Legislature(2017 - 2018)
2018-03-05 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2018-03-05 House Journal Page 2602 HB 402 HOUSE BILL NO. 402 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act authorizing the commissioner of corrections to establish a correctional industries program; establishing a correctional industries board; authorizing the Department of Corrections to receive money from the employment of prisoners; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Labor & Commerce and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Corrections The Governor's transmittal letter dated March 1 follows: "Dear Speaker Edgmon: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill establishing the Correctional Industries Board and authorizing the Commissioner of Corrections to establish a correctional industries program within the department. With over 90 percent of individuals incarcerated returning to our communities it is important that we enable them to develop the skills necessary to be successful when released. One way to do this is to provide them with real-world job experience. This bill will create a four-person board comprised of the Commissioner of Corrections, Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development and two members of a labor organization. The Commissioner will work through the Correctional Industries Board to approve proposed industry programs, employment contracts, and agreements which will allow inmates to produce products or services that can then be sold to public or private entities. 2018-03-05 House Journal Page 2603 Through these contracts and agreements, inmates will gain real-world experience, be productive with their time, and learn new skills. The public also benefits by being able to purchase quality services and products that may not otherwise be available in the area. Additionally, this legislation has the potential to create new economic growth and expand development opportunities within existing industries. This bill is another tool in reducing recidivism while providing industry with skilled workers. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Bill Walker Governor"