Legislature(2005 - 2006)CAPITOL 17

03/01/2006 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 402 MARRIAGE BROKERS AND ADVERTISERS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 402(L&C) Out of Committee
*+ HB 424 MORTGAGE LENDING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
*+ HB 439 INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 439(L&C) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 416 BUSINESS LICENSE FEE TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 416(L&C) Out of Committee
HB 402-MARRIAGE BROKERS AND ADVERTISERS                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ACTING  CHAIR KOTT  announced  that the  next  order of  business                                                               
would  be  HOUSE BILL  NO.  402,  "An  Act relating  to  marriage                                                               
brokers  and  advertisers  and  to  dating  and  social  referral                                                               
services."                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:10:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LYNN  moved  to   adopt  CSHB  402,  Version  24-                                                               
LS1432\Y,  Mischel,  2/21/06, as  the  working  document.   There                                                               
being no objection, Version Y was before the committee.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HANNAH  MCCARTY, Staff  to Representative  Beth Kerttula,  Alaska                                                               
State Legislature, speaking  on behalf of the  sponsor, said that                                                               
Version Y includes  two changes, one of which is  in reference to                                                               
Representative   Rokeberg's  concern   that  the   definition  of                                                               
"marriage broker"  isn't tight enough.   Therefore,  the language                                                               
"with  a person  who resides  outside of  the United  States" was                                                               
added  on  page  3,  lines  29-30.    Adding  the  aforementioned                                                               
language  doesn't include  businesses  such  as Match.com,  which                                                               
provide marriage and dating services between U.S. citizens.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LYNN  asked  if  that  [language]  would  include                                                               
territories of the U.S.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. MCCARTY  said she didn't know  the answer to that.   However,                                                               
she related that when the  definition of "recruit" was developed,                                                               
the  territory  question wasn't  considered.    Ms. McCarty  then                                                               
directed the  committee's attention  to the other  [new] language                                                               
which is located on page 3,  lines 19-21, which is taken from the                                                               
federal Violence Against Women Act.   This language provides that                                                               
a  traditional match-making  service of  a cultural  or religious                                                               
nature   that's   not  for   profit   and   is  consistent   with                                                               
international, federal, state, and local  laws is exempt from the                                                               
requirements in HB 402.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:12:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG  indicated that  Version Y  addresses his                                                               
concern.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:13:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ACTING CHAIR  KOTT, upon determining  there were no  questions or                                                               
witnesses, announced that public testimony was closed.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  LEDOUX  moved to  report  CSHB  402, Version  24-                                                               
LS1432\Y,  Mischel, 2/21/06,  out  of  committee with  individual                                                               
recommendations  and the  accompanying zero  fiscal note.   There                                                               
being no  objection, CSHB  402(L&C) was  reported from  the House                                                               
Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

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