Legislature(1995 - 1996)

04/29/1996 03:06 PM L&C

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          HOUSE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                          
                         April 29, 1996                                        
                           3:06 p.m.                                           
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                               
 Representative Pete Kott, Chairman                                            
 Representative Beverly Masek                                                  
 Representative Jerry Sanders                                                  
 Representative Brian Porter                                                   
 Representative Kim Elton                                                      
 Representative Gene Kubina                                                    
 MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                
 Representative Norman Rokeberg, Vice Chairman                                 
 COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                            
 HOUSE BILL NO. 550                                                            
 "An Act relating to investments by fiduciaries; and providing for             
 an effective date."                                                           
      - MOVED HB 550 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                          
 PRESENTATION:  Proposed changes in regulations of Alaska Workers'             
 Compensation Board                                                            
      - SCHEDULED BUT NOT HEARD                                                
 PREVIOUS ACTION                                                               
 BILL:  HB 550                                                               
 SHORT TITLE: INVESTMENTS BY FIDUCIARIES                                       
 SPONSOR(S): LABOR & COMMERCE BY REQUEST                                       
 JRN-DATE     JRN-PG                  ACTION                                   
 04/10/96      3676    (H)   READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRAL(S)                 
 04/10/96      3676    (H)   LABOR & COMMERCE                                  
 04/29/96              (H)   L&C AT  3:00 PM CAPITOL 17                        
 WITNESS REGISTER                                                              
 GEORGE DOZIER, Legislative Assistant                                          
   to Representative Pete Kott                                                 
 Alaska State Legislature                                                      
 Capitol Building, Room 432                                                    
 Juneau, Alaska 99801                                                          
 Telephone:  (907) 465-3306                                                    
 POSITION STATEMENT:  Gave sponsor statement for HB 550.                       
 ACTION NARRATIVE                                                              
 TAPE 96-41, SIDE A                                                            
 Number 001                                                                    
 The House Labor and Commerce Standing Committee was called to order           
 by Chairman Pete Kott at 3:06 p.m.  Members present at the call to            
 order were Representatives Masek, Porter, Kubina, Elton, Sanders              
 and Kott.                                                                     
 HB 550 - INVESTMENTS BY FIDUCIARIES                                         
 Number 119                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN PETE KOTT announced the committee would address HB 550,              
 "An Act relating to investments by fiduciaries; and providing for             
 an effective date."  He said there is also a Senate version of the            
 bill which has been bogged down in the Senate Finance Committee.              
 The Senate has asked that the House move their version of the bill.           
 Number 196                                                                    
 GEORGE DOZIER, Legislative Assistant to Representative Pete Kott,             
 came before the committee to address HB 550, sponsored by the House           
 Labor and Commerce Committee.  He said the current state of the law           
 is that if a bank assumes a fiduciary responsibility for investing            
 trust funds, banks are accorded leave to invest trust funds in                
 United States securities.  Some states have construed that phrase             
 to mean just simply treasury bills and not permit investment in               
 bonds that are issued by agencies of the United States government.            
 Mr. Dozier explained HB 550 defines that phrase to include United             
 States governmental agencies as opposed to treasury bonds.  It also           
 permits banks to not only make those investments directly with                
 United States governmental agencies, but also to invest in                    
 financial institutions that invest in United States governmental              
 securities.  The protection is accorded to the extent that only               
 those companies that exclusively invest in U.S. governmental                  
 securities are covered.  He stated that is his understanding of the           
 CHAIRMAN KOTT said that is also his understanding of the bill.  He            
 said,  "So essentially in the second thought, you could invest in             
 a bank - you could invest your funds in an investment company that            
 have portfolios that are restricted to those obligations regarding            
 the U.S. government."                                                         
 MR. DOZIER indicated that is correct.                                         
 CHAIRMAN KOTT explained that the bill basically clarifies statute.            
 As mentioned by Mr. Dozier, under present law, the banks may invest           
 in those obligations of the United States.  Many states have                  
 construed that "yes" as meaning investing in U.S. treasuries.  The            
 bill makes it clear that there are other vehicles out there such as           
 other bonds like U.S. savings bonds.                                          
 Number 403                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE KIM ELTON questioned whether it includes municipal             
 CHAIRMAN KOTT said he doesn't think municipal bonds are included.             
 REPRESENTATIVE PORTER said, "Agencies or municipalities of the                
 United States."                                                               
 REPRESENTATIVE ELTON said that isn't construed the way we construe            
 a school district.                                                            
 REPRESENTATIVE PORTER said a school district isn't a political                
 Number 481                                                                    
 REPRESENTATIVE PORTER made a motion to move HB 550 out of committee           
 with individual recommendations and a zero attached fiscal note.              
 CHAIRMAN KOTT asked if there was an objection.  Hearing none, HB
 550 moved out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee.  Chairman            
 Kott indicated if there is anything more to the bill, he would                
 bring it back to committee.                                                   
 Number 585                                                                    
 CHAIRMAN KOTT adjourned the House Labor and Commerce Committee                
 meeting at 3:14 p.m.                                                          

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