Legislature(2001 - 2002)

02/08/2001 01:30 PM L&C

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                     ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                   
                 SENATE LABOR & COMMERCE COMMITTEE                                                                            
                         February 8, 2001                                                                                       
                             1:30 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips, Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Alan Austerman                                                                                                          
Senator Loren Leman                                                                                                             
Senator John Torgerson                                                                                                          
Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 52                                                                                                              
"An Act extending the termination date of the State Physical                                                                    
Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED SB 52 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 53                                                                                                              
"An Act extending the termination date of the Board of Barbers and                                                              
Hairdressers."                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED SB 53 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 52 - No previous action to record.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SB 53 - No previous action to record.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Heather Brakes, Aide                                                                                                        
Senator Gene Therriault                                                                                                         
State Capitol Bldg.                                                                                                             
Juneau AK 99801-1182                                                                                                            
POSITION STATEMENT:  Commented on SB 52 and SB 53 for sponsor.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Karen Grafton, President                                                                                                    
Alaska Physical Therapy Association                                                                                             
12821 Troy St.                                                                                                                  
Anchorage AK 99515                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported SB 52.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Catherine Reardon, Director                                                                                                 
Division of Occupational Licensing                                                                                              
Department of Community and Economic Development                                                                                
P.O. Box 110806                                                                                                                 
Juneau AK 99811                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported SB 52 and SB 53.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Mary Veale                                                                                                                  
American Physical Therapy Association, Alaska Chapter                                                                           
8940 N. Douglas Hwy.                                                                                                            
Juneau AK 99801                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Supported SB 52.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Jim Griffin, Audit Manager                                                                                                  
Division of Legislative Audit                                                                                                   
P.O. Box 113300                                                                                                                 
Juneau AK 99801                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:  Commented on SB 52.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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          SB  52-TERMINATION OF STATE PHYS THERAPY BOARD                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
CHAIRMAN  RANDY   PHILLIPS  called  the  Senate  Labor   &  Commerce                                                          
Committee meeting  to order at 1:30  p.m. and announced SB  52 to be                                                            
up for consideration.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MS. HEATHER  BRAKES, Aide  to Senator Therriault,  said SB 52  is an                                                            
act  that  extends  the termination   date  of the  State  Board  of                                                            
Physical  Therapy and  Occupational  Therapy.   It  amends Title  8,                                                            
Chapter 3, Section  10 to extend this Board an additional  six years                                                            
from June  30, 2001 to June  30, 2007. There  was a $0 fiscal  note.                                                            
The auditors  found that,  "The Board is  operating in an  efficient                                                            
and effective  manner. It should be  continued to regulate  physical                                                            
and occupational  therapists. The  Board is safeguarding  the public                                                            
interest by  promoting their competence  and integrity of  those who                                                            
hold themselves out to  the public as qualified physical therapists,                                                            
occupational   therapists,    physical   therapy   assistants,   and                                                            
occupational  therapy  assistants.   The  Board  serves  the  public                                                            
purpose and has  demonstrated an ability to conduct  its business in                                                            
a satisfactory  manner." She  noted that  the audit recommended  the                                                            
Board be extended for six years instead of the usual four.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. KAREN GRAFTON,  President, Alaska Physical Therapy  Association,                                                            
said they supported SB 52.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MS. CATHERINE REARDON,  Executive Director, Division of Occupational                                                            
Licensing, supported SB 52.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS.  MARY  VEALE,  American  Physical  Therapy  Association,  Alaska                                                            
Chapter, supported SB 52.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. JIM  GRIFFIN, Audit  Manager, Legislative  Audit, said  that one                                                            
sort-of  unique thing about  the Physical  and Occupational  Therapy                                                            
Board is that  it's recommended to go beyond the four  year standard                                                            
extension suggested  in the statutes. He explained  that three years                                                            
ago the Board extended  the number of Boards and caused them to have                                                            
a good  supply  of sunsets  due in  2005.  This year  they have  six                                                            
Occupational  Licensing  Board sunset  members. If  they would  have                                                            
gone with  the standard  four years,  that would  put them at  2005,                                                            
giving his division  nine sunsets. This is mainly  to smooth out the                                                            
audit  work  load  that is  required  under  AS  44.66.  They  chose                                                            
Physical and  Occupational Therapists  because they felt  that Board                                                            
"was a clean audit."  They had the least amount of  issues coming up                                                            
on the horizon.  All the other boards  and commissions in  the class                                                            
have some issues coming up.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  TORGERSON   moved  to  pass  SB  52  from  committee   with                                                            
individual recommendations.  There were no objections  and it was so                                                            
ordered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
         SB  53-EXTENDING THE BD. OF BARBERS/HAIRDRESSERS                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
MS. BRAKES testified  that SB 53 amends Title 8, Chapter  3, Section                                                            
10 to extend  the Board  of Barbers and  Hairdressers an  additional                                                            
four years from  June 30, 2001 to June 30, 2005. She  said there was                                                            
a $0 fiscal note  and a letter of support from Cheryl  Sutton, Chair                                                            
of the Board.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She said  the  auditors found,  "The Board  benefits  the public  by                                                            
establishing  minimum  education and  experience  requirements  that                                                            
provide reasonable  assurance that persons licensed  are qualified."                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS. REARDON said she also supported SB 53.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR AUSTERMAN asked her to explain the fiscal note.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  REARDON explained  that  the  second page  of the  fiscal  note                                                            
provides information  about expenditures for FY 99/00.  They license                                                            
for two-year  periods and  need to look at  two years of revenue  to                                                            
see if  a program is  paying for  itself. She did  not see an  over-                                                            
collection in  the cycle. Deficits and surpluses are  rolled forward                                                            
from prior years. She also  explained that all licenses renew in the                                                            
same fiscal year  and that's why there is a high revenue  year and a                                                            
low  revenue  year.  In FY  99,  they  collected  $65,000  from  new                                                            
entrants  into the profession.  The high year  was 2000. They  would                                                            
all  be  renewing  this  August  31 which  would  show  up  on  2002                                                            
revenues. She added that  they adjusted fees about six months ago to                                                            
implement a law making licenses the same price.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR LEMAN  moved to pass  CS 53 from  committee with  individual                                                            
recommendations. There were no objections and it was so ordered.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN PHILLIPS adjourned the meeting at 1:43 p.m.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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