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04-08-04: House Passes Legislature Endorses Fisheries Education Programs
SCR 19 First Salmon Industry Task Force Measure to Pass

12-05-03: Majority Makes Committee Changes
Makes Room For Sen. Bert Stedman

09-15-03: Salmon Task Force Reorganizes and Adds New Members

04-02-03: House Passes New Tax Schedule for Small Processors
Optional Monthly Payments Ease Financial Burden to Help Fish Industry

03-31-03: House Approves Tax Credit for Salmon Investments
New Equipment for Processing Can Cut Industry Taxes

02-21-03: House Supports Extension for Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force
Debate Would Last Until End of 23rd Legislature

02-03-03: Salmon Task Force Delivers Report & 14 Bills
The Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force delivered its final report to the Legislature on Friday.


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HB 118 : Transportation Of Commercial Fish
Signed into Law! Chapter 112 SLA 03
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the transportation and sale of certain commercially caught fish by an agent of a commercial fishing permit holder and to the sale of fish; and providing for an effective date.

06-16-03 : Gov. Murkwoski signed HB 118 into law. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) on recommendation by the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force, HB 118 allows commercial fishermen to hire their own tender or pool their resources on one boat to transport fish to market. Currently, transporting another person's fish is illegal unless you are a licensed processor or act as a contractor for a licensed processor. HB 118 will require the person transporting the fish to have a transporter permit in addition to the currently required fish ticket. This arrangement allows a fisherman to retain ownership of the fish while authorizing an associate or another vessel to transport and sell the fish.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 409 : Seine Vessel Length
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Williams
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the maximum length of salmon seine vessels; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS HB 409 (FHS)
Contact: Tim Barry, 465-3424
Action: 05-06-04: Passed the Senate

This bill removes the statutory prohibition for the length of salmon seine vessels and leaves the authority to the Alaska Board of Fisheries and to allows the Board of Fish to regulate Seine fishing vessels in the same manner they do other types of vessels.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 410 : Entry Permit Buy-Back Program
Sponsored by Rep. Bill Williams
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the administration of commercial fishing entry permit buy-back programs.

Version: HB 410
Contact: Tim Barry 465-3424
Action: 02-09-04: H(FSH) ==> H(RES)

This bill provides guidelines to the Department as to when it should buy back limited entry back permits.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 419 : Regional Seafood Development Associations/ Tax
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ogg
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to regional seafood development associations and to regional seafood development taxes.

Version: SCS CS HB 419 (FIN)
Contact: Melissa Dover, 465-2487
Action: 05-09-04: Passed the Senate

House Bill 419, recommended by the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force, will allow fishermen to form regional seafood development associations to tax themselves, providing a stable funding source for marketing efforts. CS HB 419 (RES) clarifies that the first qualified organization to apply will be designated the regional seafood development association and more closely define the membership of the associations. Amended to require 30% of permit holders to attend before an election is valid. Then a majority of those attending constitutes a majority.

| Sponsor Statement |

HB 473 : Direct Mareting Fisheries Business
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Requested by Joint Salmon Industry Task Force

An Act relating to limited joint venture fish processing businesses and to liability for the payment of the fisheries business tax; and providing for an effective date.

HCR 28 : Studies Of Salmon Harvesting Cooperatives
Passed House!
Sponsored by Rep. Paul Seaton
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

Relating to the socioeconomic impacts of salmon harvesting cooperatives.

Version: CS HCR 28 (FIN)
Contact: Cameron Yourkowski, 465-3306
Action: 05-03-04: (S)CRA » (S)RES

The purpose of this resolution is to request the University of Alaska to further study the broader socioeconomic effects of allocative salmon harvesting cooperatives. This bill was passed on 02/12/04 but held by the committee pending a new fiscal note. Make the study advisory not mandatory.

| Sponsor Statement |

HJR 34 : Federal Training And Assistance For Fishermen
Passed Legislature! Await Transmit to Gov.
Sponsored by Rep. Dan Ogg
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

Requesting the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Labor to extend Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits to Alaska fishermen; requesting the United States Congress and the United States Department of Agriculture to extend additional disaster and price support benefits to Alaska salmon fishermen; and requesting the United States Department of Agriculture to establish terminal markets in Alaska for all covered commodities including salmon.

Version: CS HJR 34 (FSH)
Contact: Melissa Dover, 465-2487
Action: 04-19-04: Passed the Senate

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Department of Labor have Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs that were designed to help workers whose industries have been hurt by imports. This resolution asks the USDA to establish a (TAA) program for fisherman.

| Sponsor Statement |

SB 67 : Payment of Fisheries Business Tax

House Companion HB104 Signed into Law!
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Task Force Committee

An Act relating to payment of the fisheries business tax and to security for collection of the fisheries business tax.

| Sponsor Statement for House Companion |

SB 68 : Tax Credit for Salmon Development
Sponsored by the Sen. Rules Committee
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Task Force Committee

An Act relating to a salmon product development tax credit under the Alaska fisheries business tax and the Alaska fisheries resource landing tax; and providing for an effective date.

| Sponsor Statement for House Companion |

SB 273 : ASMI Board/ Seafood Taxes & Assessments
Signed Into Law! Chapter 31 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the seafood marketing assessment, the seafood marketing tax, and the seafood product tax; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 273 (FIN)
Contact: Katrina Matheny, 465-4713
Action: 05-13-04: Signed Into Law

Senate unanimously concurred with House changes. SB 273 changes the tax structure of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and reduces the size of its board from 25 to either seven or nine members, depending on the outcome of an election. The current tax structure levies 1 percent on salmon harvesters and a voluntary .3 percent on processors for marketing. SB 273 requires an election in the Fall for processors to vote on whether to A) eliminate the ASMI assessment, B) retain the current .3 percent, or C) increase the assessment to .5 percent. If processors approve the .5 percent assessment, the 1 percent salmon marketing tax would be eliminated. If processors retain the .3 percent or eliminate the assessment, the 1 percent salmon harvester tax would be retained, and two more fisherman would be added to the ASMI board.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 113 KB]

SB 281 : Genetically Modified Fish
Sponsored by Sen. Kim Elton
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to labeling and identification of genetically modified fish and fish products.

