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SB 301: "An Act relating to the Alaska Pioneers' Home, and the Alaska Veterans' Home; relating to eligibility for admission to the Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans' Home; relating to state veterans' home facilities; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 301                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to the Alaska Pioneers' Home, and the Alaska Veterans' Home;                                           
02 relating to eligibility for admission to the Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans'                                 
03 Home; relating to state veterans' home facilities; making conforming amendments; and                                    
04 providing for an effective date."                                                                                       
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
06    * Section 1.  AS 08.68.395(g)(2) is amended to read:                                                               
07                 (2)  "health care facility" means a private, municipal, state, or federal                               
08       hospital, psychiatric hospital, tuberculosis hospital, skilled nursing facility, kidney                           
09       disease treatment center (excluding freestanding hemodialysis units), intermediate care                           
10       facility, or Alaska Pioneers' Home or Alaska Veterans' Home administered by the                               
11       Department of Health and Social Services [ADMINISTRATION] under AS 47.55.                                     
12    * Sec. 2.  AS 15.05.020 is amended to read:                                                                        
13            Sec. 15.05.020.  Rules for determining residence of voter.  For the purpose                                
14       of determining residence for voting, the place of residence is governed by the                                    
01       following rules:                                                                                                  
02                 (1)  A person may not be considered to have gained a residence solely                                   
03       by reason of presence nor may a person lose it solely by reason of absence while in the                           
04       civil or military service of this state or of the United States or of absence because of                          
05       marriage to a person engaged in the civil or military service of this state or the United                         
06       States, while a student at an institution of learning, while in an institution or asylum at                       
07       public expense, while confined in public prison, while engaged in the navigation of                               
08       waters of this state, or the United States or of the high seas, while residing upon an                            
09       Indian or military reservation, or while residing in the Alaska Pioneers' Home or the                         
10       Alaska Veterans' Home.                                                                                        
11                 (2)  The residence of a person is that place in which the person's                                      
12       habitation is fixed, and to which, whenever absent, the person has the intention to                               
13       return.  If a person resides in one place, but does business in another, the former is the                        
14       person's place of residence.  Temporary construction camps do not constitute a                                    
15       dwelling place.                                                                                                   
16                 (3)  A change of residence is made only by the act of removal joined                                    
17       with the intent to remain in another place.  There can only be one residence.                                     
18                 (4)  A person does not lose residence if the person leaves home and                                     
19       goes to another country, state or place in this state for temporary purposes only and                             
20       with the intent of returning.                                                                                     
21                 (5)  A person does not gain residence in any place to which the person                                  
22       comes without the present intention to establish a permanent dwelling at that place.                              
23                 (6)  A person loses residence in this state if the person votes in another                              
24       state's election, either in person or by absentee ballot, and will not be eligible to vote                        
25       in this state until again qualifying under AS 15.05.010.                                                          
26                 (7)  [REPEALED                                                                                          
27                 (8)]  The term of residence is computed by including the day on which                                   
28       the person's residence begins and excluding the day of election.                                                  
29                 (8) [(9)  REPEALED                                                                                  
30                 (10)]  The address of a voter as it appears on an official voter                                        
31       registration card is presumptive evidence of the person's voting residence.  This                                 
01       presumption is negated only by the voter notifying the director in writing of a change                            
02       of voting residence.                                                                                              
03    * Sec. 3.  AS 17.37.070(6) is amended to read:                                                                     
04                 (6)  "facility monitored by the department or the Department of                                         
05       Administration" means an institution, building, office, or home operated by the                                   
06       department or the Department of Administration, funded by the department or the                                   
07       Department of Administration, under contract with the department or the Department                                
08       of Administration, inspected by the department or the Department of Administration,                               
