Legislature(2003 - 2004)
2004-04-26 Senate JournalFull Journal pdf
2004-04-26 Senate Journal Page 3076 SB 311 The Finance Committee considered SENATE BILL NO. 311 "An Act providing for a special deposit for workers' compensation insurers; relating to the board of governors of the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; relating to covered workers' compensation claims paid by the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association; stating the intent of the legislature, and setting out limitations, concerning the interpretation, construction, and implementation of workers' compensation laws; relating to restructuring the Alaska workers' compensation system; eliminating the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board; establishing a division of workers' compensation within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and assigning certain Alaska Workers' 2004-04-26 Senate Journal Page 3077 Compensation Board functions to the division and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development; establishing a Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; assigning certain functions of the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board to the Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; relating to agreements that discharge workers' compensation liability; providing for hearing officers in workers' compensation proceedings; relating to workers' compensation awards; relating to an employer's failure to insure and keep insured or provide security; providing for appeals from compensation orders; relating to workers' compensation proceedings; providing for supreme court jurisdiction of appeals from the Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission; providing for a maximum amount for the cost-of- living adjustment for workers' compensation benefits; providing for administrative penalties for employers uninsured or without adequate security for workers' compensation; relating to assigned risk pools and insurers; and providing for an effective date" and recommended the adoption of the Judiciary Committee Substitute offered on page 2900. Signing do pass: Senators Green, Wilken, Cochairs; Senators Bunde, Ben Stevens. Signing do not pass: Senators Hoffman, Olson. Signing no recommendation: Senator Dyson. The following fiscal information was published today: Fiscal Note No. 6, Department of Labor and Workforce Development The following previously published fiscal information applies: Fiscal Note No. 1, zero, Department of Community and Economic Development Fiscal Note No. 2, zero, Department of Law Fiscal Note No. 4, indeterminate, Department of Administration Fiscal Note No. 5, Alaska Court System The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.