CSHB 179(FSH): "An Act relating to the commissioner of education and the commissioner of fish and game; and providing for an effective date."

00CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 179(FSH) 01 "An Act relating to the commissioner of education and the commissioner of fish 02 and game; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 14.07.145(c) is amended to read: 05  (c) The commissioner serves at the pleasure of the board and may not be 06 appointed by the board for a fixed term [OF OFFICE NOT TO EXCEED FIVE 07 YEARS. THE COMMISSIONER MAY BE REMOVED DURING A TERM OF 08 OFFICE BY FOUR MEMBERS OF THE BOARD FOR CAUSE AS DEFINED IN 09 THIS SECTION]. 10 * Sec. 2. AS 16.05.010 is amended to read: 11  Sec. 16.05.010. COMMISSIONER OF FISH AND GAME. The commissioner 12 is the principal executive officer of the Department of Fish and Game. The 13 commissioner shall be a qualified executive with knowledge of the requirements for 14 the protection, management, conservation, and restoration of the fish and game

01 resources of the state. [THE COMMISSIONER SHALL BE APPOINTED FOR A 02 TERM OF FIVE YEARS.] 03 * Sec. 3. AS 44.39.030 is amended to read: 04  Sec. 44.39.030. APPOINTMENT [AND TERM OF OFFICE] OF 05 COMMISSIONER. The governor shall appoint the commissioner of fish and game 06 from a list of qualified persons nominated by the Board of Fisheries and the Board of 07 Game meeting in joint session, subject to the right of the governor to request 08 additional nominations. The appointment shall be confirmed by a majority of the 09 members of the legislature in joint session. The commissioner of fish and game serves 10 at the pleasure of the governor and may not be appointed for a fixed term [OF 11 FIVE YEARS]. 12 * Sec. 4. AS 44.39.050 is amended to read: 13  Sec. 44.39.050. REMOVAL OF COMMISSIONER. The Board of Fisheries 14 or the Board of Game may submit a resolution to the governor requesting the removal 15 of the commissioner. The resolution shall set out the grounds for the request and the 16 governor shall give the commissioner and both boards an opportunity to be heard. The 17 final decision to remove or retain the commissioner shall be made by the governor. 18 The governor may also remove the commissioner without being requested to do 19 so by a board. 20 * Sec. 5. AS 14.07.145(f) is repealed. 21 * Sec. 6. This Act applies to appointments made by the Board of Education and the 22 governor, as applicable, on or after the effective date of this Act. 23 * Sec. 7. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).