Enrolled SB 134: Relating to a pilot project to review and investigate certain complaints from victims of sexual assault in the first degree or sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree concerning actions of justice agencies.
00Enrolled SB 134 01 Relating to a pilot project to review and investigate certain complaints from victims of sexual 02 assault in the first degree or sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree concerning actions of 03 justice agencies. 04 _______________ 05 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section 06 to read: 07 OFFICE OF VICTIMS' RIGHTS PILOT PROGRAM CONCERNING CERTAIN 08 SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIMS. (a) The office of victims' rights 09 shall establish a pilot program to review and investigate complaints described in (b) of this 10 section, and shall report to the legislature under (e) of this section. The pilot program begins 11 September 1, 2006, and ends August 31, 2008. 12 (b) Upon receiving a complaint from a victim of sexual assault in the first degree or 13 sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree that the crime has not been timely or completely 14 investigated, the victims' advocate
01 (1) has jurisdiction to investigate the complaint and may assist with regard to 02 the victim's contacts with justice agencies under procedures set out in AS 24.65.100 - 03 24.65.130; 04 (2) shall consult with and make reports to justice agencies under procedures 05 set out in AS 24.65.140 and 24.65.150; and 06 (3) has the privileges and immunities set out in AS 24.65.190 and 24.65.200. 07 (c) The penalty set out in AS 24.65.210 applies to hindering, or refusing to comply 08 with the lawful demands of, the victims' advocate in connection with the program established 09 under this section. 10 (d) Regulations adopted by the victims' advocate under AS 24.65.090, as those 11 regulations may be amended, apply to the program established under this section to the extent 12 those regulations are not inconsistent with this section. The victims' advocate may adopt 13 additional regulations under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act) necessary to 14 implement this section. 15 (e) No later than September 30, 2008, the office of victims' rights shall present to the 16 legislature a report of its conclusions concerning complaints investigated under the program 17 established under this section. The report may include recommendations for legislative action. 18 (f) In this section, 19 (1) "justice agency" has the meaning given in AS 24.65.250; 20 (2) "office of victims' rights" means the office created in AS 24.65.010; 21 (3) "victim" has the meaning given in AS 24.65.250; 22 (4) "victims' advocate" means the position created in AS 24.65.010. 23 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 24 read: 25 APPLICABILITY. Section 1 of this Act applies to complaints made after the effective 26 date of this Act for offenses alleged to have been committed 27 (1) on or after the effective date of this Act; or 28 (2) before the effective date of this Act if the offense is alleged to have been 29 committed on or after July 10, 2003.