State Director Denny DeWitt Reports
Last week, NFIB’s Northern Regional Vice President Mike Miller testified against Senate Bill 64, which would raise the felony theft threshold from $500 to $1,000.
Reporting on his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Associated Press wrote, “Mike Miller, with the Alaska chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, told the committee his membership is concerned about the raising the amount of damages to $1,000 in order for a crime to be considered a Class C felony. ‘$500 is a lot of money to us,’ he said. ‘Our membership is not comfortable about doubling it.’ ”
SB 64 is scheduled for another hearing February 10. NFIB/Alaska State Director Denny DeWitt praised Miller for getting the committee to consider amendments accommodating to small business.
House Bill 141, an NFIB-supported measure that would keep out-of-state workers’ compensation insurance providers from billing above their customary rates, workers compensation, passed out of House Labor & Commerce Committee and is on its way to the House Floor.
NFIB talked with Rep. Mia Costello and Finance Committee Co-chairman Rep. Bill Stoltze about House Bill 32, the NFIB-supported bill to limit state businesses licenses to one per business rather than one for every line of business. They are working to get it heard in House Finance in the next week or two. The committee has been getting budget overviews, as is the custom the first three weeks of session.
NFIB is closely monitoring efforts to have legislation introduced that would eliminate smoking in the workplace. Many businesses have gone smokeless voluntarily. That is how this issue should be dealt with. NFIB will fight any state infringement in those management decisions.
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