Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Jensen Wanted Employees to Take Leave for Campaigning

When Jensen took over as speaker in '97, Ray Carey was already director of ARC, and Jensen kept him on.

Meyer asked whether Jensen had addressed the issue of using leave time for campaign work with Carey. "Nothing like laying out a policy or anything. I just assumed he did it like previous caucus directors had done," Jensen replied.

Asked if he authorized leave, Jensen said, "Sure, I wanted people to take leave time when they were out in the field."

Meyer showed him spreadsheets from RACC in '98 and '00 showing payments were made to field staff.

Jensen said leave time for leggie staff was left up to individual legislators - he only oversaw the leave time of his own office employees.

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