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House | May 15, 2013 | Committee Room | Commerce

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Like to welcome everybody to the full House Committee on Commerce and Job Development. Our illustrious Chair is representing one of two bills in another Committee so he has called in the second string to be my Honored Chair today’s Committee. I’d like to recognize our pages, we have Anna Huffman. If you could just stand up when I call your name. Sponsored by Representative Riddell we have Robert Jenkins, sponsored by Representative or Speaker Tillis, Curtis Johnson, sponsored by Representative Steinburg, Ed Jacob Helms sponsored by Representative Brody. Our Sergeant-at-Arms that have helped set up the room today are Patrick Mason, Joe Crook, and Martha Gaddison and Bill Bass as always, we can’t do it without you so we appreciate your hard work. Our first bill on the agenda today would be House Bill 112. And as I’m looking for the bill sponsor, the Committee will be at ease. Thank you Representative Lewis, members of the Committee, Representative Lewis will stand for this bill as staff explains this great bill to us so at this point I’d like tor recognize staff. Mr. Roney will explain the bill. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I think I’m just going to read the first line of the summary. Basically substitute for House Bill 112 would require the state controller and the government business intelligence competency center to collect and analyze data related to workers comp, claims, what this bill does is there was, in the budget act that was session law that would ?? statue and session law that created this business center that would collect a lot of data that’s’ in different silos and that’s the term the technical people use throughout the state and this intelligence center would use a data mining tye program, business intelligence software to look for patterns I this data. The purpose fo 112 is to expand the existing efforts of this business intelligence center to also focus on workers comp fraud. And what this does is amend into the budget act to create the authority for the business intelligence center to collect data fromv various agencies that would give them information about workers comp fraud. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Mr. Roney. Representative Millis moves that the ?? Committee Substitute for House Bill 112 be before us. All in favor say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed. Motion passes. Does that conclude your explanation? Very good. Members, this came to us as recommended by the Joint Legislative Committee on Workers Compensation instruments, coverage, compliance, and fraud prevention and detection. At this oitn I would entertain any questions from the Committee. Representative Carney? [SPEAKER CHANGES] This is a study, correct? We just heard that and directing to expand what they’re doing now just to add this piece into the study ??. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Mr. Roney? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Its not a study, it actually expands the existing systems to include this effort to find workers comp fraud. So the backbone is already there and this is adding another initiative. But ti’snot a study. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The result of a study, an ongoing study. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Well at the appropriate time, Mr. Chairman. [SPEAKER CHANGES] If you’ll hold that motion. Any additional questions fo members of the Committee? Representative Lambeth? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I think this is a good bill, I did wonder why do we have to have a bill to do this, it seems like it ought to be a part of what we’re doing anyway, looking for fraud. Is It because it’s a unique program that we’re going after or what? [SPEAKER CHANGES] M. Roney. [SPEAKER CHANGES] I think the main need for the bill is because the data is in a lot of different places and.

