Legislature(2009 - 2010)
2010-07-09 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2010-07-09 House Journal Page 2639 HB 50 The following letter dated July 7, 2010, was received: "Dear Speaker Chenault: Under the authority vested in me by Art. II, Sec. 17, of the Alaska Constitution, I am allowing the following bill to become law without my signature: CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 50(FIN) "An Act relating to limitations on mandatory overtime for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in health care facilities; and providing for an effective date." 2010-07-09 House Journal Page 2640 Chapter No. 118, SLA 2010 [Effective Date: See Chapter] This bill sets limitations on mandatory overtime for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in certain health care facilities. We know the important services that these professionals provide in delivering quality patient care. Overtime limits such as those addressed in this legislation typically get resolved through the collective bargaining process. I support Alaskans' freedom to contract, whether through collective bargaining or other means. In most circumstances I would not support limitations on that freedom. Testimony taken during legislative hearings indicated that the safety of Alaskans is at greater risk without the legislation. For example, I understand that a few health care facilities impose mandatory overtime on their nursing professionals potentially leaving patients at greater risk. In the interest of public safety, similar restrictions currently exist in areas such as mining, truck driving, and for flight crews. I am allowing this bill to become law without my signature for the reasons cited above, and because I want to signal that carve-outs or exceptions to the collective bargaining process receive close scrutiny. In my view, most issues should be left to parties to freely negotiate. The Legislature should continue to monitor the bill's implementation to assure it has the desired outcomes in improving health care quality for Alaskans, and to revisit the matter if unintended consequences arise or the desired outcome does not materialize. Sincerely, /s/ Sean Parnell Governor"