Legislature(2017 - 2018)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/13/2018 09:00 AM FINANCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 176 EMER. MEDICAL TRANSPORT SERVICE PAYMENTS TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 4/12/18 at 9 a.m.>
+= HB 213 PUBLIC SCHOOL TRUST FUND TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 4/12/18 at 9 a.m.>
+= HB 215 DHSS: PUBLIC HEALTH FEES TELECONFERENCED
<Bill Hearing Canceled>
<Bill Hearing Rescheduled from 4/12/18 at 9 a.m.>
+= HB 236 EXTEND: SENIOR BENEFITS PAYMENT PROGRAM TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 236(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 79 OMNIBUS WORKERS' COMPENSATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 287 APPROP: PUPIL TRANSPORTATION; EDUCATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS HB 287(FIN) Out of Committee
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      April 13, 2018                                                                                            
                         9:24 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:24:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  called  the  Senate  Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 9:24 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Anna MacKinnon, Co-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop, Vice-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Natasha von Imhof                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Scott  Kawasaki,  Staff;  Mercedes  Colbert,                                                                    
Staff,  Representative   Scott  Kawasaki;   Jessica  Bogard,                                                                    
Division  of  Public Assistance,  Administrative  Operations                                                                    
Manager,  Department of  Health and  Social Services;  Heidi                                                                    
Drygas,  Commissioner,  Department  of Labor  and  Workforce                                                                    
Development;  Marie  Marx,  Director,  Division  of  Workers                                                                    
Compensation,    Department   of    Labor   and    Workforce                                                                    
Development;   Denny   Dewitt,  State   Director,   National                                                                    
Federation of  Independent Businesses; Pete  Ecklund, Staff,                                                                    
Senator Lyman Hoffman.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Monica  Windom,  Director,  Division of  Public  Assistance,                                                                    
Juneau, Department of Health and Social Services.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 79(FIN)                                                                                                                    
          OMNIBUS WORKERS' COMPENSATION                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 79(FIN) was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                      
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 236(FIN)                                                                                                                   
          EXTEND: SENIOR BENEFITS PAYMENT PROGRAM                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 236(FIN)  was REPORTED out of  committee with                                                                    
          a  "do  pass"  recommendation  and  with  one  new                                                                    
          fiscal  note from  the  Department  of Health  and                                                                    
          Social Services.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HB 287(brf sup maj fld)                                                                                                         
          APPROP: PUPIL TRANSPORTATION; EDUCATION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          SCS HB 287(FIN) was REPORTED out of committee                                                                         
          with a "do pass" recommendation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 236(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act extending the Alaska senior benefits payment                                                                       
     program."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:26:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT KAWASAKI, STAFF, introduced himself                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MERCEDES COLBERT, STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT KAWASAKI,                                                                         
introduced herself.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Kawasaki  stated   that  the   fiscal  note                                                                    
represented  a slight  change. He  remarked that  the sunset                                                                    
extension should  occur, and thanked  the committee  for its                                                                    
attention to detail.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:28:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MONICA WINDOM, DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE,                                                                         
JUNEAU, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES (via                                                                           
teleconference), introduced herself.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon wished Ms. Windom a happy birthday.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:29:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA    BOGARD,    DIVISION   OF    PUBLIC    ASSISTANCE,                                                                    
ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS MANAGER,  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND                                                                    
SOCIAL SERVICES, discussed the fiscal note.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon wanted information  about the fiscal note                                                                    
from Vice-Chair Bishop.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bishop outlined the fiscal note.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Bishop  MOVED to  REPORT  CSSB  236(FIN) out  of                                                                    
committee with  individual recommendations  and accompanying                                                                    
fiscal note. There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSHB  236(FIN) was  REPORTED  out of  committee  with a  "do                                                                    
pass" recommendation and  with one new fiscal  note from the                                                                    
Department of Health and Social Services.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:33:13 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:35:07 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 79(FIN)                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to  workers' compensation; relating to                                                                    
     the second  injury fund; relating  to service  fees and                                                                    
     civil penalties  for the  workers' safety  programs and                                                                    
     the  workers'  compensation  program; relating  to  the                                                                    
     liability of business entities  and certain persons for                                                                    
     payment  of workers'  compensation  benefits and  civil                                                                    
     penalties;    relating   to    civil   penalties    for                                                                    
     underinsuring or failing to  insure or provide security                                                                    
     for  workers'   compensation  liability;   relating  to                                                                    
     preauthorization   and  timely   payment  for   medical                                                                    
     treatment and  services provided to  injured employees;                                                                    
     relating  to incorporation  of  reference materials  in                                                                    
     workers'   compensation    regulations;   relating   to                                                                    
     proceedings  before  the Alaska  Workers'  Compensation                                                                    
     Board; relating  to the  authorization of  the workers'                                                                    
     compensation benefits  guaranty fund  to claim  a lien;                                                                    
     excluding   independent   contractors   from   workers'                                                                    
     compensation  coverage; establishing  the circumstances                                                                    
     under  which  certain nonemployee  executive  corporate                                                                    
     officers  and members  of  limited liability  companies                                                                    
     may obtain workers'  compensation coverage; relating to                                                                    