09       designated by the department or the Department of Administration, or licensed by the                              
10       department or the Department of Administration, for the care of                                                   
11                      (A)  juveniles; for the purposes of this subparagraph,                                             
12            "institution" includes a foster home and a group home, and a juvenile detention                              
13            facility, a juvenile detention home, a juvenile work camp, and a treatment                                   
14            facility, as those terms are defined in AS 47.14.990;                                                        
15                      (B)  the elderly; for the purposes of this subparagraph,                                           
16            "institution" includes                                                                                       
17                           (i)  an assisted living home as defined in AS 47.33.990;                              
18                 and                                                                                                     
19                           (ii)  the Alaska [A] Pioneers' Home or the Alaska                                     
20                 Veterans' Home, operated under AS 47.55;                                                            
21                      (C)  the mentally ill; for the purposes of this subparagraph,                                      
22            "institution" includes a designated treatment facility and an evaluation facility,                           
23            as those terms are defined in AS 47.30.915;                                                                  
24    * Sec. 4.  AS 18.07.111(8) is amended to read:                                                                     
25                 (8)  "health care facility" means a private, municipal, state or federal                                
26       hospital, psychiatric hospital, tuberculosis hospital, skilled nursing facility, kidney                           
27       disease treatment center (including freestanding hemodialysis units), intermediate care                           
28       facility, and ambulatory surgical facility; the term excludes                                                     
29                      (A)  the [AN] Alaska Pioneers' Home and the Alaska                                         
30            Veterans' Home administered by the Department of Health and Social                                   
31            Services [ADMINISTRATION] under [AS 44.21.02(9) AND] AS 47.55; and                                       
01                      (B)  the offices of private physicians or dentists whether in                                      
02            individual or group practice;                                                                                
03    * Sec. 5.  AS 18.35.300 is amended to read:                                                                        
04            Sec. 18.35.300.  Places where smoking is regulated.  Smoking in any form is                                
05       a nuisance and a public health hazard and is prohibited in the following vehicles and                             
06       indoor places, except as allowed under AS 18.35.310:                                                              
07                 (1)  a vehicle of public transportation and a waiting, baggage, or                                      
08       boarding area for a vehicle of public transportation, including a bus, ferry vessel, train,                       
09       limousine for hire, taxicab, or scheduled interstate or intrastate aircraft flight when                           
10       consistent with federal law;                                                                                      
11                 (2)  a place of employment, a building or other structure, or a portion of                              
12       them, owned, leased, or operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state,                            
13       including an office, library, museum, theater, concert hall, convention hall,                                     
14       gymnasium, swimming pool, or other place of entertainment or recreation;                                          
15                 (3)  a public or private postsecondary educational institution  or adult                                
16       day care facility;                                                                                                
17                 (4)  a courtroom or jury deliberation room;                                                             
18                 (5)  a room, chamber, or other place under the control of the state                                     
19       senate or state house of representatives while a public meeting or public assembly is                             
20       not in progress;                                                                                                  
21                 (6)  a  nursing home, rest home, or other residential health care                                       
22       institution or facility, or a public or private office or facility that is engaged primarily                      
23       in providing mental health services;                                                                              
24                 (7)  a food service establishment that has a seating capacity of at least                               
25       50 persons;                                                                                                       
26                 (8)  a grocery store or other store maintained primarily for the retail                                 
27       sale of food products;                                                                                            
28                 (9)  a place of employment in which the owner, manager, proprietor, or                                  
29       other person who has control of the premises posts a sign stating that smoking is                                 
30       prohibited by law;                                                                                                
31                 (10)  a correctional facility; and                                                                      
01                 (11)  the Alaska [A] Pioneers' Home or the Alaska Veterans' Home.                               
