HB 1: "An Act relating to the location of legislative sessions; and providing for an effective date."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 1 01 "An Act relating to the location of legislative sessions; and providing for an effective 02 date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 15.13.072(d) is amended to read: 05 (d) A candidate or an individual who has filed with the commission the 06 document necessary to permit that individual to incur election-related expenses under 07 AS 15.13.100 for election or reelection to the state legislature may not solicit or accept 08 a contribution while the legislature is convened in a regular or special legislative 09 session unless the solicitation or acceptance occurs 10 (1) during the 90 days immediately preceding an election in which the 11 candidate or individual is a candidate; and 12 (2) in a place other than the [CAPITAL] city in which the session is 13 being held. 14 * Sec. 2. AS 15.13.072(g) is amended to read:
01 (g) A candidate or an individual who has filed with the commission the 02 document necessary to permit that individual to incur election-related expenses under 03 AS 15.13.100 for election or reelection to the office of governor or lieutenant governor 04 may not, [SOLICIT OR ACCEPT A CONTRIBUTION IN THE CAPITAL CITY] 05 while the legislature is convened in a regular or special legislative session, solicit or 06 accept a contribution in the city in which the session is being held. 07 * Sec. 3. AS 24.05.090 is amended to read: 08 Sec. 24.05.090. Regular sessions. The legislature shall convene in the 09 Municipality of Anchorage [AT THE CAPITAL] each year on the second Monday 10 in January at 10:00 a.m.; however, following a gubernatorial election year, the 11 legislature shall convene on the third Tuesday in January at 10:00 a.m. The 12 legislative council shall arrange for an appropriate location in Anchorage for 13 each regular session. Except as provided in this section, each legislature shall have a 14 duration of two years and shall consist of a "First Regular Session," which shall meet 15 in the odd-numbered years, and a "Second Regular Session," which shall meet in the 16 even-numbered years, and any special session or sessions that the governor or 17 legislature may find necessary to call. 18 * Sec. 4. AS 24.10.030 is amended to read: 19 Sec. 24.10.030. Chief clerk and senate secretary. Each house shall select 20 from outside its membership a person of known stenographic and administrative 21 ability to serve as chief administrative clerk; a chief clerk in the house of 22 representatives and a secretary in the senate. When nominated and elected in 23 conformity with the uniform rules, they continue to serve for the duration of the 24 legislature at the pleasure of the house to which assigned. Pending the organization of 25 a new legislature, they may continue to serve at the request and direction of the 26 legislative council until their respective houses formally reappoint or replace them. 27 The chief clerk and senate secretary are responsible for the performance of duties 28 provided for by law, the uniform rules, and orders of the house. They may be 29 requested to report to the legislative council for duty for a period not to exceed two 30 weeks immediately preceding the convening of the session and shall remain at the 31 location of the session [CAPITAL] until the completion of their work relating to
01 that session as [IS] determined by the director of the council. 02 * Sec. 5. AS 24.10.130(a) is amended to read: 03 (a) A member of the legislature is entitled to reimbursement for the expenses 04 of moving between the member's place of residence and the Municipality of 05 Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY] for the purpose of attending a regular session of the 06 legislature. 07 * Sec. 6. AS 24.45.041(b) is amended to read: 08 (b) The registration form prescribed by the commission must include 09 (1) the lobbyist's full name and complete permanent residence and 10 business address and telephone number, as well as any temporary residential and 11 business address and telephone number in the Municipality of Anchorage [STATE 12 CAPITAL] during a regular legislative session; 13 (2) the full name and complete address of each person by whom the 14 lobbyist is retained or employed; 15 (3) whether the person from whom the lobbyist receives compensation 16 employs the person solely as a lobbyist or whether the person is a regular employee 17 performing other services for the employer that include but are not limited to the 18 influencing of legislative or administrative action; 19 (4) the nature or form of the lobbyist's compensation for engaging in 20 lobbying, including salary, fees, or reimbursement for expenses received in 21 consideration for, or directly in support of or in connection with, the influencing of 22 legislative or administrative action; 23 (5) a general description of the subjects or matters on which the 24 registrant expects to lobby or to engage in the influencing of legislative or 25 administrative action; 26 (6) the full name and complete address of the person, if other than the 27 registrant, who has custody of the accounts, books, papers, bills, receipts, and other 28 documents required to be maintained under this chapter; 29 (7) the identification of a legislator, legislative employee, or public 30 official to whom the lobbyist is married or who is the spousal equivalent of the 31 lobbyist; in this paragraph, "spousal equivalent" has the meaning given in
