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HB 194: "An Act relating to members and veterans of the uniformed services, including the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 194                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to members and veterans of the uniformed services, including the                                       
02 Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service and the National                                          
03 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps."                                                     
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 18.50.320 is amended to read:                                                                      
06            Sec. 18.50.320. Copies of data from vital records. Except as otherwise                                     
07       provided and in accordance with the regulations adopted under AS 18.50.310,                                       
08                 (1)  the bureau and the custodian of permanent local records shall, upon                                
09       request, issue a certified copy of a certificate or record in their custody, or a part of it;                     
10       each copy issued must show the date of registration or recording, and copies issued                               
11       from records marked "delayed," "amended," or "court order" shall be similarly marked                              
12       and must show the effective date;                                                                                 
13                 (2)  a certified copy of a certificate or a part of it issued in accordance                             
14       with (1) of this section is considered the original for all purposes and is prima facie                           
01 evidence of the facts stated; however, the evidentiary value of a certificate or record                                 
02 filed more than one year after the event, or a record that has been amended, or a                                       
03 presumptive death certificate, shall be determined by the judicial or administrative                                    
04       body or official before whom the certificate is offered as evidence;                                              
05 (3)  the National Office of Vital Statistics may be furnished the copies                                                
06 or data it requires for national statistics if the bureau is reimbursed for the cost of                                 
07 furnishing the data; the National Office of Vital Statistics may not use the data for                                   
08       purposes other than statistical purposes unless authorized by the state registrar;                                
09 (4)  federal, state, local, and other public or private agencies, upon                                                  
10 request, may be furnished copies or data for statistical purposes on the terms or                                       
11       conditions prescribed by the bureau;                                                                              
12 (5)  a person or agency may not prepare or issue a certificate or part of                                               
13 a certificate that purports to be an original, certified copy, or copy of a certificate of                              
14 birth, death, fetal death, or marriage, except as authorized in this chapter or the                                     
15       regulations adopted under it;                                                                                     
16 (6)  upon request, the bureau shall furnish a copy of a certificate or                                                  
17 record registered by the bureau to the child support services agency created in                                         
18 AS 25.27.010, or the child support enforcement agency of another state, for child                                       
19 support purposes authorized under law; such a certificate or record that is prepared or                                 
20 maintained in an electronic data base may be supplied by providing the requesting                                       
21 agency with a copy of the electronic certificate or record and a statement certifying its                               
22       contents;                                                                                                         
23 (7)  the bureau shall issue up to four certified copies of the death                                                    
24 certificate of a veteran without charge; under this paragraph, certified copies of a                                    
25 veteran's death certificate are available without charge only to a qualified person; in                                 
26       this paragraph,                                                                                                   
27                      (A)  "qualified person" means an individual who is                                                 
28                           (i)  a personal representative of the veteran's estate;                                       
29 (ii)  a trustee of a revocable trust of which the veteran                                                               
30                 was the settlor; or                                                                                     
31 (iii)  a person who needs a certified copy of the veteran's                                                             
01 death certificate for the purpose of satisfying an eligibility requirement                                              
02                 for a benefit related to the death of the veteran;                                                      
03                      (B)  "veteran" means an individual who was                                                         
04 (i)  on active duty at the time of the veteran's death or                                                               
05 had received an honorable or general discharge from a branch of the                                                     
06 armed services of the United States, the National Guard, a reserve unit                                                 
07 of the United States armed services, the Commissioned Corps of the                                                  
08 United States Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and                                                       
09 Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps, the                                                          
10 Alaska Scouts, the Alaska Territorial Guard, or the Alaska Naval                                                        
11                 Militia; and                                                                                            
12 (ii)  a resident of the state at the time of the individual's                                                           
13                 death.                                                                                                  
14    * Sec. 2. AS 18.55.470(4) is amended to read:                                                                      
15                 (4)  "veteran" means a person                                                                           
16 (A)  honorably separated from the uniformed services                                                                
17 [MILITARY SERVICE] of the United States who has at any time resided                                                     
18 continuously for at least one year in the state, and who served in the                                              
19 uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] of the United States for at least 90                                              
20 days or whose service was for less than 90 days because of injury or disability                                         
