State Senate votes to compensate state workers called to active duty

Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would allow the state to continue paying the salary and benefits of state workers in the military reserves who are called to active duty.

The bill recognizes that more and more is being asked of reservists, particularly in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, said Maj. Gen. Phil Oates, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Other states and private employers have taken similar steps to make sure that members of the military aren't hurt financially when they're called to serve their country, Oates said.

The bill still must be approved by the House.

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