SB 115: "An Act relating to gift certificates and gift cards, and to unclaimed property; and making a violation of certain gift card prohibitions an unlawful trade practice."
00 SENATE BILL NO. 115 01 "An Act relating to gift certificates and gift cards, and to unclaimed property; and 02 making a violation of certain gift card prohibitions an unlawful trade practice." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 34.45.240 is amended to read: 05 Sec. 34.45.240. Gift certificates and credit memos. (a) A gift card 06 [CERTIFICATE] or a credit memo, issued in the ordinary course of an issuer's 07 business, that remains unclaimed by the owner for more than three years after 08 becoming payable or distributable is presumed abandoned. 09 (b) In the case of a gift card [CERTIFICATE], the amount presumed 10 abandoned is the balance remaining on [PRICE PAID BY THE PURCHASER FOR] 11 the gift card [CERTIFICATE]. In the case of a credit memo, the amount presumed 12 abandoned is the amount credited to the recipient of the memo. 13 * Sec. 2. AS 34.45.760(8) is amended to read: 14 (8) "gift card [CERTIFICATE]" has the meaning given in
01 AS 45.45.940 [MEANS AN OBLIGATION OF A BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 02 ARISING FROM A TRANSACTION BETWEEN THE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION 03 AND A CONSUMER TO PROVIDE GOODS OR SERVICES AT A FUTURE 04 DATE; "GIFT CERTIFICATE" INCLUDES A GIFT CERTIFICATE, STORED 05 VALUE CARD, GIFT CARD, ON-LINE GIFT ACCOUNT, OR OTHER 06 REPRESENTATION OR EVIDENCE OF THE OBLIGATION OF A BUSINESS 07 ASSOCIATION]; 08 * Sec. 3. AS 34.45.760(11) is amended to read: 09 (11) "intangible property" 10 (A) includes 11 (i) money, checks, drafts, warrants, deposits, interest, 12 dividends, and income; 13 (ii) credit balances, customer overpayments, gift cards 14 [CERTIFICATES], security deposits, refunds, credit memos, unpaid 15 wages, and unidentified remittances; 16 (iii) stocks and other intangible equity interests in 17 business associations; 18 (iv) money deposited to redeem stocks, bonds, coupons, 19 and other securities, or to make distributions; 20 (v) amounts due and payable under the terms of 21 insurance policies; 22 (vi) amounts distributable from a trust or custodial fund 23 established under a plan to provide health, welfare, pension, vacation, 24 severance, retirement, death, stock purchase, profit-sharing, employee 25 savings, supplemental unemployment insurance, or similar benefits; 26 and 27 (vii) amounts due and payable as mineral proceeds; 28 (B) does not include 29 (i) unused airline tickets; 30 (ii) shares of stock issued by a corporation organized 31 under 43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq. (Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act) or
01 unclaimed dividends payable on the shares of stock; or 02 (iii) overpaid contributions by employers to the 03 unemployment compensation fund under AS 23.20.130; 04 * Sec. 4. AS 45.45 is amended by adding a new section to article 12 to read: 05 Sec. 45.45.940. Gift cards. (a) A person may not sell or offer to sell a gift card 06 unless the 07 (1) gift card is redeemable at full face value in perpetuity; and 08 (2) gift card's date of issuance is clearly 09 (A) identified on the face of the gift card; or 10 (B) printed, if the gift card is an electronic card with a banked 11 dollar value, on a sales receipt transferred to the buyer or another holder of the 12 electronic card or available through an Internet site or a toll-free telephone line. 13 (b) A person may not sell or offer to sell a gift card that imposes dormancy 14 fees, latency fees, administrative fees, periodic fees, service fees, or other fees that 15 have the effect of reducing the total amount for which the holder may redeem a gift 16 card. 17 (c) This section does not apply to a gift card that 18 (1) is distributed by the issuer of the gift card under an awards, loyalty, 19 or promotional program if the recipient does not give the issuer money or another 20 thing of value in exchange for the gift card; 21 (2) is donated to a nonprofit organization or a charitable organization 22 for fundraising purposes; or 23 (3) can be used to purchase goods or services from more than one 24 seller of goods or services. 25 (d) In this section, 26 (1) "device" includes an electronic card, but does not mean an access 27 number or authorization code, whether manually or electronically dialed, to make 28 calls; 29 (2) "gift card" means a device that is usable up to its face amount 30 instead of cash in exchange for goods or services, except telephone services, supplied 31 by a seller.