21            incurred in the line of duty,                                                                                
22                           (i)  between September 16, 1940, and July 25, 1947;                                           
23                           (ii)  between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955;                                            
24                           (iii)  between August 4, 1964, and November 7, 1975;                                          
25                           (iv)  between August 2, 1990, and January 2, 1992;                                            
26 (v)  beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the                                                                    
27 day prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date                                                  
28                 of Operation Iraqi Freedom; or                                                                          
29 (vi)  during any of the time periods listed in 5 U.S.C.                                                                 
30                 2108(1);                                                                                                
31 (B)  who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard for at least 90                                                         
01            days or whose service was for less than 90 days because of injury or disability                              
02            incurred in the line of duty, and who has at any time resided continuously for                               
03            at least one year in the state;                                                                              
04                      (C)  who is the spouse or widow or widower of a person                                             
05            described under (A) or (B) of this paragraph.                                                                
06    * Sec. 3. AS 18.55.470 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                               
07                 (5)  "uniformed services" means the armed forces of the United States,                                  
08       the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, and the National                               
09       Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.                                                
10    * Sec. 4. AS 18.56.101 is amended to read:                                                                         
11 Sec. 18.56.101. Eligibility for veterans' interest rates. The following persons                                     
12       are eligible veterans for the purposes of AS 18.56.098(f) and (g):                                                
13 (1)  a person who served in the armed forces of the United States for 90                                                
14 days or more, or whose service was for less than 90 days because of injury or                                           
15 disability incurred in the line of duty, after April 6, 1917, whose discharge was under                                 
16       honorable conditions;                                                                                             
17 (2)  the widow or widower of a member of the uniformed services                                                     
18 [ARMED FORCES] or an eligible veteran if the member or veteran served in the                                            
19 uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] for at least 90 days after April 6, 1917, and                                     
20 the veteran's discharge was under honorable conditions; in this paragraph,                                          
21 "uniformed services" means the armed forces of the United States, the                                               
22 Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, and the                                              
23 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer                                                
24       Corps;                                                                                                        
25 (3)  a person who has served for not less than five years in the Alaska                                                 
26 Army National Guard, or the Alaska Air National Guard, or a reserve unit of the                                         
27 United States armed forces if the reserve unit required, as a minimum, one weekend                                      
28       each month of duty and 15 consecutive days of active duty training each year and                                  
29                      (A)  whose discharge was under honorable conditions; or                                            
30 (B)  who is currently in an active status in the guard or a reserve                                                     
31            unit;                                                                                                        
01 (4)  a person who has served as a regular or reserve commissioned                                                   
02 officer of the Commissioned Corps of the United States [REGULAR OR                                                  
03 RESERVE CORPS OF THE] Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and                                             
04 Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps and whose discharge                                           
05       was under honorable conditions;                                                                                   
06 (5)  a person who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard for 90 days or                                                 
07 more or whose service was for less than 90 days because of injury or disability                                         
08       incurred in the line of duty;                                                                                     
09 (6)  the widow or widower of a person who served at least 90 days in                                                    
10       the Alaska Territorial Guard.                                                                                     
11    * Sec. 5. AS 18.65.310(l) is amended to read:                                                                      
12 (l)  At the request of the person, the department shall provide a veteran                                               
13 designation and United States flag replica on an identification card identifying the                                    
14 person as a retired veteran or a veteran of the armed forces of the United States, the                              
15 Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, or the National                                      
16 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps who was                                           
17 discharged under honorable conditions. The department may not charge a fee solely                                       
18 for the designation. To receive a veteran designation, the person shall provide proof of                                
19 veteran status that shows the person is retired or discharged under honorable                                           
20 conditions. With the approval of the person, the department shall make available to the                                 
21 Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs the name and address of a person                                           
22 receiving a veteran designation under this subsection. Notwithstanding (a) of this                                      
23 section, the department may charge a fee of $5 for replacement of a valid                                               
24       identification card with a new identification card with a veteran designation.                                    
