CSSB 86(CRA)(efd fld): "An Act relating to the liability of the state and municipalities for attorney fees in certain civil actions and appeals."
00 CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 86(CRA)(efd fld) 01 "An Act relating to the liability of the state and municipalities for attorney fees in 02 certain civil actions and appeals." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 05 to read: 06 FINDINGS, PURPOSE, AND INTENT. (a) The legislature finds that 07 (1) awards of enhanced attorney fees to adverse parties that are significantly 08 beyond those ordinarily granted under the state's tradition of awarding a partial recovery of 09 attorney fees to a prevailing party impose a substantial cost on the state and municipalities at a 10 time of fiscal scarcity; and 11 (2) except if provided by a specific statute, if needed to preserve the courts' 12 authority to sanction litigants, or if there is an exercise of eminent domain, there is no public 13 policy that sufficiently supports such enhanced awards to justify their fiscal impact. 14 (b) The purpose of sec. 2 of this Act is to reduce the impact of the matters in the
01 findings made in (a) of this section on the state fisc, under art. II, sec. 21, of the Constitution 02 of Alaska and the doctrine of sovereign immunity, and on the fisc of municipalities, through 03 the legislature's power to confer immunity upon the state and municipalities. 04 (c) This Act does not preclude the enactment of, nor create an implied repeal of, 05 specific statutes authorizing awards of attorney fees in particular situations, such as in 06 AS 45.50.537. 07 * Sec. 2. AS 09.65 is amended by adding a new section to read: 08 Sec. 09.65.065. Liability of the state and municipalities for attorney fees. 09 (a) Except as otherwise provided by statute or awarded by a court as a sanction, in a 10 civil action or appeal, the state or a municipality is not liable to pay an attorney fee 11 award exceeding the following: 12 (1) in a civil action or appeal in which a money judgment is recovered, 13 20 percent of the money judgment recovered; 14 (2) in a civil action in which the prevailing party does not recover a 15 money judgment and 16 (A) that civil action goes to trial, 30 percent of the prevailing 17 party's reasonable actual attorney fees that were necessarily incurred in 18 litigating issues upon which the party prevailed; or 19 (B) that civil action is resolved without trial, 20 percent of the 20 prevailing party's reasonable actual attorney fees that were necessarily incurred 21 in litigating issues upon which the party prevailed; 22 (3) in an appeal in which the prevailing party does not recover a 23 money judgment, 20 percent of the prevailing party's reasonable actual attorney fees 24 that were necessarily incurred in litigating issues upon which the party prevailed. 25 (b) The provisions of (a) of this section do not apply to a civil action or appeal 26 relating to condemnation of property under the power of eminent domain. 27 * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 28 read: 29 APPLICABILITY. Section 2 of this Act applies to all civil actions and appeals filed 30 on or after the effective date of this Act.