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SB 108: "An Act relating to employer-sponsored job training; relating to qualifications for a professional or occupational license; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 108                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to employer-sponsored job training; relating to qualifications for a                                   
02 professional or occupational license; and providing for an effective date."                                             
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 08.01 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                  
05 Sec. 08.01.067. Employer-sponsored job training. (a) Notwithstanding any                                              
06 other provision of this title, a board established under this title and the department,                                 
07 with respect to an occupation that the department regulates under this title, shall issue                               
08       an occupational license to an applicant who has                                                                   
09                 (1)  completed eighth grade;                                                                            
10                 (2)  completed an employer-sponsored job training plan approved under                                   
11       AS 23.15.580(m);                                                                                                  
12 (3)  passed a licensing examination required by a board or the                                                          
13 department for an applicant who has completed an employer-sponsored job training                                        
14 plan; if the board or the department does not require a licensing examination for other                                 
01 applicants in the specific occupation, the board or the department may not require an                                   
02 examination for an applicant who has completed an employer-sponsored job training                                       
03 plan; the board or the department shall establish a passing score for the licensing                                     
04 examination that is not higher than the passing score otherwise required for the                                        
05       specific occupation; and                                                                                          
06                 (4)  paid a fee required by the board or the department.                                                
07            (b)  A board or the department may adopt regulations to implement this                                       
08       section.                                                                                                          
09    * Sec. 2. AS 23.15.580 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
10 (m)  The board shall adopt standards for approval of an employer-sponsored                                              
11 job training plan and revoke or suspend approval of an employer-sponsored job                                           
12 training plan for failure to meet the standards. An employer-sponsored job training                                     
13 plan may be completed under the supervision of a state-licensed practitioner or at a                                    
14       state-licensed school. An employer-sponsored job training plan must                                               
15 (1)  satisfy the standards for an apprenticeship program under 29                                                       
16 U.S.C. 50 and regulations adopted under that statute, except that the board may                                         
17 approve an employer-sponsored job training plan that provides for fewer hours of on-                                    
18 the-job learning than required by 29 U.S.C. 50 and regulations adopted under that                                       
19       statute; and                                                                                                      
20                 (2)  satisfy other standards adopted by the board.                                                      
21    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
22 read:                                                                                                                   
23 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Commerce, Community, and                                                     
24 Economic Development and the board that regulates an occupation may adopt regulations                                   
25 necessary to implement the changes made by this Act. The regulations take effect under                                  
26 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the relevant                              
27 provision of this Act implemented by the regulation.                                                                    
28    * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect January 1, 2020.