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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                        January 19, 2012                                                                                        
                           1:34 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dennis Egan, Chair                                                                                                      
Senator Joe Paskvan, Vice Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Linda Menard                                                                                                            
Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                                            
Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 116                                                                                                             
"An  Act offering  mediation  of  disputed workers'  compensation                                                               
claims by a  hearing officer or other classified  employee of the                                                               
division  of   workers'  compensation  and   allowing  collective                                                               
bargaining  agreements to  supersede  certain  provisions of  the                                                               
Alaska Workers' Compensation Act;  and providing for an effective                                                               
date."                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     - HEARD & HELD                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 116                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: WORKERS' COMP.: COLL BARGAINING/MEDIATION                                                                          
SPONSOR(s): LABOR & COMMERCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PAUL GROSSI, Lobbyist                                                                                                           
Alaska State Pipe Trades and Ironworkers                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 116.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
J.D. WILKERSON, Owner                                                                                                           
Griffard Steel Company                                                                                                          
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 116.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. STEVE RANK, Executive Director Safety and Health                                                                            
Ironworkers International Union                                                                                                 
San Francisco, California                                                                                                       
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 116.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
FRED BROWN, Executive Director                                                                                                  
Health Care Cost Management Corporation of Alaska (HCCMCA)                                                                      
Fairbanks, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 116.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
GREG KUCERA, Business Manager                                                                                                   
Ironworkers Union, Local 751                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 116.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
JIM BARRACK, Contractor                                                                                                         
Ironworkers Union, Local 751                                                                                                    
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 116.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. THOMAS ZIMMERMAN, President                                                                                                 
Universal Welding and Fabrication, Inc.                                                                                         
North Pole, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Supports SB 116.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. MIKE MONAGLE, Director                                                                                                      
Division of Workers' Compensation                                                                                               
Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWFD)                                                                          
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Neutral on SB 116.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:34:02 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DENNIS EGAN called the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing                                                               
Committee meeting to order at 1:34 p.m. Present at the call to                                                                  
order were Senators Davis, Giessel and Chair Egan.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
        SB 116-WORKERS' COMP.: COLL BARGAINING/MEDIATION                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:34:28 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR EGAN announced the consideration of SB 116.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:37:11 PM                                                                                                                    
PAUL  GROSSI,  lobbyist for  the  Alaska  State Pipe  Trades  and                                                               
Ironworkers,  Juneau, Alaska,  explained that  he had  given past                                                               
testimony supporting  SB 116. He stressed  that SB 116 was  not a                                                               
panacea  to  fix  everything in  Alaska's  Workers'  Compensation                                                               
program  but  that  it  provides an  opportunity  for  groups  to                                                               
develop a  pilot-project to  save money on  these issues.  SB 116                                                               
may provide  an alternate way  for dealing with  rising expenses,                                                               
primarily  by providing  enabling  language to  allow groups  the                                                               
opportunity to develop a program.  He reiterated that the primary                                                               
intent is to lower workers'  compensation costs. He added that an                                                               
early  treatment system  development is  also part  of the  plan,                                                               
which  allows  employees  a  chance to  return  to  work,  saving                                                               
employee and employer groups on the investment made in training.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:40:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  asked if SB  116 makes workers  relinquish their                                                               
freedoms  and liberties  in choosing  their health  care provider                                                               
and beyond local Juneau support for  SB 116, could he name others                                                               
that support it.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR. GROSSI  responded that the  American Federation of  Labor and                                                               
Congress of  Industrial Organizations  (AFL-CIO) had  endorsed SB                                                               
116 in 2011, but he didn't  know if it would continue its support                                                               
in 2012.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR GIESSEL asked  if the AFL-CIO located  in Alaska supports                                                               