     the  duties of  injured employees  to report  income or                                                                    
     work;  relating to  misclassification of  employees and                                                                    
     deceptive  leasing;  defining 'employee';  relating  to                                                                    
     the  Alaska Workers'  Compensation Board's  approval of                                                                    
     attorney fees in a  settlement agreement; and providing                                                                    
     for an effective date."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:35:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon REOPENED  and  CLOSED public  testimony.                                                                    
She  disclosed   that  her  family  was   involved  in  this                                                                    
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:37:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEIDI   DRYGAS,  COMMISSIONER,   DEPARTMENT  OF   LABOR  AND                                                                    
WORKFORCE  DEVELOPMENT,  agreed  to  address  concerns.  She                                                                    
deferred to Ms. Marx to address the Sectional Analysis.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bishop  wondered whether Commissioner  Drygas had                                                                    
read  the letters  highlighting some  concerns. Commissioner                                                                    
Drygas replied  that she had  received a copy of  the letter                                                                    
from  the Worker's  Compensation  Committee  of Alaska.  She                                                                    
stated  that she  had seen  the other  letters, but  did not                                                                    
receive  copies. She  remarked that  some concerns  had been                                                                    
addressed, and other concerns were  new concerns. She stated                                                                    
that she was prepared to address those concerns.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon wondered  whether Commissioner Drygas had                                                                    
a  copy  of  the   letter  from  the  Worker's  Compensation                                                                    
Committee  of Alaska.  Commissioner  Drygas  replied in  the                                                                    
affirmative.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:39:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIE  MARX,  DIRECTOR,  DIVISION OF  WORKERS  COMPENSATION,                                                                    
DEPARTMENT  OF LABOR  AND  WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT,  discussed                                                                    
the Sectional Analysis (copy on file):                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Section  1: Amends  AS  23.05.067(a),  by allowing  the                                                                    
     department  of  labor   and  workforce  development  to                                                                    
     receive  a greater  percentage  of  the annual  service                                                                    
     fees that insurers pay.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator von Imhof wondered how  the increase would "trickle"                                                                    
down to employers or employees.  Ms. Marx replied that there                                                                    
would be no  fiscal impact on the  insurers and self-insured                                                                    
employers,  because  there was  no  additional  money to  be                                                                    
collected. She stated that the  current fee was 2.7 percent,                                                                    
and it  would not  change. She explained  that, of  that 2.7                                                                    
percent, the  division only received  1.82 percent  of that.                                                                    
The rest  went to the Alaska  Comprehensive Health Insurance                                                                    
Fund.  She stated  that the  money was  no longer  needed in                                                                    
that  fund,  so the  money  would  be diverted  the  general                                                                    
treasury.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  wondered whether the percentage  was 2.7                                                                    
or 2.9.  Ms. Marx  replied that the  fee that  insurers paid                                                                    
was 2.7  percent. The fee  that self-insured  employers paid                                                                    
was 2.9 percent.  She stated that HB 79 did  not address the                                                                    
fee paid by the self-insured.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon asked  whether  there was  a graph  that                                                                    
would  show the  contributions  to the  fund  and the  total                                                                    
value of the fund. Ms. Marx  replied that it was attached to                                                                    
the  fiscal  note,  dated  February   21,  2018.  The  chart                                                                    
attached  showed the  balance  through  the years,  revenue,                                                                    
appropriations, and the shortfall.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  queried the OMB component  number of the                                                                    
fiscal note. Ms. Marx replied that it was 344.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon requested a  high overview of the numbers                                                                    
beginning in  FY 19. Ms.  Marx responded  that on page  3 of                                                                    
the fiscal  note it showed  for FY 19 the  available balance                                                                    
of  approximately $10  million.  The  appropriations was  $9                                                                    
million. She explained that it  showed that there would be a                                                                    
carry-forward  balance of  approximately $1  million at  the                                                                    
end of  FY 19. She looked  at FY 20, which  had an available                                                                    
balance  of  $7.9 million;  the  appropriation  would be  $9                                                                    
million; and the shortfall would be $1.1 million.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon wondered what  was affecting the revenue.                                                                    
Ms. Marx responded that  worker's compensation premiums were                                                                    
decreasing, which  was a  good thing.  She remarked  that it                                                                    
was due  to lower injury rates  and the work of  the Medical                                                                    
Services Review Committee. She noted  that because they were                                                                    
funded by  a percentage  of worker's  compensation premiums,                                                                    
so  there  was  less  money  coming  into  the  division  to                                                                    
operate.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Bishop  recalled that  during  his  time in  the                                                                    
department there was work with safety.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:45:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  noted that costs were  increasing in the                                                                    
expense line of the fiscal  note. She wondered whether those                                                                    
increased costs  were related to medical  expenses. Ms. Marx                                                                    
responded  that worker's  compensation  benefits costs  were                                                                    
not paid for  by the division. Those were  paid by insurance                                                                    
companies and self-insured employers  to the injured worker.                                                                    
The costs  were for  divisions' operations. She  agreed that                                                                    
the  costs had  increased.  She shared  that,  in 2005,  the                                                                    
legislature  added  a  fraud   investigation  unit  and  the                                                                    
appeals   commission.  The   commission  was   approximately                                                                    
