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SB 149: "An Act relating to public hearings on initiatives and referenda scheduled to appear on the ballot; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 149                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to public hearings on initiatives and referenda scheduled to appear on                                 
02 the ballot; and providing for an effective date."                                                                       
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 15.45 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                  
05            Sec. 15.45.425. Public hearings. (a) At least 30 days before the election at                               
06       which a referendum is to appear on the ballot, the lieutenant governor shall hold two                             
07       or more public hearings concerning the referendum in each judicial district of the                                
08       state. The lieutenant governor shall ensure that at least one supporter and one                                   
09       opponent of the referendum provide written or oral testimony at the hearing.                                      
10            (b)  The lieutenant governor shall provide reasonable notice of each public                                  
11       hearing required under this section. The notice must include the date, time, and place                            
12       of the hearing. The notice may be given using print or broadcast media. The lieutenant                            
13       governor shall provide notice in a consistent fashion for all hearings required under                             
14       this section.                                                                                                     
01            (c)  A violation of this section is not cause to remove a referendum from the                                
02       ballot.                                                                                                           
03            (d)  If the lieutenant governor determines that it is technologically and                                    
04       economically feasible, the division shall provide a live audio and video broadcast of                             
05       each hearing held under (a) of this section on the division's Internet website.                                   
06    * Sec. 2. AS 24.05.186 is amended to read:                                                                         
07            Sec. 24.05.186. Legislative hearings on initiatives and referenda certified                              
08       by the lieutenant governor. (a) A standing committee of the legislature, selected                               
09       jointly by the presiding officers of the house of representatives and senate, shall hold                          
10       at least one hearing on an initiative or referendum that the lieutenant governor has                          
11       determined was properly filed under AS 15.45.160 or 15.45.390.                                                
12            (b)  The standing committee selected jointly by the presiding officers of the                                
13       house of representatives and senate under (a) of this section shall hold at least one                             
14       hearing under this section within 30 days after the convening of the legislative session                          
15       preceding the statewide election at which the initiative or referendum proposition                            
16       must appear on the election ballot under AS 15.45.190 or 15.45.420.                                           
17    * Sec. 3. AS 24.05.186 is amended by adding new subsections to read:                                               
18            (c)  A hearing under this section shall include                                                              
19                 (1)  the public review of a fiscal note for the law proposed by initiative                            
20       or rejection of the act referred, prepared in the same manner and containing the same                             
21       information required for a bill under AS 24.08.035(a) and (c)(1) - (8); and                                       
22                 (2)  if offered by the governor or a designee of the governor, a                                        
23       statement presenting the position of the executive branch as to the merits of                                     
24                      (A)  implementing a law proposed in the initiative; or                                             
25                      (B)  rejecting the act that is the subject of a referendum.                                        
26            (d)  The department or departments affected shall prepare the fiscal note                                    
27       required under (c) of this section in conformity with the requirements of this section.                           
28       The office of management and budget may review the fiscal note.                                                   
29    * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
30 read:                                                                                                                   
31       APPLICABILITY. (a) Section 1 of this Act applies to a referendum that will appear                                 
01 on the ballot after the effective date of this Act.                                                                     
02       (b)  Section 2 of this Act applies only to a referendum scheduled to appear on the                                
03 ballot after the August 2014 primary election.                                                                          
04       (c)  Section 3 of this Act applies only to an initiative or a referendum scheduled to                             
05 appear on the ballot after the August 2014 primary election.                                                            
06    * Sec. 5. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).