Legislature(1995 - 1996)

1996-04-18 House Journal

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1996-04-18                     House Journal                      Page 3833
HB 311                                                                       
A message dated April 17, 1996, was read stating the Senate has                
passed CSHB 311(JUD) with the following amendment:                             
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Insert "; and providing for an effective date"                               
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	Insert a new bill section to read:                                            
   "* Section 1.  FINDINGS AND INTENT.  The legislature finds that           
		(1)  mining is an important industry in this state and has                   
created many jobs and economic opportunities for the state;                    
		(2)  it is in the state's best interest to encourage mining                  
development, consistent with good management practices to protect the          
health and safety of workers;                                                  
		(3)  providing an extension of allowable working hours for                   
miners could encourage the development of mining that might not                
otherwise be economically viable; and                                          
		(4)  the development of mining through the provisions of this                
Act should provide more job opportunities for Alaskans, especially in          
the area where the mine is located.                                            

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HB 311                                                                       
	(b)  It is the intent of this Act to encourage the development of             
mines in the state and to encourage the mining industry to train and           
hire qualified state residents for these expanded opportunities to the         
maximum extent possible."                                                      
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	Insert "(d) - (f)"                                                            
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	Insert "The department may issue orders and adopt regulations as              
necessary to carry out the purposes of this section."                          
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	"(e)  If an employer intends to employ a miner for more than                 
eight hours in 24 hours under (a) of this section, the employer                
shall notify the department.                                                   
	(f)  The department may revoke a variance granted under (d)                  
of this section or reduce the 10-hour limitation on hours of work              
set in (a) of this section to eight hours if the department finds that         
		(1)  a significant violation of state or federal law has                    
occurred at the mine relating to health and safety;                            
		(2)  the employer has not abated the hazard causing the                     
violation after receiving notice from the commissioner and an                  
opportunity to cure the problem;                                               
		(3)  the reduction of hours of work is necessary to protect                 
the health and safety of the miners; and                                       
		(4)  the reduction of hours of work is in the best interest                 
of the resident workers of the state.                                          
	(g)  An employer that has abated a hazard that was the cause                 
of a violation described in (f)(1) of this section may notify the              
department of the abatement.  The department shall reinstate the               
variance or remove the reduction of hours, as appropriate, within              
30 days after receiving the notice from the employer if the                    
department finds that the hazard has been abated."                             
Following sec. 2 of CSHB 311(JUD) am S, insert a new bill section              
to read:                                                                       

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HB 311                                                                       
  "* Sec. 3.   The provisions of this Act are severable under AS             
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   "* Sec. 4.  This Act takes effect immediately under                       
And so, the following with a technical title change is transmitted for         
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 311(JUD) am S                                           
An Act relating to the hours a person may be employed in a                    
mine; and requiring that workers be paid for certain time worked               
in a mine; and providing for an effective date.                                
CSHB 311(JUD) is under Unfinished Business.