Legislature(2003 - 2004)

01/28/2003 01:35 PM L&C

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                        January 28, 2003                                                                                        
                           1:35 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Con Bunde, Chair                                                                                                        
Senator Alan Austerman                                                                                                          
Senator Ralph Seekins                                                                                                           
Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                                            
Senator Hollis French                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Department of Labor and Workforce Development Overview                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
TAPES                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
03-01, SIDE(S) A & B [SENATE L&C TAPE]                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CON BUNDE  convened the  meeting of  the Senate  Labor and                                                             
Commerce Standing  Committee at  1:35 p.m. Present  were Senators                                                               
Alan Austerman,  Ralph Seekins, Bettye  Davis, Hollis  French and                                                               
Chair Con Bunde.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY OF INFORMATION                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
COMMISSIONER  GREG O'CLARAY,  Department of  Labor and  Workforce                                                               
Development, introduced  some of  his departmental  directors and                                                               
briefly explained  how the department was  fulfilling its mission                                                               
to "foster  and promote the  welfare of  the wage earners  of the                                                               
state,  improve  their  working   conditions  and  advance  their                                                               
opportunities  for profitable  employment" through  the Workforce                                                               
Investment Act.  He described a  new division that  would enhance                                                               
the department's relationship with  the state's private employers                                                               
by getting Alaskan  youth into the workforce and  keeping them in                                                               
Alaska, and  a retraining program  for fishermen who  are getting                                                               
out of the industry.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MS.  HALI DENTON,  Acting Director,  Division of  Labor Standards                                                               
and  Safety,  said  that Alaska's  safety  standards  are  highly                                                               
regarded.  He  then  answered questions  about  funding  and  the                                                               
recent Governor's Safety Conference in Anchorage.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DEPUTY COMMISSIONER  ED FISHER commented  on a program  to assist                                                               
the timber  industry that  had the support  of the  Alaska Forest                                                               
Association  and  answered  questions  about  state  unemployment                                                               
statistics.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
ANNOUNCEMENTS                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
No announcements were made.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
No actions were taken.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
NOTE:   The meeting was  recorded and handwritten log  notes were                                                               
taken.  A  copy of the tape(s)  and log notes may  be obtained by                                                               
contacting the  Senate Records Office  at State Capitol,  Room 3,                                                               
Juneau,  Alaska  99801  (mailing address),  (907)  465-2870,  and                                                               
after adjournment of the second  session of the 23rd Alaska State                                                               
Legislature this  information may  be obtained by  contacting the                                                               
Legislative Reference Library at (907) 465-3808.                                                                                

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