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HB 256: "An Act requiring the legislative finance division to prepare a summary of the state budget and finances for the previous fiscal year and requiring the Department of Revenue to distribute the summary to all permanent fund dividend recipients."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 256                                                                          
01 "An Act requiring the legislative finance division to prepare a summary of the state                                    
02 budget and finances for the previous fiscal year and requiring the Department of                                        
03 Revenue to distribute the summary to all permanent fund dividend recipients."                                           
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 24.20.231 is amended to read:                                                                      
06            Sec. 24.20.231. Duties. The legislative finance division shall                                             
07                 (1)  analyze the budget and appropriation requests of each department,                                  
08       institution, bureau, board, commission, or other agency of state government;                                      
09                 (2)  analyze the revenue requirements of the state;                                                     
10                 (3)  provide the finance committees of the legislature with                                             
11       comprehensive budget review and fiscal analysis services;                                                         
12                 (4)  cooperate with the office of management and budget in establishing                                 
13       a comprehensive system for state budgeting and financial management as set out in                                 
14       AS 37.07 (Executive Budget Act);                                                                                  
01                 (5)  complete studies and prepare reports, memoranda, or other                                          
02       materials as directed by the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee;                                              
03                 (6)  with the governor's permission, designate the legislative fiscal                                   
04       analyst to serve ex officio on the governor's budget review committee; [AND]                                      
05                 (7)  identify the actual reduction in state expenditures in the first fiscal                            
06       year following a review under AS 44.66.040 resulting from that review and inform the                              
07       Legislative Budget and Audit Committee of the amount of the reduction; and                                    
08                 (8)  prepare for the Department of Revenue a one-page summary of                                    
09       the state budget and finances for the previous fiscal year; the summary shall be                              
10       written in language that is easy to understand.                                                               
11    * Sec. 2. AS 43.23.055 is amended to read:                                                                         
12            Sec. 43.23.055. Duties of the department. The department shall                                             
13                 (1)  annually pay permanent fund dividends from the dividend fund;                                      
14                 (2)  subject to AS 43.23.011 and paragraph (8) of this section, adopt                                   
15       regulations under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act) that establish procedures                               
16       and time limits for claiming a permanent fund dividend; the department shall                                      
17       determine the number of eligible applicants by October 1 of the year for which the                                
18       dividend is declared and pay the dividends by December 31 of that year;                                           
19                 (3)  adopt regulations under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act)                                    
20       that establish procedures and time limits for an individual upon emancipation or upon                             
21       reaching majority to apply for permanent fund dividends not received during minority                              
22       because the parent, guardian, or other authorized representative did not apply on                                 
23       behalf of the individual;                                                                                         
24                 (4)  assist residents of the state, particularly in rural areas, who because                            
25       of language, disability, or inaccessibility to public transportation need assistance to                           
26       establish eligibility and to apply for permanent fund dividends;                                                  
27                 (5)  use a list of individuals ineligible for a dividend under                                          
28       AS 43.23.005(d) provided annually by the Department of Corrections and the                                        
29       Department of Public Safety to determine the number and identity of those                                         
30       individuals;                                                                                                      
31                 (6)  adopt regulations that are necessary to implement AS 43.23.005(d);                                 
01                 (7)  adopt regulations that establish procedures for the parent, guardian,                              
02       or other authorized representative of a disabled individual to apply for prior year                               
03       permanent fund dividends not received by the disabled individual because no                                       
04       application was submitted on behalf of the individual;                                                            
05                 (8)  adopt regulations that establish procedures for an individual to                                   
06       apply to have a dividend disbursement under AS 37.25.050(a)(2) reissued if it is not                              
07       collected within two years after the date of its issuance; however, the department may                            
08       not establish a time limit within which an application to have a disbursement reissued                            
09       must be filed;                                                                                                    
10                 (9)  provide any information, upon request, contained in permanent                                      
11       fund dividend records to the child support services agency created in AS 25.27.010, or                            
12       the child support enforcement agency of another state, for child support purposes                                 
13       authorized under law; if the information is contained in an electronic data base, the                             
14       department shall provide the requesting agency with either                                                        
15                      (A)  access to the data base; or                                                                   
16                      (B)  a copy of the information in the data base and a statement                                    
17            certifying its contents;                                                                                     
18                 (10)  establish a fraud investigation unit for the purpose of assisting the                             
19                      (A)  Department of Law in the prosecution of individuals who                                       
20            apply for or obtain a permanent fund dividend in violation of a provision in                                 
21            AS 11, by detecting and investigating those crimes; and                                                      
22                      (B)  commissioner to detect and investigate the claiming or                                        
23            paying of permanent fund dividends that should not have been claimed by or                                   
24            paid to an individual and to impose the penalties and enforcement provisions                                 
25            under AS 43.23.035;                                                                                      
26                 (11)  distribute to each permanent fund dividend recipient a copy                                   
27       of the summary prepared by the legislative finance division under AS 24.20.231;                               
28       the summary shall be distributed at the time of distribution of the Internal                                  
29       Revenue Service Miscellaneous Income Form (Form 1099-MISC) and shall be                                       
30       distributed                                                                                                   
31                      (A)  by mail for recipients who receive their Internal                                         
01            Revenue Service Miscellaneous Income Form (Form 1099-MISC) by mail;                                      
02            or                                                                                                       
03                      (B)  as an attachment to the electronic notice stating that the                                
04            Internal Revenue Service Miscellaneous Income Form (Form 1099-MISC)                                      
05            is available for download for permanent fund dividend recipients who                                     
06            receive the Form 1099-MISC by electronic mail.