Legislature(2005 - 2006)CAPITOL 17
04/11/2005 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE
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SB 52-OCCUPATIONS/CORPORATIONS/BANKS/SECURITIES CHAIR ANDERSON announced that the next order of business would be CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 52(L&C), "An Act relating to certain functions of the division of banking, securities, and corporations and the division of occupational licensing in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; relating to program receipts and record search fees of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development related to banking, securities, and corporations; and providing for an effective date." RICK URION, Director, Division of Occupational Licensing, Department of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development (DCCED), stated that with Administrative Order 219, the Division of Banking, Securities, and Corporations functions will be moved to the Division of Occupational Licensing. He indicated that this was a great move since the two division have many common issues. He started off stating that the bill before the committee is a housekeeping bill and makes no substantive changes to the law. He explained that CSSB 52(L&C) replaces all references to specific divisions with the word "department". Mr. Urion expressed the hope that with the passage of CSSB 52(L&C), the Division of Occupational Licensing will change its name to more accurately reflect the inclusion of the Division of Banking, Securities, and Corporations. REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG asked if there will be any investigatory efforts that will require the division to police its new responsibility. MR. URION answered that there would be no more policing than the division already does. He explained that the creation of one common databank will enable the division to do in-house investigations. REPRESENTATIVE GUTTENBERG asked if the department has authorities that the division didn't have with regard to enforcement and prosecution. MR. URION asserted that the division would assume absolutely no more authority than it has now. He reiterated that the references to specific divisions in statute are being eliminated and replaced with references to the "department". REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG stated that one of the issues that he knew about from the Division of Banking, Securities, and Corporations were problems concerning oversight of Native corporations with their elections of boards of directors. He then asked if this responsibility now falls under the auspices of the [Division of Occupational Licensing]. 3:47:06 PM MR. URION answered yes. In further response to Representative Rokeberg, he specified that there are nine positions with three vacancies. 3:47:44 PM REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG asked if the division received personnel after the passage of the executive order. MR. URION answered that there are nine positions, with three vacancies. He expressed the need for more staff. REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG said that this was all being done by executive order and that basically this was a name change. He asked if, by doing this, [the legislature] is ratifying the governor's executive order. MR. URION stated that this is a "one stop business shop". He highlighted the new departmental website, where one can take care of many business-related tasks. REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG reported that this was an administrative order and not an executive order, and therefore the legislature had no opportunity to accept or reject the change. 3:49:24 PM CHAIR ANDERSON closed public testimony. REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG moved to report CSSB 52(L&C) out of committee with individual recommendations and the accompanying fiscal notes. There being no objection, CSSB 52(L&C) was reported from the House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.