Legislature(2005 - 2006)BELTZ 211

04/20/2006 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 31 WORKERS' COMP: DISEASE PRESUMPTION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 338 CERTIF. OF FITNESS FOR EXPLOSIVE HANDLERS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 338(L&C) Out of Committee
*+ SB 315 DISPOSITION OF UNREDEEMED PROPERTY TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 315(L&C) Out of Committee
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
Including But Not Limited to:
+= HB 439 INSURANCE PRODUCT REGULATION COMPACT TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 439(L&C)am Out of Committee
+= SB 282 BROADCASTING PROMOTING CHARITABLE GAMING TELECONFERENCED
Moved SB 282 Out of Committee
    CSHB 338(L&C)-CERTIF. OF FITNESS FOR EXPLOSIVE HANDLERS                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
CHAIR  CON   BUNDE  announced   CSHB  338(L&C)   to  be   up  for                                                               
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
LALANYA SNYDER,  staff to Representative Chenault,  sponsor of HB
338,  explained  that  currently  the  Department  of  Labor  and                                                               
Workforce  Development  (DOLWD)  has  the authority  to  issue  a                                                               
license known as a Certificate  of Fitness to explosives handlers                                                               
in Alaska.  These applicants  are required  to submit  a criminal                                                               
background  check within  Alaska.  However, this  check does  not                                                               
require  fingerprints to  verify proper  identification and  does                                                               
not  capture criminal  acts an  applicant may  have committed  in                                                               
other  states. HB  338 would  give  the DOLWD  and Department  of                                                               
Public  Safety (DPS)  the authority  to perform  the fingerprint-                                                               
based, nationwide criminal history search.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
GRAY MITCHEL,  Director, Division of Labor  Standards and Safety,                                                               
DOLWD, said he  issues about 180 licenses  to explosives handlers                                                               
in  the   construction  industry   and  currently   doesn't  have                                                               
statutory authority  to do a  criminal background check  on them.                                                               
He  does a  state  background  check, but  it's  not verified  by                                                               
fingerprints  and isn't  mandated by  law. If  someone challenged                                                               
the  department,   it  would  be  hard-pressed   to  force  these                                                               
individuals  to  provide  that information.  Explosives  handlers                                                               
don't include  people who are  dealing with fireworks,  mining or                                                               
some other activities  where explosives are used.  It really only                                                               
applies to its  use in the construction industry  because that is                                                               
what his division has jurisdiction over.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:48:30 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  SEEKINS moved  to report  CSHB  338(L&C) from  committee                                                               
with  individual   recommendations  and  attached   fiscal  note.                                                               
Senators Davis, Ben  Stevens, Seekins and Chair  Bunde voted yea;                                                               
so CSHB 338(L&C) moved from committee.                                                                                          

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