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SB 103: "An Act establishing the Alaska education innovation grant program; eliminating the Alaska education grant program and the Alaska performance scholarship program; redesignating the Alaska higher education investment fund as the Alaska education innovation grant fund; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 103                                                                         
01 "An Act establishing the Alaska education innovation grant program; eliminating the                                     
02 Alaska education grant program and the Alaska performance scholarship program;                                          
03 redesignating the Alaska higher education investment fund as the Alaska education                                       
04 innovation grant fund; and providing for an effective date."                                                            
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
06    * Section 1. AS 14.03 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                  
07 Sec. 14.03.128. Alaska education innovation grant program. (a) An                                                     
08 innovation education grant program is established in the department. School districts                                   
09 may request a grant under this section for the support of innovative education ideas,                                   
10       including                                                                                                         
11                 (1)  programs that change the method of interaction between students                                    
12       and teachers in the classroom;                                                                                    
13                 (2)  instruction delivered through a combination of technologies, such                                  
14       as video, interactive software, games, social media, and print media;                                             
01 (3)  pilot projects that support teachers and students by using a variety                                               
02 of educational resources to bring new instructional approaches into classrooms in the                                   
03       state; and                                                                                                        
04 (4)  other programs designed to achieve best practices for education as                                                 
05       identified by the commissioner.                                                                                   
06 (b)  The commissioner shall annually determine the amount requested for                                                 
07 grants under this section and shall include the amount in the department's budget                                       
08 request. The legislature may appropriate funds from the Alaska education innovation                                   
09 grant fund established under AS 37.14.750 for the awarding of grants under this                                         
10       section.                                                                                                        
11    * Sec. 2. AS 14.42.030(e) is amended to read:                                                                      
12            (e)  The commission may                                                                                      
13 (1)  adopt regulations under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act)                                                    
14       to                                                                                                                
15                      (A)  carry out the purposes of                                                                     
16 (i)  AS 14.43.091 - 14.43.325, 14.43.510 - 14.43.750                                                                
17                 [AS 14.43.091 - 14.43.849], 14.43.990, AS 14.44, and AS 14.48; and                                      
18 (ii)  AS 14.43.910 and 14.43.920 as they relate to the                                                                  
19 purposes of AS 14.43.091 - 14.43.325, 14.43.510 - 14.43.750                                                         
20                 [AS 14.43.091 - 14.43.849], 14.43.990, AS 14.44, and AS 14.48;                                          
21 (B)  ensure compliance with the requirements imposed by state                                                           
22 and federal statutes and regulations governing the guaranty, insurance,                                                 
23 purchase, or other dealings in eligible loans by federal agencies,                                                      
24            instrumentalities, or corporations; and                                                                      
25                      (C)  establish standards for the                                                                   
26 (i)  administration of hearings conducted under                                                                         
27                 AS 14.43.153; and                                                                                       
28 (ii)  administrative enforcement of collection orders                                                                   
29                 under AS 14.43.151 - 14.43.155;                                                                         
30 (2)  delegate to the executive director of the commission or a                                                          
31 subcommittee of the commission any duty imposed on or power granted to the                                              
01       commission by this chapter, AS 14.43, AS 14.44, or AS 14.48, except its power to                                  
02       adopt regulations and its duty to consider appeals under AS 14.43.100(b) and                                      
03       AS 14.48.120;                                                                                                     
04                 (3)  establish task forces, committees, or subcommittees, not                                           
05       necessarily consisting of commission members, to advise and assist the commission in                              
06       carrying out its functions;                                                                                       
07                 (4)  contract with or use existing institutions of postsecondary                                        
08       education or other individuals or organizations to make studies, conduct surveys,                                 
09       submit recommendations, or otherwise contribute to the work of the commission;                                    
