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HB 171: "An Act authorizing the commissioner of corrections to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements for the productive employment of prisoners; authorizing the Department of Corrections to receive money from the productive employment of prisoners; and providing for an effective date."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 171                                                                          
01 "An Act authorizing the commissioner of corrections to enter into contracts and                                         
02 cooperative agreements for the productive employment of prisoners; authorizing the                                      
03 Department of Corrections to receive money from the productive employment of                                            
04 prisoners; and providing for an effective date."                                                                        
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
06    * Section 1. AS 33.30.191(b) is repealed and reenacted to read:                                                    
07 (b)  The commissioner may enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with                                           
08 a public agency, private organization, or individual for the productive employment of                                   
09 prisoners in the performance of services or production of articles, materials, and                                      
10 supplies. A contract or agreement with an individual or private organization must                                       
11 require payment to the commissioner of at least the minimum wage required by                                            
12 AS 23.10.065 for each hour worked by a prisoner. The wage required under contract                                       
13 or agreement multiplied by the total hours worked by the prisoner must be paid                                          
14 weekly, or for another period as required by the contract. The commissioner may sell a                                  
01 product or service under this subsection to a public agency, private organization, or                                   
02 individual. Before selling a product or service, the commissioner shall consult with                                    
03 industry representatives in the state to ensure that the services or products will have                                 
04 the potential for contributing to the economy of the state and will have minimal                                        
05 negative effect on an existing private industry or labor force in the state. The                                        
06 commissioner shall determine the prices at which products and services will be sold,                                    
07 based on the approximate fair market value of products and services of comparable                                       
08       quality available from commercial sources.                                                                        
09    * Sec. 2. AS 37.05.146(c) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                            
10                 (90)  receipts of the Department of Corrections from contracts or                                       
11       agreements under AS 33.30.191.                                                                                    
12    * Sec. 3. This Act takes effect July 1, 2017.