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Enrolled HB 476: Establishing the Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission; and providing for an effective date.

00 Enrolled 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.