HERE AT NAVAJO COUNCIL NAABIK’IYATI COMMITTEE IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBER IN WINDOW ROCK, ARIZ.
Naabi votes to adopt agenda, 9 in favor, 0 opposed.
DELEGATE JONATHAN NEZ
ask to go to new business because the old business will take lengthy discussion.
VOTE 5 in favor, 4 opposed
LEGISLATION 0082-13, SPONSORED BY DELEGATE EDMUND YAZZIE, WHO IS ABSENT SO SPEAKER PRO TEMP BATES CALLS FOR COMMITTEE TO GO TO NEXT LEGISLATION.
LEGISLATION 0022-14: AMENDING PLAN OF OPERATION FOR NAVAJO NATION INSURANCE COMMISSION. SPONSORS: DELEGATES JONATHAN HALE & LEONARD TSOSIE
DELEGATE DWIGHT WITHERSPOON
concerned about section B-2 to approve all premium and rate obligations. under section A it says “subject to Budget & Finance Committee” for selection of insurance companies. so what is different from policy and rate making and impact to budget regarding authority of Commission. is amendment needed for B&F to have final authority since they deal with budget.
DELEGATE RUSSELL BEGAYE
page 2, line 16, you hae number of specific items such as general auto, there is also crime. page 3, in the way written now regarding “awarding of damages”
NAVAJO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ATTORNEY RITA YAZZIE
PAGE 2, crime: covers white collar criminal activities. that’s what it is “crime coverage.” Other question is line 20 to 21, award damages and that is still in practice and within risk management authority and for third party files claim against tribe and if liability determined, risk management paid out and goes thru controller and not taken to Risk Management. but if claim exceeds for over $100,000 then it returns to Insurance Commission. Internally, tribe has claims handling process.
Regarding CRIME, that is all coverage under risk management.
regarding Delegate Witherspoon questions, there are 3 insurance programs and each has to be re-done and Commission reviews for best premium. tribal insurance is part of employee benefits.
DELEGATE RUSSELL BEGAYE
what happends if employee misuses $80,000, this insurance wud cover $80,00 loss?
DELEGATE ALTON SHEPHERD
Question for NDOJ and Legislative Counsel, we are amending Title 2 and why do we have plans of operations in Title 2? so are we dealing with plan of operation. On page 7, heard sponsor say that this under Health, Education, and Human Services Committee but we are amending to include another committee.
NDOJ ATTORNEY RITA BEGAY
if emplyee engaged in loss of $80,000, wud insurance cover? Yes and No. Tribe has gone thru large white collar crimes and when market out, $250,000 deductable, and when Navajo Nation has less than $250,000, “we eat it.” and tribe includes enterprises. right now we have lot of crime losses that are less than $250,000.