Legislature(1993 - 1994)
04/10/1993 10:15 AM FIN
* first hearing in first committee of referral
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 141(L&C): An Act relating to workers' compensation coverage for certain high school students in uncompensated work-study programs. Senator Kelly said that SB 141 sponsored by Representative Bettye Davis was designed to provide workers compensation for work study students receiving vocational training for a profit employer. The employers will not hire the students because they are liable and the students are not eligible for workers compensation. This legislation would provide workers compensation taking the liability away from the employer. Since the students do not receive any compensation for the work study program, they would not receive any compensation if they were injured. Only their medical expenses would be covered. Discussion followed between Senators Sharp and Kelly regarding the coverage provided under this legislation. Senator Taylor voiced his support of SB 141, and felt similar legislation should be passed providing coverage for prisoners on work programs. SENATOR GEORGE JACKO MOVED for passage of CSSB 141(L&C) from committee with individual recommendations. No objections being heard, CSSB 141(L&C) was REPORTED OUT of committee with a do pass, with a zero fiscal note for the Department of Labor, and fiscal notes for the Department of Administration for $24.0, and for the Department of Education for $24.0. Co-chair Pearce, Senators Kelly, Jacko and Sharp signed "do pass." Co-chair Frank, Senators Kerttula and Rieger did not sign. CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 153(RES): An Act relating to the exchange of certain fish for seafood products, custom processing of certain fish, and use of certain fish for charitable purposes. Senator Robin Taylor, prime sponsor of SB 153, said that this bill would allow sport caught fish to be brought to a seafood processor where it could be smoked or canned. He pointed out that a tremendous volume of seafood leaves the state every year as whole fish either frozen or fresh. If those fish were processed in Alaska, it could mean more jobs for Alaskans. Most sport fishermen are on a tight time frame and they cannot wait for their fish to be processed in Alaska. This bill would allow for an exchange of sport caught fish for already processed fish. A fee would be charged for processing. The processor could use commercially caught fish to provide the exchange but the sport caught fish could not be sold commercially. He said that this arrangement is already being done in Alaska illegally. He also felt that SB 153 would provide a way to assess the amount of sport caught salmon leaving the state, besides providing more jobs in Alaska. Ketchikan had estimated that SB 153 would provide a minimum of $1M worth of additional employment the first year. He said other areas of the state would benefit also. The Alaska Troller's Association had voiced its concern over SB 153. He said that a letter of intent had been adopted in the Resources Committee which spoke to concerns regarding export limitations and possession limits, and asked the Board of Fish to consider these concerns at their next regularly scheduled meeting. Senator Jacko voiced his concern regarding SB 153. He felt that it would make it easier for sport caught fish to leave the state. Discussion was had by Senators Taylor and Jacko regarding the procedure for processing and the export of sport caught fish. Senator Jacko said that the tension between sport and commercial fishermen was on the increase and felt that SB 153 would aggravate it even more. Senator Taylor argued that this legislation would allow the Department of Fish and Game to keep track of the amount of sport caught fish leaving the state, and through analysis decide whether more limitations on sport fish should be established. Senator Kelly MOVED for passage of CSSB 153(RES) from committee with individual recommendations. Senator Jacko OBJECTED. Co-chair Pearce announced that CSSB 153(RES) would be held in committee until April 12, 1993. At the end of the meeting, Senator Kelly again MOVED for passage of CSSB 153(RES) from committee with individual recommendations. No objections being heard, CSSB 153(RES) was REPORTED OUT of committee with individual recommendations, with a zero fiscal note for the Department of Fish & Game, a fiscal note for the Department of Environmental Conservation for $5.0, and a letter of intent from the Resources Committee. Co-chair Pearce, Senators Kelly, and Sharp signed "do pass." Senator Jacko signed "no recommendation." Co-chair Frank, Senators Kerttula and Rieger did not sign.