Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/16/1993 01:55 PM Senate L&C

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
  SENATOR KELLY  said they would  work on the bill  and try to                 
  get back to it  on Thursday and  announced SB 152 WEIGHTS  &                 
  MEASURES: INSPECTIONS/CITATIONS to be up for consideration.                  
  KEN  LEAF,  Aide  for  Senator   Taylor,  read  a  statement                 
  explaining  that  SB  152  reestablishes  the  Weights   and                 
  Measures    officials'    authority   for    the   effective                 
  administration  and  enforcement  of  Weights  and  Measures                 
  regulations,   to   enforce   registration  fees   and   the                 
  requirements  of the  regulations, and  to  increase program                 
  receipts by insuring that  all who are obliged pay.   SB 152                 
  will  decrease   the  frequency  of  Weights   and  Measures                 
  inspections while increasing  the potency.  It  will provide                 
  funding  for  new  weights  and  measures devices  used  for                 
  testing registration.                                                        
  AVES THOMPSON,  Chief of  Weights &  Measures, supported  SB
  152.  He  said changing this  to an annual requirement  will                 
  allow  them to  direct their efforts  to those  devices that                 
  need  more attention  and to  allow those devices  that need                 
  less attention to  go for  a longer period  of time  without                 
  SENATOR LINCOLN  asked him  how many inspections  he does  a                 
  year  and  in what  kinds of  areas  does he  do them.   MR.                 
  THOMPSON  replied   they  do  approximately   16,000  device                 
  inspections per year.  A third  of those are probably in the                 
  fishing  industry   located  in   Western,  Southeast,   and                 
  Southcentral Alaska. He said there is a need for them  to go                 
  into remote areas, particularly where  there are heating oil                 
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  SENATOR LINCOLN  asked if  they would  save enough  money by                 
  reducing the present number of inspections to  go into areas                 
  they  haven't been  in previously?   MR. THOMPSON  said this                 
  bill  would free  up some  money, although they  wouldn't be                 
  able to cover the entire state on their existing budget.                     
  SENATOR  LINCOLN  said she  would  like  to see  a  plan for                 
  Weights  and Measures and how that would affect their budget                 
  SENATOR KELLY asked him to explain line 15 - "(4) commits  a                 
  violation  identified under  AS  45.75.380."   MR.  THOMPSON                 
  explained that is a list of offenses and penalties.                          
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  SENATOR KELLY asked  if clients could  be fined if they  are                 
  out of compliance and Weights and Measure doesn't get around                 
  to checking  them for  a year.   MR.  THOMPSON replied  that                 
  probably  technically  they  could,  although  he  certainly                 
  wouldn't encourage that type of activity.                                    
  SENATOR  RIEGER  asked  the  penalty  for an  overweight  or                 
  oversize  vehicle violation.    MR.  THOMPSON explained  the                 
  overweight penalty  is 5  cents per pound  and the  oversize                 
  penalty is scaled and not to exceed $300.                                    
  SENATOR  KELLY asked how  much money  they have  received in                 
  fines.   MR. THOMPSON said he  would find that out  for him.                 
  He explained that he didn't want to necessarily make revenue                 
  based on fines,  but rather wanted  the device owner to  pay                 
  the registration fee which is the major source of income for                 
  his Division.                                                                
  WENDY MULDER, Legislative  Liaison, Department of  Commerce,                 
  explained the intent of the bill  was to give some authority                 
  to Weights and Measures if  device owners don't register  or                 
  are habitually out of compliance.   They estimate generating                 
  SENATOR PEARCE moved  to pass SB  152 with fiscal note  from                 
  committee with individual recommendations.  Senator  Lincoln                 
  objected. Senator Kelly, Senator Rieger, Senator Pearce, and                 
  Senator Salo voted yes  and Senator Lincoln voted no  and SB
  152 was passed from committee.                                               

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