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 – Barnes Room 124

HB 87 – Conflict of Interest: Boards of Fisheries & Game

— Public Testimony —

HJR 12 – Opposing Gen. Engineered Salmon

— Public Testimony —

HB 32 Label Genetically Modified Food

— Public Testimony —

3:30 PMSenate Resources Committee – Butrovich Room 205

Consideration of Governor’s Appointees – Board of Fisheries:

— Public Testimony on Appointees:

– Fritz Johnson
– Reed Morisky
– John Jensen

UFA supports the confirmation of John Jensen and Fritz Johnson.

Be sure to let the committee and your legislators know of your support.

These confirmations are expected to draw a lot of attention.

Not in Juneau? – testify at a Legislative Information Office – see http://akleg.gov/lios.php

 

Tuesday March 14:

8:00 A.M.Senate Fish and Game Budget Subcommittee – Senate Finance Room 532

ADFG Budget close out (Senate side)

8:30 A.M. – House Finance Committee – Room 519

HB 115 – Income tax – including withholding on crew payments

10:00 A.M House Fisheries – Gruenberg Room 120

HCR 8 – Kodiak Seafood & Marine Science Center  — Public Testimony

HB 76 – Mariculture Revolving Loan Fund

HB 128 – Shellfish Enhance. Projects; Hatcheries

 

Wednesday, March 15:

1:00 P.M. – House Resources Committee – Barnes Room 124

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

&

6:00 P.M. – House Resources Committee – Barnes Room 124 –

HB 46 – Procure AK Fish Ag Prod.; Raw Milk Sales – Public Testimony

 

Thursday, March 16

10:00 A.M. House Fisheries – Gruenberg Room 120

HJR 9 Canadian Mines on Transboundary Rivers – Public Testimony

1:30 P.M. House Finance Committee – Room 519

HB 56 Commercial Fishing Loans

(and three other bills)

1:30 P.M. Senate Labor and Commerce Committee – Beltz room 105 (Tom Stewart Bldg.)

SB 71 – Commercial Fishing Loans (Senate companion bill)

& Governor’s Appointments (not Board of Fisheries)

 

Friday, March 17

1:00 P.M. House Resources Committee – Barnes Room 124

HB 19 Ban Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Public Testimony

Presentation: Agriculture Activities in AK byArthur Keyes

— Testimony <Invitation Only> —

1:30 P.M. – House Finance Committee – Room 519

HB 115 Income Tax – with withholding on crew payments

Alaska State Legislature home page: http://akleg.gov/ .

To watch committee meetings live, click on “Live Now” tab near the upper right of the legislature home page.


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

HCR 8 – Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center

HJR 9 – Canadian Mines on Transboundary Rivers

HJR 12 – Opposing FDA approval of GM Salmon and urging labeling

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

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

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

&&&

SB 71 – Relating to limitations on certain commercial fishing loans made by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (Senator Stevens – Senate companion bill)

HB 60 – Motor Fuel Tax – House Rules by Request of the Governor

HB 62 – Adoption of new regulations – would require repeal of another, except for regulations adopted by boards & commissions

SB25 – Motor Fuel Tax – Senate Rules by Request of the Governor

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

HB 76 – Mariculture revolving loan fund…” (Rep. Ortiz)

HB 87 Board if Fisheries and Board of Game – Conflict of Interest

HB88 Board of Fisheries Membership – Rep. Stutes

HB 107 Fisheries enhancement permit – egg & unfed fry enhancement in same waters (Talerico)

HB 115 – Income Tax & PFD – including withholding on crew payments (House Finance)

HB 128 – Shellfish Enhance. Projects; Hatcheries (Ortiz)

SJR 3   Urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to mitigate the harm done to the state’s seafood industry because of the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement; and urging the President of the United States and the United States Congress to work to benefit and protect the state’s seafood industry – by Senator Wielechowski.

Compiled by UFA staff.

 

share

Comments are closed.