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HB 241: "An Act relating to the per diem of members of the legislature; and providing for an effective date."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 241                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the per diem of members of the legislature; and providing for an                                    
02 effective date."                                                                                                        
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 24.10.130(b) is amended to read:                                                                   
05 (b)  Legislators and officers and employees of the legislative branch of                                                
06 government may be entitled to a per diem allowance; however, if a bill that fully                                   
07 funds an operating budget has not, within the first 90 consecutive days of a                                        
08 regular legislative session, including the day the legislature first convenes in that                               
09 regular session, been passed by the legislature, a member of the legislature is not                                 
10 entitled to a daily per diem allowance for a day the legislature is in session after                                
11 that 90-day period until the first day after a bill that fully funds an operating                                   
12 budget is passed by the legislature or the first day of the next regular legislative                                
13 session, whichever occurs earlier. In this subsection, "passed by the legislature"                                  
14       has the meaning given in AS 01.10.070.                                                                        
01    * Sec. 2. AS 24.10.130(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
02 (c)  The Alaska Legislative Council shall adopt a policy in accordance with (b)                                     
03 of this section and AS 39.23.540(d) regarding reimbursement for moving expenses                                     
04 [APPLICABLE TO ALL LEGISLATORS] and payment of a [AN APPLICABLE]                                                    
05 per diem allowance [POLICY]. The policy must apply to all members of the                                            
06 legislature equally and must set conditions for the reimbursement for moving                                        
07 expenses and payment of per diem and prescribe the amounts of reimbursement                                             
08       adapted to the special needs of the legislative branch as determined by the council.                              
09    * Sec. 3. AS 39.23.540(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
10 (d)  The commission shall make available to the governor and presiding                                                  
11 officers of each house of the legislature a final report of its findings and                                            
12 recommendations as to the rate and form of compensation, benefits, and allowances                                       
13 for legislators, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each principal executive                                    
14 department head during the first 10 days of a legislative session. Subject to                                           
15 AS 24.10.130(b) and (g) of this section, and unless a bill disapproving all the                                 
16 recommendations for all officers listed in this section is enacted into law within 60                                   
17 days after the recommendations are submitted to the governor and presiding officers                                     
18 of each house of the legislature, a recommendation as to the compensation, benefits,                                    
19       and allowances for                                                                                                
20 (1)  a legislator has the force of law and becomes effective on the first                                               
21       day of the next regular legislative session; and                                                                  
22 (2)  the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each principal executive                                                
23 department head has the force of law and becomes effective on the first day of the                                      
24       fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the recommendation is submitted.                                   
25    * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect January 10, 2018.