at St. Ann’s Parish Hall at 430 Fifth St in Juneau. UFA meetings are open to current members, except for executive sessions, which is expected for Tuesday 2/21.  
Legislative Report
  1. Actions and hearings this past week:
-House Fish and Game Budget Subcommittee took public comments on Tuesday Feb 14, and heard amendments offered by the Governor. If above links do not work see video and documents tab at http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Meeting/Detail?Meeting=HDFG%202017-02-16%2011:00:00#tab2_4e -House Fisheries moved HB...
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UFA Legislative Update: February 10, 2017

 
  1. New Fisheries-related legislation:
HB 76 - "An Act relating to the mariculture revolving loan fund…” (Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins) HB 107 “An Act relating to certain fish; and establishing a fisheries enhancement permit” (Talerico)… referred to Fisheries and Resources committees. HB 115 "An Act relating to the permanent fund dividend; relating to the appropriation of certain amounts of the earnings reserve account; relating to the taxation of income of individuals; relating to a payment against the individual income tax from the permanent fund dividend disbursement; repealing tax credits applied against the tax on individuals under the Alaska Net Income Tax Act; and providing for an effective date." (by House Finance Committee). Four hearings are scheduled next week – with public testimony on Friday: HearingFeb 13 Monday 1:30 PM (H)FINANCE at HOUSE FINANCE 519 TELECONFERENCED HearingFeb 14 Tuesday 1:30 PM (H)FINANCE at HOUSE FINANCE 519 TELECONFERENCED HearingFeb 15 Wednesday 1:30 PM (H)FINANCE...
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UFA Legislative Update: February 3, 2017

  1. Governor Walker re-appoints Jensen, Morisky, and Fritz Johnson to Board of Fisheries.
Fritz Johnson, a Bristol Bay drift boat skipper from Dillingham, was tapped for a seat on the state Board of Fisheries again, after being bumped off last year. The Governor’s office made the announcement this week, also putting John Jensen from Petersburg and Reed Morisky from Fairbanks up for reappointment… http://kdlg.org/post/johnson-tapped-fish-board-seat-again
  1. Press release: UFA posts Community Fishing Facts
We have provided each legislator with a complete set of the fish facts sheets, and lists of commercial fishery permits held in their district. It is amazing to see how many fishermen fishing different Alaska fisheries throughout the state bring their fishing income home, to even the most urban legislative districts. We met and reviewed the information with the seven new legislators serving on Fisheries and Resources committees. We are impressed with their enthusiasm and receptiveness to our...
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UFA Legislative Update: January 27, 2017

This week the Alaska State Legislature has started with committee meetings and informational overviews. House Fisheries committee heard a presentation by ADFG on State versus Federal fisheries management. See the meeting page for audio archive and Powerpoint of the presentation. For the week of January 30, hearings include budget overviews from Commercial and Sport fishing divisions, public input on Bristol Bay sulfide mine and Commercial fishing loan program total limit, Motor Fuel Tax in both the House and Senate Transportation committees, and a Senate hearing on a land grant for Petersburg Borough.. So far, legislation has not been introduced for fishing industry specific taxes. We will continue to monitor the bills and hearings. Hearing schedule next week for topics noted above:
  1. House Finance Committee – Monday 1/30 1:30 – Room 519
FY18 Budget Overviews: - Dept. of Law - Dept. of Fish & Game - Dept. of Corrections  
 
  1. House Fisheries special committee –...
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