Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/04/2003 01:35 PM Senate L&C

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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
          SENATE LABOR AND COMMERCE STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                        
                         March 4, 2003                                                                                          
                           1:35 p.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Senator Con Bunde, Chair                                                                                                        
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Bettye Davis                                                                                                            
Senator Hollis French                                                                                                           
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Senator Ralph Seekins, Vice Chair                                                                                               
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 7                                                                                                   
Expressing support for Vancouver, British Columbia's, bid for                                                                   
the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games.                                                                  
     MOVED SJR 7 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                               
Confirmation Hearings:                                                                                                        
Board of Public Accountancy - Dan Kennedy, Laura Welles                                                                         
Alcohol Beverage Control Board - Michael Gordon                                                                                 
Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land                                                                        
Surveyors - Kimberly Mills and Robert Gilfilian                                                                                 
Board of Barbers and Hairdressers - Diana L. Straub                                                                             
Board of Chiropractic Examiners - Sean C. Siegel                                                                                
Board of Marine Pilots - Captain David A. Anderson, Les Cronk                                                                   
     and Robert Arts                                                                                                            
Personnel Board - Paulette M. Simpson                                                                                           
Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers - Steve McSwain                                                                       
Board of Veterinary Examiners - Dr. Timothy L. Bowser and Dr.                                                                   
     James Morrison                                                                                                             
Workers Compensation Board - Sally Ann Carey, Dale R. Walaszek,                                                                 
     Curtis Hall and Royce Rock                                                                                                 
     CONFIRMATIONS ADVANCED                                                                                                     
PREVIOUS ACTION                                                                                                               
SJR 7 - No previous action to consider.                                                                                         
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
Mr. Richard Schmitz                                                                                                             
Aide to Senator Cowdery                                                                                                         
Alaska State Capitol                                                                                                            
Juneau, AK  99801-1182                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT: Supported SJR 7.                                                                                          
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
TAPE 03-8, SIDE A                                                                                                             
          SJR  7-VANCOUVER'S BID FOR 2010 WINTER GAMES                                                                      
CHAIR CON  BUNDE called  the Senate  Labor and  Commerce Standing                                                             
Committee meeting  to order at 1:35  p.m. and announced SJR  7 to                                                               
be up for consideration.                                                                                                        
MR. RICHARD SCHMITZ,  staff to Senator Cowdery,  said the purpose                                                               
of SJR 7  is to express Alaska's support of  the Canadian bid for                                                               
the  2010   Winter  Olympic  and   Winter  Paralympic   Games  in                                                               
Vancouver,  British   Columbia,  and  the  resort   community  of                                                               
Whistler, which  is nearby. SJR  7 was introduced because  it's a                                                               
neighborly  thing to  do. In  terms of  a practical  application,                                                               
winter  Olympic  games  are  a  tremendous  economic  engine  for                                                               
surrounding areas.                                                                                                              
CHAIR BUNDE  said Alaska would  be happy to receive  the economic                                                               
fallout that would come our way.                                                                                                
SENATOR  DAVIS  moved  SJR  7   from  committee  with  individual                                                               
recommendations and the attached zero  fiscal note. There were no                                                               
objections and it was so ordered.                                                                                               
                     CONFIRMATION HEARINGS                                                                                  
CHAIR  BUNDE  called an  at-ease  from  1:40  to 1:42  p.m.  Upon                                                               
reconvening, he  said the committee would  next hold confirmation                                                               
MS. SALLY ANN CAREY, nominee  for the Workers Compensation Board,                                                               
said that she  would like to serve because it  gives her a chance                                                               
to  give back  some  time  and effort  to  Alaska.  She has  been                                                               
involved with  workers' compensation from an  industry standpoint                                                               
since 1968. She briefly reviewed her resume' for the committee.                                                                 
MS. PAULETTE SIMPSON,  nominee for the Personnel  Board, said she                                                               
was pleased to be able to offer her time to serve on the board.                                                                 
SENATOR  FRENCH asked  her to  explain what  the Personnel  Board                                                               
