Legislature(1999 - 2000)

04/06/2000 03:36 PM STA

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         SB 237-ALASKA NATL GUARD/NAVAL & STATE MILITIA                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS. CAROL CARROLL, Director of Administrative Services Division for                                                             
the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs, stated SB 237 will                                                               
streamline some functions within the Department of Military &                                                                   
Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and call on Alaska Defense Forces (ADF) to                                                              
respond to a disaster or search and rescue.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SB 237 deals with the federal side of DMVA and calling on ADF; it                                                               
takes the method of calculation for pay for ADF during active duty,                                                             
replaces the allowance, and multiplies the active pay by 200                                                                    
percent.  SB 237 will eliminate over 345 steps taken to calculate                                                               
active duty pay for each individual.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
VICE CHAIR GREEN stated it is just a different calculation method.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MS. CARROLL agreed.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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COLONEL CRAIG CHRISTENSEN, Alaska National Guard, stated the Alaska                                                             
National Guard talked with many other states on how active duty pay                                                             
was calculated, and how other states have adopted a simplified                                                                  
method of payment of by taking a basic pay amount and multiplying                                                               
it by a specific percentage.  Colonel Christensen stated support                                                                
for SB 237.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS asked how many people would be effected by SB 237.                                                             
                                                                                                                                
COLONEL CHRISTENSEN stated approximately 2000 Air National Guard                                                                
members, approximately 2000 Army National Guard members, and                                                                    
approximately 50 Naval Militia.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. RICK TURCIK, Administrative Officer for Department of Military                                                              
and Veterans Affairs, stated SB 237 will ensure the pay calculation                                                             
for the guard member on State active duty in a timely and accurate                                                              
manner.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR PHILLIPS moved SB 237 out of committee with individual                                                                  
recommendations.  Without objection, the motion carried.                                                                        

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