REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW JOSEPHSON

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House Bill 30: The Abigail Caudle Act

In 2011, a 26 year-old electrical worker, Abigail Caudle, lost her life to employer- workplace negligence. Hers was a wrongful death warranting compensation. Under current Alaska statute, when a worker without children, a spouse, or dependents dies due to a work-related injury, their family only receives reimbursement for the cost of the funeral, and under worker’s compensation law, are unable to sue for wrongful death.

House Bill 30 (HB 30) rectifies this issue and others in the state’s current system and brings Alaska’s compensation levels for injury, illness or death of workers into the present.

HB 30 specifies that when an employee dies without having a spouse or minor children, parents of the deceased can elect to either take legal action against the employer or receive a death benefit compensation of $120,000. If there are no surviving parents, this benefit is payable to the estate of the deceased. Unmarried, childless workers are the only class of worker that does not receive some form of death benefit compensation. HB 30 allows parents of the deceased appropriate compensation and helps alleviate the burden of any debt of the deceased. It is time for Alaska to join the 13 other states offering compensation to families of workers who die from a work-related injury or illness but have no eligible dependents.

HB 30 addresses the problem of inadequate financial support for older children after their single parent dies on the job. Currently, financial support is cut off when children turn 18. The bill provides for support payments to extend for five years after a child reaches legal adulthood.

HB 30 encourages equitable compensation for workers suffering from permanent injuries or illnesses by adjusting the base Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) values for inflation and provides for an annual adjustment based on the Anchorage Consumer Price Index. The Permanent Partial Impairment index has not been adjusted in 18 years.

HB 30 conservatively increases the aggregate wage benefits for financially dependent parents, grandchildren, brothers and sisters of the deceased from a limit of $20,000 to a limit of $150,000. This amount hasn’t been adjusted for inflation in a staggering 53 years.

The current values for these benefits are egregious and warrant serious change. I invite you to discuss this issue with me further and urge you to support this legislation.


 
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REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW JOSEPHSON

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority Coalition

"An Act relating to exemptions from mortgage loan originator licensing requirements; and providing for an effective date"

From the office of Representative Wilson


"An Act Relating to Claims Against Protection and Indemnity Insurance Policies of Vessel Owners"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"An Act relating to residency requirements for public school enrollment for certain children of active duty military members"

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the transfer of the title to a vehicle, including certain manufactured homes and trailers, on the death of the owner; allowing a person to act for the surviving spouse of a decedent to make a demand of the personal representative of the decedent’s estate related to enforcing a liability against real property or an interest in real property transferred at death by a transfer on death deed; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


"An Act relating to a workforce enhancement program for health care professionals employed in the state; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 117 – Municipal regulation of trapping

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act Relating to Protective Orders"

From the office of Representative Kopp


Strategically strengthening our laws will reduce Alaska’s sky-high crime rate. This bill will improve public safety by stiffening criminal procedures.

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system; relating to protection of the social and historical significance of the Unangax cemetery located in Funter Bay and providing for the amendment of the management plan for the Funter Bay marine park unit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Hannan


“An Act relating to sentencing for vehicle theft in the first degree.”

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act relating to the Alaska Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and relating to the sale of milk, milk products, raw milk, and raw milk products."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act requiring law enforcement agencies to send sexual assault examination kits for testing within six months after collection; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act relating to insurance coverage for contraceptives and related services; and relating to medical assistance coverage for contraceptives and related services."

From the office of Representative Claman


Confining Vehicle Loads

From the office of Representative Tuck


“Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act”

From the office of Representative Tarr


“An Act relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


House Bill 30: The Abigail Caudle Act

From the office of Representative Josephson


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries

From the office of Representative Ortiz


House Bill 44, "Automated Teller Machines: Fees"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"Establishing May 15th as Hmong American Veterans Day"

From the office of Representative Tarr


"Military Work Experience"

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act establishing the month of February as Black History Month."

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act relating to the liability of an excavator for damaging an underground facility"

From the office of Representative Claman


House Bill 81: An Act prohibiting disposable shopping bags; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 82: Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for HB 86

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act extending the liquefied natural gas storage facility tax credit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Thompson


From the office of Representative Johnston


From the office of Representative Johnston


"An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for certain nonresident professionals; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 96

From the office of Representative Fields


From the office of Representative Edgmon


Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the duration of regular sessions of the Legislature

From the office of Representative Claman


Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund; POMV; Dividend

From the office of Representative Tuck


“Urging the United States Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 without an exemption for tribal governments in the state and to support Savanna’s Act and highlight the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

From the office of Representative Zulkosky