02    * Sec. 6.  AS 36.30.990(1) is amended to read:                                                                     
03                 (1)  "agency"                                                                                           
04                      (A)  means a department, institution, board, commission,                                           
05            division, authority, public corporation, the Alaska Pioneers' Home, the Alaska                           
06            Veterans' Home, or other administrative unit of the executive branch of state                            
07            government;                                                                                                  
08                      (B)  does not include                                                                              
09                           (i)  the University of Alaska;                                                                
10                           (ii)  the Alaska Railroad Corporation;                                                        
11                           (iii)  the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation;                                                
12                           (iv)  a regional Native housing authority created under                                       
13                 AS 18.55.996 or a regional electrical authority created under                                           
14                 AS 18.57.020;                                                                                           
15                           (v)  the Department of Transportation and Public                                              
16                 Facilities, in regard to the repair, maintenance, and reconstruction of                                 
17                 vessels, docking facilities, and passenger and vehicle transfer facilities                              
18                 of the Alaska marine highway system;                                                                    
19                           (vi)  the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation;                                           
20                           (vii)  the Alaska State Pension Investment Board;                                             
21                           (viii)  the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute;                                               
22    * Sec. 7.  AS 37.05.146(c)(31) is amended to read:                                                                 
23                 (31)  Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans' Home care and                                      
24       support receipts under AS 47.55.030;                                                                              
25    * Sec. 8.  AS 37.05.990(2) is amended to read:                                                                     
26                 (2)  "state agency," "agency," "department," or similar term means a                                    
27       department, office, institution, board, commission, bureau, division, or other                                    
28       administrative unit forming the state government, and includes the Alaska Pioneers'                               
29       Home, the Alaska Veterans' Home, and the University of Alaska.                                                
30    * Sec. 9.  AS 37.07.120(1) is amended to read:                                                                     
31                 (1)  "agency" means a department, officer, institution, board,                                          
01       commission, bureau, division, or other administrative unit forming the state                                      
02       government and includes the Alaska Pioneers' Home, the Alaska Veterans' Home,                                 
03       and the University of Alaska, but does not include the legislature or the judiciary;                              
04    * Sec. 10.  AS 39.25.120(c)(8) is amended to read:                                                                 
05                 (8)  Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans' Home managers;                                      
06    * Sec. 11.  AS 44.29.020(a)(16) is amended to read:                                                                
07                 (16)  the Alaska Pioneers' Home and the Alaska Veterans' Home                                       
08       [HOMES];                                                                                                          
09    * Sec. 12.  AS 47.25.140 is amended to read                                                                        
10            Sec. 47.25.140.  Residents of public institutions.  Payment under                                          
11       AS 47.25.120 - 47.25.300 may not be made to or on [IN] behalf of an individual who                            
12       is a resident of a [THE ALASKA PIONEERS' HOME OR OTHER] public institution,                                   
13       except as a patient in a public medical institution, or an individual who is a patient in a                       
14       public or private institution for tuberculosis or mental disease.  A resident of a [THE                       
15       ALASKA PIONEERS' HOME OR OTHER] public institution who is otherwise                                               
16       eligible to receive an allowance under AS 47.25.120 - 47.25.300 may apply for the                                 
17       allowance instead of the support and maintenance provided in the [HOME OR] public                                 
18       institution.                                                                                                      
19    * Sec. 13.  AS 47.25.140 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                            
20            (b)  In this section, "public institution" does not include the Alaska Pioneers'                             
21       Home or the Alaska Veterans' Home.                                                                                
22    * Sec. 14.  AS 47.45.240(c) is amended to read:                                                                    
23            (c)  The commission may not investigate, review, or undertake any                                            
24       responsibility for the longevity bonus program under AS 47.45.010 - 47.45.160 or the                              
25       Alaska Pioneers' Home or Alaska Veterans' Home [HOMES] under AS 47.55.                                        
26    * Sec. 15.  AS 47.55 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                            
27            Sec. 47.55.010.  Maintenance of Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska                                           
28       Veterans' Home.  (a)  The state may maintain facilities known as the Alaska Pioneers'                           
29       Home at sites designated by the commissioner of health and social services.  The state                            
30       may maintain one or more facilities known as the Alaska Veterans' Home at sites                                   
31       designated by the commissioner of health and social services.  The Alaska Pioneers'                               
01       Home and the Alaska Veterans' Home shall be collectively administered by the                                      
02       Department of Health and Social Services as the Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska                                  
03       Veterans' Home.                                                                                                   
04            (b)  The department shall formulate general policies for the homes designated                                
05       under (a) of this section.  It may hold hearings and subpoena witnesses and documents                             
06       and may administer oaths in connection with the homes.                                                            
07            (c)  The department shall                                                                                    
08                 (1)  cooperate with the federal government in matters pertaining to the                                 
09       welfare of Alaska pioneers and of veterans who reside in the homes operated under                                 
10       this chapter, make the reports in the form and containing the information the federal                             
11       government from time to time desires, and accept money allotted by the federal                                    
12       government, its agencies, or its instrumentalities in establishing, extending, and                                
13       strengthening services for pioneers and veterans who reside in a home operated under                              
14       this chapter;                                                                                                     
15                 (2)  adopt regulations necessary to conduct business and to carry out                                   
16       the provisions of this chapter, require bonds and undertakings from persons employed                              
17       by a home as in its judgment are necessary, and pay the premiums on them, and                                     
18       establish regional and local offices and the advisory groups that are necessary or                                
19       considered expedient to carry out or assist in carrying out a duty or authority assigned                          
20       to it;                                                                                                            
21                 (3)  perform all executive or administrative duties necessary and                                       
22       advisable to carry out the purpose of this chapter, including the power to make                                   
23       contracts and to make disbursements on vouchers against appropriations for the                                    
24       purpose of this chapter, within the limit of appropriations available;                                            
25                 (4)  study the needs of pioneers and veterans of this state who reside in                               
26       the homes operated under this chapter and submit recommendations for new                                          
27       regulations and proposed legislation.                                                                             
28            (d)  The department may employ the necessary subordinate officers and                                        
29       employees, and shall prescribe methods for operation of the homes, standards of care                              
30       and service to home residents, and rules governing personnel.  The methods for                                    
31       operation and standards of care and services to residents prescribed under this                                   
01       subsection shall be the same as the methods for operation and standards of care                                   
02       established by the department for an assisted living home licensed under AS 47.33.                                