MS.   SIMPSON  explained   that  it   approves  and   disapproves                                                               
amendments  to personnel  rules; it  considers extensions  of the                                                               
partially  exempt and  classified service;  and it  hears appeals                                                               
and complaints under the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.                                                                    
SENATOR FRENCH  asked her  to explain how  ethics issues  come to                                                               
the Personnel Board.                                                                                                            
MS. SIMPSON  replied that  they percolate  up through  the system                                                               
from what she can tell.                                                                                                         
SENATOR FRENCH  asked her for an  example of the type  of dispute                                                               
the Personnel Board would hear.                                                                                                 
MS. SIMPSON replied that her  actual knowledge of how things work                                                               
is pretty limited, but she has  reviewed board minutes.  She said                                                               
basically, someone  from the Division  of General  Services might                                                               
represent  the  state  and  explain  why it  wants  to  change  a                                                               
classification.  The  board  hears   and  determines  appeals  by                                                               
employees in  the classified  service. She  didn't know  if those                                                               
issues come up very often.                                                                                                      
CHAIR BUNDE asked if the board position pays anything.                                                                          
MS. SIMPSON replied standard per diem.                                                                                          
SENATOR  FRENCH said  her name  came up  in another  hearing when                                                               
Randy Ruedrich was talking about  giving her the responsibilities                                                               
for the  day-to-day operation of  the Republican Party.  He asked                                                               
if she knew  he would be doing that and  whether she thought that                                                               
was right.                                                                                                                      
MS. SIMPSON  said the  Republican Party  of Alaska  State Central                                                               
Committee installed her as vice  chair at its February 8 meeting.                                                               
She explained:                                                                                                                  
     The duties  that previously were the  responsibility of                                                                    
     Chairman Ruedrich, because  of the bi-partisan campaign                                                                    
     finance reform  law -  as of November  6, he  could not                                                                    
     perform those  any more. So, those  were transferred to                                                                    
      the vice chair. So, that's correct. For the next 15                                                                       
     months I will be handling those.                                                                                           
SENATOR FRENCH  asked if  an appeal  came to  her and  there were                                                               
some  questions about  whether she  should be  running the  state                                                               
party on  one hand and  hearing an appeal  on the other,  how she                                                               
would decide which hat to wear.                                                                                                 
MS. SIMPSON  replied that she  would never consider  applying for                                                               
any board if  she didn't think she could be  utterly objective in                                                               
her decision-making.                                                                                                            
SENATOR  DAVIS  asked how  could  she  be  objective if  she  was                                                               
sitting in both capacities.                                                                                                     
MS. SIMPSON  said she didn't  see any conflict knowing  the kinds                                                               
of responsibilities  she has  taken on  in the  Republican Party.                                                               
Those  responsibilities  have  to   do  with  state  grass  roots                                                               
organization  training  of volunteers  and  fund  raising at  the                                                               
local level.                                                                                                                    
1:52 p.m.                                                                                                                       
CAPTAIN DAVID ANDERSON, nominee for the Board of Marine Pilots,                                                                 
said  he is  licensed in  Alaska and  would consider  the matters                                                               
that come before the board in a clear and objective manner.                                                                     
SENATOR GARY STEVENS asked where Region 1 is located.                                                                           
CAPTAIN ANDERSON replied Yakutat to South of Ketchikan.                                                                         
MR.  STEVE  McSWAIN,  nominee  for   the  Board  of  Real  Estate                                                               
Appraisers, said he is honored and pleased to serve.                                                                            
MR.  MICHAEL GORDON,  nominee for  the  Alcohol Beverage  Control                                                               
Board, said he originally came to  Alaska in 1953 and has been in                                                               
the industry  for over 35  years. He has  never had a  single ABC                                                               
violation or  DWI and has already  served on the board  for about                                                               
five years.                                                                                                                     
MS. LAURA  WELLS, nominee  for the  Board of  Public Accountancy,                                                               
said she is  pleased to be considered to serve  on this board and                                                               
would keep the public's interest at heart.                                                                                      
MR. DALE  WALASZEK, nominee for  the Workers  Compensation Board,                                                               
said  he is  honored to  receive the  appointment and  is looking                                                               
