SCR 29: Objecting to the Department of Administration's settlement with certain employees of the Alaska marine highway system.
00SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 29 01 Objecting to the Department of Administration's settlement with certain employees 02 of the Alaska marine highway system. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS the labor relations section in the Department of Administration determined 05 after investigation that several employees of the Alaska marine highway system had 06 intentionally defrauded the state of approximately $800,000 between 1990 and 1994 by 07 claiming to be state residents for purposes of receiving the cost-of-living differential that is 08 available only to state residents; and 09 WHEREAS these acts of deception are punishable under state law as criminal fraud; 10 and 11 WHEREAS the Department of Administration, labor relations section, and the Marine 12 Engineers Benevolent Association, which represents these employees, have entered into a 13 settlement agreement requiring the employees to reimburse the state for less than 15 cents on 14 the dollar for the extra compensation they claimed and received; and
01 WHEREAS the settlement terms provide that no offending employee will be 02 prosecuted for these offenses and that the offending employees may continue to work for the 03 marine highway system without suspension, so long as they do not reoffend; and 04 WHEREAS the Department of Administration did not consult with or inform the state 05 legislature or the general public before it entered into negotiations with the bargaining 06 organization or agreed to these settlement terms; and 07 WHEREAS the settlement appears excessively lenient given the intentional fraud 08 alleged against the employees; 09 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature declares that the settlement 10 reached between the Department of Administration and the Marine Engineers Benevolent 11 Association on behalf of certain employees of the Alaska marine highway system is wholly 12 unacceptable to the people of the state; and be it 13 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports all efforts to 14 dissolve or void the settlement; and be it 15 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature requests that the Attorney 16 General appoint a special investigator to conduct an investigation into the actions and 17 decisions of the Department of Administration and report to the President of the Senate and 18 the Speaker of the House of Representatives no later than April 15, 1996, concerning the 19 results of that investigation.