03            (e)  The department may engage in activities directed to increase revenue from                               
04       a home.  These activities may include the lease of excess bed or floor space or the sale                          
05       or lease of space or buildings, that are not in use or are underutilized.                                         
06    * Sec. 16.  AS 47.55.020 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                        
07            Sec. 47.55.020.  Admission to a home.  (a)  Every person residing in the state                             
08       who is 65 years of age or older, has been a resident of the state continuously for more                           
09       than one year immediately preceding application for admission, and is in need of                                  
10       residence at a home because of physical disability or other reason, is eligible for                               
11       admission to the Alaska Pioneers' Home or the Alaska Veterans' Home under                                         
12       conditions prescribed in regulations.  The spouse of a person who is eligible for                                 
13       admission under other provisions of this subsection is also eligible for admission to a                           
14       home under conditions prescribed by the department if the spouse is 65 years of age or                            
15       older and has been a resident of the state continuously for more than one year                                    
16       immediately preceding application for admission.                                                                  
17            (b)  Every person admitted to a home who receives income from any source in                                  
18       excess of $100 per month shall be required by the department to pay the excess to the                             
19       department immediately upon receipt of the money in payment, or part payment, of                                  
20       the cost of the person's care.  However, the department may not require in any month                              
21       the payment of an amount greater than the monthly rate set under AS 47.55.030(b)                                  
22       except to satisfy indebtedness incurred under AS 47.55.070.  The department may not                               
23       evict a person from a home if the income and assets of the person are insufficient to                             
24       pay the monthly rate set under AS 47.55.030(b) and the person is otherwise in                                     
25       compliance with requirements under this chapter.                                                                  
26            (c)  At the end of each month the payments made under (b) of this section shall                              
27       be transmitted to the commissioner of revenue.  The department may pay to a resident                              
28       without money the sum of $100 per month.                                                                          
29            (d)  Notwithstanding AS 47.55.070 and (b) of this section, a resident of a home                              
30       whose income, assets, and other resources are insufficient to pay the monthly rate set                            
31       under AS 47.55.030(b), and who does not have private insurance to cover the cost of                               
01       care, qualifies for payment assistance if the resident is otherwise in compliance with                            
02       requirements under this chapter.  The amount of payment assistance shall equal the                                
03       amount needed, when added to other income and assets of the resident, to pay the                                  
04       monthly rate set under AS 47.55.030(b).  Payment assistance received by a home                                    
05       resident is a debt to the state.  In determining the amount of payment assistance for                             
06       which a home resident qualifies, the following income, assets, and other resources of                             
07       the resident shall be disregarded:                                                                                
08                 (1)  income from any source in an amount up to $100 per month as                                        
09       established by the department by regulation;                                                                      
10                 (2)  the following assets received under 43 U.S.C. 1601 - 1629g                                         
11       (Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act):                                                                            
12                      (A)  cash dividends and other income equal to at least $2,000 as                                   
13            established by the department by regulation;                                                                 
14                      (B)  stock;                                                                                        
15                      (C)  noncash dividends from stock; and                                                             
16                      (D)  land;                                                                                         
17                 (3)  a permanent fund dividend issued under AS 43.23;                                                   
18                 (4)  veterans' benefits paid under 38 U.S.C. 1110;                                                      
19                 (5)  compensation to volunteers under the federal retired and senior                                    
20       volunteers (42 U.S.C. 5001), foster grandparents (42 U.S.C. 5011), and senior                                     
21       companion (42 U.S.C. 5013) programs made in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 5044(f);                                    
22                 (6)  federal World War II restitution payments made under 50 U.S.C.                                     
