Other legislation continues apace
State Director Denny DeWitt reports from Juneau on the small-business agenda for the legislative week ending March 23
This week in the House was consumed by debate on the operating budget. Thus far they have considered more than 80 amendments with the possibility of more to come. The Senate has scheduled the budget in its Finance Committee for next week with public testimony starting March 27.
- Senate Bill 119, Sen. Shelley Hughes’ health-care savings bill was up for public testimony March 19 and held for a further hearing and possible committee action.
- House Bill 193, by Rep. Jason Grenn, is scheduled for further hearings in the House Health and Social Services Committee, March 27. The bill still limits the ability to control payments to out-of-network providers. NFIB is generally opposed to the bill because it will result in cost increases and limits the ability to design insurance products.
- NFIB expects to see added activity in the worker’s compensation arena as House Bill 303, dealing with rehabilitation processes and payments, is scheduled for hearing in the House Finance Committee, March 27. The major workers’ compensation reform bill, Senate Bill 112, is getting significant discussion in the Capitol and should be scheduled for additional hearings in the near future.
- House Bill 142, the unemployment insurance benefit and tax increases, is in the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee. NFIB is continuing its work in the Senate opposing this legislation.
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