forward  to  serving. In  response  to  a question  from  Senator                                                               
Bunde, he  said he is  currently a licensed  physician assistant,                                                               
specializing in occupational  medicine and health. He  has been a                                                               
provider within  the system  since 1999  and currently  works for                                                               
DR.  TIMOTHY   BOWSER,  nominee  for  the   Board  of  Veterinary                                                               
Examiners, said he  is honored to serve in this  capacity. He has                                                               
worked in private practice for the  last 23 years and has been an                                                               
owner  manager for  20 years  in Florida  and for  the past  five                                                               
years in Soldotna.                                                                                                              
CHAIR BUNDE asked if he has a specialty.                                                                                        
DR. BOWSER  replied small animal  medicine and  general practice,                                                               
including sled  dog medicine.  Dermatology and  internal medicine                                                               
are his personal favorites.                                                                                                     
CHAIR  BUNDE said  that good  veterinarians are  always of  great                                                               
SENATOR  FRENCH  asked  him  if  the  board  is  responsible  for                                                               
licensing veterinarians.                                                                                                        
DR. BOWSER  replied yes and  other duties include  discipline and                                                               
SENATOR GARY  STEVENS asked if  a complaint was filed,  the board                                                               
would hear the complaint and make a ruling.                                                                                     
DR. BOWSER replied  he hasn't sat in any meetings  yet, but staff                                                               
members usually  do the research  and the board would  review the                                                               
information, give guidance and make decisions.                                                                                  
MS. KIMBERLY  MILLS, nominee  for the  Board of  Registration for                                                               
Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors,  said she is honored to                                                               
have the opportunity to serve the  citizens of the great state of                                                               
MR. DAN  KENNEDY, nominee  for the  Board of  Public Accountancy,                                                               
said he would do his very best  to uphold the high standards of a                                                               
SENATOR FRENCH asked him what the board does.                                                                                   
MR.  KENNEDY  replied  that  its  mission  is,  "To  protect  the                                                               
public's  interest by  insuring that  only qualified  persons are                                                               
licensed  and   the  appropriate  standards  of   competency  and                                                               
practice are established and enforced."                                                                                         
SENATOR FRENCH asked if he was a member of Big Brothers in 1984.                                                                
MR. KENNEDY  replied that he was  for two years and  was selected                                                               
as Big Brother of the Year in 1985.                                                                                             
SENATOR FRENCH saluted his community involvement.                                                                               
MS.  DIANA  STRAUB,   nominee  for  the  Board   of  Barbers  and                                                               
Hairdressers,  thanked members  for the  opportunity to  serve on                                                               
the board. She  said she has experience in each  of the different                                                               
areas that this board represents.                                                                                               
CHAIR  BUNDE  asked  her to  explain  her  restorative  tattooing                                                               
MS. STRAUB  explained that if  someone comes  to her with  a burn                                                               
scar,  she  would   work  over  that  scar  or   if  someone  had                                                               
chemotherapy and  needed eyebrows, she would  do that. Currently,                                                               
she is  not practicing that in  Alaska due to a  retroactive date                                                               
in legislation. She hoped that could be changed.                                                                                
MR.  SEAN   SIEGEL,  nominee  for   the  Board   of  Chiropractic                                                               
Examiners, said it  is an honored distinction to  be appointed to                                                               
the board and that this would be his second term.                                                                               
SENATOR FRENCH asked him what he is doing for a living now.                                                                     
MR.  SIEGEL  replied  that  he  works for  a  small  ship  cruise                                                               
company, Cruise West.                                                                                                           
SENATOR   FRENCH  asked   what   his  connection   is  with   the                                                               
chiropractic business.                                                                                                          
MR. SIEGEL replied that he is the public member.                                                                                
CHAIR BUNDE  said there were  other folks  who for one  reason or                                                               
another  had been  unable to  attend the  meeting. He  read their                                                               
names:  Robert Arts  and Les  Cronk,  nominees for  the Board  of                                                               
Marine  Pilots;  Robert  Gilfilian,  nominee  for  the  Board  of                                                               
Registered  Architects and  Engineers,  and  Land Surveyors;  Dr.                                                               
James Morrison,  nominee for the  Board of  Veterinarians; Curtis                                                               
Hall  and  Royce  Rock, nominees  for  the  Workers  Compensation                                                               
Hearing no further comments, CHAIR BUNDE announced the committee                                                                
would forward the names of the nominees to a joint session for a                                                                
confirmation vote. He adjourned the meeting at 2:10 p.m.                                                                        

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