Legislature(1993 - 1994)

04/03/1993 08:00 AM STA

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  HB 46:  STATE-PAID TRAVEL MILEAGE CREDITS                                    
                                                                               
  Number 205                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY introduced a new CSHB 46, and asked its                       
  acceptance for purposes of discussion.                                       
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG MOVED ADOPTION of CSHB 46 (STA).                       
  There was no objection, and CSHB 46 (STA) WAS ADOPTED.                       
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY explained the changes in CSHB 46 (STA), which                 
  included the deletion of jail terms for those who violate                    
  the law; the recognition that federal law codifies the                       
  airlines frequent flier programs as property of the                          
  airlines; and the deletion of section two and its subsequent                 
  replacement with a section that says state employees are no                  
  longer allowed to accept frequent flier mileage.                             
                                                                               
  Number 244                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS noted the last time HB 46 was                        
  discussed, a union official claimed the mileage program was                  
  included in a formal labor agreement, and asked for                          
  verification that was true.                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 254                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY noted the papers provided the committee were                  
  unsigned, and subsequent discussions with the Department of                  
  Administration led to the realization no such agreement                      
  occurred.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Number 262                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS was concerned about the unsigned                     
  document and wondered if other members were concerned about                  
  the veracity of the union official's testimony.                              
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY stated there was no evidence the agreement                    
  was ever made.                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 277                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER wanted the point clarified for the                      
  record, and wanted to know from the Department of                            
  Administration's Commissioner, Nancy Usera, if such an                       
  agreement ever existed, rather than depend on a single phone                 
  call.  It seemed to her CSHB 46 (STA) simply ruled employees                 
  could not claim credit for mileage, with no provision for                    
  the state getting that credit, which seemed to contradict                    
  the original intent of HB 46.                                                
                                                                               
  Number 312                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY stated the committee staff requested any                      
  documentation that might prove the existence of frequent                     
  flier mileage being included in labor agreements with the                    
  state, and none was produced by the Department of                            
  Administration.  He went on to state CSHB 46 (STA) simply                    
  paved the way for state agencies to collect frequent flier                   
  mileage because of the incentive provided the airlines.                      
                                                                               
  Number 340                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG stated that since Juneau is down to                    
  one major airline serving the city, and if employees not                     
  getting the mileage would help that one airline                              
  economically, he would opt for helping the airline.                          
                                                                               
  Number 356                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER understood Representative Olberg's                      
  point, but says with the prices Alaska Airlines charges in                   
  Southeast Alaska, she feels the community has done enough                    
  economically for the airline.                                                
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS shared Representative Ulmer's                        
  concerns, and stated CSHB 46 (STA) needed a statement of                     
  intent that the state should eventually collect the frequent                 
  flier mileage.                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 393                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG stated it was appropriate to include a                 
  statement saying CSHB 46 (STA) was the first step for the                    
  state collecting the mileage.                                                
                                                                               
  Number 400                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY felt it would be a simple matter for the                      
  Department of Administration to find a way to collect the                    
  mileage, and was not opposed to an amendment for intent                      
  language.                                                                    
                                                                               
  Number 416                                                                   
                                                                               
  REPRESENTATIVE G. DAVIS replied he would get another chance                  
  at CSHB 46 (STA) in the House Transportation Committee, and                  
  would address his concerns there.  He then MOVED PASSAGE of                  
  CSHB 46 (STA).                                                               
                                                                               
  Number 423                                                                   
                                                                               
  VICE CHAIR KOTT hoped the House Transportation Committee                     
  would also look at ways to claim travel mileage from both                    
  hotel and car rentals during its deliberations.                              
                                                                               
  Number 448                                                                   
                                                                               
  The House State Affairs Committee Substitute to HB 46 was                    
  PASSED from committee by a 5-1 vote, with Representative                     
  Ulmer voting NO.                                                             
                                                                               
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
  Number 460                                                                   
                                                                               
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY adjourned the committee at 10:05 a.m.                         

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