UFA Legislative Update: February 11, 2019

Dear UFA Members and Friends,

Still not much happening at the legislature.  House is still unorganized, so no bills from their side. Governor Dunleavy’s budget will be released on Wednesday.  I plan on sending out an early update on Thursday to give a budget recap.  

-Frances Leach, Executive Director

1. Legislation – happenings from this week
2. Legislative meetings of interest for next week
3. To testify, watch or listen in to a hearing
4. Bills related to fisheries, and others that may be of interest to fishermen

1.Legislation – happenings from last week (February 4-8) on fishery related bills we are tracking.

On Monday, February 4, ADF&G Designee Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang had his first confirmation hearing in front of Senate Resources Committee.  Public Testimony was held with callers relaying both support and opposition. Committee recommended the appointment be forwarded to a joint session for consideration.
Watch the Confirmation Hearing

2. Legislative meetings of interest for this weekend and the week of February 11-15, 2019.

Monday, February 11, 2019

SB 22: Shellfish Enhance. Projects; Hatcheries.  
3:30 P.M. Senate Resources Committee – Butrovich 205.  New language is being introduced today requiring the BOF to conduct annual reviews of Mariculture Activities.  The new CS may be found on the meeting page.
Meeting Link

3.To testify, watch or listen in to a hearing …To testifyit’s best to go to a Legislative Information office – see them online at http://akleg.gov/lios.php. If you can’t get to an LIO you can call in to listen in or testify through the following numbers – call & ask for the specific committee hearing:

  • From Anchorage based phones call 907-563-9085;
  • From Juneau based phones or outside Alaska call 907-586-9085;
  • From other areas of Alaska, call toll-free 844-586-9085…and ask for the specific hearing.

To watch hearings onlinego to legislative home page at http://w3.akleg.gov/  at the time of the hearing, and click on the “Live Now” tab, and then select the meeting.

To watch floor sessionsand other hearings see Gavel to Gavel archives.

To find your legislators and contact infosee http://w3.legis.state.ak.us/  – see “WHO REPRESENTS ME?” in the lower right corner of the page.

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

SB. 22  – Shellfish Enhance. Projects; Hatcheries (Stevens- Senate Finance- UFA Supports)

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