Legislature Not Yet Budging on $1,200 Felony Threshold

Date: March 31, 2014

Senate Bill 64, the crime bill, still has a felony threshold set at $1,200. NFIB/Alaska’s Leadership Council Chairman Al Tamagni testified against that increase March 26 and NFIB member Chris Nettles testified in opposition to it on March 28. 
We are asking the House Judiciary Committee to reduce it to a $750 level, which is a 50 percent increase over the current $500 level. We will continue the fight SB 64 in the House Judiciary Committee. The bill is scheduled for more hearings this week.
Minimum Wage
At the request of NFIB/Alaska, Michael Saltsman, research director for the Employment Policies Institute, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the November ballot initiative seeking to increase the state’s minimum-wage rate. A version of his testimony can be read here.
Business Licensing
House Bill 32 will be heard in the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee on April 3. Leadership Council member PeggyAnn McConnochie will testify for NFIB. This bill reduces the number of business licenses required of a business to one for the business rather than one for each line of business.
Regulations
House Bill 140, requiring regulators to determine the cost of proposed regulations to the private sector, passed the Finance Committee. We expect it to be on the House Floor this week. We have delivered a key-vote note to all members of the House.
House Bill 316, restructuring the workers compensation medical fee schedule, passes the House Labor & Commerce Committee and is on its way to the House Floor.
Workers’ Compensation
House Bill 141, limiting the charges of out of state workers’ compensation providers, will be heard in Senate Labor & Commerce Committee.
Balanced Federal Budget
House Bill 242, the interstate compact on a balanced federal budget, is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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