CSHB 81(FIN) AM: "An Act relating to the longevity bonus program."

00CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 81(FIN) am 01 "An Act relating to the longevity bonus program." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 47.45.010(a) is amended to read: 04  (a) A person who is 65 years of age or over who resides in the state for at 05 least one year immediately preceding application for a longevity bonus under this 06 chapter [,] may apply to the commissioner of administration no later than 07 December 31, 1995, for qualification to receive a monthly bonus 08  (1) of $225, if the person's original application for qualification was 09 submitted before January 1, 1994; 10  (2) of $150, if the person's original application for qualification was 11 submitted on or after January 1, 1994, but before January 1, 1995; or 12  (3) of $100, if the person's original application for qualification was 13 submitted on or after January 1, 1995, but before January 1, 1996 [$250]. 14 * Sec. 2. AS 47.45 is amended by adding a new section to read:

01  Sec. 47.45.045. REAPPLICATION AFTER DISQUALIFICATION. A person 02 who has been disqualified under this chapter from receiving a bonus for a period of 03 12 consecutive months or more may not reapply for qualification for a bonus unless 04 the reapplication is made before January 1, 1996. The amount of that person's 05 monthly bonus shall be determined under AS 47.45.010(a)(1) - (3) based on the date 06 of reapplication. 07 * Sec. 3. AS 47.45.070(a) is amended to read: 08  (a) An unqualified person is one who 09  (1) does not meet the age or residence requirements as provided for 10 under this chapter; 11  (2) meets the age and residence requirements of this chapter but either 12 is confined in a state or federal mental health institution or facility and is certified by 13 the state as unable to manage personal affairs, or resides in a nursing home as that 14 term is defined in AS 08.70.180; however, if that person, at the time of commitment 15 or commencement of residence, provided the principal support of a spouse, the 16 commissioner of administration may determine to pay the confined person's bonus to 17 the person's spouse until the spouse is qualified for a bonus; 18  (3) is otherwise qualified but confined in a penal or correctional 19 institution or facility; upon completion of sentence or upon the conferral of a pardon, 20 parole, or probation, the person may make application; confinement outside the state 21 shall be considered as residence in the state if a person was convicted and sentenced 22 from a court in Alaska; revocation of parole or probation shall be cause for immediate 23 disqualification until release from confinement is again effected; 24  (4) voluntarily leaves the state and remains absent from the state for 25 a continuous period of more than 90 days; 26  (5) did not apply, under AS 47.45.010(a), before January 1, 1996, 27 for qualification to receive a longevity bonus; 28  (6) was found qualified to receive a longevity bonus, was 29 subsequently disqualified for 12 consecutive months or more, and did not reapply 30 before January 1, 1996. 31 * Sec. 4. SEVERABILITY. Under AS 01.10.030, if any provision of AS 47.45.010(a)(1) - (3), amended by sec.

01 1 of this Act, AS 47.45.045, added by sec. 2 of this Act, or 02 AS 47.45.070(a)(5) and (6), added by sec. 3 of this Act, or the application of a provision of 03 this Act to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the remainder of this Act and the 04 application to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.