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HCR 1: Proposing an amendment to the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature relating to voting and abstention from voting.

00                    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 1                                                                    
01 Proposing an amendment to the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature relating                                    
02 to voting and abstention from voting.                                                                                   
03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
04    * Section 1. Rule 34(b), Uniform Rules of the Alaska State Legislature, is amended to read:                        
05 (b)  Abstention and Voting. Except as provided in this subsection, every                                        
06 [EVERY] member present in the house shall vote. A member may abstain from                                           
07 voting if [UNLESS] the house, for special reasons, permits a member to abstain. A                       
08 member shall request to be excused from voting on a question in the house if the                                    
09 member has a conflict of interest that is reasonably likely to influence the                                        
10 member's vote on the question. All motions excusing a member from voting shall be                                   
11 made before the house divides or before the call for the yeas and nays is commenced.                                    
12 A member requesting to be excused from voting may not vote on the question of the                                   
13 member's abstention; however, the member shall make a brief oral statement of the                                   
14 reasons for the request, including, if applicable, specific provisions of AS 24.60 that                           
15 support the member's request to be excused. The [AND THE] question of the                                       
16 member's abstention [GRANTING PERMISSION TO ABSTAIN] shall be taken                                                 
01 without further debate. A member may not explain a vote, may not discuss the                                            
02 question while the yeas and nays are being called, and may not change a vote after the                                  
03 roll call result has been announced. Upon division and count of the house of any                                        
04 question, a member who is not within the chamber may not be counted. A member                                       
05 may not be permitted to abstain except on the question of the member's abstention                                   
06       or upon [THE UNANIMOUS] consent of a majority of the membership.