SB 116.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. GROSSI replied yes.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR EGAN stressed  that witness testimony on SB  116 during the                                                               
2011 session  remains on the record  and asked if Mr.  Grossi was                                                               
extending  an invitation  for  the committee  to  attend an  open                                                               
house next week.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  GROSSI confirmed  that  a  luncheon and  tour  at the  local                                                               
Pipefitters Training Facility was  scheduled for the committee on                                                               
Thursday, January 26, 2012.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:42:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL   asked  if  the  Juneau   Pipefitters  Training                                                               
Facility was similar to the training facility in Fairbanks.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR. GROSSI explained that there  are three separate union locals;                                                               
Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.  He mentioned being hopeful that                                                               
union representatives  from the Anchorage and  Fairbanks training                                                               
facilities  will be  in  attendance at  next  week's luncheon  to                                                               
address the senators' questions.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:43:24 PM                                                                                                                    
J.D.  WILKERSON,   owner,  Griffard  Steel   Company,  Fairbanks,                                                               
Alaska,  said he  is  in  favor of  SB  116.  He emphasized  that                                                               
workers'  compensation  is  a  large  part  of  Griffard  Steel's                                                               
operating costs  and feels  "in the back  seat" with  the current                                                               
program.  He believed  that SB  116 could  provide him  with cost                                                               
savings without jeopardizing individual care choices.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:44:38 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL asked in what way  Mr. Wilkerson feels like he is                                                               
"in   the  back   seat"  regarding   workers'  compensation   for                                                               
employees.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WILKERSON referred  to past  workers' compensation  cases at                                                               
Griffard  Steel in  which  he  sent letters  to  the Division  of                                                               
Workers'  Compensation   and  received  no  replies   other  than                                                               
financial  statements and  said he  believes interacting  with an                                                               
appointed trustee  would help  him feel  more informed  about the                                                               
claims. The  current system provides minimal  information for the                                                               
business owner.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL asked  how he  felt about  losing the  option of                                                               
selecting the independent medical  evaluation (IME) physician for                                                               
a second opinion.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  WILKERSON replied  that  he was  not  100-percent sure  what                                                               
options employers currently have, but  was ready to look at other                                                               
options.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:46:44 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR   GIESSEL   stated   that   Alaska's   present   workers'                                                               
compensation  process allows  an  employer to  ask  for a  second                                                               
opinion pertaining  to the  findings of  the first  physician and                                                               
she  advised Mr.  Wilkerson to  take a  closer look  at SB  116's                                                               
impact on employers' options for a second opinion.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:47:16 PM                                                                                                                    
STEVE RANK,  Executive Director,  Safety and  Health, Ironworkers                                                               
International  Union, California,  said he  supported SB  116. He                                                               
said  he was  involved  in  developing California's  Collectively                                                               
Bargained Workers  Compensation (CCBWC) program in  2003 and that                                                               
it  was established  for the  very  same reasons  that are  being                                                               
explored in  Alaska. He  stressed that the  CCBWC was  created to                                                               
help improve the delivery of  medical benefits to injured workers                                                               
without  diminishing  rights.  He  also  stated  that  the  CCBWC                                                               
programs are voluntary.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. RANK emphasized that nothing  in the CCBWC diminishes labor's                                                               
or management's ability  to get a second opinion and  that it led                                                               
to  labor  and management  working  together.  Both parties  have                                                               
medical specialists and experienced  hearing officers to expedite                                                               
claims  in a  timely  manner,  leading to  a  win-win for  labor,                                                               
management and insurance companies.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:50:57 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR PASKVAN joined the committee.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. RANK  pointed out  that independent  reviews and  audits were                                                               
conducted  in  the  state  of   Minnesota  and  their  Collective                                                               
Bargaining  Agreement  (CBA) had  shown  a  reduction in  medical                                                               
costs,  lost time  and  days  from work  and  litigation to  help                                                               
resolve disputes.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
He  pointed out  that  delay in  resolving workers'  compensation                                                               
cases is the  primary cause for higher costs and  the CBA program                                                               
encourages the  employer, insurance carrier, union  ombudsman and                                                               
program trustees  to work together  and help expedite  claims. He                                                               
stressed that Ironworkers International would  not back a CBA for                                                               
its  members unless  it had  been shown  to be  successful as  in                                                               