25    * Sec. 6. AS 26.10.070(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
26 (a)  A veteran of the armed forces, the Commissioned Corps of the United                                            
27 States Public Health Service, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric                                               
28 Administration Commissioned Officer Corps may record without fee the veteran's                                      
29 [ARMED FORCES] report of separation at a recorder's office of the Department of                                         
30       Natural Resources.                                                                                                
31    * Sec. 7. AS 26.10.080(d)(2) is amended to read:                                                                   
01                 (2)  "veteran" means                                                                                    
02 (A)  a person who served in a branch of the armed services of                                                           
03 the United States, in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public                                            
04 Health Service, or in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric                                                          
05            Administration Commissioned Officer Corps                                                                
06 (i)  who at the time of entry into the service was a                                                                    
07 resident of the territory or state, who had been a resident for not less                                                
08 than one year immediately before entry into the service, and who                                                        
09 returned to the territory or state within one year after discharge as a                                                 
10                 resident with the intention of remaining in the territory or state; or                                  
11 (ii)  who was a resident of the state for not less than one                                                             
12                 year immediately preceding the time of death; or                                                        
13 (B)  a person who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, the                                                           
14 Alaska Army National Guard, the Alaska Air National Guard, or the Alaska                                                
15 Naval Militia, or who served in a reserve unit of the United States armed forces                                        
16 in Alaska if the reserve unit required a minimum of one weekend of duty each                                            
17 month and 15 consecutive days of active duty training each year for not less                                            
18            than three years.                                                                                            
19    * Sec. 8. AS 26.15.130(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
20            (a)  Qualifications for loans under this chapter are as follows:                                             
21 (1)  persons who served in the uniformed services [ARMED                                                            
22 FORCES] of the United States for 90 days or more, or whose service was for less than                                    
23 90 days because of injury or disability incurred in the line of duty, between April 6,                                  
24 1917, and November 11, 1918, between September 16, 1940, and November 7, 1975,                                          
25 between August 2, 1990, and January 2, 1992, or beginning September 11, 2001, and                                       
26 ending on the day prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of                                 
27 Operation Iraqi Freedom, or who served in a combat zone during any period of armed                                      
28 conflict, or during any time period listed in 5 U.S.C. 2108(1), who were separated                                      
29 from the uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] with a discharge other than                                              
30       dishonorable, and                                                                                                 
31 (A)  who, at the time of induction into the service, were                                                               
01 residents of the territory or state, who had been residents for not less than one                                       
02 year immediately before their induction, and who returned to the territory or                                           
03 state after discharge as residents with the intention of remaining in the territory                                     
04            or state; or                                                                                                 
05 (B)  who, not being bona fide residents of the territory or state                                                       
06 before their entry into the service, have been residents of the territory or state                                      
07            for one or more years;                                                                                       
08 (2)  persons who were dependent on a member of the uniformed                                                        
09 services [ARMED FORCES] or a veteran of World War II at the time of the member's                                    
10       or veteran's death, if                                                                                            
11 (A)  the member or veteran was a resident of the territory or                                                           
12            state for one year before induction into the service; [AND]                                                  
13 (B)  the member or veteran served in the uniformed services                                                         
14 [ARMED FORCES] for at least 90 days between September 16, 1940, and                                                     
15 July 25, 1947, but benefits for loans do not accrue to dependents of an enlistee                                        
16 or re-enlistee for time served after November 1, 1945, regardless of whether                                            
17            the enlistment or reenlistment was before or after November 1, 1945; [AND]                                   
18 (C)  the member or veteran died before the official date of the                                                         
19            termination of that war; and                                                                                 
20                      (D)  the member's or veteran's discharge was not dishonorable;                                     
21 (3)  persons who have served in the Alaska Army National Guard or the                                                   
22 Alaska Air National Guard or the Alaska Naval Militia for not less than six years and                                   
23       who have not received a discharge other than honorable.                                                           
24    * Sec. 9. AS 26.15.130(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
25 (b)  Dependents under (a) of this section must be unmarried and the deceased                                        
26 member of the uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] or deceased veteran must                                            
27 have been their chief means of support and they must be either a widow, widower,                                        