01 AS 39.50.030(g). 02 * Sec. 7. AS 24.45.041(e) is amended to read: 03 (e) Within 45 days after the convening of each regular session of the 04 legislature, the commission shall publish a directory of registered lobbyists, containing 05 the information prescribed in (b) of this section for each lobbyist and the photograph, 06 if any, furnished by a lobbyist under (c) of this section. From time to time thereafter 07 the commission shall publish those supplements to the directory that in the 08 commission's judgment may be necessary. The directory shall be made available to 09 public officials and to the public at the following locations: a public place adjacent to 10 the legislative chambers in the Municipality of Anchorage [STATE CAPITOL 11 BUILDING], the office of the lieutenant governor, the legislative reference library of 12 the Legislative Affairs Agency, and the commission's central office. 13 * Sec. 8. AS 24.50.010 is amended to read: 14 Sec. 24.50.010. Annual student guests. The legislature may each year while 15 in session serve as host to one member of each high school in the state for a stay of 16 one week [IN THE CAPITAL] to observe and learn the legislative process. 17 * Sec. 9. AS 24.50.040 is amended to read: 18 Sec. 24.50.040. Essay contest. Before leaving [THE STATE CAPITAL], 19 each legislative guest hosted under AS 24.50.010 shall prepare and submit to the 20 director of the Legislative Affairs Agency a paper of not less than 1,000 words entitled 21 "The Legislature Should . . . . . . . . . .". Each paper shall be examined and judged as to 22 content by the governor, the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of 23 representatives, the minority leader of the senate, and the minority leader of the house. 24 The author of the paper determined best by majority vote shall receive a one-year 25 scholarship to the University of Alaska. 26 * Sec. 10. AS 24.60.030(a) is amended to read: 27 (a) A legislator or legislative employee may not 28 (1) solicit, agree to accept, or accept a benefit other than official 29 compensation for the performance of public duties; this paragraph may not be 30 construed to prohibit lawful solicitation for and acceptance of campaign contributions 31 or the acceptance of a lawful gratuity under AS 24.60.080;
01 (2) use public funds, facilities, equipment, services, or another 02 government asset or resource for a nonlegislative purpose, for involvement in or 03 support of or opposition to partisan political activity, or for the private benefit of either 04 the legislator, legislative employee, or another person; this paragraph does not prohibit 05 (A) limited use of state property and resources for personal 06 purposes if the use does not interfere with the performance of public duties and 07 either the cost or value related to the use is nominal or the legislator or 08 legislative employee reimburses the state for the cost of the use; 09 (B) the use of mailing lists, computer data, or other information 10 lawfully obtained from a government agency and available to the general 11 public for nonlegislative purposes; 12 (C) telephone or facsimile use that does not carry a special 13 charge; 14 (D) the legislative council, notwithstanding AS 24.05.190, 15 from designating a public facility for use by legislators and legislative 16 employees for health or fitness purposes; when the council designates a facility 17 to be used by legislators and legislative employees for health or fitness 18 purposes, it shall adopt guidelines governing access to and use of the facility; 19 the guidelines may establish times in which use of the facility is limited to 20 specific groups; or 21 (E) a legislator from using the legislator's private office in the 22 [CAPITAL] city in which a legislative session is being held during the [A 23 LEGISLATIVE] session, and for the five days immediately before and the five 24 days immediately after the [A] legislative session, for nonlegislative purposes 25 if the use does not interfere with the performance of public duties and if there 26 is no cost to the state for the use of the space and equipment, other than utility 27 costs and minimal wear and tear, or the legislator promptly reimburses the state 28 for the cost; an office is considered a legislator's private office under this 29 subparagraph if it is the primary space [IN THE CAPITAL CITY] reserved for 30 use by the legislator in the city in which the legislative session is being held, 31 whether or not it is shared with others;
01 (3) knowingly seek, accept, use, allocate, grant, or award public funds 02 for a purpose other than that approved by law, or make a false statement in connection 03 with a claim, request, or application for compensation, reimbursement, or travel 04 allowances from public funds; 05 (4) require a legislative employee to perform services for the private 06 benefit of the legislator or employee at any time, or allow a legislative employee to 07 perform services for the private benefit of a legislator or employee on government 08 time; it is not a violation of this paragraph if the services were performed in an 09 unusual or infrequent situation and the person's services were reasonably necessary to 10 permit the legislator or legislative employee to perform official duties; 11 (5) use or authorize the use of state funds, facilities, equipment, 12 services, or another government asset or resource for the purpose of political fund 13 