Legislature(2001 - 2002)

01/31/2002 03:30 PM STA

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         SB 235-EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE COMPACT                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
JOE BALASH, staff to the Senate State Affairs Committee,                                                                        
explained the work draft (C version) incorporates the technical                                                                 
amendments requested  at the previous  meeting. The  first appears                                                              
on page  2 and  the second  occurs on  page 10.  The final  change                                                              
comes in response  to a question raised concerning  the activities                                                              
a  volunteer  would  be  engaged   in  and  whether  or  not  that                                                              
individual  would be covered  by the  state's worker  compensation                                                              
program in the event of injury or  death. Wording on page 2, lines                                                              
13  and 14  clarifies that  the volunteer  is providing  emergency                                                              
services that  were requested  by the  Department of Military  and                                                              
Veteran's Affairs for that emergency.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN   THERRIAULT  reminded   members   the  question   raised                                                              
previously concerned freelance services  versus services that were                                                              
formally  requested for  a  specific emergency.  This  establishes                                                              
that  such freelance  services  will not  be  covered under  state                                                              
worker compensation.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PHILLIPS asked  if the  changes would  impact the  fiscal                                                              
note.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. BALASH said they would not.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT  added the final change should  prevent fiscal                                                              
impact.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
He asked  for a motion to  accept the C  version of SB 235  as the                                                              
working document.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS moved the C version as the working document.                                                                   
There was no objection.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIRMAN THERRIAULT asked if there  were any further amendments to                                                              
come before the committee. There  were none. He asked for the will                                                              
of the committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  PHILLIPS moved  CSSB 235(STA)  and  attached fiscal  note                                                              
from committee with individual recommendations.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
There being no objection, CSSB 235(STA) moved from committee.                                                                   

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