HB 236: "An Act relating to providing a death certificate for a deceased veteran without cost; relating to a program to honor the memory of a deceased veteran; and providing for an effective date."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 236 01 "An Act relating to providing a death certificate for a deceased veteran without cost; 02 relating to a program to honor the memory of a deceased veteran; and providing for an 03 effective date." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 18.50.320 is amended to read: 06 Sec. 18.50.320. Copies of data from vital records. Except as otherwise 07 provided and in accordance with the regulations adopted under AS 18.50.310, 08 (1) the bureau and the custodian of permanent local records shall, upon 09 request, issue a certified copy of a certificate or record in their custody, or a part of it; 10 each copy issued must show the date of registration or recording, and copies issued 11 from records marked "delayed," "amended," or "court order" shall be similarly marked 12 and must show the effective date; 13 (2) a certified copy of a certificate or a part of it issued in accordance 14 with (1) of this section is considered the original for all purposes and is prima facie

01 evidence of the facts stated; however, [PROVIDED THAT] the evidentiary value of a 02 certificate or record filed more than one year after the event, or a record that has been 03 amended, or a presumptive death certificate, shall be determined by the judicial or 04 administrative body or official before whom the certificate is offered as evidence; 05 (3) the National Office of Vital Statistics may be furnished the copies 06 or data it requires for national statistics if the bureau is reimbursed for the cost of 07 furnishing the data; the National Office of Vital Statistics may not use the data for 08 purposes other than statistical purposes unless authorized by the state registrar; 09 (4) federal, state, local, and other public or private agencies, upon 10 request, may be furnished copies or data for statistical purposes on the terms or 11 conditions prescribed by the bureau; 12 (5) a person or agency may not prepare or issue a certificate or part of 13 a certificate that purports to be an original, certified copy, or copy of a certificate of 14 birth, death, fetal death, or marriage, except as authorized in this chapter or the 15 regulations adopted under it; 16 (6) upon request, the bureau shall furnish a copy of a certificate or 17 record registered by the bureau to the child support services agency created in 18 AS 25.27.010, or the child support enforcement agency of another state, for child 19 support purposes authorized under law; such a certificate or record that is prepared or 20 maintained in an electronic data base may be supplied by providing the requesting 21 agency with a copy of the electronic certificate or record and a statement certifying its 22 contents; 23 (7) upon request and without cost to the individual making the 24 request, the bureau shall issue one certified copy of the death certificate of a 25 veteran to an eligible recipient for the purpose of satisfying an eligibility 26 requirement for a benefit related to the death of the veteran; in this paragraph, 27 "eligible recipient" and "veteran" have the meanings given in AS 26.10.085. 28 * Sec. 2. AS 26.10 is amended by adding a new section to read: 29 Sec. 26.10.085. Governor's memorial certificate program. (a) Upon request 30 of the governor, the adjutant general of the Department of Military and Veterans' 31 Affairs may conduct a program for honoring the memory of a deceased veteran by

01 preparing and sending to an eligible recipient a certificate bearing the signature of the 02 governor and expressing the state's grateful recognition of the veteran's service. The 03 award of a certificate to one eligible recipient does not preclude authorization of 04 another certificate if a request is received from another eligible recipient. 05 (b) The Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs shall determine the form 06 and content of the certificate and may adopt regulations necessary to administer the 07 program. 08 (c) In this section, 09 (1) "eligible recipient" means the veteran's surviving spouse, or next of 10 kin, or relative of the deceased veteran, the deceased veteran's heir or devisee, and the 11 administrator, executor, personal representative, foreign personal representative, 12 beneficiary, conservator, fiduciary, special administrator, successor personal 13 administrator, or trustee of the deceased veteran's estate; 14 (2) "veteran" means an individual who was 15 (A) on active duty at the time of the veteran's death or had 16 received an honorable or general discharge from a branch of the armed 17 services of the United States, the Alaska Scouts, the Alaska Territorial Guard, 18 the Alaska Army National Guard, the Alaska Air National Guard, the Alaska 19 Naval Militia, the United States Coast Guard, or a reserve unit of the United 20 States armed forces or United States Coast Guard in Alaska; and 21 (B) a resident of Alaska at the time of the individual's death. 22 * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).