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MINUTES OF THE SENATE WORKFORCE SERVICES & COMMUNITY AND
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
ROOM 215, SENATE BUILDING
JANUARY 30, 2012
            
Members Present:    Sen. Stuart C. Reid, Committee Chair
            Sen. Patricia W. Jones
            Sen. Karen W. Morgan
            Sen. Aaron Osmond
            Sen. Jerry Stevenson
            Pres. Michael G. Waddoups

Member Absent:    Sen. Ralph Okerlund     
Staff Present:    Mr. Ben Christensen, Policy Analyst
            Ms. Karen Allred, Committee Secretary

A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Chair Reid called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m.
        
Approval of Minutes    

MOTION: Sen. Osmond moved to approve the minutes of the January 26, 2012 meeting. The             motion passed unanimously with Sen. Morgan absent for the vote.

H.B. 22    Centralized New Hire Registry Act Amendments (Rep. J. Peterson)

Rep. Peterson introduced and explained the bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Bill Starks, Director, Unemployment Insurance Division, Utah                 Department of Workforce Services

MOTION:    
Sen. Osmond moved to send H.B. 22 out with a favorable recommendation.
            
The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Morgan absent for the vote.

H.B. 249 1st Sub: Single Family Zoning Designation (D. Sanpei)

Rep. Sanpei introduced and explained the bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Jodi Hoffman, Lobyist, Utah League of Cities and Towns
                Mike Ostermiller, Lobyist, Utah Association of Realtors

MOTION:    
Sen. Jones moved to sent H.B. 249 out with a favorable recommendation. The             motion passed unanimously.




S.B. 130    Workers' Compensation Coordination of Benefits Amendments (Sen. K. Mayne)

Sen. Mayne introduced and explained the bill. Richard Burke, Attorney, Utah Association for Justice further explained the bill and answered questions from the committee.

MOTION:     Sen. Osmund moved to amend S.B. 130 as follows:

1.    Page 2, Lines 51 through 53 :    

             51          (a) the employee has
{   filed   }        reported       a workers' compensation claim; and

             52          (b) (i) the particular workers' compensation claim has not been paid within
{   120   }        46       days

             53      after the employee
{   filed   }        reported       the claim with the employer's workers' compensation carrier; or


President Waddoups suggested modifications to the ammendment as follows:

1.    Page 2, Lines 51 through 53 :    

             51          (a) the employee has
{   filed   }        reported       a workers' compensation claim        to the employer       ; and

             52          (b) (i) the particular workers' compensation claim has not been paid within
{   120   }        46       days

             53      after the employee
{   filed   }        reported       the claim      {   with the employer's workers' compensation carrier   }        to the employer       ; or


Sen. Osmond accepted the modifications to his motion to amend.

The motion passed unanimously.

Spoke for the bill:    Brent Black, injured worker; Casey Hill, Utah Medical Association

Spoke against the bill:    Kelly Atkinson, Executive Director, Utah Health Insurance                 Association: Vaughn Holbrook, Lobbyist , Regence Blue Cross ;                 Dennis Lloyd, Senior Vice President, Workers Compensation Fund

Spoke to the bill:    Alan Hennebold, Department of Commerce, Legislative Counsel,                 Utah Labor Commission

Sen. Reid relinquished the committee chair to Sen. Osmond.                 


MOTION:    Sen. Stevenson moved to hold S.B. 130.


The motion passed unanimously with President Waddoups and Chair Reid absent for the vote.

Sen. Mayne requested further study and reporting as part of an interim study.

M OTION:     Sen. Jones moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with President Waddoups and Chair Reid absent for the vote.     Sen. Osmond adjourned the meeting at 3:25 p.m.

    


                    
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Sen. Stuart Reid, Committee Chair