Legislature(1999 - 2000)

05/11/1999 01:45 PM L&C

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         SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE                                                                                    
                     May 11, 1999                                                                                               
                      1:45 P.M.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator Jerry Mackie, Chairman                                                                                                  
Senator Dave Donley                                                                                                             
Senator Loren Leman                                                                                                             
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator Tim Kelly, Vice Chairman                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 201(FIN) am                                                                                               
"An Act relating to the computation of overtime; and providing for                                                              
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     -MOVED CSHB 201(FIN) am OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 110(L&C)                                                                                                  
"An Act relating to the labeling of milk, cream, or any product or                                                              
byproduct of milk or cream."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     -MOVED SCS 110(L&C) OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 13(FIN) am                                                                                                
"An Act relating to the characterization of, use of, segregation                                                                
of, deposit of, interest on, and disbursement of escrow money;                                                                  
relating to the recording, filing, and delivery of escrow                                                                       
documents; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     -MOVED CSHB 13(FIN)am OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS SENATE COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 201 - See Labor and Commerce Committee minutes dated 5/6/99.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HB 110 - No previous action to consider.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 13 - No previous action to consider.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Dwight Perkins, Deputy Commissioner                                                                                         
Department of Labor                                                                                                             
P.O. Box 21149                                                                                                                  
Juneau, AK 99802-1149                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT: Supported HB 201.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative John Harris                                                                                                      
State Capitol Bldg.                                                                                                             
Juneau, AK 99811-1182                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT: Sponsor of HB 110.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Peter Fellman, Aide                                                                                                         
Representative John Harris                                                                                                      
State Capitol Bldg.                                                                                                             
Juneau, AK 99811-1182                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT: Commented on HB 110.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Ann Ringstad                                                                                                                
757 Illinois St.                                                                                                                
Fairbanks, AK 99701                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT: Supported HB 13.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TAPE 99-21, SIDE A                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Number 001                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
            HB 201-OVERTIME COMPENSATION COMPUTATION                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN MACKIE called the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee                                                                  
meeting to order at 1:45 p.m. and announced HB 201 to be up for                                                                 
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DONLEY said he had requested a statement from an attorney                                                               
saying that this wouldn't affect the existing understanding of                                                                  
overtime, but he didn't get that.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR. DWIGHT PERKINS, Department of Labor, said the particular                                                                    
attorney that would have answered Senator Donley's question was                                                                 
tied up in a nursing strike and he apologized to Senator Donley.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DONLEY said he wouldn't object to moving it, but he thought                                                             
there should be some independent review because it's a complicated                                                              
area.  MR. PERKINS said he would follow up on that.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN moved to pass HB 201 from committee with individual                                                               
recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
             HB 110-SALE/LABELING OF MILK PRODUCTS                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN MACKIE announced HB 110 to be up for consideration.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHN HARRIS, sponsor, said this is a consumer choice                                                             
bill giving dairy farmers in Alaska the opportunity to label their                                                              
milk and milk products as BST free.  It doesn't require them to do                                                              
that, but gives them the option.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN moved to adopt the Bannister 5/11/99 committee                                                                    
substitute to HB 110.  There were no objections and it was so                                                                   
ordered.  Said that the legislature repealed the milk marketing                                                                 
laws in 1995 and asked if this bill was consistent with that.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. PETER FELLMAN, Aide to Representative Harris, said this is a                                                                
completely new issue involving milk that comes from cows that has                                                               
been treated with a hormone to help increase their milk production.                                                             
Consumers have voiced their concerns about milk that comes from                                                                 
cows treated with hormones.  The repealed legislation was                                                                       
concerning milk pull dates which DEC handles.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG, Chairman, House Labor and Commerce                                                                     
Committee, said they held four hearings on this bill and there was                                                              
support for this legislation.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN asked if there were zero fiscal notes.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Number 160                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE HARRIS noted that this is an option, not a                                                                       
requirement.  He didn't know how many would actually use it.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR DONLEY asked if they couldn't label the milk now, since                                                                 
it's the truth.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. FELLMAN answered that this provides for some recourse and                                                                   
provides a standard.  It also provides for a means to release the                                                               
milk processor from some liability, if the milk producer himself                                                                
actually used the hormone.  The format in the bill has been put                                                                 
together by the FDA's guidelines.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN moved to report SCS HB 110(L&C) from committee with                                                               
individual recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so                                                             
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
              HB 13-REGULATION OF ESCROW ACCOUNTS                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN MACKIE announced HB 13 to be up for consideration.                                                                     
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG, sponsor of HB 13, said this bill is                                                                    
simple, but it is needed to protect consumers.  It requires that                                                                
good funds be in the hands of the title company prior to recording                                                              
of the title in a residential real estate transaction.  Typically,                                                              
title companies record first and then get the money.  This bill is                                                              
driven by the lending institutions which force the title companies                                                              
to record first, because they don't want to release funds on                                                                    
certifiably recorded title.  He noted that Ms. Ann Ringstad was a                                                               
victim of this circumstance and that the incidence is raising.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ROKEBERG said HB 13 was supported by the Alaska                                                                  
Escrow Association which has already changed their policy in April                                                              
to do this.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. ANN RINGSTAD related how this applied to the sale of their home                                                             
in Anchorage four years ago when a couple bought their house, but                                                               
stopped the funds from transferring when they thought the house was                                                             
flooding.  This happened after the title company had been assured                                                               
by the bank that the funds were coming.  So the Ringstads had no                                                                
house, but were still liable for the mortgage; the deed was                                                                     
recorded into the buyer's name.  If the title company would have                                                                
waited until they received the funds, there would have been no                                                                  
problem.  It took them about four months to get the house back and                                                              
were told it would take them about two years if they wanted to go                                                               
to court (and they would probably win, but it would cost $30,000).                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Number 284                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN moved to report HB 13 from committee with individual                                                              
recommendations.  There were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN MACKIE adjourned the meeting at 2:00 p.m.                                                                              

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