$500,000 per  year. She remarked that  no additional funding                                                                    
was  given, so  the  operation costs  had  increased due  to                                                                    
increased salaries and expenses.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  wondered  whether the  fraud  unit  was                                                                    
successful. Ms. Marx replied in the affirmative.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked whether  the investigations was for                                                                    
one-year or the ten-year life.  Ms. Marx replied that it was                                                                    
for FY 2017.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   MacKinnon  understood   the  desire   to  provide                                                                    
resources into  the Injured Workers  Fund. She  wondered why                                                                    
there was  a deposit into that  fund at the same  time of an                                                                    
increased request. Ms. Marx replied  that the fraud unit was                                                                    
set up  at the same  time as  the Injured Workers  Fund. She                                                                    
explained that  the fund  was a way  for injured  workers to                                                                    
receive benefits when  the employer failed to  be insured as                                                                    
required by law. The fraud  unit's collections went into the                                                                    
fund. The  money was not  used for division  operations. She                                                                    
stressed  that  the  division's  operations  relied  on  the                                                                    
percentage  from insurance  companies and  from self-insured                                                                    
employers. She  stressed that the expenses  were absorbed in                                                                    
the operations.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:51:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon understood  the past  legislative intent                                                                    
of setting up a funding stream.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Bishop   queried  a  number  of   the  penalties                                                                    
assigned and collected  money. Ms. Marx replied  that, in FY                                                                    
17, the  amount assessed  by the Workers  Compensation Board                                                                    
was $3.1  million. She explained  that there  were arbitrary                                                                    
reasons for  the suspended amounts.  She furthered  that the                                                                    
amount  actually needed  to be  paid was  approximately $2.2                                                                    
million;  of that  the division  collected approximately  $1                                                                    
million in FY 17.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked that the numbers  be repeated. She                                                                    
explained  that  bills  provided  lessons  on  some  of  the                                                                    
issues.  Ms.  Marx  replied  that  in  FY  17  the  division                                                                    
collected just over  $1 million of money that  went into the                                                                    
benefits guarantee fund.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Stevens   looked  at  the  Fisherman's   Fund,  and                                                                    
understood  that   there  was  a  desire   to  increase  the                                                                    
reimbursement  for   injuries  to  the  owners   of  fishing                                                                    
vessels. He  asked for more  information, and  asked whether                                                                    
there was  objection to increasing the  $5000 reimbursement.                                                                    
Ms.  Marx  replied  that  Senator   Stevens  may  have  been                                                                    
referencing HB  379, which  was a  bill that  would increase                                                                    
the amount  of the  deductible reimbursed to  vessel owners.                                                                    
She stated that  the Fisherman's Fund was  separate from the                                                                    
Worker's  Compensation Unit.  She stated  that the  fund was                                                                    
administered  by the  department, but  was not  part of  the                                                                    
worker's  compensation program.  She  further explained  the                                                                    
Fisherman's Fund.  She stated that currently  a vessel owner                                                                    
could be reimbursed up to  50 percent of their deductible or                                                                    
$5000. She  explained that HB  379 would increase it  to 100                                                                    
percent of  the deductible,  but keep  the $5000  limit. She                                                                    
stated that there  would be an increase of  $18,900, but the                                                                    
fund  had  sufficient  revenue   to  cover  that  additional                                                                    
expense. The department had no position on that bill.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:55:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stevens  wondered whether it would  be inappropriate                                                                    
to  include the  subject  into the  current  bill. Ms.  Marx                                                                    
deferred to the Department of Law (LAW).                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:55:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner  Drygas stated  that  LAW should  look at  that                                                                    
subject. She  remarked that workers compensation  was broad,                                                                    
and the fisherman's fund was administered by the division.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  queried the qualifications to  qualify for                                                                    
the fisherman's  fund. He wondered  whether one must  have a                                                                    
commercial  fishing   license.  Ms.  Marx  replied   in  the                                                                    
affirmative. She stated that one  must be a crew member with                                                                    
an injury  or illness  directly related  to operations  as a                                                                    
commercial  fisherman. She  stated  that  a fisherman  claim                                                                    
required  a valid  commercial fishing  license or  a limited                                                                    
entry permit. She stated that  the initial treatment must be                                                                    
received  within   sixty  days   of  the  injury;   and  the                                                                    
application for  reimbursement must be submitted  within one                                                                    
year  after the  initial  treatment. The  treatment must  be                                                                    
documented by  medical notes. The injury  must have occurred                                                                    
in Alaska or Alaskan waters.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  wondered  whether   the  injury  must  be                                                                    
incurred while fishing.  Ms. Marx responded that  it must be                                                                    
connected with the commercial fishing job.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator von Imhof wondered whether  the bill would eliminate                                                                    
the injured  workers fund.  Ms. Marx  replied that  the bill                                                                    
did not address that fund.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Drygas furthered that  injured workers fund was                                                                    
the same thing as the benefits guaranteed fund.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  stated that  "if something's  too heavy,                                                                    
it might sink."                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Marx continued with the Sectional Analysis:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section 2:  Amends AS 23.05.067(e), by  clarifying that                                                                    