California and Nevada.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He  pointed out  that  programs from  a CBA  would  take time  to                                                               
establish, and as they develop,  there would be an opportunity to                                                               
review and  evaluate success. He  offered Illinois as  an example                                                               
of  a state  that had  recently  started a  CBA pilot-program  to                                                               
address "out of control" workers' compensation costs.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
He emphasized that a CBA would  provide an avenue for all parties                                                               
to work together. He explained  that injured workers in the CCWBC                                                               
program have  access to an  established communication  network: a                                                               
union  ombudsman  with  24-hour access,  independent  case  nurse                                                               
managers with  no insurance  carrier, and  a union  or management                                                               
affiliate  trained  to  answer   medical  questions  rather  than                                                               
dealing with a claims officer.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
In closing, he summarized that  while costs continue to increase,                                                               
the  CBA  programs  have  proven  successful  in  California  and                                                               
Nevada. He urged  them to pass SB 116 and  suggested adding a CBA                                                               
review after 12 to 18 months.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:56:28 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  GIESSEL stressed  being "100-percent  on the  same page"                                                               
with  Mr.  Rank.  She  noted  that  the  Alaska  Medical  Dispute                                                               
Resolution   Comparisons  (AMDRC)   diagram   showed  a   limited                                                               
selection  option  for  the  employee under  a  CBA  system  when                                                               
compared to  the current  Alaska Statutory  Workers' Compensation                                                               
System (ASWCS)  that provides an  option to injured  employees to                                                               
select  whatever physician  they want  - perhaps  their childhood                                                               
family  doctor or  a  specialist. If  an  employer has  questions                                                               
about the  injured employee's medical examination  results, ASWCS                                                               
allows him to choose his own  physician for a second opinion. She                                                               
said  SB 116  limited an  employee's choice  of physician  to the                                                               
narrower  CBA "approved  list" and  an  employer's second  choice                                                               
option  to   a  list   selected  by   an  arbitrator.   She  said                                                               
California's  and  Nevada's  CBA  shows  a  significantly  larger                                                               
number of healthcare providers to  choose from and asked how many                                                               
there were.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MR.  RANK  responded  that  California  and  Nevada  CBA's  allow                                                               
employees to  choose a physician  for general health  and welfare                                                               
reasons; however, a physician specialist  listing is provided for                                                               
knees, back, shoulders, hands and  related injuries which require                                                               
significant  expertise.  He  added  that  physicians  that  abuse                                                               
proper  billing  practices  for  the CBA  are  removed  from  the                                                               
approved provider listing.  He concluded that since  the CBA took                                                               
effect  in 2003,  no  negative feedback  has  been received  from                                                               
injured  workers  or  union  representatives  in  California  and                                                               
Nevada.   Current data  supports the  fact that  a CBA  for well-                                                               
organized workers' compensation programs do work.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:02:34 PM                                                                                                                    
FRED  BROWN,  Executive  Director, Health  Care  Cost  Management                                                               
Corporation  of Alaska,  Inc. (HCCMCA),  Fairbanks, Alaska,  said                                                               
they support SB 116.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:03:57 PM                                                                                                                    
GREG  KUCERA, Business  Manager,  Alaska Ironworkers,  Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska, said  he supports  SB 116.  He explained  that collective                                                               
bargaining between labor and management  will result in a "higher                                                               
quality"   list    of   physicians,    specialists,   independent                                                               
facilitators and  case management  nurses giving  injured workers                                                               
the best  care and  path back  to full  employment as  quickly as                                                               
possible. He  concluded that  SB 116  would foster  a cooperative                                                               
effort to address cost savings and quality care.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:09:07 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  EGAN asked  if SB  116 will  speed up  the resolve  of the                                                               
injury dispute and mediation process.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. KUCERA replied yes, due to a "team effort" structure.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:09:56 PM                                                                                                                    
JIM  BARRACK,  Contractor,   Ironworkers  Local  751,  Anchorage,                                                               
Alaska,  said he  supports  SB  116. He  noted  that  SB 116  was                                                               
explained to  the Alaska Steel Erectors  Association meeting last                                                               
year  and  it  received  positive feedback  from  membership.  He                                                               
believed  that it  would lead  to improved  care and  service for                                                               
injured workers along with cost reduction for employers.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:12:55 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.   THOMAS   ZIMMERMAN,   President,  Universal   Welding   and                                                               
Fabrication, Inc.,  North Pole, Alaska, declared  his support for                                                               
