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05/18/2022 11:30 PM Senate CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON SB131

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11:35:29 PM Start
11:36:13 PM SB131
11:40:13 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
= SB 131 WORKERS' COMP DISABILITY FOR FIREFIGHTERS
Moved CCS SB 131 Out of Committee
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                 CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON SB 131                                                                               
                          May 18, 2022                                                                                          
                           1:35 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Roger Holland, Chair                                                                                                    
Representative Andy Josephson, Vice Chair                                                                                       
Senator Robert Myers                                                                                                            
Senator Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                          
Representative Adam Wool                                                                                                        
Representative Ben Carpenter                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
All members present                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 131(title am)                                                                                                   
"An Act relating to the presumption of compensability for a                                                                     
disability resulting from certain cancers in firefighters."                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 131(FIN)                                                                                           
"An  Act relating  to  the presumption  of  compensability for  a                                                               
disability  resulting  from   certain  cancers  in  firefighters;                                                               
relating to the payment of  workers' compensation benefits in the                                                               
case of permanent partial impairment;  relating to the payment of                                                               
workers'  compensation  death  benefits;  and  providing  for  an                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     - MOVED CCS SB 131 OUT OF COMMITTEE                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL: SB 131                                                                                                                  
SHORT TITLE: WORKERS' COMPENSATION                                                                                              
SPONSOR(s): SENATOR(s) HOLLAND                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
04/28/21       (S)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
04/28/21       (S)       CRA, L&C                                                                                               
05/06/21       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
05/06/21       (S)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
05/06/21       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
05/11/21       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
05/11/21       (S)       -- Invited & Public Testimony --                                                                       
05/13/21       (S)       CRA AT 3:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
05/13/21       (S)       Moved SB 131 Out of Committee                                                                          
05/13/21       (S)       MINUTE(CRA)                                                                                            
05/14/21       (S)       CRA RPT 2DP 2NR                                                                                        
05/14/21       (S)       DP: HUGHES, GRAY-JACKSON                                                                               
05/14/21       (S)       NR: MYERS, WILSON                                                                                      
05/14/21       (S)       L&C AT 1:30 PM BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)                                                                      
05/14/21       (S)       Moved SB 131 Out of Committee                                                                          
05/14/21       (S)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
05/17/21       (S)       L&C RPT 4DP                                                                                            
05/17/21       (S)       DP: COSTELLO, MICCICHE, GRAY-JACKSON,                                                                  
                         STEVENS                                                                                                
05/18/21       (S)       TRANSMITTED TO (H)                                                                                     
05/18/21       (S)       VERSION: SB 131(TITLE AM)                                                                              
05/19/21       (H)       READ THE FIRST TIME - REFERRALS                                                                        
05/19/21       (H)       L&C                                                                                                    
02/02/22       (H)       L&C AT 5:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
02/02/22       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
02/02/22       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/13/22       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
04/13/22       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
04/13/22       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/20/22       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
04/20/22       (H)       Moved HCS SB 131(L&C) Out of Committee                                                                 
04/20/22       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/25/22       (H)       L&C AT 3:15 PM BARNES 124                                                                              
04/25/22       (H)       Moved HCS SB 131(l&C) Out of Committee                                                                 
04/25/22       (H)       MINUTE(L&C)                                                                                            
04/26/22       (H)       L&C RPT HCS(L&C) 6DP                                                                                   
04/26/22       (H)       DP: SCHRAGE, MCCARTY, SNYDER, NELSON,                                                                  
                         FIELDS, SPOHNHOLZ                                                                                      
04/26/22       (H)       FIN REFERRAL ADDED AFTER L&C                                                                           
05/05/22       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM ADAMS 519                                                                               
05/05/22       (H)       Heard & Held                                                                                           
05/05/22       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
05/13/22       (H)       FIN AT 1:30 PM ADAMS 519                                                                               
05/13/22       (H)       Moved HCS SB 131(FIN) Out of Committee                                                                 
05/13/22       (H)       MINUTE(FIN)                                                                                            
05/16/22       (H)       FIN RPT HCS(FIN) NEW TITLE 5DP 5NR                                                                     
05/16/22       (H)       DP:    ORTIZ,    THOMPSON,    JOSEPHSON,                                                               
                         RASMUSSEN, FOSTER                                                                                      
05/16/22       (H)       NR: LEBON, CARPENTER, JOHNSON, WOOL,                                                                   