     penalties   for  late-filed   reports  accrue   to  the                                                                    
     workers'   safety   and   compensation   administration                                                                    
     account.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Section 3: Amends AS  23.30.070(a), by making technical                                                                    
     changes to allow electronic filing of documents.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section 4: Amends AS  23.30.070(b), by making technical                                                                    
     changes to allow electronic filing of documents.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section  5: Amends  AS  23.30.070(d),  by allowing  the                                                                    
     division   director  to   prescribe   the  format   for                                                                    
     reporting injuries to the division.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Section 6: Amends AS  23.30.070(f), by making technical                                                                    
     changes to allow electronic filing of documents.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section  7:   Amends  AS  23.30.075(b),   by  expanding                                                                    
     personal liability  for workers'  compensation benefits                                                                    
     and  civil  penalties  to  owners   of  more  types  of                                                                    
     employing business  entities if  the business  fails to                                                                    
     carry workers' compensation insurance.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section  8:  Amends  AS  23.30.080(e),  by  moving  the                                                                    
     failure  to  insure  process  from  the  board  to  the                                                                    
     division.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Section  9: Amends  AS  23.30.080(f),  by allowing  the                                                                    
     division  to assess  a  civil  penalty directly  rather                                                                    
     than  petitioning   the  board  to  set   the  penalty,                                                                    
     simplifying the  calculation and maximum  civil penalty                                                                    
     for  a  failure  to insure  for  workers'  compensation                                                                    
     liability, and allowing the division  to assess a civil                                                                    
     penalty   against  employers   who   have  engaged   in                                                                    
     misclassification  of   workers  for  the   purpose  of                                                                    
     evading   full   payment   of   workers'   compensation                                                                    
     insurance premiums.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:01:42 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Micciche felt  like there  was  much opposition  to                                                                    
Section  9.  He  felt  that  some  might  believe  that  the                                                                    
government  was "getting  out  of its  lane."  He asked  for                                                                    
further comment about  Section 9. Ms. Marx  pointed out that                                                                    
Section 9  was also related  to Section 35. She  shared that                                                                    
in  2005,  the  legislature   tasked  the  fraud  unit  with                                                                    
investigating   fraud,   including  misclassification.   She                                                                    
stated that  the problem was  the misclassification  was not                                                                    
defined.  Therefore,   it  was  difficult  to   ensure  that                                                                    
employers were in compliance  and to incentivize compliance.                                                                    
She  stated that  the  bill  defined misclassification.  She                                                                    
stated  that  currently the  division  could  only go  after                                                                    
someone  criminally  only.  That  should  not  be  the  only                                                                    
option,  so there  should be  a  lesser penalty  of a  civil                                                                    
penalty.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Micciche felt  that individuals  did not  interpret                                                                    
the section. She wondered whether  there could be a response                                                                    
to the  Workers Compensation  Committee of Alaska.  Ms. Marx                                                                    
replied  that  the  concern  was  that  insurance  companies                                                                    
conducted  payroll  audits.  She  stated that  some  of  the                                                                    
comments felt  that the work  was duplicative.  She asserted                                                                    
that  the work  was not  duplicative. She  explained that  a                                                                    
payroll audit was a true  up on an employers payroll, staff,                                                                    
and business. The insurance company  would fix the code. The                                                                    
insurance company would not  incentivize employers to follow                                                                    
the law or deter fraud.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:05:06 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  agreed  that it  was  the  department's                                                                    
assertion.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  remarked that Sections 9  and 35 assumed                                                                    
that  all  misclassifications  were  intentional.  Ms.  Marx                                                                    
disagreed. She  furthered that the  division was  aware that                                                                    
there may  be inadvertent  misclassification, just  as there                                                                    
was  inadvertent  failure to  insure.  She  stated that  the                                                                    
statute  set  out the  maximum,  but  that maximum  was  not                                                                    
imposed  in  most  cases.  That maximum  was  for  the  most                                                                    
egregious  cases.  She  stated  that regulation  set  out  a                                                                    
sliding scale.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon stated that  some of the testimony stated                                                                    
that government did not  always adequately handle penalties.                                                                    
She  shared  that  she  had   attended  seminars  about  the                                                                    
misclassification issue.  She was  torn about  the requested                                                                    
control   and  providing   safeguards  against   governments                                                                    
limiting  their ability  to compete.  She shared  that there                                                                    
was an  issue of  the territory of  work. She  remarked that                                                                    
there could be misclassifications  that cause the department                                                                    
and employer  additional costs. She recalled  that there was                                                                    
a  conversation about  the independent  contractor, and  not                                                                    
contributing to  the system; versus  one that  complies with                                                                    
the  existing laws.  Commissioner  Drygas  replied that  the                                                                    
topic  was  confusing,  because   there  was  a  problem  of                                                                    
classifying workers  as independent contractors.  She shared                                                                    
that many  employers do it  inadvertently and also  to avoid                                                                    
paying  premiums. She  explained that  there was  also small                                                                    
misclassifications.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:12:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  remarked  that there  was  overwhelming                                                                    