28 minor son, minor daughter, or mother, father, sister or brother incapable of self-                                      
29 support. Dependents must be residents of the territory or state at the time of making                                   
30 application and intend to reside in the territory or state permanently. The rights of                                   
31 minor children may be exercised only if they have no surviving parent and have an                                       
01 appointed guardian who may apply on their behalf to secure a loan for their care,                                       
02 support, education or other purposes mentioned in AS 26.15.040 or to receive the                                        
03       bonus for those purposes.                                                                                         
04    * Sec. 10. AS 26.15.160 is amended to read:                                                                        
05 Sec. 26.15.160. Extension of chapter to members of the Alaska Territorial                                             
06 Guard and to veterans of the uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] of the                                               
07 United States. The provisions of this chapter, except those provisions relating to the                                
08 payment of bonuses, are extended to persons who served in the Alaska Territorial                                        
09 Guard and to veterans of the uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] of the United                                        
10 States, who served other than dishonorably on active duty between June 25, 1950, and                                    
11 January 31, 1955, between August 4, 1964, and November 7, 1975, between August 2,                                       
12 1990, and January 2, 1992, beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the day                                          
13 prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of Operation Iraqi                                   
14 Freedom, or during any time period listed in 5 U.S.C. 2108(1) and to dependents of                                      
15       those persons, subject to the following provisions and eligibility qualifications:                                
16                 (1)  persons are eligible                                                                               
17 (A)  who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, who were                                                               
18 discharged other than dishonorably from the uniformed services [ARMED                                               
19 FORCES] of the United States, or who are released to a reserve component;                                               
20            [AND]                                                                                                        
21 (B)  who, at the time of entry into the service, were bona fide                                                         
22 residents of the territory or State of Alaska and had been residents of the                                             
23 territory or state for not less than one year before their entry into the service;                                      
24 and who have returned to the territory or state within a reasonable length of                                           
25 time after the end of their service in the Alaska Territorial Guard or their                                            
26 discharge or separation as residents with the intention of remaining in the                                             
27 territory or state; or who, not being bona fide residents of the territory before                                       
28 their entry into the service, have lived in the territory or state for at least five                                    
29            years following their release from active military service; and                                              
30 (C)  who served in the uniformed services [ARMED                                                                    
31 FORCES] of the United States for 90 days or more, or whose service was for a                                            
01 lesser period because of injury or disability incurred in line of duty, between                                         
02 June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955, between August 4, 1964, and July 1,                                                
03 1977, between August 2, 1990, and January 2, 1992, beginning September 11,                                              
04 2001, and ending on the day prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law                                           
05 as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or during any time period listed in                                        
06 5 U.S.C. 2108(1), or who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard for 90 days or                                          
07 more or whose service in the Alaska Territorial Guard was for a lesser period                                           
08            because of injury or disability incurred in the line of duty;                                                
09 (2)  persons are eligible who were dependent upon a member of the                                                       
10 Alaska Territorial Guard or uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] or upon a                                             
11 veteran, including persons who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, eligible for the                                 
12 benefits of this chapter at the time of the member's or veteran's death if the member or                                
13 veteran was a resident of the territory for one year before entry into service;                                         
14 dependents must be unmarried and the deceased veteran or member of the uniformed                                    
15 services [ARMED FORCES] must have been their chief means of support and they                                        
16 must be either a widow, widower, minor child, or a mother, father, sister, or brother                                   
17 incapable of self-support; dependents must be residents of the state at the time of                                     
18 application and shall intend to remain residents in the state permanently; the rights of                                
19 minor children under this chapter may be exercised only if they have no surviving                                       
20 parent and have an appointed guardian who may apply on their behalf for the benefits                                    
21       of this chapter for their care, support, or education;                                                            
22 (3)  a person who is eligible for veteran's benefits under the laws of any                                              
23 other state or territory is not eligible for the benefits of this section unless the person                             
24 has lived in the state or territory for at least five years following the end of the person's                           
25 service in the Alaska Territorial Guard or release from active military service; a World                                
26 War II veteran who received a bonus under former AS 26.15.120 and former                                                
27 AS 26.15.150 need not repay the bonus in order to qualify under the loan provisions of                                  
28       this section;                                                                                                     
