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HB 238: "An Act merging the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources and naming the resulting entity the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; and providing for an effective date."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 238                                                                          
01 "An Act merging the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department                                         
02 of Natural Resources and naming the resulting entity the Department of Natural                                          
03 Resources and Conservation; and providing for an effective date."                                                       
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1.  The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                         
06 to read:                                                                                                                
07       LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS.  The legislature finds that                                                                 
08            (1)  in the current period of shrinking state revenue, it is imperative that state                           
09 government be operated efficiently;                                                                                     
10            (2)  substantial administrative savings can be realized by combining units of                                
11 state government; and                                                                                                   
12            (3)  the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of                                               
13 Environmental Conservation can be effectively combined into a single department that will                               
14 result in a substantial, ongoing reduction in state expenditures.                                                       
01    * Sec. 2.  AS 44.17.005 is amended to read:                                                                        
02            Sec. 44.17.005.  Offices and departments.  There are in the state government                               
03       the following principal offices and departments:                                                                  
04                 (1)  Office of the Governor                                                                             
05                 (2)  Department of Administration                                                                       
06                 (3)  Department of Law                                                                                  
07                 (4)  Department of Revenue                                                                              
08                 (5)  Department of Education and Early Development                                                      
09                 (6)  Department of Health and Social Services                                                           
10                 (7)  Department of Labor and Workforce Development                                                      
11                 (8)  Department of Community and Economic Development                                                   
12                 (9)  Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs                                                       
13                 (10)  Department of Natural Resources and Conservation                                              
14                 (11)  Department of Fish and Game                                                                       
15                 (12)  Department of Public Safety                                                                       
16                 (13)  [REPEALED                                                                                         
17                 (14)  REPEALED                                                                                          
18                 (15)]  Department of Transportation and Public Facilities                                               
19                 (14) [(16)  DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL                                                             
20       CONSERVATION                                                                                                      
21                 (17)  REPEALED                                                                                          
22                 (18)]  Department of Corrections.                                                                       
23    * Sec. 3.  AS 44.37 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                    
24            Sec. 44.37.005.  Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.                                         
25       Notwithstanding other provisions of law, the Department of Environmental                                          
26       Conservation and the Department of Natural Resources are merged and the functions                                 
27       and duties of both departments shall be performed by a single department to be named                              
28       the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.                                                             
29    * Sec. 4.  This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).