Legislature(2011 - 2012)BUTROVICH 205
02/15/2012 01:30 PM Senate HEALTH & SOCIAL SERVICES
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SB 134-CHILD SUPPORT AWARDS 1:34:02 PM CHAIR DAVIS announced that the first order of business would be SB 134. SENATOR EGAN moved to adopt the proposed CS for SB 134, labeled 27-LS0671\B, as the working document before the committee. CHAIR DAVIS objected for discussion purposes. KIMBERLY CLARK, staff, Senator Albert Kookesh, explained the changes to version B on behalf of the sponsor. She said the first change is on page 1, line 2; the words "and providing for an effective date" were added. The second change is on page 15, line 4; the following words were added: "for the purpose of establishing a monthly support obligation for monthly health care expenses, a tribunal shall apply a reviewable presumption that the cost of health insurance is reasonable under this section if the cost of purchasing health insurance does not exceed five percent of the responsible parent's net income." The third change is on page 16, line 2; the following words were removed: "if a party has made a reasonable demand for documentation under the subsection, a tribunal may modify a child support arrears retroactively." The fourth change is on page 16, line 29; the words "and AS 25.28.050(b)" were removed. CHAIR DAVIS asked if anything was added in that section. MS. CLARK said no. She continued to explain that another change is on page 18, line 1; the section was changed to AS 25.28.095, which is the review of the guidelines. The following words were added: "The child support services agency established in AS 25.27.010 shall notify the legislative committees with jurisdiction over matters involving child support awards of the need for a compliance review of the guidelines established in this chapter every four years as provided in federal law. The compliance review must include a determination of whether the application of the guidelines consistently results in a determination of appropriate child support awards in the state." On page 18, line 8, the section number was corrected. On page 19, lines 22-23, Section 6 was added as follows: "The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to read: TRANSITION; CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES AGENCY. The child support services agency established in AS 25.27.010 may proceed to adopt regulations necessary to implement the changes made by AS 25.28, enacted by sec. 1 of this Act, but the regulations may not take effect before the effective date of Section 1 of this act." Section 7 was added on line 28. It states that, "Section 6 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c)." Section 8 was added on line 29. It states, "Except as provided in Section 7 of this Act, this Act takes effect July 1, 2013." JOHN MALLONEE, Director, Child Support Services Division, Department of Revenue (DOR), noted the changes addressed concerns from the last meeting. CHAIR DAVIS said she would provide a copy of the document for Mr. Mallonee. 1:40:35 PM SENATOR MEYER asked if there was a Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) fiscal note. MR. MALLONEE replied that there was a fiscal note from Department of Revenue for about $6.7 million. CHAIR DAVIS stated that it was her intention to move the bill. She asked where it would be heard next. MS. CLARK said it would be heard next in the Senate Judiciary Standing Committee. 1:42:08 PM CHAIR DAVIS understood that all concerns were included in the new CS. She noted the bill has two more committee hearings. SENATOR EGAN moved to report the CS for SB 134, version B, from committee with individual recommendations and the attached fiscal notes. CHAIR DAVIS announced that without objection, CSSB 134(STA) was reported from committee.