Enrolled HB 476: Establishing the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission; and providing for an effective date.
00Enrolled HB 476 01 Establishing the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission; and providing for an effective 02 date. 03 _______________ 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 13 out. 14 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to
01 read: 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 21 possible. 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 28 read: 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 26 commemoration. 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 29 agency. 30 * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 31 read:
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.