10                 (5)  establish fees for the review of an out-of-state institution that                                  
11 (A)  requests approval for participation in the programs under                                                          
12 AS 14.43.091 - 14.43.325, 14.43.510 - 14.43.750 [AS 14.43.091 - 14.43.750],                                         
13            14.43.990, and AS 14.44; and                                                                                 
14 (B)  is not accredited by a national or regional accreditation                                                          
15            association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation;                                    
16 (6)  collect all fees and costs incurred in collection of the amount owed                                               
17 on a loan or repayment obligation if the loan or repayment obligation becomes                                           
18 delinquent or in default; in this paragraph, fees and costs include attorney fees, court                                
19       costs, and collection fees charged by a collection agency; and                                                    
20 (7)  if approved by the department, receive and analyze performance                                                     
21 data for students in grades kindergarten through 12 and enter into contracts for the                                    
22       purpose of assessing education outcomes.                                                                          
23    * Sec. 3. AS 14.43.810(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
24 (a)  The Alaska performance scholarship program is established to provide                                               
25 scholarships for members of the high school graduating classes of 2017 and earlier                              
26 [GRADUATES] who are Alaska residents to attend a qualified postsecondary                                                
27       institution in the state.                                                                                         
28    * Sec. 4. AS 14.43.820(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
29 (a)  Subject to appropriation, the commission shall award an Alaska                                                     
30       performance scholarship to an applicant who                                                                       
31                 (1)  is a resident of the state as defined in AS 01.10.055;                                             
01                 (2)  graduated or will graduate within six months from a high school in                                 
02       the state;                                                                                                        
03                 (3)  except as provided in (c) of this section, has completed a core                                    
04       academic curriculum of high school level coursework that includes                                                 
05 (A)  four years of mathematics, four years of language arts, four                                                       
06 years of science, and four years of social studies, one year of which may                                               
07 include a foreign language, an Alaska Native language, fine arts, or cultural                                           
08            heritage; or                                                                                                 
09                      (B)  three years of mathematics, four years of language arts,                                      
10 three years of science, four years of social studies, and two years of a foreign                                        
11            language or an Alaska Native language;                                                                       
12 (4)  has a minimum grade-point average in high school of 2.5 or higher;                                                 
13 the department shall set by regulation minimum requirements based on a substantially                                    
14       similar standard for districts that do not assign grades;                                                         
15                 (5)  has achieved a minimum score on a                                                                  
16                      (A)  college entrance examination; or                                                              
17 (B)  standardized examination designed to measure a student's                                                           
18 level of preparedness to make the transition to work, as selected by the                                                
19            department; [AND]                                                                                            
20 (6)  is enrolled in good standing in a course of study at a qualified                                                   
21 postsecondary institution in this state that is intended to result in the award of a                                    
22       certificate or degree; and                                                                                    
23 (7)  is determined eligible by the applicant's school district and                                                  
24       reported as eligible to the department not later than July 1, 2017.                                           
25    * Sec. 5. AS 14.43.825(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
26 (b)  A student's eligibility for a scholarship terminates four [SIX] years after                                    
27 the date the student graduates from high school unless the student qualifies for an                                     
28 extension of time allowed by the department by regulation. The department may not                                   
29 extend a student's eligibility for a scholarship past the 2020 - 2021 academic year.                                
30    * Sec. 6. AS 14.43.915(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
31 (a)  The Alaska education grant account is created as an account in the general                                         
01 fund. Money may be appropriated to the account from the Alaska education                                            
02 innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund under                                                    
03 AS 37.14.750 and from other sources. The commission may use the money in the                                            
04 account to pay grants awarded under AS 14.43.400 - 14.43.420 and to pay the cost of                                     
05       administration of the Alaska education grant program created under AS 14.43.400.                                  
