Legislature(2017 - 2018)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

04/02/2018 09:00 AM LABOR & COMMERCE

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+= SB 112 WORKERS COMPENSATION;DRUG DATABASE & TEST TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSSSB 112(L&C) Out of Committee
+= SB 38 PHARMACY BENEFITS MANAGERS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 38(L&C) Out of Committee
+= HB 170 AK SECURITIES ACT; PENALTIES; CRT. RULES TELECONFERENCED
Scheduled but Not Heard
+= SB 205 TELECOMMUNICATIONS REGULATION/EXEMPTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 79 OMNIBUS WORKERS' COMPENSATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 79(FIN) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
        SB 112-WORKERS COMPENSATION;DRUG DATABASE & TEST                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:10:30 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration of SB 112 and noted                                                                  
the proposed committee substitute (CS).                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:10:54 AM                                                                                                                    
NATASHA MCCLENAHAN, Staff, Senator Mia Costello, Alaska State                                                                   
Legislature, Juneau, Alaska, reviewed the following changes from                                                                
version L to S of SB 112:                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
        • Retains language that repeals and reenacts AS                                                                         
          23.30.145  governing  the  award  and  payment  of                                                                    
          attorney fees.                                                                                                        
        • Retains language amending AS 23.30.230(a) to                                                                          
          provide a definition of "independent contractor."                                                                     
        • Retains an applicability provision that states                                                                        
          secs. 1-2 of the Act  apply to claims for injuries                                                                    
          filed  on or  after the  effective dates  of those                                                                    
          sections.                                                                                                             
        • Establishes the Workers' Compensation Working                                                                         
          Group in the Department  of Commerce Community and                                                                    
          Economic  Development, division  of insurance,  to                                                                    
          review  the State's  Worker's compensation  system                                                                    
          and  provide  recommendations to  the  Legislature                                                                    
          for  reforming  the  system. The  workgroup  shall                                                                    
          provide a  report to  the Legislature  by December                                                                    
          1, 2018.                                                                                                              
        • Removes all other sections in Version L                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:12:22 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER moved to adopt the  work draft CS for SSSB 112, 30-                                                               
LS0318\S, as the working document.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO found no objection  and version S was adopted. She                                                               
said  the bill  retains  two of  the elements  that  came in  the                                                               
second  version as  introduced by  the sponsor.  She worked  with                                                               
parties  involved in  this issue  and realized  that it  would be                                                               
best  to create  a working  group, so  the parties  can work  out                                                               
differences. The report to the  legislature would be due December                                                               
1, 2018 and then the working  group would disband on the last day                                                               
of January 2019.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:13:41 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GARDNER  said  she  believes   that  attorneys  for  the                                                               
employers or insurance companies are  often on retainer. The cost                                                               
or  time to  pursue a  case is  of no  direct consequence  to the                                                               
employer's attorney,  but the injured  worker's attorney  is very                                                               
much impacted  by the provision  that limits what they  can earn.                                                               
Section 1  would make  it more difficult  for injured  workers to                                                               
get representation.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO said the next  committee of referral can work with                                                               
the working group  to resolve any issues it sees.  She noted that                                                               
the bill goes to Senate Finance next.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:15:00 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GARDNER said  she  sees  this as  a  Labor and  Commerce                                                               
issue.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:15:12 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER said his question  is more finance related, but the                                                               
fiscal note  adds 24  full-time employees  for the  Department of                                                               
Administration   that  come   from   the  Workers'   Compensation                                                               
Division.  He asked  if there  will be  a corresponding  decrease                                                               
from the Workers' Compensation Division.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCCLENAHAN  said that section  that spurred that  fiscal note                                                               
was removed from the current version of the bill.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER said  then this is not the correct  fiscal note for                                                               
the committee substitute.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MCCLENAHAN agreed.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER asked the sponsor of SB 112 to comment.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:16:35 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR CATHY GIESSEL, Alaska  State Legislature, Juneau, Alaska,                                                               
sponsor  of SB  112, said  she has  no comment  on the  committee                                                               
substitute. She defers to the will of the committee.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER said this appears to be a compromise.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:17:11 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MEYER moved  to report [the CS for SSSB  112], version S,                                                               
from  committee with  individual recommendations  and forthcoming                                                               
fiscal note(s).                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:17:32 AM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GARDNER objected.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO asked for a roll call vote.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:17:59 AM                                                                                                                    
A roll  call vote was  taken. Senators Micciche,  Meyer, Costello                                                               
voted in  favor of the  motion and Senator Gardner  voted against                                                               
it.  Therefore,  the  motion  to   report  CSSSSB  112(L&C)  from                                                               
committee passed with a 3:1 vote.                                                                                               

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
CS SSSB112 (L&C) Ver. S.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 112
CS SSSB112 (L&C) Explanation of Changes Ver. L to S.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 112
CS SB38 (L&C) Ver. D.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 38
CS SB38 (L&C) Explanation of Changes Ver. A to D.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 38
CS SB205(L&C) Ver. U.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 205
CS SB205(L&C) Sectional Analysis 4.2.18.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 205
CS SB205(L&C) Explanation of Changes Ver. D to U.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 205
ACS Support Letter for SB 205.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 205
SB 205 RCA letter to Senator Kelly.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 205
SB 205 RCA Staff Analysis Public Meeting Memorandum and exhibits.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
SB 205
CS HB79(FIN) Ver. N.PDF SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 79
CS HB79(FIN) Summary of Changes ver A to ver N.PDF SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 79
CS HB79(FIN) Sectional Analysis ver N.PDF SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 79
HB79CS(JUD)-DOLWD-SIF-02-14-18.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 79
HB79-OOG-OMB-02-13-18.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 79
HB079CS(FIN)-DOLWD-WC-02-16-18.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 79
HB079CS(JUD)-DOA-DRM-02-09-18.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 79
CS HB79(FIN) Ver. N DOLWD Presentation 3.29.18.pdf SL&C 4/2/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 79