House Bill 3 Brings Alaska In line with Department of Defense Policy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2017
Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) that extends a vital employment protection to Alaskans who serve in the National Guard of another state.
“House Bill 3 features a simple fix to a problem that has been identified as a nationwide priority by the Department of Defense,” said Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Chair of the House Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “National Guard members make huge sacrifices when they are called up to respond to emergencies but they should not have to sacrifice their jobs. There are several Alaskans who serve in the National Guard of another state and they deserve the same protections as those who serve in the Alaska National Guard.”
Federal law protects the reemployment rights of all National Guard members when they are called away for federal service. Alaska law applies employment protections for members of the Alaska National Guard called into service by Alaska’s Governor but the law does not apply to Alaskans who serve in the National Guard of another state.
“Today, the members of the Alaska House of Representatives have supported a basic tenant of service in the National Guard, which is that the jobs of those called up for active services should be there when they go home,” said Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage), Vice-Chair of the House Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. “We have been presented with many examples of Alaskans who serve in the National Guard of other states and they deserve their jobs back after active service just like members of our National Guard.”
In testimony supporting HB 3, the Northwest Regional Liaison for the Department of Defense confirmed that at least 33 Alaskans who serve in the National Guard of other states would have their reemployment rights protected if the bill is passed and signed by Governor Walker.
To date, 28 states have passed legislation similar to HB 3 and three other states are taking up the issue in their legislatures.
The members of the Alaska House of Representatives approved House Bill 3 by a vote of 39-0. The bill will now be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.
For more information, contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.