29 (4)  for persons otherwise eligible for the benefits under this section,                                                
30 who did not return to the state or territory not later than one year after the end of the                               
31 persons' service in the Alaska Territorial Guard or separation from the service unless                                  
01 prevented from doing so for medical, educational, or other valid purposes approved by                                   
02 the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development not later than                                          
03 one year after the end of the persons' service in the Alaska Territorial Guard or                                       
04 separation from the service, an additional requirement of four years' residence in the                                  
05 state or territory before their entry into the service is imposed to entitle them to the                                
06       benefit provisions of this section.                                                                               
07    * Sec. 11. AS 26.15 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                    
08            Sec. 26.15.190. Definitions. In this chapter, unless the context indicates                                 
09       otherwise,                                                                                                        
10 (1)  "uniformed services" means the armed forces of the United States,                                                  
11 the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, and the National                                     
12       Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps;                                                
13 (2)  "veteran" includes a veteran of the Commissioned Corps of the                                                      
14 United States Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric                                            
15       Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.                                                                        
16    * Sec. 12. AS 28.10.181(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
17 (d)  Vehicles owned by veterans with disabilities, including persons disabled in                                        
18 the line of duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard, or other persons with                                   
19 disabilities. Upon the request of a person with a disability that limits or impairs the                                 
20 ability to walk, as defined in 23 C.F.R. 1235.2, the department shall (1) register one                                  
21 motor vehicle in the name of the person without charge; and (2) issue a specially                                       
22 designed registration plate that displays (A) recognition of the disabled veteran if the                                
23 applicant's disability originated from the applicant's service with the Alaska Territorial                              
24 Guard or the uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] of the United States; (B) the                                        
25 international symbol of accessibility (the wheelchair logo); and (C) if the applicant is a                              
26 veteran, the Alaska and United States flags and red, white, and blue colors. A person                                   
27 who is not otherwise qualified under this subsection, but who meets the qualifications                                  
28 of a disabled veteran under AS 29.45.030(i), may register one motor vehicle without                                     
29 charge, and the department shall issue a specially designed registration plate that                                     
30 displays recognition of the disabled veteran that does not display the international                                    
31 symbol of accessibility and does not carry with it special parking privileges. A                                        
01 disabled veteran who otherwise qualifies for a registration plate under this subsection                                 
02 may elect to receive a plate under (p) or (q) of this section for which the person is                                   
03 otherwise qualified that does not display the international symbol of accessibility and                                 
04 does not carry with it special parking privileges. A disabled person who otherwise                                      
05 qualifies for a registration plate under (2)(B) of this subsection may elect to receive a                               
06 plate under another provision of this section for which the person is otherwise                                         
07 qualified that does not display the international symbol of accessibility and does not                                  
08 carry with it special parking privileges. For purposes of this subsection, proof of                                     
09 disability may be provided by a person licensed as a physician or physician assistant                                   
10       under AS 08.64 or as an advanced practice registered nurse under AS 08.68.                                        
11    * Sec. 13. AS 28.10.181(l) is amended to read:                                                                     
12 (l)  Vehicles owned by Pearl Harbor survivors, former prisoners of war, Medal                                           
13 of Honor recipients, and relatives of members of the United States uniformed                                        
14 services [ARMED FORCES] killed in the line of duty. The department, upon receipt                                    
15 of written proof, shall issue without charge special registration plates for one                                        
16 noncommercial motor vehicle to a person who was on active military duty in Pearl                                        
17 Harbor on December 7, 1941, who has been a prisoner of war during a declared war or                                     
18 other conflict, as determined by the Department of Defense under federal regulations,                                   
19 who is the recipient of the Medal of Honor awarded by the President of the United                                       
20 States in the name of the United States Congress, or the spouse, parent, guardian,                                      
21 brother, sister, or dependent of a member of the United States uniformed services                                   
22 [ARMED FORCES] killed in the line of duty. The design and color of the Pearl                                            
23 Harbor survivor, prisoner of war, Medal of Honor awarded by the President of the                                        
24 United States in the name of the United States Congress recipient, or relative of a                                     
25 member of the United States uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] killed in the                                         
26       line of duty plates shall be solely within the discretion of the commissioner.                                    
27    * Sec. 14. AS 28.10.181(p) is amended to read:                                                                     
28 (p)  Vehicles owned by veterans. The department, upon receipt of written proof                                          
29 that the veteran is a sole or joint owner of a motor vehicle, shall issue special                                       
30 registration plates for the motor vehicle to a requesting person who is a veteran or                                    
31 retired veteran of the uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] of the United States.                                      
