"That $1,000 could make a real difference to an amateur athlete trying to train herself," Representative Croft, D-Anchorage, told his fellow House members.
The amendment passed 28-5.
Representative Croft added Olympic team membership to House Bill 127 by Rep. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage. McGuire's bill puts membership in the Peace Corps on the list of allowable absences. Current law allows absences for a variety of reasons, including education, membership in the military and certain family emergencies.
The bill passed the House 37-0.
"This is bipartisan cooperation at its best," Representative Croft said. "Representative McGuire helped get good language in her bill to help our Olympic athletes."