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HB 73: "An Act relating to the membership of the Alaska Legislative Council and the membership of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 73                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the membership of the Alaska Legislative Council and the                                            
02 membership of the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee."                                                              
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 24.20.020 is amended to read:                                                                      
05            Sec. 24.20.020. Membership. The legislative council is composed of the                                     
06       president of the senate and six other senators appointed by the president, and the                                
07       speaker of the house of representatives and six other representatives appointed by the                            
08       speaker. The membership from each house shall meet the requirements of (b) of this                            
09       section [INCLUDE AT LEAST ONE MEMBER FROM EACH OF THE TWO                                                     
10       MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES]. The appointing authority in each house shall make                                       
11       and announce the appointment or reappointment of members of the council within 15                                 
12       days after the convening of the first regular session of each legislature.                                      
13    * Sec. 2. AS 24.20.020 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
14            (b)  The membership from each house must include at least one member from                                    
01       each of the two major political parties. The membership from each house must also                                 
02       include the number of minority members that is proportional to the number of                                      
03       minority members in the house compared to the total house membership or to one seat,                              
04       whichever is greater. In calculating the number of seats to which the minority is                                 
05       entitled, fractional numbers that represent the minority proportional entitlement to a                            
06       seat shall be ignored. For purposes of this subsection, "minority" means a group of                               
07       members who have organized and elected a minority leader and who constitute at least                              
08       25 percent of the total house membership.                                                                         
09    * Sec. 3. AS 24.20.040 is amended to read:                                                                         
10            Sec. 24.20.040. Vacancies. When a vacancy occurs in the statutory or                                       
11       appointive membership of the council, the presiding officer of the house incurring the                            
12       vacancy shall fill the vacancy within 30 days. If the office of the president of the                              
13       senate or speaker of the house of representatives becomes vacant and a vacancy occurs                             
14       among the appointed members of the council, the remaining council members from                                    
15       the house incurring the vacancy shall appoint a new member. After a vacancy is                                
16       filled, the membership of the house that incurred the vacancy must meet the                                   
17       requirements of AS 24.20.020(b) [A LEGISLATOR APPOINTED TO FILL A                                             
18       VACANCY SHALL BE A MEMBER OF THE SAME POLITICAL PARTY AS                                                          
19       THE MEMBER VACATING THE SEAT, WHEN POSSIBLE].                                                                     
20    * Sec. 4. AS 24.20.161 is amended to read:                                                                         
21            Sec. 24.20.161. Membership. The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee is                                  
22       composed of 10 members: the chairs [CHAIRMEN] of the senate and house finance                                 
23       committees; one member selected from each of the senate and house finance                                         
24       committees and appointed by the president of the senate and the speaker of the house,                             
25       respectively; and three members appointed from each house by the respective                                       
26       presiding officer. The chair [CHAIRMAN] of the finance committee may choose not                               
27       to serve on the committee. If this occurs, the presiding officer of the appropriate house                         
28       shall appoint a replacement from the finance committee. The membership from each                                  
29       house shall meet the requirements of (b) of this section [INCLUDE AT LEAST                                    
30       ONE MEMBER FROM EACH OF THE TWO MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES]. The                                                     
31       committee shall select its own chair [CHAIRMAN].                                                              
01    * Sec. 5. AS 24.20.161 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
02            (b)  The membership from each house must include at least one member from                                    
03       each of the two major political parties. The membership from each house must also                                 
04       include the number of minority members that is proportional to the number of                                      
05       minority members in the house compared to the total house membership or to one seat,                              
06       whichever is greater. In calculating the number of seats to which the minority is                                 
07       entitled, fractional numbers that represent the minority proportional entitlement to a                            
08       seat shall be ignored. For purposes of this subsection, "minority" means a group of                               
09       members who have organized and elected a minority leader and who constitute at least                              
10       25 percent of the total house membership.                                                                         
11    * Sec. 6. AS 24.20.181 is amended to read:                                                                         
12            Sec. 24.20.181. Vacancies. When a vacancy occurs in the statutory or                                       
13       appointive membership of the committee, the presiding officer of the house incurring                              
14       the vacancy shall choose a successor. If the office of the president of the senate or                             
15       speaker of the house of representatives becomes vacant and a vacancy from the                                     
16       affected house occurs among the membership of the committee, the remaining                                        
17       committee members from the house incurring the vacancy shall appoint a new                                        
18       member. After a vacancy is filled, the membership of the house that incurred the                              
19       vacancy must meet the requirements of AS 24.20.161(b).