23       App. 1989b-4 and c-5;                                                                                             
24                 (7)  payments under AS 18.67 (crime victim compensation);                                               
25                 (8)  an amount, determined by the department by regulation, that is                                     
26       sufficient for burial expenses of the resident, the resident's spouse, and dependents of                          
27       the resident;                                                                                                     
28                 (9)  real property being used as the primary residence of the resident's                                
29       spouse or a dependent of the resident;                                                                            
30                 (10)  other real or personal property equal to at least a total value of                                
31       $5,000 as established by the department by regulation.                                                            
01            (e)  As a condition for receipt of payment assistance under (d) of this section,                             
02       the department, under regulations adopted by the department, may require a person to                              
03       apply for other state or federally sponsored programs that may reduce the amount of                               
04       the payment assistance.                                                                                           
05    * Sec. 17.  AS 47.55.030(a) is amended to read:                                                                    
06            (a)  A person eligible for admission under AS 47.55.020 may on application be                                
07       admitted to the Alaska Pioneers' Home or the Alaska Veterans' Home [HOME]                                     
08       upon the person's agreement to pay to the state each month an amount the department                           
09       [DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES] considers sufficient to                                                
10       compensate the state for the cost of care and support of the person at the home.  When                            
11       this agreement is entered into, the department [DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND                                  
12       SOCIAL SERVICES] may require security for the payments.                                                           
13    * Sec. 18.  AS 47.55.030(c) is amended to read:                                                                    
14            (c)  The department [DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL                                                     
15       SERVICES] shall provide to all residents of the homes [PIONEERS' HOME] written                                
16       notice of any proposed change in the rate charged for care and support of persons at                              
17       the homes [HOME].  Notice under this section shall be given not less than 60 days                             
18       before a change is adopted.  The notice must include the time, date, and place of a                               
19       hearing to be held by the department [DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL                                         
20       SERVICES] under (d) of this section.  The department may not change the rate                                      
21       charged more than once in a fiscal year.                                                                          
22    * Sec. 19.  AS 47.55.040 is amended to read:                                                                       
23            Sec. 47.55.040.  Transfer of mentally ill residents to an [ANOTHER]                                      
24       institution.  A person regularly admitted into the Alaska Pioneers' Home or the                             
25       Alaska Veterans' Home [HOME] who is found to be insane may be transferred to an                               
26       institution provided for the care and custody of insane persons for the state in the                              
27       manner provided by law for the admission of other persons to the institution.                                     
28    * Sec. 20.  AS 47.55.050 is amended to read:                                                                       
29            Sec. 47.55.050.  Maintenance funds.  The legislature shall each session                                    
30       appropriate the necessary funds for the maintenance of the Alaska Pioneers' Home                              
31       and the Alaska Veterans' Home [HOME] to be expended by the department                                     
01       [DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES], and the [THAT]                                                    
02       department may receive funds, donations and bequests from private individuals,                                    
03       societies or organizations, and funds from the federal government for the support and                             
04       maintenance of the homes [HOME].                                                                              
05    * Sec. 21.  AS 47.55.060 is amended to read:                                                                       
06            Sec. 47.55.060.  Trust fund.  Unless otherwise provided by the donor, money                                
07       bequeathed to the Alaska Pioneers' Home or the Alaska Veterans' Home constitutes                              
08       a special trust fund.  Unless otherwise provided by the donor, interest from the special                          
09       trust fund is under the control and at the disposal of the department [DEPARTMENT                             
10       OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES], and expenditure from it is limited to the                                         
11       benefit and comfort of the residents of the home.                                                                 
12    * Sec. 22.  AS 47.55.070 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                        
13            Sec. 47.55.070.  Indebtedness of Alaska Pioneers' Home or Alaska                                           
14       Veterans' Home resident to state.  The following expenses incurred for an Alaska                                
15       Pioneers' Home or Alaska Veterans' Home resident under this chapter and not                                       
16       recoverable from a collateral source are a debt of the resident to the state and may be                           
17       recovered during the life of the resident:                                                                        
18                 (1)  costs of standard or nursing care provided in the home each month                                  
19       to the resident not exceeding the rate established by the department under                                        
20       AS 47.55.030, with credit given for any amounts paid by or collected from the                                     
21       resident;                                                                                                         
22                 (2)  allowances paid under AS 47.55.020(c);                                                             
23                 (3)  arrearages in fees for television and telephone services provided in                               
24       the home; and                                                                                                     
25                 (4)  prescription medicine.                                                                             
26    * Sec. 23.  AS 47.55.095 is amended to read:                                                                       
27            Sec. 47.55.095.  Limitation on enforcement of claims against estate.                                       
28       Notwithstanding AS 47.55.080 and 47.55.090, upon the death of an Alaska [A]                                 
29       Pioneers' Home or Alaska Veterans' Home resident or of a recipient of day care or                             
30       respite services, a state claim for unpaid debt owed to the home [PIONEERS' HOME]                             
31       may be satisfied only out of the decedent's estate.  The state may not pursue a claim to                          
01       the extent doing so would work undue hardship, as determined by the department by                             
02       regulation [OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES], on                                                  
03       the surviving spouse or dependent of the decedent.  Family portraits and heirlooms of                             
04       the type identified under AS 09.38.020(a)(3), without regard to value, may not be                                 
05       taken by the state in satisfaction of a debt to the home [PIONEERS' HOME].                                    
