Legislature(2013 - 2014)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

04/04/2013 05:00 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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Board of Marine Pilots - Hans Antonsen
Board of Pharmacy - Taryl Giessel
AK Workers' Compensation Board - Ronald Nalikak
-- Public Testimony --
Moved SB 93 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Moved SB 25 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
Heard & Held
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
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         SB  93-TECHNICAL/VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM                                                                      
5:31:23 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY   reconvened  the   meeting  and   announced  the                                                               
consideration of  SB 93,  sponsored by  Senator Donny  Olson. "An                                                               
Act  extending  the  unemployment contributions  for  the  Alaska                                                               
technical and vocational education program."                                                                                    
5:31:38 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVID  SCOTT, Staff,  Senator Donny  Olson, introduced  SB 93  on                                                               
behalf  of  the  sponsor.  He  spoke  to  the  following  sponsor                                                               
statement: [Original punctuation provided.]                                                                                     
     The Technical and Vocational Education Fund authorized                                                                     
      under AS 23.15.840 sunsets on June 30, 2014. Senate                                                                       
     Bill 93 extends the sunset date to June 30, 2024.                                                                          
     In  2000 the  Alaska Legislature  created the  Training                                                                    
     and Vocational  Education Program to  provide financial                                                                    
     assistance to  support facilities throughout  the state                                                                    
     that  provide technical  and  educational programs  for                                                                    
     industry specific training.                                                                                                
     Alaska  was experiencing  unemployment rates  that were                                                                    
     reaching to above 50% of  the national average in 2008.                                                                    
     With large projects  on the horizon, there  was a clear                                                                    
     need  for  a trained,  resident  work  force. The  TVEP                                                                    
     program  was extended  to provide  training to  Alaskan                                                                    
     residents to help reduce the  unemployment rate and put                                                                    
     Alaskan residents  to work.  Figures released  on March                                                                    
     14,  2013 by  the  Department of  Labor indicated  that                                                                    
     unemployment rates in Alaska  for December of 2012 were                                                                    
     6.6%, while  the national average was  8.1%. Alaska has                                                                    
     had a  consistent lower rate than  the national average                                                                    
     for   the  past   forty-six   months,  indicating   the                                                                    
     effectiveness of this program.                                                                                             
     Funds  for  the  TVEP  program  are  appropriated  from                                                                    
     amounts  the state  collects in  unemployment insurance                                                                    
     contributions  at  a  rate  of   .15  percent  and  are                                                                    
     allocated according to statute.                                                                                            
     The  more we  can train  our youth,  as they  enter the                                                                    
     work   force,  the   more   we   will  re-enforce   the                                                                    
     desirability of staying  in Alaska as part  of a highly                                                                    
     skilled, resident  work force. The last  five years has                                                                    
     shown this fund works.  We can double the effectiveness                                                                    
     with ten more years.                                                                                                       
MR. SCOTT stated that by statute  each of the ten entities in the                                                               
program  is   required  to  submit   an  annual  report   to  the                                                               
legislature. He noted that the  Department of Labor and Workforce                                                               
Development (DOLWD)  and the University of  Alaska each submitted                                                               
fiscal notes.                                                                                                                   
SENATOR MICCICHE said he only had one fiscal note.                                                                              
5:33:34 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
5:34:18 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR DUNLEAVY reconvened the meeting and recognized Fred Villa.                                                                
5:34:29 PM                                                                                                                    
FRED VILLA,  Associate Vice  President, Academic  Affairs, Office                                                               
of Workforce  Programs, University  of Alaska (UA),  testified in                                                               
support  of SB  93.  He  thanked the  committee  for hearing  the                                                               
legislation and Senator Olson for  sponsoring it, because it is a                                                               
critical part of the university's  career and technical education                                                               
programs. He reported that the  University of Alaska has over 200                                                               
workforce  development  programs and  it  uses  TVEP funding  for                                                               
startup, for  bridging from federal or  other programmatic funds,                                                               
and for  sustainable funding. He explained  that the university's                                                               
role in workforce development  is threefold: pre-college programs                                                               
to connect youth  with career pathways and help  prepare them for                                                               
academic rigors,  academic certificates and degree  programs, and                                                               
professional  development programs.  The priorities  in workforce                                                               
development  are  economic   and  community  development,  career                                                               
pathways  that  provide  a  series  of  connected  education  and                                                               
training programs, and high demand jobs.                                                                                        
MR.  VILLA  explained that  TVEP  funding  has been  critical  in                                                               
helping  UA  meet  Alaska's workforce  training  and  educational                                                               
needs. The  Workforce Programs Office works  with representatives                                                               
from  the UA  campuses, the  Department of  Labor and  the Alaska                                                               
Workforce Investment  Board to  identify state  priority industry                                                               
sectors and  high-demand jobs, including regional  priorities for                                                               
occupational  training programs.  The  campuses submit  proposals                                                               
based on the identified needs,  and funding is distributed to the                                                               
highest priority programs. He  described specific pre-college and                                                               
professional development programs.                                                                                              
CHAIR  DUNLEAVY noted  that Greg  Cashen with  the Department  of                                                               
Labor and  Workforce Development (DOLWD) was  available to answer                                                               
questions on the bill.                                                                                                          
5:40:21 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR MICCICHE summarized  that the bill extends  for ten years                                                               
an extremely successful program. He stated support for the bill.                                                                
5:41:04 PM                                                                                                                    
At ease                                                                                                                         
SENATOR  MICCICHE moved  to report  SB  93, labeled  28-LS0728\A,                                                               
from  committee  with  individual  recommendations  and  attached                                                               
fiscal note(s).                                                                                                                 
CHAIR DUNLEAVY announced that without  objection SB 93 moved from                                                               
the Senate Labor and Commerce Standing Committee.                                                                               

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB93_Full_Text.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 93
SB 93 - Sponsor Statement.docx SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 93
SB 93 - Supporting Documents- Alaska Training Program Performance 2012.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 93
3-28-13 More Appts to L&C #5.doc SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Governor Appointments
HB71 ARDORs sponsor statement.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
HB 71
HB71 FIN_CS_Fiscal Note_DCCED DED 03 15 13.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
HB 71
HB71 supporting documents - ARDORS annual report.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
HB 71
HB71 Supporting documents - ARDORS program.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
HB 71
HB71_ARDOR audit request.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
HB 71
HB71_FIN_CS_Full Text.PDF SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
HB 71
SB93_Fiscal Note_DOLWD-CO-4-3-13.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 93
SB93_Fiscal Note-UA-Sysbra-4-03-13.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 93
SB93_Fiscal_Note_EED-TLS-4-2-13.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 93
SB8_BPM_Presentation.PDF SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 8
SB25_Support_Juneau Chamber.pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 25
SB25_Support_Letter_AKResturantBeverageAssc..pdf SL&C 4/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
SB 25