Legislature(2005 - 2006)HOUSE FINANCE 519

04/19/2005 01:30 PM FINANCE


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 216 PROPERTY/CASUALTY INSURANCE REGULATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 216(L&C) Out of Committee
+ HB 94 ELECTIONS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 94(FIN) Out of Committee
+ SB 63 USE SEAT BELT ROAD SIGNS TELECONFERENCED
Moved Out of Committee
Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled
= SB 93 FISHING PERMIT AND VESSEL LICENSE FEES
Moved HCS CSSB 93(FIN) Out of Committee
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 63(TRA)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     An Act relating to road signs encouraging the use of                                                                       
     safety belts.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:31:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL SUTTON, STAFF, SENATOR  BEN STEVENS, explained that SB
63 would encourage posting signs  promoting the use of safety                                                                   
belts.      The  legislation   allows   the   Department   of                                                                   
Transportation  & Public  Facilities  to  erect and  maintain                                                                   
signs  at  the site  of  a  motor vehicle  accident  where  a                                                                   
fatality  occurred as  a result  of failure  to use a  safety                                                                   
belt.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft asked if  the Department needed the bill                                                                   
to  grant such  authority.   Ms.  Sutton  responded that  the                                                                   
Department does  not have  the authority to  add the  name to                                                                   
the signage.  She explained the story of Nathan Kampen.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:33:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer asked the cost per sign.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
NORA    WILSON,    LEGISLATIVE   LIAISON,    DEPARTMENT    OF                                                                   
TRANSPORTATION  & PUBLIC FACILITIES,  introduced herself  and                                                                   
said it would cost $500 per sign.   Ms. Sutton noted that the                                                                   
number of  deaths last  year in  Alaska was approximately  39                                                                   
from not wearing seat belts.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Meyer asked  about  the fiscal  note.   Ms.  Sutton                                                                   
pointed out that  posting would only occur for  those persons                                                                   
requesting the signs.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  noted that Representative Croft  had asked if                                                                   
it could be done through regulation  rather than legislation.                                                                   
Ms. Wilson replied that the legislation  had been the vehicle                                                                   
presented and that the Department  supports a statute change.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:35:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Stoltze  referenced Page 1, Lines 11 &  12 and the                                                                   
types  of signs  that  could be  put in  place.   Ms.  Wilson                                                                   
responded   that  language   maintains  the   right  of   the                                                                   
Department  to guarantee  once the  sign is  placed, that  it                                                                   
abides with sign posting criteria.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MARK  NEIDHOLD,  CHIEF, DESIGN  AND  CONSTRUCTION  STANDARDS,                                                                   
DEPARTMENT OF  TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC FACILITIES,  agreed it                                                                   
is important  to follow  standards when  erecting the  signs,                                                                   
while  not infringing  on the  Department's  right to  manage                                                                   
those standards.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:37:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Stoltze  opined  that   the  scope  of  the  bill                                                                   
appeared  too broad.   Mr.  Neidhold noted  that the  current                                                                   
Alaska Administrative  Code language for the  Alaska Memorial                                                                   
Program specifies the sign information  and requirements.  It                                                                   
is the Department's expectation  that there would only be one                                                                   
additional sign.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:39:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kelly referenced  Page 1, Line 9, and asked if                                                                   
the  verbiage  should  instead  say  "likely".    Ms.  Sutton                                                                   
acknowledged  the  concern  had  been  raised  in  the  House                                                                   
Transportation Committee  and referred to the  "Public Safety                                                                   
on Traffic Accident Statistics" handout.  (Copy on File).                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Hawker was  appalled that  a grieving  family                                                                   
could not be accommodated within  the regulatory authority of                                                                   
the Department  and that  such a request  had to  come before                                                                   
the Legislature.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Croft  suggested that it be  addressed through                                                                   
regulation.    Ms.  Wilson  reported that  she  has  had  the                                                                   
conversation with  the sponsor's  office and that  they would                                                                   
support  the bill  either way.   Some have  indicated that  a                                                                   
statute change might be faster.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Croft  asked if  the Department  would  issue                                                                   
regulations to  implement the bill.  Ms.  Wilson acknowledged                                                                   
that they  would have  to.  She  reiterated the  Department's                                                                   
support of the bill.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:44:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Meyer  asked if Nathan  Kampen was a  constituent of                                                                   
Senator Stevens.  Ms. Sutton replied yes.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Representative Foster MOVED to  REPORT SB 63 out of Committee                                                                   
with  individual recommendations  and  with the  accompanying                                                                   
fiscal note.  There being NO OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SB  63  was  reported  out of  Committee  with  a  "do  pass"                                                                   
recommendation  and   with  indeterminate  note   #1  by  the                                                                   
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:45:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

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