UFA Legislative Update – January 22, 2016

Dear UFA members and contacts,

The legislative session is well underway after three days.
UFA staff has provided documents from our Fall board meeting to each Alaska legislator’s office:

The UFA Spring Board meeting will be held February 16-18 in Juneau

The Governor’s State of the State address is online at http://gov.alaska.gov/Walker/press-room/full-press-release.html?pr=7359
Governor’s home page: http://gov.alaska.gov/


New legislation and scheduled meetings:

HB 249: Motor Fuel Tax
SPONSOR(S): RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR “An Act requiring the electronic submission of a tax return or report with the Department of Revenue; relating to the motor fuel tax; and providing for an effective date.”
HB249 Tracking and text: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?bill=SB%20132&session=29
HEARING: (H) TRA Jan 28 1:00 PM CAPITOL 17 TELECONFERENCE

Senate Companion bill: SB 132
HEARING: (S) TRA Jan 26 1:00 PM BUTROVICH 205 TELECONFERENCE
HEARING: (S) DOT Jan 26 1:00 PM BUTROVICH 205 TELECONFERENCE
SB 132 Tracking and text: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?bill=SB%20132&session=29

Administration Fisheries Tax bills:

HB 251: ELECTRONIC TAX RETURNS & FISHERIES TAXES
REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR Introduced: 1/19/16 Referred: House Special Committee on Fisheries, Finance A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED “An Act requiring the electronic submission of a tax return or report with the 1 Department of Revenue…
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=29&bill=HB0251

SB 135: ELECTRONIC TAX RETURNS & FISHERIES TAXES
REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR Introduced: 1/19/16 Referred: Resources, Finance A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED “An Act requiring the electronic submission of a tax return or report with the 1 Department of Revenue; relating to fisheries…
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/get_bill.asp?session=29&bill=SB0135


New GM bills:

HB 258: BAN SALE OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED FISH
-Tomkins Introduced: 1/19/16 Referred: House Special Committee on Fisheries, Labor and Commerce A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED “An Act prohibiting the sale of a genetically modified fish or fish product.” 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE…

HJR 28: OPPOSING GM SALMON
Kawasaki Introduced: 1/19/16 Referred: House Special Committee on Fisheries, Labor and Commerce

Committee Hearing scheduled:

Senate fish & Game Finance subcommittee:  meeting Overview of Gov proposed fy 17 budget Operating budget Fish and Game:

(S)FISH & GAME               FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEE *
Jan 22 Friday 1:30 PM     BUTROVICH 205  TELECONFERENCED

— Date & Time Change —

+                             Status of the FY16 Operating Budget

Overview of the Governor’s Proposed FY17

Operating Budget

Sam Cotten, Commissioner

Kevin Brooks, Deputy Commissioner

Carol Petraborg, Director, Division of

Administrative Services

House Fisheries Committee – Capitol Building Room 120
Tuesday, January 26, 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm

  •  HB 220 FISH ENHANCEMENT PERMITS
  •  HB 177 KING SALMON TAGS AND DESIGNS

Thursday, January 28, 2015 10:00am – 12:00pm

Presentation: Young Fishermen’s Summit

Presentation: Southeast Alaska Regional Guides Organization on Regional Quota Entities/ Catch proposal

(H)MISCELLANEOUS MEETING
Jan 26 Tuesday 11:30 AM      HOUSE FINANCE 519

Lunch & Learn:

“Alaska’s Fiscal Challenge: What Every Alaskan Should Know & Think About” by Gunnar Knapp, Director, Institute of Social & Economic Research & Cliff Groh, Chair, Alaska Common Ground Sponsored by House Finance Committee & Moderated by Rep. Thompson, Co-Chair House Finance Committee

(H)MISCELLANEOUS MEETING
Jan 28 Thursday 11:30 AM    HOUSE FINANCE 519

Lunch & Learn:

“The Fiscal Balance Game: A New & Instructive Way to Think About Alaska’s Fiscal Challenge” by Gunnar Knapp, Director, Institute of Social & Economic Research & Cliff Groh, Chair, Alaska Common Ground Sponsored by House Finance Committee & Moderated by Rep. Thompson, Co-Chair House Finance Committee

PREFILED FISH BILLS

2nd Prefile:

HB 241- MILLETT – Relating to the nonresident surcharge for commercial fishing permits.

HB 241 Tracking:
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/29?Root=HB%20241

1st Prefile:

HB 220 – (Talerico) “An Act relating to fish; and establishing a fisheries enhancement permit.”

HB 220 Bill Tracking
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/29?Root=HB%20220

HB 216 –(Talerico)  “An Act relating to obstruction or interference with a person’s free passage on or use of navigable water; and amending the definition of ‘navigable water’ under the Alaska Land Act.”
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/29?Root=HB%20216

HB 213 – (Tilton) “An Act requiring the commissioner of natural resources to make specific, detailed written findings before restricting or prohibiting a traditional means of access to state land, water, or land and water for a traditional outdoor activity; and requiring certain public notice of a proposed restriction or prohibition of a traditional means of access to state land, water, or land and water for a traditional outdoor activity.”
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/29?Root=HB%20213

HB 233 – (Josephson) “An Act establishing the Alaska Climate Change Commission; and relating to the powers and duties of the Alaska Climate Change Commission.”

HB 233 Bill Tracking:
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Detail/29?Root=HB%20233

AK Legislature home page: http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/index.php
Or try Basis –often works faster: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/start.asp


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