01       The commissioner, after consulting with the person in the Department of Military and                              
02       Veterans' Affairs in charge of veterans' affairs, shall determine the design and color of                         
03       the veteran or retired veteran plates.                                                                            
04    * Sec. 15. AS 28.10.181 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
05            (ii)  In this section, unless the context indicates otherwise,                                               
06                 (1)  "uniformed services" means the armed forces of the United States,                                  
07       the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, and the National                               
08       Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps;                                                
09                 (2)  "veteran" includes a veteran of the Commissioned Corps of the                                      
10 United States Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric                                            
11       Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.                                                                        
12    * Sec. 16. AS 28.15.111(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
13 (c)  At the request of an applicant, the department shall provide a veteran                                             
14 designation and United States flag replica on a license identifying the driver as a                                     
15 retired veteran or a veteran of the uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] of the                                        
16 United States discharged under honorable conditions. The department may not charge                                      
17 a fee solely for the designation. To receive a veteran designation, the driver shall make                               
18 available proof of veteran status that shows that the person is retired or discharged                                   
19 under honorable conditions. With the approval of the applicant, the department shall                                    
20 make available to the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs the name and                                         
21 address of a driver receiving a veteran designation under this subsection. The                                          
22 department may charge a fee of $5 for replacement of a valid driver's license with a                                    
23 new license with a veteran designation. A replacement license with a veteran                                            
24 designation issued for $5 under this subsection must [SHALL] retain the expiration                                  
25       date of the license it replaces. In this subsection,                                                          
26 (1)  "uniformed services" means the armed forces of the United                                                      
27 States, the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, and                                      
28 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer                                            
29       Corps;                                                                                                        
30 (2)  "veteran" includes a veteran of the Commissioned Corps of the                                                  
31 United States Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric                                        
01       Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.                                                                    
02    * Sec. 17. AS 29.45.030(i) is amended to read:                                                                     
03            (i)  In (e) - (i) of this section,                                                                           
04                 (1)  "disabled veteran" means a disabled person                                                         
05 (A)  separated from the uniformed services [MILITARY                                                                
06 SERVICE] of the United States under a condition that is not dishonorable who                                            
07 is a resident of the state, whose disability was incurred or aggravated in the line                                     
08 of duty during [IN THE MILITARY] service in the uniformed services of                                           
09 the United States, and whose disability has been rated as 50 percent or more by                                         
10 the branch of service in which that person served or by the United States                                               
11 Department of Veterans Affairs; in this subparagraph, "uniformed                                                    
12 services" means the armed forces of the United States, the Commissioned                                             
13 Corps of the United States Public Health Service, and the National                                                  
14 Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps;                                                  
15            or                                                                                                           
16 (B)  who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, who is a                                                               
17 resident of the state, whose disability was incurred or aggravated in the line of                                       
18 duty while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard, and whose disability has                                            
19            been rated as 50 percent or more;                                                                            
20 (2)  "real property" includes but is not limited to mobile homes,                                                       
21       whether classified as real or personal property for municipal tax purposes.                                       
22    * Sec. 18. AS 36.30.321(f) is amended to read:                                                                     
23 (f)  If a bidder or offeror qualifies as an Alaska bidder and is a qualifying                                           
24 entity, a five percent preference shall be applied to the price in the bid or proposal.                                 
