Legislature(2003 - 2004)

2004-03-05 Senate Journal

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SB 311                                                                                            
The Labor and Commerce 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' 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                                  

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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." Signing do pass: Senator Bunde,                                   
Chair. Signing do not pass: Senator French. Signing no                                              
recommendation: Senators Seekins, Gary Stevens.                                                     
The following fiscal information was published today:                                               
 Fiscal Note No. 4, indeterminate, Department of Administration                                     
 Fiscal Note No. 5,  Alaska Court System                                                            
The following previously published fiscal information applies:                                      
 Fiscal Note No. 1, zero, Department of Community and Economic                                      
 Fiscal Note No. 2, zero, Department of Law                                                         
 Fiscal Note No. 3, Department of Labor and Workforce                                               
The bill was referred to the Finance Committee.