opposition to  the language. She  stressed that there  was a                                                                    
desire for  safe work  environments, but  there should  be a                                                                    
balance without creating  uncertainty in business management                                                                    
costs.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bishop felt  that there was a desire  to change a                                                                    
criminal penalty to a civil penalty. Ms. Marx agreed.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bishop  stated that intentional  negligence would                                                                    
result in a criminal  penalty depending on the egregiousness                                                                    
of a workplace  accident. Ms. Marx replied that  it would be                                                                    
up to the Office of Special Prosecution.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:15:27 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche noted  that Section 35 allowed  for a civil                                                                    
penalty. He  wondered whether  there was  a belief  that the                                                                    
department  had a  lower burden  of  proof, and  used at  an                                                                    
earlier stage  of investigation. Ms. Marx  surmised that the                                                                    
concern  was about  whether there  was a  lower standard  of                                                                    
proof for  civil penalties versus  criminal, and  she agreed                                                                    
with  that summation.  She stated  that  the division  would                                                                    
meet the  same current standard in  investigating failure to                                                                    
insure cases.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Micciche wondered  whether a  theft conviction  was                                                                    
more  difficult to  obtain than  the support  for the  civil                                                                    
penalty. Ms. Marx replied in the affirmative.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Micciche  stressed  that   the  concern  was  about                                                                    
eliminating  the  current  standard.   He  felt  that  civil                                                                    
penalties could  be used as a  method of control with  a far                                                                    
lower burden of proof.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bishop wondered what  would occur with a possible                                                                    
ad hoc with those in the industry.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   thanked  Vice-Chair  Bishop   for  the                                                                    
solution. She stated that they were at a friction point.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner  Drygas  stated  that  it  was  an  interesting                                                                    
concept.  She stated  that the  former committee  had worked                                                                    
together to come up with solutions.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:21:24 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Drygas addressed the penalties.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  von  Imhof  noted  a   letter.  She  remarked  that                                                                    
creating   an   independent    contractor   definition   was                                                                    
important.  She   queried  any  incorporations   about  that                                                                    
definition.  Commissioner Drygas  replied  that  she was  no                                                                    
aware of a request to examine that definition.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator  von Imhof  stressed that  she assumed  that it  was                                                                    
only two  months prior, but  it was  a year prior.  Ms. Marx                                                                    
explained that she had a  brief discussion, and there was no                                                                    
objection to the definition.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon wondered  if they were in  support of the                                                                    
bill.  Commissioner Drygas  replied  that they  were not  in                                                                    
opposition.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:25:45 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  noted the dated letter  that stated that                                                                    
there was not opposition to the bill.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Senator  von  Imhof  wondered whether  there  should  be  an                                                                    
updated letter.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  agreed, and noted that  a lobbyist could                                                                    
update the letter.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator  von  Imhof  remarked that  there  were  letters  of                                                                    
support,  but specific  components with  issue. Commissioner                                                                    
Drygas replied that she believed  that there were answers to                                                                    
most of  the concerns  that were  addressed the  year prior.                                                                    
She  shared  that the  sectional  analysis  was intended  to                                                                    
address some of the issues.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Marx furthered  that there were some  comments that were                                                                    
solved in the House Judiciary Committee.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:30:28 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Marx continued to discuss the Sectional Analysis:                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Section 10:  Amends AS 23.30.080(g), by  extending from                                                                    
     7 days  to 30 days for  an employer to pay  an assessed                                                                    
     penalty.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Section  11:  Adds  new subsections  to  AS  23.30.080,                                                                    
     providing for penalties for  failure to produce records                                                                    
     legally required  to be kept,  providing a  process for                                                                    
     an  employer to  dispute  a  civil penalty  assessment,                                                                    
     allowing an  employer to pay an  assessed civil penalty                                                                    
     by payment plan, requiring that  employers who agree to                                                                    
     a payment  plan pay interest, and  clarifying penalties                                                                    
     may not be suspended.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  wondered  whether   it  was  a  revenue                                                                    
generator  from  the   department's  perspective.  Ms.  Marx                                                                    
replied that  the section  corrected a  gap in  the statute,                                                                    
where  an  employer  who  refused  to  provide  records  was                                                                    
frequently  penalized less  severely  than  an employer  who                                                                    
kept legally required records.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Marx continued with the Sectional Analysis:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section  12:  Amends   AS  23.30.082(a),  by  providing                                                                    
     interest on  civil penalties and other  civil penalties                                                                    
     under  the Workers'  Compensation Act  (Act) accrue  to                                                                    
     the workers' compensation benefits guaranty fund.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Senator von Imhof stated that she was not able to judge.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:34:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon stated that the  slow process was to gain                                                                    
all the information necessary.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Bishop explained  that the  history and  subject                                                                    
was complicated.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  recalled a letter from  the Senate Labor                                                                    