25       The preference may not exceed $5,000. In this subsection,                                                         
26 (1)  "Alaska veteran" means an individual who is both a resident of the                                                 
27       state and a veteran;                                                                                              
28                 (2)  "qualifying entity" means a                                                                        
29                      (A)  sole proprietorship owned by an Alaska veteran;                                               
30 (B)  partnership under AS 32.06 or AS 32.11 if a majority of the                                                        
31            partners are Alaska veterans;                                                                                
01                      (C)  limited liability company organized under AS 10.50 if a                                       
02            majority of the members are Alaska veterans; or                                                              
03                      (D)  corporation that is wholly owned by individuals, and a                                        
04            majority of the individuals are Alaska veterans;                                                             
05                 (3)  "veteran" means an individual who                                                                  
06                      (A)  served in the                                                                                 
07                           (i)  armed forces of the United States, including a                                           
08                 reserve unit of the United States armed forces; [OR]                                                    
09                           (ii)  the Commissioned Corps of the United States                                         
10 Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric                                                       
11                 Administration Commissioned Officer Corps; or                                                       
12 (iii)  Alaska Territorial Guard, the Alaska Army                                                                    
13 National Guard, the Alaska Air National Guard, or the Alaska Naval                                                      
14                 Militia; and                                                                                            
15 (B)  was separated from service under a condition that was not                                                          
16            dishonorable.                                                                                                
17    * Sec. 19. AS 36.30.321(k) is amended to read:                                                                     
18            (k)  In this section, "person with a disability" means an individual who                                     
19                 (1)  has been determined to be permanently disabled by the                                              
20 (A)  United States Social Security Administration under 42                                                              
21            U.S.C. 423 or 1381 - 1383f (Social Security Act);                                                            
22 (B)  teachers' retirement system under AS 14.25, the judicial                                                           
23 retirement system under AS 22.25, the public employees' retirement system                                               
24 under AS 39.35, or the elected public officers' retirement system under former                                          
25            AS 39.37;                                                                                                    
26 (C)  Federal Civil Service Retirement System under 5 U.S.C.                                                             
27            2107, 3323, and 8331 - 8351;                                                                                 
28 (D)  federal employees' retirement system under 5 U.S.C. 8401                                                           
29            - 8480; or                                                                                                   
30 (E)  division of vocational rehabilitation in the Department of                                                         
31 Labor and Workforce Development using disability standards under 42 U.S.C.                                              
01            1381 - 1383f (Social Security Act) for eligibility for certain state disability                              
02            programs;                                                                                                    
03                 (2)  is receiving permanent total disability under AS 23.30 (Alaska                                     
04       Workers' Compensation Act);                                                                                       
05 (3)  has been discharged from the uniformed services [MILITARY                                                      
06 SERVICE] under honorable conditions and is certified by the United States                                               
07 Department of Veterans Affairs as having incurred a 50 percent or greater disability                                    
08       during [MILITARY] service in the uniformed services; or                                                       
09                 (4)  has served in the Alaska Territorial Guard and incurred a 50                                       
10       percent or greater disability while serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard.                                      
11    * Sec. 20. AS 36.30.321 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
12 (l)  In this section, "uniformed services" means the armed forces of the United                                         
13 States, the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, and the                                      
14       National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.                                       
15    * Sec. 21. AS 38.05.067(e) is amended to read:                                                                     
16 (e)  In this section, "veteran" means a person with 90 days or more of active                                           
17 service in the uniformed services [ARMED FORCES] of the United States who has                                       
18 been honorably discharged or a person with 90 days or more of service in the Alaska                                     
19       Territorial Guard.                                                                                              
20    * Sec. 22. AS 38.05.940(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
21 (b)  To be eligible for a discount under this section, a veteran shall submit                                           
22       proof, as required by regulation, that the veteran                                                                
23                 (1)  is 18 years of age or older on the date of sale;                                                   
24 (2)  has been a state resident for a period of not less than one year                                                   
25       immediately preceding the date of sale; and                                                                       
26                 (3)  has served                                                                                         
27 (A)  in the Alaska Territorial Guard for at least 90 days, unless                                                       
28            the service was shortened due to a service connected disability; or                                          
29 (B)  on active duty in the uniformed services of the United                                                         
30 States [U.S. ARMED FORCES] at least 90 days, unless tenure was shortened                                            
31 due to a service connected disability or due to receiving an early separation                                           
01            upon return from a tour of duty overseas, and has received an honorable                                      
02            discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.                                               
03    * Sec. 23. AS 38.05.965 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                              
04                 (29)  "uniformed services" means the armed forces of the United States,                                 
05       the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, and the National                               
06       Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.                                                
07    * Sec. 24. AS 39.25.159(f) is amended to read:                                                                     
08            (f)  In this section,                                                                                        
09                 (1)  "consideration" means reviewing a person's entire application in                                   
10 order to determine whether the person should be selected, rejected, or admitted to                                      
11       further steps in the assessment or selection process;                                                             
