legislative delegation, Senator Gary Stevens and Representative Alan Austerman,
along with Homer Representative Paul Seaton, held their first legislative
teleconference on Thursday.
during the half-hour teleconference ranged from a Seward man asking for help
with trooper inaction over his stolen car to fisheries legislation.
the senator for both Seaton's District 35 and Austerman's District 36, said the
legislature has gotten off to a fast and furious start this year:
-- (Call In 1 23 sec "So
we're dealing with ... a lot of attention right now.")
Homer's representative to the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council,
called in and thanked the delegation for their support of maintaining dual-tug
escorts coming out of the oil terminal in Valdez. He then put on his commercial
fisherman's hat and expressed concern over a couple of bills in the legislature
that may further restrict commercial fishing in Cook Inlet:
-- (Call In 2 26 sec "House
Bill 266 is ... the established commercial fisheries.")
The bill is
sponsored largely by representatives from the Matanuska-Susitna area.
responded that the personal use dipnet fisheries on the Kenai and Kasilof
rivers are rife with issues:
-- (Call In 3 42 sec "You
know there's some ... been a real problem.")
Maker of Kodiak also phoned in, asking the delegation to exert what pressure it
can to urge the state government to oppose catch shares before the North
Pacific Fishery Management Council:
-- (Call In 4 30 sec "I
would appreciate ... efforts in that way.")
asked Maker to do him a favor when she goes to Washington D.C. this month to
protest catch shares:
-- (Call In 5 13 sec "Rhonda,
in your message ... You're right about that.")
constituent call-in will be on March 11th, and will again be
broadcast live here on KMXT.