and  Commerce Committee  chair. Commissioner  Drygas replied                                                                    
that there was only one meeting.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  felt that the Senate  Labor and Commerce                                                                    
Committee  had  moved  many  bills  to  the  Senate  Finance                                                                    
Committee. Commissioner  Drygas asserted  that the  bill was                                                                    
extremely balanced.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:41:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon remarked that there  was some fear in the                                                                    
industry   of  retaliation   when  commenting   against  the                                                                    
government.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Marx continued with the Sectional Analysis.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asserted that  there were  multiple ways                                                                    
that  a  business could  be  fined.  She asked  for  further                                                                    
comment. Ms. Marx replied that  the policies were getting to                                                                    
the  insurance companies.  She stated  that once  the policy                                                                    
arrived, it was not reported  to the division, because there                                                                    
was no consequence.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked for confirmation about the issue.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:45:33 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  von Imhof  remarked that  many of  the letters  had                                                                    
targeted specific  sections. She  wondered whether  it would                                                                    
be prudent  to issue  a written response  for each  of those                                                                    
issues.  Commissioner Drygas  agreed  to  provide a  written                                                                    
response.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Marx continued with the Sectional Analysis:                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section 14: Amends AS  23.30.097(d), by clarifying when                                                                    
     an  employer must  preauthorize  or  deny a  provider's                                                                    
     written request for medical treatment.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Section   15:   Amends    AS   23.30.098,   by   adding                                                                    
     publications  to a  list the  department  of labor  and                                                                    
     workforce   development   may  incorporate,   including                                                                    
     future amended versions, into regulation.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Section   16:  Amends   AS   23.30.100(a),  by   making                                                                    
     technical  changes   to  allow  electronic   filing  of                                                                    
     documents.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section   17:  Amends   AS   23.30.100(b),  by   making                                                                    
     technical  changes   to  allow  electronic   filing  of                                                                    
     documents.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section   18:  Amends   AS   23.30.100(c),  by   making                                                                    
     technical  changes   to  allow  electronic   filing  of                                                                    
     documents.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Section  19: Amends  AS 23.30.110(c)  by requiring  the                                                                    
     board  to schedule  a prehearing  conference not  later                                                                    
     than  30  days after  a  claim  is  filed, and  at  the                                                                    
     prehearing  conference set  discovery  deadlines and  a                                                                    
     hearing date,  rather than waiting  for an  employee to                                                                    
     request a hearing.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  noted that  there was an  elimination of                                                                    
the statute of limitations.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator von Imhof requested the  perspective on the section,                                                                    
and address  the concerns about  why the bill  would improve                                                                    
the concerns.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  felt that not including  the elimination                                                                    
of the statute of limitations  in the sectional analysis was                                                                    
disingenuous.  Commissioner Drygas  replied  that there  was                                                                    
not a statute of limitations  with respect to the issue. She                                                                    
stated  that  it was  a  "time  bar."  She stated  that  the                                                                    
elimination  of the  time bar  was because  the board  would                                                                    
schedule a prehearing conference.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Marx  furthered the workers compensation  hearing system                                                                    
was  currently inefficient,  and  had led  to high  attorney                                                                    
fees.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:51:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  queried the  definition of a  time mark.                                                                    
Ms. Marx replied  that after a claim was  denied, an injured                                                                    
worker  had  two  years  to request.  She  stated  that  the                                                                    
requirement would be eliminated.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon wondered  whether  the injured  employee                                                                    
currently   had  a   two  year   time   mark  with   workers                                                                    
compensation, and  whether that was eliminated  in the bill.                                                                    
Ms.  Marx  replied that  the  two  years  was to  request  a                                                                    
hearing, not to file a claim.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   surmised  that  filing  a   claim  was                                                                    
different than requesting a hearing. Ms. Marx agreed.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon wondered  whether there  was distinction                                                                    
between filing  a claim and  requesting a hearing.  Ms. Marx                                                                    
clarified that  the time  bar only  applied to  requesting a                                                                    
hearing, or more time for a hearing.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  von Imhof  wondered what  would occur  when someone                                                                    
lets  the two  years lapse.  Ms.  Marx informed  that if  an                                                                    
employee did  nothing after  two years,  the claim  would be                                                                    
barred by law.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  asked if  the bill  took away  the limit                                                                    
for requesting  a hearing. Ms.  Marx replied that  the board                                                                    
would  schedule  the  hearing,  rather  than  requiring  the                                                                    
claimant to request a hearing.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  asked  if  everyone would  be  given  a                                                                    
hearing.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner  Drygas  stated  that   the  department  saw  a                                                                    
problem with  protracted litigation, which led  to increased                                                                    
litigation fees.  The bill sought  to ensure that  a hearing                                                                    
be scheduled.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:55:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon surmised  that  the  change allowed  for                                                                    
everyone to file  a claim. Ms. Marx replied  that there were                                                                    
