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SB 7: "An Act relating to the civil rights of felons."

00                              SENATE BILL NO. 7                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the civil rights of felons."                                                                        
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
03    * Section 1. AS 09.20.020 is amended to read:                                                                      
04            Sec. 09.20.020. Disqualification of jurors. A person is disqualified from                                  
05       serving as a juror if the person                                                                                  
06                 (1)  has served as a juror in the state within one year of the time of                                  
07       examination for service; or                                                                                       
08                 (2)  has been convicted of a felony for which the person is                                         
09       incarcerated, until the person is released from incarceration [HAS NOT BEEN                                   
10       UNCONDITIONALLY DISCHARGED; UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE HAS                                                           
11       THE MEANING GIVEN IN AS 12.55.185].                                                                               
12    * Sec. 2. AS 15.05.030 is amended to read:                                                                         
13            Sec. 15.05.030. Loss and restoration of voting rights. (a) A person convicted                              
14       of a crime that constitutes a felony involving moral turpitude under state or federal law                         
15       may not vote in a state, federal, or municipal election while incarcerated for that                           
01       crime [FROM THE DATE OF THE CONVICTION THROUGH THE DATE OF                                                    
02       THE UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE OF THE PERSON]. Upon release from                                                 
03       incarceration [THE UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE], the person may register                                          
04       under AS 15.07.                                                                                                   
05            (b)  The commissioner of corrections shall establish procedures by which a                                   
06       person released from incarceration [UNCONDITIONALLY DISCHARGED] is                                            
07       advised of the voter registration requirements and procedures. The procedures                                 
08       established under this subsection must provide that, at the time of the person's                              
09       release from incarceration,                                                                                   
10                 (1)  the Department of Corrections shall provide the person a                                       
11       written notification of the person's restored right to vote; and                                              
12                 (2)  the commissioner of corrections shall notify the director that                                 
13       the person is entitled to be registered as a voter.                                                           
14    * Sec. 3. AS 15.07.135 is amended to read:                                                                         
15            Sec. 15.07.135. Cancellation of registration of incarcerated                                             
16       [CONVICTED] persons. (a) The director shall make reasonable efforts to obtain the                               
17       names of persons convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude and incarcerated                             
18       for that crime. Promptly after receipt of evidence satisfactory to the director that a                        
19       person has been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude and incarcerated for                          
20       that crime, the director shall cancel the registration of the person.                                         
21            (b)  Upon presenting proof that a person whose registration was canceled under                               
22       (a) of this section has been released from incarceration [UNCONDITIONALLY                                     
23       DISCHARGED FROM CUSTODY], the person may register. The director shall make                                        
24       reasonable efforts to verify the release from incarceration [UNCONDITIONAL                                    
25       DISCHARGE] of persons applying for registration under this subsection.                                            
26    * Sec. 4. AS 33.30.241(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
27            (a)  A person who is convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude as defined                              
28       in AS 15.60.010 is disqualified from voting in a state, federal, or municipal election                        
29       while the person is incarcerated for that crime [UNTIL THE PERSON'S                                           
30       UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE].                                                                                         
31    * Sec. 5. AS 33.30.241(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
01            (b)  A person who is convicted of a felony is disqualified from serving as a                                 
02       juror while the person is incarcerated for that crime [UNTIL THE PERSON'S                                     
03       UNCONDITIONAL DISCHARGE].                                                                                         
04    * Sec. 6. AS 15.60.010(39) and AS 33.30.241(c) are repealed.