06    * Sec. 24.  AS 47.55 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                   
07            Sec. 47.55.900.  Definitions.  In this chapter, unless the context otherwise                               
08       requires,                                                                                                         
09                 (1)  "department" means the Department of Health and Social Services;                                   
10                 (2)  "home" means                                                                                       
11                      (A)  the Alaska Pioneers' Home; or                                                                 
12                      (B)  the Alaska Veterans' Home;                                                                    
13                 (3)  "physical disability or other reason"  means inability of an                                       
14       individual to maintain a household without regular assistance in shopping,                                        
15       housekeeping, meal preparation, dressing, or personal hygiene because of physical or                              
16       medical impairment, infirmity, or disability;                                                                     
17                 (4)  "resident of the state" has the meaning given "resident" in                                        
18       AS 47.25.430(a);                                                                                                  
19                 (5)  "veteran" means a person who has been honorably discharged with                                    
20       181 days or more of active service in the armed forces of the United States, including                            
21       the Alaska National Guard or the Alaska Territorial Guard.                                                        
22    * Sec. 25.  (a)  AS 44.29.020(a)(17) and AS 47.55.035 are repealed.                                                
23       (b)  Sections 1 - 15, ch. 4, SSSLA 2002 are repealed.                                                             
24    * Sec. 26.  The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                        
25 read:                                                                                                                   
26       TRANSITION:  STATUS OF CERTAIN RESIDENTS OF THE ALASKA                                                            
27 PIONEERS' HOME OR THE ALASKA VETERANS' HOME.  (a)  If a resident of an Alaska                                           
28 Pioneers' Home facility or Alaska Veterans' Home facility was admitted to the facility before                           
29 the Department of Health and Social Services received the United States Veterans                                        
30 Administration certification for the Alaska Veterans' Home to begin receiving per diem                                  
31 payments for eligible veterans, the resident may not be evicted or required to relocate to a                            
01 different Alaska Pioneers' Home or Alaska Veterans' Home facility solely because of that                                
02 certification.                                                                                                          
03       (b)  The commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services shall promptly                              
04 post on the Alaska Online Public Notice System (AS 44.62.175) the date that the certification                           
05 described in (a) of this section was received.                                                                          
06    * Sec. 27.  The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                        
07 read:                                                                                                                   
08       TRANSITION:  REGULATIONS.  The Department of Health and Social Services                                           
09 and other state agencies affected by this Act may immediately proceed to adopt regulations                              
10 necessary to implement the changes made by this Act.  The regulations take effect under                                 
11 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the respective                            
12 statutory changes.                                                                                                      
13    * Sec. 28.  The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                        
14 read:                                                                                                                   
15       REVISOR'S INSTRUCTION.  The revisor of statutes is instructed to change the                                       
16 heading of AS 47.55 from "Pioneers' Home" to "Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans'                                
17 Home."                                                                                                                  
18    * Sec. 29.  Section 27 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).                                 
19    * Sec. 30.  Except as provided in sec. 29 of this Act, this Act takes effect July 1, 2004.