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SB 24: "An Act relating to the applicability of the Legislative Ethics Act to legislative interns, legislative volunteers, consultants, independent contractors, sole proprietorships, and other legal entities."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 24                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the applicability of the Legislative Ethics Act to legislative interns,                             
02 legislative volunteers, consultants, independent contractors, sole proprietorships, and                                 
03 other legal entities."                                                                                                  
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 24.60.112 is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                       
06            Sec. 24.60.112. Applicability to legislative interns, volunteers, consultants,                           
07       and independent contractors. (a) A legislative intern or legislative volunteer is a                             
08       legislative employee for purposes of compliance with AS 24.60.030 - 24.60.039,                                    
09       24.60.060, 24.60.080, 24.60.085, 24.60.155 - 24.60.170, 24.60.176, and 24.60.178.                                 
10            (b)  A legislative consultant or legislative independent contractor is a                                     
11       legislative employee for purposes of compliance with AS 24.60.030(a)(1) and (3),                                  
12       24.60.031(a), 24.60.033, 24.60.060, 24.60.080(a), (c)(1) - (6), (g), and (j), 24.60.158 -                         
13       24.60.170, 24.60.176, and 24.60.178.                                                                              
14            (c)  If a person believes that a legislative intern, legislative volunteer,                                  
01       legislative consultant, or legislative independent contractor has violated a provision of                         
02       this chapter that is made applicable by this section, the person may file a complaint                             
03       under AS 24.60.170.                                                                                               
04    * Sec. 2. AS 24.60.134(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
05            (c)  A person under contract to provide personal services to the committee who                               
06       does so as [IS] part of a sole proprietorship, corporation, [OR] partnership, or other            
07       legal entity that includes individuals who will not be participating directly in the work                     
08       performed by the entity for the committee may request the committee to exclude                                    
09       members of the entity from some or all of the provisions of this section. The                                     
10       committee may grant the request if it finds that                                                                  
11                 (1)  doing so will not lead to the appearance that the committee is                                 
12       subject to undue political influence; and                                                                     
13                 (2)  [IF] there is no appearance of impropriety.                                                    
14    * Sec. 3. AS 24.60.990(a)(11) is amended to read:                                                                  
15                 (11)  "legislative employee" means a public member of the                                           
16       committee, a staff member of the committee, and a person, other than a legislator,                            
17       who is compensated by the legislative branch in return for providing regular or                               
18       substantial personal services, regardless of the person's pay level or technical status as                        
19       full time or part time; except where expressly provided otherwise by this chapter,                            
20       "legislative employee" [A FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME EMPLOYEE,                                                    
21       INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR, OR CONSULTANT; IT INCLUDES PUBLIC                                                         
22       MEMBERS AND STAFF OF THE COMMITTEE; IT] does not include legislative                                          
23       interns, legislative volunteers, legislative consultants, legislative independent                             
24       contractors, individuals who perform functions that are incidental to legislative                             
25       functions, and other employees designated by the committee;