12 (2)  "disabled veteran" means a veteran who is entitled to compensation                                                 
13 under laws administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, a                                          
14 person who was honorably discharged or released from active duty because of a                                           
15 service-connected disability, or a person who was disabled in the line of duty while                                    
16       serving in the Alaska Territorial Guard;                                                                          
17 (3)  "member of the national guard" means a person who is presently                                                     
18 serving as a member of the Alaska National Guard and who has at least eight years of                                    
19       service in the Alaska National Guard;                                                                             
20 (4)  "prisoner of war" means a person who has been a prisoner of war                                                    
21 during a declared war or other conflict as determined by the Department of Defense                                      
22       under federal regulations;                                                                                        
23                 (5)  "veteran" means a person                                                                           
24 (A)  with 181 days or more active service in the armed forces of                                                        
25 the United States, the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public                                               
26 Health Service, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration                                              
27 Commissioned Officer Corps, and who has been honorably discharged after                                             
28            having served during any period                                                                              
29 (i)  between April 6, 1917, and December 1, 1919,                                                                       
30 between September 16, 1940, and December 31, 1947, between                                                              
31 June 27, 1950, and October 14, 1976, between August 2, 1990, and                                                        
01 January 2, 1992, beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the day                                                    
02 prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of                                                   
03 Operation Iraqi Freedom, or during any time period listed in 5 U.S.C.                                                   
04                 2108(1); or                                                                                             
05                           (ii)  in which the person was awarded a campaign badge,                                       
06                 expedition medal, the Purple Heart, or an award or decoration for                                       
07                 heroism or gallantry in action;                                                                         
08                      (B)  who served 181 days or more in the Alaska Territorial                                         
09            Guard.                                                                                                       
10    * Sec. 25. AS 43.20.048(f) is amended to read:                                                                     
11            (f)  In this section,                                                                                        
12                 (1)  "disabled veteran" has the meaning given in AS 39.25.159;                                          
13 (2)  "seasonal position" means employment that is not intended to                                                       
14       continue through an entire calendar year but recurs annually;                                                     
15 (3)  "veteran" means an individual who served in and was honorably                                                      
16       discharged from the                                                                                               
17 (A)  armed forces of the United States, including a reserve unit                                                        
18            of the armed forces of the United States; [OR]                                                               
19 (B)  Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health                                                          
20 Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration                                                      
21            Commissioned Officer Corps; or                                                                           
22 (C)  Alaska Territorial Guard, the Alaska Army National Guard,                                                      
23            the Alaska Air National Guard, or the Alaska Naval Militia.                                                  
24    * Sec. 26. AS 44.29.520(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
25            (a)  The Alaska Pioneers' Homes Advisory Board consists of                                                   
26 (1)  five members appointed by the governor from among citizens of                                                      
27       the state;                                                                                                        
28 (2)  one member appointed by the governor who is a veteran of active                                                    
29 service in the armed forces of the United States, including the Alaska National Guard                                   
30 or the Alaska Territorial Guard, or a veteran of active service in the Commissioned                                 
31 Corps of the United States Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and                                        
01       Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps;                                                        
02                 (3)  one member who is the chair of the Alaska Commission on Aging                                      
03       established in AS 47.44.200; and                                                                                  
04                 (4)  one member who is chair of the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council                                    
05       established in AS 44.35.                                                                                          
06    * Sec. 27. AS 44.35.900 is amended to read:                                                                        
07 Sec. 44.35.900. Definition. In this chapter, "veteran" includes a person who                                          
08 served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, the Commissioned Corps of the United                                        
09 States Public Health Service, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric                                               
10       Administration Commissioned Officer Corps.                                                                    
11    * Sec. 28. AS 47.55.900 is amended to read:                                                                        
12 Sec. 47.55.900. Definitions. In this chapter, unless the context otherwise                                            
13       requires,                                                                                                         
14 (1)  "department" means the Department of Health and Social Services;                                                   
15                 (2)  "home" means                                                                                       
16                      (A)  the Alaska Pioneers' Home; or                                                                 
17                      (B)  the Alaska Veterans' Home;                                                                    
18 (3)  "physical disability or other reason" means inability of an                                                        
19 individual to maintain a household without regular assistance in shopping,                                              
20 housekeeping, meal preparation, dressing, or personal hygiene because of physical or                                    
21       medical impairment, infirmity, or disability;                                                                     
22 (4)  "resident of the state" has the meaning given "resident" in                                                        
23       AS 47.25.430(a);                                                                                                  
24 (5)  "veteran" means a person who has been discharged from the armed                                                    
25 forces of the United States, including the Alaska National Guard or the Alaska                                          
26 Territorial Guard, or from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public                                       
27 Health Service or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration                                               
28 Commissioned Officer Corps; the discharge [FROM THE ARMED FORCES] must                                              
29       be other than dishonorable.