HB 440: "An Act relating to alternative operating budgets for agencies."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 440 01 "An Act relating to alternative operating budgets for agencies." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 37.07 is amended by adding a new section to read: 04 Sec. 37.07.054. Alternative agency operating budgets. (a) In addition to 05 the budget requested under AS 37.07.050, each agency shall prepare an alternative 06 budget for the succeeding fiscal year with total operating expenditures that equal an 07 amount that is five percent less than the operating expenditures authorized for the 08 agency during the current fiscal year. The alternative budget must include 09 (1) identification of the expenditures that are reduced; 10 (2) an explanation of the reasons for the specific reductions selected; 11 (3) an explanation of the effect that the reductions will have on the 12 plans, programs, or functions of the agency; and 13 (4) a description of the services that will be provided by the agency 14 under the alternative budget. 15 (b) The alternative budget shall be submitted by each agency on December 15

01 each year to the office, the legislature, and the legislative finance division. 02 * Sec. 2. AS 37.07.070 is amended to read: 03 Sec. 37.07.070. Legislative review. The legislature shall consider the 04 governor's proposed comprehensive operating and capital improvements programs and 05 financial plans, evaluate alternatives to the plans, make program selections among the 06 various alternatives and determine, subject to available revenues, the level of funding 07 required to support authorized state services. The operating and capital budgets of 08 each agency shall be separately reviewed, and the agency operating budgets shall be 09 reviewed together with the alternative budget prepared by each agency under 10 AS 37.07.054. During each regular session of the legislature, legislative review of the 11 governor's supplemental appropriation bills and the governor's budget amendments 12 shall be governed by the following time limits: 13 (1) Requests by the governor for supplemental appropriations for state 14 agency operating and capital budgets for the current fiscal year may be introduced by 15 the rules committee only through the 30th legislative day. 16 (2) Requests by the governor for budget amendments to state agency 17 budgets for the budget fiscal year may be received and reviewed by the finance 18 committees only through the 45th legislative day.