Legislature(2005 - 2006)BELTZ 211

05/03/2005 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 123 OCCUPATIONAL BDS:EXTENSION/RECEIPTS/PSYCH TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 123(RLS) am Out of Committee
+= HB 169 REAL ESTATE LICENSEES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 169(FIN) Out of Committee
*+ SB 180 PERSONAL INFORMATION SECURITY/SS# TELECONFERENCED
<Above Item Removed from Agenda>
+ HB 120 HEALTH CARE EMPLOYEE PROTECTION TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 120 Out of Committee
+ HB 213 ALCOHOL SERVER EDUCATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 213 Out of Committee
+ HB 181 WAIVE CONTINUING EDUC. REQ FOR MILITARY TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 181(L&C) Out of Committee
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
Including But Not Limited to:
                HB 213-ALCOHOL SERVER EDUCATION                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS announced HB 213 to be up for consideration.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
JANE PIERSON, staff to  Representative Ramras, sponsor, explained                                                               
the provisions of  the bill. The alcohol  server education course                                                               
was instituted several years ago  with the intent of reducing the                                                               
number  of impaired  drivers on  the road  and it  has been  very                                                               
successful.  However,  every  three years  competent  bartenders,                                                               
servers and doormen  have to spend three to four  hours taking an                                                               
alcohol  server education  course, which  is quite  redundant. In                                                               
the service industry it could mean  losing three to four hours of                                                               
wages and gratuities. HB 213  will allow alcohol servers who have                                                               
been successfully working in the  industry to renew their alcohol                                                               
server education cards without retaking  the full course provided                                                               
that they pass the test. If a  server fails the test, he would be                                                               
required to retake the course.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:57:08 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR DAVIS  asked if you  currently have  to take a  test each                                                               
time you renew your card.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. PIERSON replied yes.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SEEKINS asked where the test is administered.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MS. PIERSON replied that the  monitored tests are administered by                                                               
different agencies in different places throughout the state.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:57:40 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  HUGGINS asked  if training  people in  rural communities                                                               
was a problem.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MS. PIERSON replied  that there are times when  the course cannot                                                               
efficiently be offered in small  rural communities, but there are                                                               
other ways to go about teaching it.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGGINS said his number  one concern is that this becomes                                                               
a course where someone just comes in and gets his card signed.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
DOUG  GRIFFIN, Director,  Alcohol Beverage  Control Board  (ABC),                                                               
responded that he  didn't think he should be  concerned. The role                                                               
of the  ABC Board is to  approve the courses and  several vendors                                                               
offer approved  alcohol server training. Nationwide  packages are                                                               
customized to reflect the rules and  laws of the State of Alaska.                                                               
He is  satisfied that they  are appropriately taught  even though                                                               
this area is evolving with  use of computer-generated instruction                                                               
and  testing, some  of which  were  approved for  the more  rural                                                               
locations.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:00:08 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR HUGGINS asked  if the training done in a  rural areas has                                                               
problems.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. GRIFFIN replied that it is  valid for him to be curious about                                                               
that, but  to his knowledge  vendors are doing  it appropriately.                                                               
He said  the board is  looking at  the new technology  that tests                                                               
people on  each module before  going forward to the  next module.                                                               
It seems  to be very  effective and  he believed the  board would                                                               
tweak the regulations to allow that technology within a year.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:02:07 PM                                                                                                                    
KAREN  ROGINA, CEO,  Alaska  Hospitality  Alliance, supported  HB
213.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     This bill  improves alcohol  server training  in Alaska                                                                    
     by making it faster  and easier for experienced servers                                                                    
     to  be in  compliance with  the law.  Effectively, this                                                                    
     bill  allows   someone  who  is  already   trained  and                                                                    
     certified  in  alcohol  server training  in  accordance                                                                    
     with the  State of  Alaska's provisions  in Title  4 to                                                                    
     renew their certification by taking  a test rather than                                                                    
     sitting through another four-hour class.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     It's important to  note that the cost of  the class and                                                                    
     the time  required to take  the class is often  paid by                                                                    
     the server,  not the employer  and is done  on server's                                                                    
     own  time.  Passing  a written  test  accomplishes  the                                                                    
     spirit of what  was intended by insuring  the server is                                                                    
     experienced in techniques of  alcohol serving and guest                                                                    
     management and  it makes compliance more  accessible as                                                                    
     it is easier to make a  test available to a server than                                                                    
     it is to bring an  instructor or otherwise make a four-                                                                    
     hour class available to rural areas....                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:03:56 PM                                                                                                                    
TAMMY KILBOURN,  Fairbanks, said she is  a professional bartender                                                               
and supported HB 213. She believes  the test needs to be taken to                                                               
remind you of your duties and  to keep everybody on the same page                                                               
of the new laws.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:04:47 PM                                                                                                                    
PAUL THOMAS,  Alaska Cache Liquor,  supported HB 213.  He thought                                                               
it  would  actually lead  to  advanced  training levels,  because                                                               
instructors  would be  at the  same level  and would  be able  to                                                               
respond to more specific questions.  He also would not be opposed                                                               
to charging the same fees for both types of classes.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:06:00 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BEN STEVENS  moved HB 213 from  committee with individual                                                               
recommendations  and   attached  fiscal  notes.  There   were  no                                                               
objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                               

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