SB 116, clarifying  his status as a contractor and  not an Alaska                                                               
Ironworkers Union  representative. He  welcomed the concept  of a                                                               
CBA  for  workers'  compensation  which  would  help  provide  an                                                               
opportunity  for contractors  to  control costs  and assure  that                                                               
employees  receive  the  level  of  care  they  deserve  and  are                                                               
entitled  to.  He   said  he  is  encouraged   by  the  AFL-CIO's                                                               
willingness to work with management.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
He reflected on his 35 years  in the industry and pointed out how                                                               
individuals  place faith  in the  current system  that might  not                                                               
offer alternative care solutions and  that a CBA program provides                                                               
independent practioners  as a sounding-board  to give  advice. He                                                               
also reflected  on Senator Giessel's comments  on the Independent                                                               
Medical Evaluation (IME) process currently  used in the ASWCS for                                                               
second physician  opinions and pointed  out that the  current IME                                                               
stage is used  only after many months had elapsed.  He stated his                                                               
belief that a CBA preferred-physician  listing would speed up the                                                               
process  and   drive  down  costs   related  to   second  opinion                                                               
evaluations without  jeopardizing employee  rights. He  said that                                                               
"time is  money" and  employees returning to  work sooner  win by                                                               
earning  more  as  a  productive   employee  versus  income  from                                                               
workers'  compensation benefits  and  employers  win by  avoiding                                                               
losses in production. He encouraged  legislators to give SB 116 a                                                               
try with sunset and review parameters.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:18:04 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MIKE  MONAGLE, Director,  Division of  Workers' Compensation,                                                               
Alaska  Department  Labor   and  Workforce  Development  (DOLWD),                                                               
stated they have a neutral position on SB 116.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN  asked what he liked  and does not like  about SB                                                               
116.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MONAGLE  replied  that  since the  division  has  a  neutral                                                               
position,  he  would  not  express  his  likes  or  dislikes.  He                                                               
reflected  on   previous  testimony  and  agreed   that  workers'                                                               
compensation costs are a concern to everyone.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN  restated his question  saying he wanted  to know                                                               
if SB 116  will help or not  help to save on  costs. He suggested                                                               
that a concern  for costs is irrelevant to the  decision that has                                                               
to be made to actually help with cost reduction.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MONAGLE replied  that SB  116  is new  legislation and  that                                                               
other  states claim  savings using  that process.  But he  stated                                                               
that neither the  division nor the department has  the ability to                                                               
collect data and estimate what impact  SB 116 would have on rates                                                               
in Alaska.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN  asked if  he thought  it was  worth the  risk to                                                               
Alaska to try SB 116.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. MONAGLE  responded that  it was  up to  the Senate  Labor and                                                               
Commerce Committee to determine.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR EGAN  commented that the  State of Alaska ranks  number one                                                               
for  workers'  compensation costs  and  asked  how it  could  get                                                               
worse.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. MONAGLE  divulged that  Alaska's workers'  compensation rates                                                               
were ranked  second highest  in the nation  since 2008,  but that                                                               
the  state  of Montana  recently  passed  legislation that  could                                                               
return Alaska to first place.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:21:26 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MONAGLE  added that  he did  not know if  SB 116  would bring                                                               
rates down and acknowledged that  it would take time to determine                                                               
the savings.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR EGAN  stated that  two or  three prior  witness testimonies                                                               
claimed SB  116, with a  scheduled review, would be  worth trying                                                               
and asked if the department would take issue with doing that.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MONAGLE reiterated  the department's  neutral position,  but                                                               
added  that  approximately  three  years  would  be  required  to                                                               
collect data and determine actual cost savings.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR EGAN  inquired if it  is in the department's  best interest                                                               
to resolve workers' compensation issues in a timelier manner.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:23:46 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MONAGLE  responded that any  legislation that saves  time and                                                               
money is good for Alaska's  workers. He remarked that the dispute                                                               
resolution process  is complicated;  some cases require  years of                                                               
mediation  to resolve  medically  complex issues.  He said  their                                                               
hearing officers  are asked to  mediate approximately  50 dispute                                                               
cases per year with a 90-percent success rate.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN  asked if there  was a  better idea to  try first                                                               
rather than SB 116.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:25:38 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  MONAGLE  answered  that  he  was  not  aware  of  any  other                                                               
