Legislature(2003 - 2004)

04/07/2004 01:55 PM JUD

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HB 336 - CIVIL DAMAGES FOR UNINSURED DRIVERS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Number 0200                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR McGUIRE announced that the  next order of business would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL  NO. 336, "An  Act limiting recovery of  civil damages                                                               
by an  uninsured driver;  and providing  for an  effective date."                                                               
[Before the committee was the  proposed committee substitute (CS)                                                               
for  HB 336,  Version  23-LS1254\D, Bullock,  2/23/04, which  had                                                               
been adopted as a work draft on 4/6/04]                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Number 0260                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN MEYER, Alaska  State Legislature, sponsor of                                                               
HB  336, noted  that there  were  questions in  the last  meeting                                                               
about  the  definition  of   "noneconomic  losses"  mentioned  in                                                               
[Section 1 of  the bill].  He referred to  AS 09.17.010(a), where                                                               
noneconomic losses is  defined, and noted his  acceptance of that                                                               
definition.   He asked  if the committee  has any  concerns about                                                               
using the definition found there.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR McGUIRE replied, "We get it."   She asked if there were any                                                               
amendments  for  HB  336.    Hearing none,  she  then  asked  for                                                               
discussion on the bill.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GARA  said that he  has already listed all  of the                                                               
reasons why he  does not like the  bill.  If a motion  is made to                                                               
report it out of committee, he will object, he added.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Number 0317                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  SAMUELS moved  to report  the proposed  committee                                                               
substitute  (CS)  for  HB   336,  Version  23-LS1254\D,  Bullock,                                                               
2/23/04,  out of  committee with  individual recommendations  and                                                               
the accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Number 0321                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE GARA objected.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
A roll call vote was  taken.  Representatives Samuels and McGuire                                                               
voted in favor  of reporting the proposed CS for  HB 336, Version                                                               
23-LS1254\D, Bullock,  2/23/04, from committee.   Representatives                                                               
Gara,  Gruenberg, and  Holm voted  against it.   Therefore,  CSHB
336, Version  D, failed to  be reported from the  House Judiciary                                                               
Standing Committee by a vote of 2-3.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR McGuire announced that HB 336 would be set aside.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

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