HB 68: "An Act relating to the preparation, electronic distribution, and posting of reports by state agencies."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 68                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the preparation, electronic distribution, and posting of reports by                                 
02 state agencies."                                                                                                        
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 44.62.175(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (a)  The lieutenant governor shall develop and supervise the Alaska Online                                   
06       Public Notice System, to be maintained on the state's site on the Internet. The                                   
07       lieutenant governor shall prescribe the form of notices posted on the system by state                             
08       agencies. The Alaska Online Public Notice System must include                                                     
09                 (1)  notices of proposed actions given under AS 44.62.190(a);                                           
10                 (2)  notices of state agency meetings required under AS 44.62.310(e),                                   
11       even if the meeting has been held;                                                                                
12                 (3)  notices of solicitations to bid issued under AS 36.30.130;                                         
13                 (4)  notices of state agency requests for proposals issued under                                        
14       AS 18.55.255, 18.55.320; AS 36.30.210; AS 37.05.316; AS 38.05.120; and                                            
01       AS 43.40.010;                                                                                                     
02                 (5)  executive orders and administrative orders issued by the governor;                                 
03                 (6)  written delegations of authority made by the governor or the head                                  
04       of a principal department under AS 44.17.010;                                                                     
05                 (7)  the text or a summary of the text of a regulation or order of repeal                               
06       of a regulation for which notice is given under AS 44.62.190(a), including an                                     
07       emergency regulation or repeal regardless of whether it has taken effect;                                         
08                 (8)  notices required by AS 44.62.245(b) regarding an amended version                                   
09       of a document or other material incorporated by reference in a regulation;                                        
10                 (9)  a summary of the text of recently issued published opinions of the                                 
11       attorney general;                                                                                                 
12                 (10)  a list of vacancies on boards, commissions, and other bodies                                      
13       whose members are appointed by the governor;                                                                      
14                 (11)  in accordance with AS 39.52.240(h), advisory opinions of the                                      
15       attorney general; [AND]                                                                                           
16                 (12)  notices required by AS 26.30.010(d) and (e) regarding                                             
17       applications for military facility zones; and                                                                 
18                 (13)  reports of state agencies, if required under AS 44.99.250.                                    
19    * Sec. 2. AS 44.99 is amended by adding new sections to read:                                                      
20                  Article 3A. Distribution of Agency Reports.                                                          
21            Sec. 44.99.250. Electronic distribution and posting. (a) A state agency that                               
22       produces and distributes a report shall, if the agency has the technological capability to                        
23       do so, provide copies electronically and post the report on the Alaska Online Public                              
24       Notice System (AS 44.62.175). An agency may not produce print copies of reports                                   
25       except as                                                                                                         
26                 (1)  required                                                                                           
27                      (A)  under AS 14.56.120;                                                                           
28                      (B)  by agreement; or                                                                              
29                      (C)  by federal law; or                                                                            
30                 (2)  requested under AS 44.99.260 or specifically approved by the head                                  
31       of a state agency or the head's designee.                                                                         
01            (b)  Except as provided in (a) of this section, electronic distribution and                                  
02       electronic posting on the Alaska Online Public Notice System (AS 44.62.175) fulfills                              
03       any obligation in state law to publish, prepare, or present a report, and electronic                              
04       distribution fulfills any obligation in state law to submit a report.                                           
05            Sec. 44.99.260. Print copy requests. A person may obtain a print copy of a                                 
06       report from the state library distribution and data access center under AS 14.56.170.                             
07            Sec. 44.99.270. Graphic design for reports. Notwithstanding AS 44.99.200,                                  
08       when preparing reports, a state agency may not hire contractors to provide                                        
09       photographs or graphics unless                                                                                    
10                 (1)  no agency employee qualified to perform the work is available; or                                  
11                 (2)  the agency would use fewer state resources by hiring a contractor.                                 
12            Sec. 44.99.290. Definitions. In AS 44.99.250 - 44.99.290,                                                  
13                 (1)  "report" means an official document that a state agency is required                                
14       by law to prepare and distribute to the legislature or the public without a specific                              
15       request;                                                                                                          
16                 (2)  "state agency" means a department, institution, board, commission,                                 
17       division, authority, public corporation, committee, or other administrative unit of the                           
18       executive branch of state government, including the University of Alaska, the Alaska                              
19       Railroad Corporation, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and the Alaska                                       
20       Housing Finance Corporation.