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HB 426: "An Act requiring state agencies to provide for electronic submission of forms and relating to annual reports of state agencies."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 426                                                                          
01 "An Act requiring state agencies to provide for electronic submission of forms and                                      
02 relating to annual reports of state agencies."                                                                          
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  AS 44.99 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                 
05            Sec. 44.99.025.  Provision for electronic submission of state forms.  (a)  A                               
06       state agency shall provide for the electronic submission of all forms used by the                                 
07       agency, whether the forms are submitted to the agency by other persons or used only                               
08       within the agency itself.  This subsection applies to forms used for applications,                                
09       requests, permits, or other purposes.                                                                             
10            (b)  The department of administration may exempt a form used by an agency                                    
11       of the executive branch from the requirement of (a) of this section if the department                             
12       finds that providing for electronic submission of the form would be technically                                   
13       infeasible or fiscally irresponsible.  Upon application by an agency in the legislative                           
14       branch, the Alaska Legislative Council may exempt a form from the requirement of                                  
01       (a) of this section if the council finds that providing for electronic submission of the                          
02       form would be technically infeasible or fiscally irresponsible.  For purposes of this                             
03       subsection, providing for electronic submission of a form is fiscally irresponsible                               
04       when the initial cost of setting up the electronic system is greater than the present                             
05       value of the savings that would result from the electronic submission of the form                                 
06       during the estimated time the system would be used.                                                               
07            (c)  In this section, "agency" means an administrative office of the legislative                             
08       branch or a department, board, commission, division, public corporation, or other unit                            
09       of the executive branch, including the University of Alaska.                                                      
10    * Sec. 2.  AS 44.99 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                    
11            Sec. 44.99.215.  Annual reports.  A state agency that prepares an annual                                   
12       report shall make the report accessible electronically on-line.  The state agency may                             
13       not distribute printed copies of the annual report except                                                         
14                 (1)  as required by another provision of law;                                                           
15                 (2)  when a printed copy is specifically requested; or                                                  
16                 (3)  when a printed copy is sold for an amount that is sufficient to cover                              
17       the per copy cost of producing the report.