Legislature(2019 - 2020)BARNES 124

02/24/2020 03:15 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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+ HB 84 WORKERS' COMP: POLICE, FIRE, EMT, PARAMED TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
*+ HB 215 EMPLOYER'S UNEMPLOYMENT INSUR RATE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
+= HB 235 AK WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD:ALLOCATIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
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        HB 235-AK WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD:ALLOCATIONS                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:29:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ announced  that the next order  of business would                                                               
be  HOUSE  BILL NO.  235,  "An  Act  relating to  allocations  of                                                               
funding for the Alaska Workforce  Investment Board; and providing                                                               
for an effective date."                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:30:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENATIVE  ADAM  WOOL,  Alaska  State  Legislator,  as  prime                                                               
sponsor, provided a  brief reintroduction to HB  235.  Basically,                                                               
he said, it's a program that  was renewed three years ago that is                                                               
seeking  reauthorization.    It  takes  a  portion  of  collected                                                               
unemployment  funds   and  distributes  them  to   10  recipients                                                               
according to a formula.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:30:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ASHLEY  CARRICK, Staff,  Representative Adam  Wool, Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  stated  that  HB 235  would  reauthorize  the  TVEP                                                               
program for  another three years,  until 2023.  She  proceeded to                                                               
correct a statement  from the previous bill  hearing, noting that                                                               
the  governors amended  budget added  additional funding  for the                                                               
TVEP program  this year into  direct allocations, rather  than to                                                               
the  unemployment  insurance  fund,  as  was  incorrectly  stated                                                               
previously.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:31:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HANNAN questioned  the  reason  for a  three-year                                                               
renewal as opposed to a longer period of time.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL said  there's  no reason  it  must be  three                                                               
years, adding  that it could be  longer.  He explained  that they                                                               
were trying to repeat what was done in the past.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR   SPOHNHOLZ  questioned   whether   TVEP   has  ever   been                                                               
reauthorized for longer than three years in the past.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. CARRICK  replied the  TVEP program  was reauthorized  for one                                                               
year at  its inception in  2000.   It was reauthorized  for three                                                               
years for the  first time in 2014 and has  never been renewed for                                                               
a longer period of time.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:33:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE RASMUSSEN  asked if  it is  possible to  make sure                                                               
that  this program  is  always renewed  in the  first  year of  a                                                               
legislative cycle.   She expressed her concern  about nearing the                                                               
end  of session,  which makes  it difficult  to move  legislation                                                               
through.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ  said that is  a fair point for  consideration by                                                               
future legislators.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:33:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE WOOL suggested a  two or four-year renewal instead                                                               
of three years so that it wouldn't end up in the middle.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  SPOHNHOLZ explained  if  the program  is reauthorized  for                                                               
three years  this time  it would  come up the  first year  of the                                                               
two-year  session   next  time  around.     After  which,  future                                                               
reauthorization  could be  set for  an  even number  of years  to                                                               
avoid this problem from happening in the future.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:35:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE STORY said  she would prefer to  leave the renewal                                                               
at three  years because Alaska's  career and  technical education                                                               
is constantly changing.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:36:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ opened public testimony.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:36:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DON ETHERIDGE, Alaska American Foundation  of Labor & Congress of                                                               
Industrial  Organizations,  reported  that  the  Alaska  American                                                               
Foundation  of Labor  and  Congress  of Industrial  Organizations                                                               
(AFL CIO) and  the Alaska Works Partnership  (AWP) are supportive                                                               
of HB 235, and  have been since its inception.   He noted that in                                                               
the  past,  they  have  asked  for  a  five-year  reauthorization                                                               
period.    He  expressed  concern  about  expanding  the  program                                                               
because  over the  years, programs  were  added without  thinking                                                               
about  the work  and training  that  would come  out of  it.   He                                                               
reiterated that  the Alaska  AFL CIO supports  the program  as it                                                               
is.                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:37:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE RASMUSSEN  asked Mr.  Etheridge why  the five-year                                                               
renewal hasn't worked in the past.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MR. ETHERIDGE  explained that they  were attempting  to stabilize                                                               
the  TVEP program  so the  recipients  would know  how long  they                                                               
could count  on the funds;  however, [the  legislature] suggested                                                               
that a three-year  maximum would allow changes  to be considered.                                                               
He went  on to say  the Alaska AFL CIO  would consent to  a five-                                                               
year renewal, adding  that the length of  renewal isn't important                                                               
to them.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:38:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES MCKEE provided  comments not on topic  with the published                                                               
agenda.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:40:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUG  WAIRATH, Northwestern  Alaska  Career  & Technical  Center,                                                               
expressed his  support for  reauthorizing TVEP.   He  stated that                                                               
TVEP  supports  a regional  training  center  network across  the                                                               
state that provides  autonomy and flexibility to  meet the unique                                                               
needs of each regions' priority  industry.  The regional training                                                               
centers  provide   workforce  development  training   that  would                                                               
otherwise  need to  occur outside  the region  at a  much greater                                                               
expense.    TVEP funds  and  supports  industry certification  in                                                               
health   care   through   advanced  technical   training,   which                                                               
transitions students  into employment  as certified  nurse aides,                                                               
village   health    aides,   and   personal    care   attendants.                                                               
Furthermore,  NACTEC  is the  only  provider  of adult  and  high                                                               
school driver education  training in the Nome census  area and is                                                               
a DMV approved  third-party road test examiner.  He  said this is                                                               
important  in the  region as  the budget  has become  tighter and                                                               
more cuts have  occurred, which resulted in the loss  of the Nome                                                               
DMV  office.   As the  state budget  is restricted,  he said,  it                                                               
becomes critically important to  make earlier outreach to develop                                                               
a   technically  skilled   workforce.     NACTEC  supports   TVEP                                                               
reauthorization efforts and its  expansive reach across Alaska to                                                               
train workforces locally to best meet local needs.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:43:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ closed public testimony.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SPOHNHOLZ announced that HB 235 was held over.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                

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HB 215 DOLWFD UI Presentation 02.21.2020.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 215
HB 215 Governor's Transmittal Letter 01.21.20.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 215
HB 215 Fiscal Note DOLWD-UI 01.07.20.PDF HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 215
HB 215 Trust Fund Base Line Charts 01.3.2020.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 215
HB 113 v. S Amendment #3 HL&C 2.22.2020.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 113
HB 84 Fiscal Note DLWD WC 4.3.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Opposition Document- AML Joint Insurance Association 3.29.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Presentation 4.3.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
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HB 84
HB 84 Sectional Analysis 4.3.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Sponsor Statement 3.28.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Supporting Document- Breast Cancer in Women Firefighters.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Supporting Document- Asbestos 3.28.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Supporting Document- Breast Cancer Rates For Women Firefighters San Francisco 2.5.20.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Supporting Document- Legal Analysis on State Firefighters 2.5.20.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Supporting Document- Letter of Support ACAT 4.3.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HL&C 2/26/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Supporting Document- Letter of Support- APOA 3.28.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Supporting Document- Literature Review- Police Occupational Hazards 2.5.20.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HL&C 2/26/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84
HB 84 Supporting Document- RADS in Police from Chemical Spill- 3.28.19.pdf HL&C 2/24/2020 3:15:00 PM
HL&C 2/26/2020 3:15:00 PM
HB 84