So does the old incorporates publications long battle holders for by the data into this column collecting body as business intelligence center and so the abyss was gone for the other missions of seven or but this is being added to do so without this, they will be some effort unsure to walk a worker's comp fraud that this is bringing in battle from other sources that they would not normally be available and is also putting the auction into this existing of business intelligence center that's supposed to have sole foreign expertise on to do this better than on the existing agency without any additional questions from the committee or somebody having closing comments regarding the bill (SPEAKER CHANGES) not a person, but as chairman of the hardest question for staff that is their chance of this effort would be more of business cost for their workers' compensation insurance I can insert set up in the U.S. and long-term use this is for a series of bills that came out of the area of study committee that was working groups put together by a 2 to 4 offers now generates are you see and senator brown and some with all the players will hold together a member of the expense of meetings beginning consensus on the bills and we've had some adjustments and eight women and one which the Westport should reflect on along with two singles 51 or two of the condition which like process or camera to match the long-term years ejected as to the initial questions from members and committed same numbers and Claudia recognize for motion paging Mr. Chairman, (SPEAKER CHANGES) MM if our favorable report from the past 25 am capable to division of the house to one the motion been properly before the committee off ever say on all those motion passes Lakers and ala Allah just for being late? Reshape the committee appreciate the return of Lewiston pitcher is very beneficial that slope is somehow still a 48 as a study bill regarding children's health and toxic chemicals for, Brody makes a motion that the PCs to form a committee on fireside all those motion passes for some it may be recognized and will make Europe and former chairman of the racial barrier would have on the banned the use of a certain set of chemicals known collectively known as trails are flying returns some things such thinking of a range of children's products on what to the PCs and before you is simply a study bill now on public aid them a nearly had heard of those dates are frozen out of the state's and actually move to do what we're doing in the original bill on all money Malik unwary sponsors during his dues are performed on people actually back there when we approached with bill and went back and read a lot of the ledger here and came back going we go again with this in our baby bottles and another things on what we wanted to go is used to turn my ability to install a bill on the end of nothing more on and(SPEAKER CHANGES) I do miss chairman have an amendment to 744 perspective starting to recognize and forth are members of the state has absolute numbers, one of the amendment, this chairman, we removed from the department of division in normal cells in the last session ID your art in the HHS N, one of the finer responsibility working with whatever legislators might be on the study committee needs to be with the HHS and not with the year and sold it to request of the year called a issue and we just are flipped their roles in just to get the right vision working with the study committee is the purpose of human aggression that are any questions from members of the committee on the amendment itself soon on the motion from a member of the committee person on the recognized for motion to two speaking microphone ?? ……

Thank you. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All right. Motion to favorable on amendment 848. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion is to adopt the amendment to House bill 848. All in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed? Motion is adopted. Next up, we're back on the bill. Representative McGrady are you finished with your presentation? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I am, unless there are questions, sir. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Fisher? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister Chairman. I know that we'll have plenty of materials to use in this study. I applaud the Representative for bringing this bill forward, and I would like to make a motion at the appropriate time. [SPEAKER CHANGES] If you'll hold that motion, Representative Starnes. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you, Representative McGrady. The study's fine. Is there any wisdom in creating a separate study commission as opposing to have this looked at by the child fatality task force which is already in place? [SPEAKER CHANGES] I believe that the child fatality task force looked it and recommended the legislation. But, in a bipartisan fashion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Follow up. [SPEAKER CHANGES] They recommended the legislation or an additional study? [SPEAKER CHANGES] They recommended the legislation is my understanding. [SPEAKER CHANGES] So this is going back to the study then. [SPEAKER CHANGES] This is going to a different group, trying to create perhaps more consensus on it, but you're right in your observation, completely. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Any additional questions from members of the committee? Representative Lucas. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister Chair. My concern is if there are other states having the same problem and it seems like the federal government is looking at this too, are we looking at this at the center of disease control down in Atlanta, and if so, will our study be commensurate to what they're doing, and then are the federal regulators on food and drug, are they looking at this? Since it seems to be a national problem, and if they are, why are we allowing these chemicals to be in our baby food? [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative McGrady. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The federal toxics laws are, really gotten scrambled, and the federal government is way behind in doing, in my opinion, the range of things that it ought to do. This issue probably ought to be dealt with nationally, but because the federal government is not taking action, the states are beginning to take action. And that's what's occurring, and as a practical matter, Representative Lucas, if you think about it, let's, let's talk about baby bottles. If fifteen or twenty of the states ultimately ban Tris from baby bottles, the fact is that Tris is not gonna be in the baby bottles because manufacturers of baby bottles are not gonna want to have one set of bottles for one set of states, and another set of bottles for another set of states. Though this is, interestingly, this is one of these issues where the states are taking action and asserting their right to protect their citizens in the absence of federal, and so the study I would add is, I don't anticipate this group is actually gonna go out and do all these studies. There's plenty of studies out there, and my hope is that they will bring back all that information and report back to the general assembly again, with a recommendation for a specific legislation. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Representative Fisher, you are recognized for a motion. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Thank you mister Chairman. I move that we roll the amendment into a new PCS for House bill 848 and that House bill 848 be given a favorable report. [SPEAKER CHANGES] The motion being properly before of the committee, all in favor will say aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] Aye. [SPEAKER CHANGES] All opposed? The motion passes. Thank you Representative McGrady. With no other business before the committee, we are adjourned.