Version: SB 281
Contact: Paula Cadiente, 465-4947
Action: 03-03-04: (S)RES ==> (S)FIN

SB 281 requires Alaskan retailers to identify and label foods containing fish and shellfish or fish and shellfish products that have been genetically modified.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 17 KB]

SB 282 : Prepared Food: Wild/ Farmed Fish Disclosure
Signed Into Law! Chapter 282 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Kim Elton
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the identification of finfish in food products and to the misbranding of food products consisting of or containing finfish.

Version: CS SB 282 (RES)
Contact: Paula Cadiente, 465-4947
Action: 07-03-04: Signed Into Law

SB 282 requires retail food establishments to state on their menu whether the fish it is selling in a prepared food is wild or farmed.

| Sponsor Statement | [PDF - 1 Page - 16 KB]

SB 286 : Direct Marketing Fisheries Business
Signed Into Law! Chapter 147 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Bert Stedman
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to direct marketing fisheries businesses, to the fisheries business tax, and to liability for payment of taxes and assessments on the sale or transfer of fishery resources; and providing for an effective date.

Version: CS SB 286 (FIN)
Contact: Ian Fisk, 465-3873
Action: 07-03-04: Signed Into Law

SB 286 passed the House May 5 by a vote of 32 to 1. It reduces the Fisheries Business Tax on direct marketing vessels of 65 feet or less from 5 percent to 3 percent, leveling their rate to that of shore processors and Bering Sea factory trawlers. It also taxes the products of small-boat fishermen on the same value as the prevailing grounds price on which other processors base their taxes.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 31 KB]

SB 315 : Entry Permit Buy-Back Program
Signed Into Law! Chapter 51 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the administration of commercial fishing entry permit buy-back programs.

Version: SB 315
Contact: Cheryl Sutton, 465-2705
Action: 06-09-04: Signed Into Law

SB 315 modifies existing law governing commercial fishing entry permit buy-back programs by allowing the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission to “front fund” a buy-back program if an appropriation were received. These funds would be repaid by fishermen who are engaged in a buy-back program.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

SB 322 : Salmon Enhancement Tax
Signed Into Law! Chapter 52 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Ben Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force Committee

An Act relating to the rate of the salmon enhancement tax.

Version: SB 322
Contact: Cheryl Sutton, 465-2705
Action: 06-09-04: Signed Into Law

SB 322 offers flexibility for Regional Aquaculture Associations by adding tax rates of 30, 20, 15, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5 and 4 percent to the salmon enhancement tax that the fishermen may impose on themselves. Under current law fishermen may self-assess 1, 2 or 3 percent of the value of their harvest for the purpose of funding the operation of their regional aquaculture associations.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 31 KB]

SCR 19 : Supporting Fisheries Education
Passed Legislature! Leg. Resolve 41
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens
Requested by the Jnt. Salmon Industry Task Force

Relating to the support of fisheries education, training, and research and encouraging collaborative efforts between the state, the University of Alaska, and other educational institutions to provide fisheries education programs.

Version: SCR 19
Contact: Katrina Matheny, 465-4713
Action: 04-14-04: Transmitted to Governor

SCR 19 unanimously passed the House April 6. It supports a recommendation from the Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force to promote fisheries education and collaboration between the University of Alaska and other institutions to provide seafood education and training programs.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 29 KB]

Bills Of Interest

SB 69 : Board of Fisheries Conflicts of Interest
Passed Senate!
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act relating to participation in matters before the Board of Fisheries by members of the board; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 69 (FSH)
Contact: Amy Seitz, 465-2828
Action: 05-03-04: (H)FSH » (H)RES

SB 69 changes conflict of interest guidelines for the Board of Fisheries. It mandates full personal disclosure on matters related to the subject under discussion, but requires a board member to actively participate in the discussion and vote. It requires certain permit holders to abstain from voting if they are paid to represent a group that would benefit from the matter before the Board.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 99 KB]

SB 70 : Board of Fisheries Meetings/Emergency Orders
Sponsored by Sen. Thomas Wagoner

An Act relating to the emergency order authority of the commissioner of fish and game and to meetings of the Board of Fisheries.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Sectional Analysis |

SB 273 : ASMI Board/ Seafood Taxes & Assessments
Signed Into Law! Chapter 31 SLA 04
Sponsored by Sen. Gary Stevens

An Act relating to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the seafood marketing assessment, the seafood marketing tax, and the seafood product tax; and providing for an effective date.

Version: HCS CS SB 273 (FIN)
Contact: Katrina Matheny, 465-4713
Action: 05-13-04: Signed Into Law

Senate unanimously concurred with House changes. SB 273 changes the tax structure of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and reduces the size of its board from 25 to either seven or nine members, depending on the outcome of an election. The current tax structure levies 1 percent on salmon harvesters and a voluntary .3 percent on processors for marketing. SB 273 requires an election in the Fall for processors to vote on whether to A) eliminate the ASMI assessment, B) retain the current .3 percent, or C) increase the assessment to .5 percent. If processors approve the .5 percent assessment, the 1 percent salmon marketing tax would be eliminated. If processors retain the .3 percent or eliminate the assessment, the 1 percent salmon harvester tax would be retained, and two more fisherman would be added to the ASMI board.

| Sponsor Statement |
| Fact Sheet | [PDF - 1 Page - 113 KB]


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