Legislature(2009 - 2010)BUTROVICH 205

04/09/2010 08:30 AM JUDICIARY


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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 386 CITATIONS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 386(FIN) Out of Committee
+= HB 108 PROP. FORECLOSURE/EXECUTION/TRUST DEEDS TELECONFERENCED
Moved SCS CSHB 108(JUD) Out of Committee
+= HB 52 POST-TRIAL JUROR COUNSELING TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 52 Out of Committee
+= HJR 48 CRIME VICTIMS FUND PRESERVATION ACT TELECONFERENCED
Moved HJR 48 Out of Committee
+ HB 253 MECHANIC/MATERIALMEN LIENS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 287 UNIFORM ACT: PROPERTY INTEREST DISCLAIMER TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 251 VEHICLE LIENS/TOWING/STORAGE/TRANSPORT TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 355 CRIMINAL FINES FOR ORGANIZATIONS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
= SB 190 BIOMETRIC INFORMATION FOR ID
Moved CSSB 190(JUD) Out of Committee
               HB 253-MECHANIC/MATERIALMEN LIENS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR FRENCH announced the consideration of HB 253.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:48:27 AM                                                                                                                    
DON HABIGER, Staff to Representative  Jay Ramras, related that HB
253 is informally known as Rocky's bill.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JAY RAMRAS, sponsor of  HB 253, said he introduced                                                               
the bill to  addresses a problem faced by  small business persons                                                               
working  in the  trades.  Current law  allows  people who  supply                                                               
labor,  material, services,  or equipment  for the  construction,                                                               
alteration, or repair of property just  90 days after the work or                                                               
service is  completed to secure  payment of the debt.  After that                                                               
time they lose the  right to file a lien on  the home or facility                                                               
where  the work  was done.  This legislation  extends by  30 days                                                               
that time period.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:53:19 AM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE RAMRAS  encouraged the committee to  listen to the                                                               
public testimony.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR FRENCH  said no one  signed up  to testify, but  the packet                                                               
contains  letters from  Rocky [Pavey],  North  Pole Heating,  and                                                               
Alaska Best Plumbing.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE RAMRAS  added that small shops  try to accommodate                                                               
their  customers, but  often  they  don't get  paid  in a  timely                                                               
fashion and they are faced  with the difficult decision of filing                                                               
a lien  on the property for  non-payment. HB 253 is  an excellent                                                               
remedy for those small shops, he said.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR FRENCH found no further testimony and set HB 253 aside.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
               HB 253-MECHANIC/MATERIALMEN LIENS                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  FRENCH  returned  attention  to  HB  253  to  take  public                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:17:51 AM                                                                                                                    
TANYA  WATSON, Office  Manager, Rocky's  Heating Service,  stated                                                               
support  for  HB 253.  She  related  that  some of  their  larger                                                               
invoices  are   due  to  insurance  claims   and  some  insurance                                                               
companies don't  pay any of  the service providers until  all the                                                               
work has  been done.  This means that  Rocky's Heating  might not                                                               
get paid  for six months and  by the time they  realize that they                                                               
might  have difficulty  collecting,  it's generally  too late  to                                                               
file a lien.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRACE RUDY,  Overhead Door  Company, stated  support for  HB 253.                                                               
She said  the additional 30  days will provide  service providers                                                               
more time  to work  with their customers  to receive  payment for                                                               
services  rendered. Filing  a lien  for nonpayment  is unpleasant                                                               
and alienates the customer.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:20:20 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR FRENCH held HB 253 in committee.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

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