Legislature(2013 - 2014)BARNES 124

04/11/2014 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE


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*+ HB 346 PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 346(L&C) Out of Committee
+ SB 138 GAS PIPELINE; AGDC; OIL & GAS PROD. TAX TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
+ SB 129 REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+= SB 159 AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES TELECONFERENCED
Moved HCS SB 159(L&C) Out of Committee
+ SB 145 VETS' RETIREMENT/LOANS/HOUSING/EMPLOYMENT TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+ SB 58 CANCEL INS. ON CERTAIN ABANDONED PROPERTY TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                 SB 159-AIR AMBULANCE SERVICES                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:57:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON  announced that the  next order of business  would be                                                               
SENATE BILL  NO. 159, "An  Act relating to air  ambulance service                                                               
providers,  air ambulance  membership agreements,  and regulation                                                               
of air  ambulance service providers and  air ambulance membership                                                               
agreements by  the division  of insurance;  and providing  for an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:58:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTIE  JAMIESON, Staff,  Senator  Bert  Stedman, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, explained  that passage  of SB  129 would  allow all                                                               
life-saving air  medical transport services to  continue to offer                                                               
membership  programs to  Alaskan  residents.   The  purpose of  a                                                               
membership program  is to cover  all out-of-pocket  expenses that                                                               
may  not   be  covered  by   a  primary  payer.     Following  an                                                               
organizational  restructure  last  year,  in  2013,  the  Airlift                                                               
Northwest  membership  program  was discontinued  by  the  Alaska                                                               
Division of Insurance (DOI).   The division deemed the membership                                                               
program  was   no  longer  exempt  from   insurance  regulations.                                                               
Presently,  the Airlift  Northwest is  allowed to  honor existing                                                               
memberships but cannot allow renewals  to the program.  This bill                                                               
would  exempt  all  air  ambulance   services  from  the  state's                                                               
insurance code thereby allowing  continued membership programs to                                                               
Alaskans.   Over  3,000 Alaskan  residents subscribe  and benefit                                                               
from  the membership  program.   The Division  of Elections  said                                                               
that  it does  not  anticipate that  SB 159  will  result in  any                                                               
financial impact to the division and it has a zero fiscal note.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:59:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HERRON moved  to adopt  Amendment 1,  labeled 28-                                                               
LS1359\N.1, Wallace, 3/20/14, which read as follows:                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, following line 28:                                                                                                 
     Insert a new subsection to read:                                                                                           
          "(c) Except as provided in this section, an air                                                                       
         ambulance service provider or an air ambulance                                                                         
      membership agreement that complies with this chapter                                                                      
     is not otherwise subject to this title."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, Amendment 1 was adopted.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:59:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KONRAD JACKSON,  Staff, Representative  Kurt Olson,  Alaska State                                                               
Legislature, stated that Amendment 1  was brought forward by some                                                               
who wanted it  to be clear that an air  ambulance provider is not                                                               
subject to Title 21.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:01:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOSEPHSON understood  that one  main function  of                                                               
the   DOI  is   to   ensure  that   insurance  is   appropriately                                                               
underwritten and that the resource  will be there for the insured                                                               
when  the time  comes.   He  asked if  any concern  exists or  if                                                               
people can be confident "the jet will come when it is called."                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS.  JAMIESON expressed  her confidence  that the  [air ambulance                                                               
service] will respond when called.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR OLSON recalled  the Airlift Northwest has  been in business                                                               
since the  late 1970s  or early  1980s, so  it has  established a                                                               
track record.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:02:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  JOSEPHSON  asked  whether  there  are  any  other                                                               
"carve  outs" like  this  that aren't  subject  to the  insurance                                                               
code.  He didn't think this was a bad idea but was curious.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MARTY HESTER,  Director, Division  of Insurance  (DOI); Anchorage                                                               
Office,   Department   of    Commerce,   Community   &   Economic                                                               
Development, said  different statutes  deal with  different lines                                                               
of insurance  and have different regulations  and stipulations on                                                               
those different lines  of insurance.  This would  be a particular                                                               
"carve out" for the air ambulance  industry.  He did not think it                                                               
would be  an "apples to  apples" comparison for a  different line                                                               
or type of insurance would have the same type of application.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:03:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  OLSON,  after first  determining  no  one else  wished  to                                                               
testify, closed public testimony on SB 159.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SADDLER  commented that  the absence  of questions                                                               
demonstrates that this bill was  vetted in previous meetings.  He                                                               
felt confident [about the bill.]                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:04:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HERRON moved  to report the CSSB  159, as amended,                                                               
out  of   committee  with  individual  recommendations   and  the                                                               
accompanying fiscal  notes.   There being  no objection,  the HCS                                                               
CSSB  159(L&C) was  reported from  the House  Labor and  Commerce                                                               
Standing Committee.                                                                                                             

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB346 ver N.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 346
HB346 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 346
HB346 Draft Proposed Blank CS ver O.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 346
HB346 Sectional Analysis ver O.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 346
HB346 Supporting Documents-Sampling of Benefit Corporations.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 346
HB346 Supporting Documents-States with Benefit Corporations.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 346
HB346 Supporting Document- Legal FAQS benefitscorp.net.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
HB 346
SB58 ver N.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB58 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB58 Fiscal Note-DCCED-DOI-01-21-14.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB58 Supporting Documents-Written Testimony-NAMIC-4-07-2014.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB58 Supporting Documents-Email Babcock 2-20-2013.PDF HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB58 Supporting Documents-Letter NAMIC 2-21-2013.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB58 Supporting Documents-Handout State Farm 1-31-2014.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB58 Supporting Documents-Letter Brine 4-04-2013.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB58 Supporting Documents-Letter Winters 2-21-2013.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 58
SB129 Ver P.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 129
SB129 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 129
SB129 Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 129
SB129 Fiscal Note-DCCED-CBPL-03-05-14.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 129
SB129 Supporting Documents-Letter AK Chamber.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 129
SB129 Supporting Documents-DCCED BCREA Audit 2013.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 129
SB129 Supporting Documents-Summary of Changes.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 129
SB145 ver A.PDF HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 145
SB145 Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 145
SB145 Fiscal Note-DCCED-DED-01-17-14.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 145
SB145 Fiscal Note-DOA-DRB-01-20-14.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 145
SB145 Fiscal Note-DOR-AHFC-01-21-14.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 145
SB145 Fiscal Note-DOA-DOP-01-20-14.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 145
SB145 Supporting Documents-Transmittal Letter 1-28-2014.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 145
SB145 Supporting Documents-TalkingPointsExt.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 145
SB159 Draft Proposed Amendment ver N.1.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter AK Trollers Assoc 3-17-2014.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Supporting Documents-Letter United Fishermen of AK 3-13-2014.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 ver N.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Sectional Analysis.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159
SB159 Fiscal Note-DCCED-DOI-2-10-14.pdf HL&C 4/11/2014 3:15:00 PM
SB 159