raising or campaigning; this paragraph does not prohibit 14 (A) limited use of state property and resources for personal 15 purposes if the use does not interfere with the performance of public duties and 16 either the cost or value related to the use is nominal or the legislator or 17 legislative employee reimburses the state for the cost of the use; 18 (B) the use of mailing lists, computer data, or other information 19 lawfully obtained from a government agency and available to the general 20 public for nonlegislative purposes; 21 (C) telephone or facsimile use that does not carry a special 22 charge; 23 (D) storing or maintaining, consistent with (b) of this section, 24 election campaign records in a legislator's office; or 25 (E) a legislator from using the legislator's private office in the 26 [CAPITAL] city in which a legislative session is being held during the [A 27 LEGISLATIVE] session, and for the five days immediately before and the five 28 days immediately after the [A] legislative session, for nonlegislative purposes 29 if the use does not interfere with the performance of public duties and if there 30 is no cost to the state for the use of the space and equipment, other than utility 31 costs and minimal wear and tear, or the legislator promptly reimburses the state
01 for the cost; an office is considered a legislator's private office under this 02 subparagraph if it is the primary space [IN THE CAPITAL CITY] reserved for 03 use by the legislator in the city in which the legislative session is being held, 04 whether or not it is shared with others. 05 * Sec. 11. AS 24.60.031(a) is amended to read: 06 (a) A legislator or legislative employee may not 07 (1) on a day when either house of the legislature is in regular or special 08 session, solicit or accept a contribution or a promise or pledge to make a contribution 09 for a campaign for the state legislature; however, a legislator or legislative employee 10 may, except in the [CAPITAL] city in which the session is being held, solicit or 11 accept a contribution, promise, or pledge for a campaign for the state legislature that 12 occurs during the 90 days immediately preceding an election; 13 (2) accept money from an event held on a day when either house of the 14 legislature is in regular or special session if a substantial purpose of the event is to 15 raise money on behalf of the member or legislative employee for state legislative 16 political purposes; however, this paragraph does not prohibit a legislator or legislative 17 employee from accepting money from an event held in a place other than the 18 [CAPITAL] city in which the session is being held during the 90 days immediately 19 preceding an election; or 20 (3) in a campaign for the state legislature, expend money that was 21 raised on a day when either house of the legislature was in a legislative session by or 22 on behalf of a legislator under a declaration of candidacy or a general letter of intent to 23 become a candidate for public office; however, this paragraph does not apply to 24 money raised in a place other than the [CAPITAL] city in which the session is being 25 held during the 90 days immediately preceding an election. 26 * Sec. 12. AS 24.60.080(c) is amended to read: 27 (c) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, it is not a violation of this section for a 28 legislator or legislative employee to accept 29 (1) hospitality, other than hospitality described in (4) of this 30 subsection, 31 (A) with incidental transportation at the residence of a person;
01 however, a vacation home located outside the state is not considered a 02 residence for the purposes of this subparagraph; or 03 (B) at a social event or meal; 04 (2) discounts that are available 05 (A) generally to the public or to a large class of persons to 06 which the person belongs; or 07 (B) when on official state business, but only if receipt of the 08 discount benefits the state; 09 (3) food or foodstuffs indigenous to the state that are shared generally 10 as a cultural or social norm; 11 (4) travel and hospitality primarily for the purpose of obtaining 12 information on matters of legislative concern; 13 (5) gifts from the immediate family of the person; 14 (6) gifts that are not connected with the recipient's legislative status; 15 (7) a discount for all or part of a legislative session, including time immediately 16 preceding or following the session, or other gift to welcome a legislator or legislative 17 employee who is employed on the personal staff of a legislator or by a standing or 18 special committee to the [CAPITAL] city in which the session is being held or in 19 recognition of the beginning of a legislative session if the gift or discount is available 20 generally to all legislators and the personal staff of legislators and staff of standing and 21 special committees; this paragraph does not apply to legislative employees who are 22 employed by the Legislative Affairs Agency, the office of the chief clerk, the office of 23 the senate secretary, the legislative budget and audit committee, or the office of the 24 ombudsman; or 25 (8) a gift of legal services in a matter of legislative concern and a gift 26 of other services related to the provision of legal services in a matter of legislative 27 concern. 28 * Sec. 13. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 29 read: 30 APPLICABILITY. This Act applies beginning with the convening of the Second 31 Session of the Twenty-Third Alaska State Legislature.