00 Enrolled HB 476
01 Establishing the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission; and providing for an effective
04 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section
05 to read:
06 PURPOSE OF THE ACT. January 2009, will mark the 50th anniversary of Alaska's
07 admission as the 49th state of the United States of America. It is fitting that the occasion be
08 marked by a celebration commensurate with the state's magnificent heritage and in ways that
09 reflect upon the opportunities that 50 years of Statehood have brought to the state and the
10 people. Appropriate recognition of those benefits and scheduling of a statewide celebration to
11 commemorate the occasion will require advance research, planning, and preparation. To that
12 end, an Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission is established and its powers and duties set
14 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to
02 ALASKA STATEHOOD CELEBRATION COMMISSION. (a) The Alaska
03 Statehood Celebration Commission is established. The commission consists of nine
04 members, determined as follows:
05 (1) the governor shall appoint four public members of the commission, of
06 whom one member shall be a resident of and be appointed from each of the four judicial
07 districts in the state;
08 (2) the speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint one member of
09 the house of representatives who is a member of the majority caucus and one member of the
10 house of representatives who is a member of the minority caucus, in consultation with the
11 leadership of that caucus;
12 (3) the president of the senate shall appoint one member of the senate who is a
13 member of the majority caucus and one member of the senate who is a member of the
14 minority caucus, in consultation with the leadership of that caucus; and
15 (4) the governor or the governor's designee.
16 (b) The governor shall designate the chair and vice-chair of the commission.
17 (c) If a member of the commission resigns or is otherwise unable to perform the
18 duties of a member of the commission or if a legislator member of the commission is no
19 longer a member of the legislative body from which the member was appointed, the officer
20 responsible for appointing that member shall appoint a replacement member as soon as
22 (d) Notwithstanding AS 39.20.180, public members of the commission are not
23 entitled to expenses, travel, or per diem allowances.
24 (e) A majority of the members of the commission constitutes a quorum. The
25 commission may approve measures, make recommendations, and take other action based on a
26 vote of a majority of the quorum that is present.
27 * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to
29 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE ALASKA STATEHOOD CELEBRATION
30 COMMISSION. (a) The Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission shall plan and
31 administer all official state activities leading up to and relating to the 50th anniversary of
01 Alaska Statehood and, to that end, shall
02 (1) organize and adopt rules for the conduct of its business;
03 (2) prepare a timetable and budget for completion of its responsibilities under
04 this Act; and
05 (3) advise the governor and, annually, at the beginning of each regular session,
06 the legislature on all activities relating to the 50th anniversary of Alaska Statehood.
07 (b) The commission may
08 (1) appoint subcommittees, which may include persons who are not members
09 of the commission; individuals not members of the commission who serve on subcommittees
10 may, subject to appropriation, be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in performance
11 of their services to the commission under this Act;
12 (2) engage in joint projects with any municipality, civic organization, or other
13 entity to accomplish the purpose of this Act;
14 (3) subject to appropriations made for the purpose, employ persons and incur
15 expenses as may be required to carry out the purposes of this Act; and
16 (4) accept gifts and grants from the federal government and from public and
17 nonpublic sources and, subject to appropriation by the legislature, expend those gifts and
18 grants to carry out the purposes of this Act.
19 (c) The commission shall initiate a public process to solicit ideas concerning
20 (1) appropriate ways in which to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alaska
21 Statehood; and
22 (2) one or more projects that the commission may encourage, sponsor, or
23 support that would serve as a permanent legacy or reminder to commemorate the occasion.
24 (d) In carrying out its responsibilities under this Act, the commission shall encourage
25 and involve participation by all Alaskans in the 50th anniversary of Statehood celebration and
27 (e) The Office of the Governor shall provide the commission with all reasonable and
28 necessary staff support, but the governor may delegate or assign this obligation to another
30 * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to
01 UNAUTHORIZED REPRESENTATION OF ASSOCIATION WITH ALASKA
02 STATEHOOD CELEBRATION COMMISSION. A person may not use, display, or publish
03 any name, title, or device that tends to indicate that the person is affiliated with or is supported
04 or sponsored by the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission without the written
05 authorization of the commission.
06 * Sec. 5. Sections 1 - 4 of this Act are repealed January 31, 2010.
07 * Sec. 6. This Act takes effect January 1, 2005.