approximately  20,000 reports  of injury  filed every  year.                                                                    
She stated that  only approximately 1200 a  year resulted in                                                                    
claims. The only  time a worker filed a claim  was when they                                                                    
were  not receiving  the benefits  they  believed that  they                                                                    
were entitled. The  claim demands that action  be taken. She                                                                    
stated that the other claims were resolved.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator von  Imhof wondered whether  there was a  statute of                                                                    
limitations for filing  a claim. She did  not want employees                                                                    
filing a claim after much  time had passed. Ms. Marx replied                                                                    
that there  was a statute  of limitations of two  years, and                                                                    
the bill did not change that statute of limitations.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche understood that it  was easy to confuse the                                                                    
claim and request  for hearing. He stated that  he had filed                                                                    
controversial bills.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  stated that  there was  a hope  to bring                                                                    
all parties together to hear all the perspectives.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:01:16 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Commissioner Drygas believed that  there would be resolution                                                                    
through  work with  the  stakeholders  and addressing  their                                                                    
concerns.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   MacKinnon  appreciated   the  advocacy   for  the                                                                    
employees of the state.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
DENNY  DEWITT,   STATE  DIRECTOR,  NATIONAL   FEDERATION  OF                                                                    
INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES, introduced himself.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  queried comments on the  position on the                                                                    
bill.  Mr. Dewitt  replied that  the primary  focus was  the                                                                    
independent contractor  issue, and that issue  was resolved.                                                                    
He  remarked  that there  were  many  technicalities in  the                                                                    
bill.  He did  not support  or oppose  other aspects  of the                                                                    
bill.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  queried the  reason for  the opposition.                                                                    
Mr.  Dewitt  replied that  it  was  found that  the  initial                                                                    
language inhibited  many contractors ability to  continue to                                                                    
work  as   independent  contractors.  He  worked   with  the                                                                    
department to  articulate the  definition of  an independent                                                                    
contractor,  and  their  ability   to  work  as  independent                                                                    
contractors.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair   Bishop  queried   the  relationship   with  the                                                                    
department. Mr.  Dewitt responded that there  was resolution                                                                    
after a complicated process.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 79(FIN)  was HEARD  and HELD  in committee  for further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
11:05:11 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:10:48 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 287(brf sup maj fld)                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act making appropriations for public education and                                                                     
     transportation of students; and providing for an                                                                           
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:10:58 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman MOVED  to ADOPT  the committee  substitute                                                                    
for  HB  287(brf  sup  maj   fld),  Work  Draft  30-LS1229\T                                                                    
(Wallace, 4/13/18).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon announced  that the  committee had  been                                                                    
working on a proposal  to forward-fund education. She stated                                                                    
that the Work Draft had a funding source.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:12:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PETE  ECKLUND,   STAFF,  SENATOR  LYMAN   HOFFMAN,  wondered                                                                    
whether he should  walk through the bill,  or only highlight                                                                    
the change in the committee substitute.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon felt that there  should be a walk through                                                                    
of the  bill, and  then an explanation  of the  changes. She                                                                    
remarked that  there was work  to ensure forward  funding of                                                                    
education,  but  she  wanted the  information  delivered  as                                                                    
quickly as possible.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Ecklund  noted that on  page 2 was the  numbers section.                                                                    
The items was  K-12 aid and support to  school districts and                                                                    
Mt.  Edgecumbe. He  stated  that those  items  did not  fund                                                                    
Department  of   Education  and  Early   Development  (DEED)                                                                    
programs,  but  rather  went directly  to  the  schools  and                                                                    
school  districts. He  noted the  change  from the  previous                                                                    
version, which  was the update  on Mt. Edgecumbe.  He stated                                                                    
that there  was an increase requested  by the administration                                                                    
after the  other body  had moved the  legislation. It  was a                                                                    
$250,000 general fund program  receipt for Mt. Edgecumbe. He                                                                    
noted that  page 3  had the  different funding  sources from                                                                    
Section 1  of the  bill. He stated  that the  same structure                                                                    
was on page 4.  He looked at page 5, Section  4, which was a                                                                    
$30 million grant  that would become effective in  FY 20. He                                                                    
stated that the grant would  be run through adjusted average                                                                    
daily  membership,  so the  grant  would  be distributed  to                                                                    
school districts  as if it  were run through  the foundation                                                                    
formula. He  stated that a  $30 million was equivalent  to a                                                                    
$117  Base Student  Allocation (BSA)  increase, which  would                                                                    
become effective  in FY 20. He  noted that Section 5  was FY                                                                    
19 fund  capitalization for the  FY 19  Education Foundation                                                                    
Program,  and fully  funding the  BSA at  $1.89 billion.  It                                                                    
also fully  funded the people transportation  formula for FY                                                                    
19  at $78.1  million effective  in  FY 19.  He stated  that                                                                    
Section 5  also fully funded the  BSA formula in FY  20 with                                                                    
an FY  20 effective date. He  stated that it also  funds the                                                                    
student  transportation formula  in  FY 20,  with  an FY  20                                                                    