legislation that reduces Alaska's workers' compensation rates.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PASKVAN, for clarification,  asked if beyond legislation,                                                               
was  there  an alternate  idea,  process  or procedure  to  start                                                               
first, which  benefits workers  and employers  regarding workers'                                                               
compensation.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:26:05 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MENARD joined the committee.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MONAGLE stated  that he  had no  better ideas  to offer  the                                                               
committee at this time.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  GIESSEL noted  her background  as a  healthcare provider                                                               
and  experience  with  workers'  compensation  cases  and  second                                                               
opinion  requests.  She  pointed  out that  requests  for  second                                                               
opinions from  an alternate physician have  resulted in solutions                                                               
being found which speed the  individual returning back to work at                                                               
a  functional  level  and  asked   what  percentage  of  workers'                                                               
compensation cases request a second opinion.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MONAGLE said  that the  terminology is  inconsistent and  an                                                               
Independent Medical  Evaluation (IME) is not  considered a second                                                               
opinion when a  general practioner refers an injured  worker to a                                                               
specialist.  An  IME is  considered  a  second opinion  when  the                                                               
employer requests  it.   He added  that disputes  typically occur                                                               
when  a  second  opinion  is requested  to  address  the  injured                                                               
employee's disability level.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:28:31 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL asked how often an IME is requested.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MONAGLE replied  that  he did  not know  and  said that  IME                                                               
approval  is not  required by  the  division and  added that  the                                                               
Employee  Compensation Board  (ECB)  gets  involved when  parties                                                               
have a dispute between doctors  when a Second Independent Medical                                                               
Evaluation (SIME) is  requested. He explained that the  ECB has a                                                               
list of its own medical experts.  Injured workers are sent for an                                                               
independent evaluation,  which is separate from  the previous two                                                               
doctors  used in  a  specific  case. He  mentioned  that the  ECB                                                               
handles approximated 1500 SIME cases per year.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:29:27 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR   DAVIS  commented   that   SB   116  provides   enabling                                                               
legislation that will  only succeed if the  parties involved work                                                               
together, and  she questioned the  department's neutrality  on SB                                                               
116 when  alternative suggestions  for improvement have  not been                                                               
brought forward. She  added that data obtained  from states which                                                               
have  adopted  CBA's for  workers'  compensation  cases would  be                                                               
helpful to the committee.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR EGAN  said he agreed with  Senator Davis and that  CBA data                                                               
from other  states was  currently being  compiled. He  asked what                                                               
the   member   turnover  is   for   the   Division  of   Workers'                                                               
Compensation's ECB.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:31:46 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. MONAGLE  replied that  annually there  is a  one or  two seat                                                               
turnover. He added  that the ECB is staffed  with newly appointed                                                               
and experienced board members.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR EGAN  said he had verified  via an associate who  served on                                                               
the  ECB  that the  commitment  as  board  member is  very  time-                                                               
consuming.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR.  MONAGLE   agreed  that  membership  entails   a  major  time                                                               
commitment.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:32:59 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR EGAN  announced that  no further  questions would  be taken                                                               
today   and  that   the  committee   would  continue   to  gather                                                               
information for a decision on SB 116.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:34:17 PM                                                                                                                    
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Egan adjourned the meeting at 2:34 p.m.                                                                                   

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 116 Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 Workers Comp ADR Bill Exhibits I.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 Workers Comp ADR Bill Exhibits II.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 Workers Comp ADR Bill Exhibits III.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 Workers Comp ADR Bill Exhibits IV.ppt SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 Lttr N. Services supporting.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 lttr Univ Welding supporting.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 lttr Behrends Mechanical supporting.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 lttr GSI supporting.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 lttr Hickel supporting.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 lttr NECA supporting.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 lttr State Chamber withdrawing support.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB116-DOA-RM-11-21-11.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB116-DOLWD-WC-11-25-11.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 Wade lttr supporting 062011.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 Wade lttr supporting 062011.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 Wks Comp Cmmttee lttr opposing.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB 116 lttr State Chamber supporting.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB116-DOA-RM-11-21-11.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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SB116-DOLWD-WC-11-25-11.pdf SL&C 1/19/2012 1:30:00 PM
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