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 – Tuesday 1/31 10 am – Room 120

Public testimony is scheduled for HB 14 – Leg. approval of Bristol Bay sulfide mine- Josephson

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House Finance ADFG Budget Subcommittee Tuesday 1/31 11:00 AM Room 120

Overview: Div. of Commercial Fisheries Budget by Scott Kelly, Director

Note that House Fisheries committee is having two part meetings on its normal Tuesday & Thursday 10-12 schedule next week. The second hour is dedicated to Fish and Game Budget Subcommittee.


  1. House Transportation – Tuesday 1/31 1:30 PM- Room 124

HB60 – Motor Fuel tax

See also SB 25 below in Senate Transportation Thursday at 1:00 PM.


 

  1. House Fisheries special committee – Thursday February 2, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Public testimony will be taken on HB 56 – Relating to limitations on certain commercial fishing loans made by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development – Ortiz

This bill increases the total limit to $400,000 total limit for an individual borrower.

To listen in or testify from outside of Juneau, see the Legislative Information Office list.

If you are unable to get to an LIO, the call in number for all committees is 844-586-9085.

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House Finance ADFG Budget Subcommittee Thursday 2/2 11:00 AM Room 120

Overview: Div. of Sportfish Budget by Tom Brookover, Director


  1. Senate Transportation Committee – Thursday Feb 2, 1:00 – Room 205

SB 25  – Motor Fuel Tax; Transportation Maintenance Fund


  1. 6. Senate Community & Regional Affairs – Thursday Feb 2, 3:30 PM – Room 105

SB 28 – Land Grant of 14,666 acres to Petersburg Borough


  1. Bills related to fisheries, and others that may be of interest to fishermen:

HB 14 – Leg. approval of Bristol Bay sulfide mine- Josephson

HB 17 – Establishing a fish and game conservation program/account in ADFG – Josephson

HB 19 – Ban neonicotinoid pesticides – Drummond…

HB 29 -Prohibiting sale of genetically modified fish/fish products – Tarr

HB 32 Relating to the labeling of food; relating to the misbranding of food; requiring labeling of food produced with genetic engineering – Tarr

HB 36  Corporate Tax Loophole Elimination Act – Gara

HB 42 – relating to seizure of property; relating to forfeiture to the state – includes language on seizure of fishing permits…

-Was heard in House Judiciary committee on Monday 1/23.

-Related news item: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2017/01/23/law-enforcement-may-have-a-harder-time-seizing-property-of-accused/

HB 45 – Minimum wage

HB 46 Procure AK Fish, Ag Prod.; Raw Milk Sales – Tarr

HB 51 Small Vessel Wastewater Exemption – Stutes

& Senate Companion bill:

SB 3 Small commercial passenger vessel wastewater exemption; & exempting two new ferries from 1% for art -Stedman

HB 60 – Motor Fuel Tax

& Senate companion bill

SB25 – Fuel tax

HB 56 Relating to limitations on certain commercial fishing loans made by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development – Ortiz

HB 63 Transferring duties from DCCED to Department of Revenue – Rep. Pruitt

SB 5 Prohibiting groups controlled by a legislator from soliciting and accepting contributions or from making certain contributions and expenditures during a regular or special legislative session; and prohibiting some lobbyists from making campaign contributions to certain groups – Meyer

SB 7 Establishing a museum construction grant program in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development – Stevens

SB 12   – Employment tax for educational facilities – sets a tax rate on wages and self-employment from $50 – $500, “on wages and on net earnings from self-employment of every (1) resident individual; and (2) nonresident and part-year resident individual with income from a source in the state.”

SB 28 – Land Grant of 14,666 acres to Petersburg Borough – Stedman

Alaska State Legislature home page: http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/

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