effective date. He noted that  all the funding in Sections 4                                                                    
and 5 was from the general  fund. He remarked that Section 6                                                                    
was standard lapse language. He  shared that Section 7 was a                                                                    
contingency that  stated that the  FY 20 funding of  the $30                                                                    
million; FY 20 forward and  early funding of K-12 and people                                                                    
transportation  formulas would  only  become effective  upon                                                                    
the passage of  a version of SB 26. The  other sections were                                                                    
effective dates.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  noted  that  once  the  bill  passed  the                                                                    
Senate,  early funding  for  FY 19  would  only require  the                                                                    
House to concur. Mr. Ecklund agreed.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
11:16:57 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:17:32 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:17:38 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche wondered whether  Section 5(a) was the same                                                                    
amount of  the BSA that was  in the past, and  only required                                                                    
concurrence. Mr. Ecklund replied in the affirmative.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Micciche  noted that  the  FY  20 funding  required                                                                    
passage of SB 26. Mr. Ecklund agreed.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon noted that the  issue was that the budget                                                                    
would draw from the earnings  reserve account (ERA), and she                                                                    
explained the ERA.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman stressed that  the Senate was not demanding                                                                    
any version of SB 26. He noted  that page 5, lines 22 and 23                                                                    
stated that  those provisions, if  passed, would  be enacted                                                                    
with a  version of SB  26. He  remarked that the  burden was                                                                    
placed on the legislature to come to an agreement on SB 26.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  WITHDREW the  OBJECTION. There  being NO                                                                    
further  OBJECTION, the  proposed  committee substitute  was                                                                    
adopted.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon discussed the bill history.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
11:22:35 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:22:47 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:22:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OPENED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  noted that the  operating budget  had been                                                                    
passed  the day  prior.  He stressed  that  education was  a                                                                    
priority, and did not want to lay off teachers.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  announced  that  there  was  a  regular                                                                    
public hearing.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche  stressed that education was  a priority in                                                                    
the  Senate. He  understood that  there was  talent lost  in                                                                    
education, because  districts were  not aware of  the amount                                                                    
of money that  would be available. He  stressed that forward                                                                    
funding education  would help districts to  understand their                                                                    
funding.  He appreciated  the section  that  would help  the                                                                    
public recognized the importance of a structured draw.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Bishop thanked those who worked on the bill.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:29:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson felt  that a  structured  draw was  important                                                                    
with the option to draw from the ERA.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon stressed  that  there  were "no  strings                                                                    
attached" to FY 19's funding.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  stressed that  the previous version  had a                                                                    
2018 draw  form the  ERA. The  current bill  did not  have a                                                                    
draw out of the ERA.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   remarked  that  it  would   focus  the                                                                    
attention  on  the steps  that  would  be taken  to  further                                                                    
efforts.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  MOVED  to REPORT  SCS  HB  287(FIN)  from                                                                    
committee  with individual  recommendations. There  being NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
11:31:48 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:34:21 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SCS HB  287(FIN) was  REPORTED out of  committee with  a "do                                                                    
pass" recommendation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   MacKinnon  discussed   the  following   meeting's                                                                    
agenda.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon ADJOURNED the meeting.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:35:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon RECINDED THE ACTION TO ADJOURN. There                                                                        
being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
11:35:55 AM                                                                                                                   
RECESSED                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:17:28 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson OBJECTED to adjourning the meeting.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon stated that Senate Finance stayed active                                                                     
during the last few days of session. She remarked that the                                                                      
meeting could be adjourned for a few minutes.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson WITHDREW his objection. There being NO                                                                            
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
1:18:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 1:18 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB176 - Explanation of Changes.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 176
HB176 Flow Chart.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 176
HB176 Sponsor Statement.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 176
HB176 Letters of Support.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 176
HB 213 Actual vs. POMV bar chart.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 213
HB 213 Letter to House Finance - Dept. of Law.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 213
HB 213 Letter to House Finance - Dept. of Revenue.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 213 Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 213 Summary of Changes ver. R 2-8-18.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 213 Support letter.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 287 work draft version T.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 UPDATED Alaska Chamber Letter.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 Public Testimony Letter AFL-CIO.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 Public Testimony Letter AFL-CIO.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 Support Grieco.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 UPDATED Alaska Chamber Letter.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 Testimony Macklin.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 Testimony Laborers' Local 341.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 Public Testimony Reaves.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 AIIAB April 2018 Letter to Senate Finance.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 DOLWD Response to SFIN 4.14.18.docx.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 2018.04.30 - Joint Response Letter to DOLWD.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79-Letter-DOLWD to Industry Stakeholders 4.27.18 (1).pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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HB 79 2018-05-04 Ltr to Governor Bill Walker Re Workers' Compensation Legislation from Law Offices of Elliott T. Dennis.pdf SFIN 4/13/2018 9:00:00 AM
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