                         MERRICK                                                                                                
05/17/22       (H)       FIN HCS ADOPTED Y27 N11 E1 A1                                                                          
05/18/22       (H)       SB131 AT 11:30 PM BUTROVICH 205                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
No witnesses                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:35:29 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR ROGER  HOLLAND called  the Conference  Committee on  SB 131                                                             
meeting to order at 11:35 p.m.  Present at the call to order were                                                               
Representatives  Josephson,  Wool,  and Carpenter;  and  Senators                                                               
Kawasaki, Meyers, and Chair Holland.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
        SB 131-WORKERS' COMP DISABILITY FOR FIREFIGHTERS                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
11:36:13 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR HOLLAND  the announced conference committee  on SENATE BILL                                                               
NO.  131(title  am)  "An  Act  relating  to  the  presumption  of                                                               
compensability for  a disability  resulting from  certain cancers                                                               
in firefighters."                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
and                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE CS  FOR SENATE BILL  NO. 131(FIN)  "An Act relating  to the                                                               
presumption  of compensability  for a  disability resulting  from                                                               
certain  cancers  in firefighters;  relating  to  the payment  of                                                               
workers' compensation  benefits in the case  of permanent partial                                                               
impairment;  relating to  the  payment  of workers'  compensation                                                               
death benefits; and providing for an effective date."                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  HOLLAND  stated  that  the director  of  the  Division  of                                                               
Insurance contacted  him about the presumption  of compensability                                                               
provisions, and  he believes this  committee will produce  a good                                                               
outcome. He solicited a motion from Vice Chair Josephson.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
11:36:33 PM                                                                                                                   
VICE CHAIR JOSEPHSON  moved to amend the  House Finance Committee                                                               
Substitute for SB 131, work draft 32-LS0598\W, as follows:                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     On page 1, remove line 15, leaving the term "malignant                                                                     
      melanoma" in statute as written and not replacing it                                                                      
     with the term "skin cancer".                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     On page 2,  remove lines 9-14 of  the previous version.                                                                    
     It  has  the  effect  of removing  text  "(x)  cervical                                                                    
     cancer;  (xi)  testicular cancer;  (xii)  mesothelioma;                                                                    
       (xiii) multiple myeloma; (xiv) colon cancer; (xv)                                                                        
     thyroid cancer; and (xvi) ovarian cancer;"                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
11:37:22 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR HOLLAND objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
11:37:32 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR  HOLLAND found  no questions  or comments  and removed  his                                                               
objection.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Finding no further objection, Chair  Holland announced the motion                                                               
passed.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:37:37 PM                                                                                                                   
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:37:56 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR HOLLAND  reconvened the meeting  and solicited will  of the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:38:02 PM                                                                                                                   
VICE CHAIR JOSEPHSON moved to adopt  and refer to both bodies for                                                               
consideration  the Conference  Committee Substitute  for SB  131,                                                               
work  order 32-LS0598\O,  and attached  fiscal  notes. He  stated                                                               
that Legislative Legal Services  is authorized to make conforming                                                               
changes as appropriate.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:38:27 PM                                                                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  CARPENTER objected  to state  that other  changes                                                               
were made that were not included in the motion.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
11:38:50 PM                                                                                                                   
At ease                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:39:05 PM                                                                                                                   
CHAIR HOLLAND  reconvened the meeting  and asked for a  roll call                                                               
vote.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:39:14 PM                                                                                                                   
A roll  call vote was  taken. Representatives Josephson  and Wool                                                               
voted in favor  of the motion and  Representative Carpenter voted                                                               
against  it; and  Senators Meyers,  Kawasaki,  and Chair  Holland                                                               
voted in favor  of the motion. Therefore, CCS SB  131 was adopted                                                               
by a 2:1 vote by House members and a 3:0 vote by Senate members.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HOLLAND announced that with 5 yeas and 1 nay the motion                                                                   
passed and CCS SB 131, work order 32-LS0598\O, was reported from                                                                
committee [and forwarded to both bodies for consideration].                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
11:40:13 PM                                                                                                                   
There being no further business to come before the committee,                                                                   
Chair Holland adjourned the Conference Committee on SB 131                                                                      
meeting at 11:40 p.m.                                                                                                           

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