06    * Sec. 7. AS 14.43.915(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
07 (b)  The Alaska performance scholarship award account is created as an                                                  
08 account in the general fund. Money may be appropriated to the account from the                                          
09 Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER EDUCATION                                                          
10 INVESTMENT] fund under AS 37.14.750 and from other sources. The commission                                              
11 may use the money in the account to pay scholarships awarded to students under                                          
12       AS 14.43.810 - 14.43.849.                                                                                         
13    * Sec. 8. AS 14.43.915(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
14 (c)  Of the total amount available annually to the commission for payment of                                            
15 grants under AS 14.43.400 - 14.43.420 and for payment of scholarships under                                             
16 AS 14.43.810 - 14.43.849, one-third of the combined amount in the accounts                                              
17 established under (a) and (b) of this section shall be available solely for payment of                                  
18 grants awarded under AS 14.43.400 - 14.43.420. The commission shall annually                                            
19 allocate to all qualified applicants for scholarships awarded under AS 14.43.810 -                                      
20 14.43.849 two-thirds of the combined amount in the accounts. If an insufficient                                         
21 number of qualified applicants are awarded grants under AS 14.43.400 - 14.43.420 or                                     
22 scholarships under AS 14.43.810 - 14.43.849, or both, before the end of that fiscal                                     
23 year, the commissioner shall redeposit the remaining funds into the Alaska education                                
24 innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund                                                          
25       established under AS 37.14.750.                                                                                   
26    * Sec. 9. AS 14.45.130(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
27 (a)  A religious or other private school that elects to comply with AS 14.45.100                                        
28 - 14.45.130 shall maintain permanent student records reflecting immunizations,                                          
29 physical examinations, standardized testing, academic achievement, and courses taken                                
30 at the school [, AND LEVEL OF ELIGIBILITY FOR AN ALASKA                                                                 
31       PERFORMANCE SCHOLARSHIP UNDER AS 14.43.810 - 14.43.849].                                                          
01    * Sec. 10. AS 37.14.750(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
02 (a)  The Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER                                                           
03 EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund is established in the general fund for the                                                   
04 purposes [PURPOSE] of making grants to school districts to support the Alaska                                   
05 education innovation grant program under AS 14.03.128, making grants awarded                                        
06 under AS 14.43.400 - 14.43.420 by appropriation to the account established under                                        
07 AS 14.43.915(a), and [OF] making scholarship payments to qualified postsecondary                                    
08 institutions for students under AS 14.43.810 - 14.43.849 by appropriation to the                                        
09 account established under AS 14.43.915(b). Money in the fund does not lapse. The                                        
10       fund consists of                                                                                                  
11                 (1)  money appropriated to the fund;                                                                    
12                 (2)  income earned on investment of fund assets;                                                        
13                 (3)  donations to the fund; and                                                                         
14                 (4)  money redeposited under AS 14.43.915(c).                                                           
15    * Sec. 11. AS 37.14.750(a), as amended by sec. 10 of this Act, is amended to read:                                 
16 (a)  The Alaska education innovation grant fund is established in the general                                           
17 fund for the purpose [PURPOSES] of making grants to school districts to support the                                 
18 Alaska education innovation grant program under AS 14.03.128 [, MAKING                                                  
19 GRANTS AWARDED UNDER AS 14.43.400 - 14.43.420 BY APPROPRIATION                                                          
20 TO THE ACCOUNT ESTABLISHED UNDER AS 14.43.915(a), AND MAKING                                                            
21 SCHOLARSHIP PAYMENTS TO QUALIFIED POSTSECONDARY                                                                         
22 INSTITUTIONS FOR STUDENTS UNDER AS 14.43.810 - 14.43.849 BY                                                             
23 APPROPRIATION TO THE ACCOUNT ESTABLISHED UNDER                                                                          
24       AS 14.43.915(b)]. Money in the fund does not lapse. The fund consists of                                          
25                 (1)  money appropriated to the fund;                                                                    
26                 (2)  income earned on investment of fund assets; and                                                
27                 (3)  donations to the fund [; AND                                                                       
28                 (4)  MONEY REDEPOSITED UNDER AS 14.43.915(c)].                                                          
29    * Sec. 12. AS 37.14.750(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
30 (d)  In this section, unless the context requires otherwise, "fund" means the                                           
31 Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER EDUCATION                                                          
01       INVESTMENT] fund established in (a) of this section.                                                              
02    * Sec. 13. AS 43.20.014(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
03            (a)  A taxpayer is allowed a credit against the tax due under this chapter for                               
04       cash contributions accepted for                                                                                   
05 (1)  direct instruction, research, and educational support purposes,                                                    
06 including library and museum acquisitions, and contributions to endowment, by an                                        
07 Alaska university foundation, by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or                                     
08 four-year college accredited by a regional accreditation association, or by a public or                                 
09       private nonprofit elementary or secondary school in the state;                                                    
10 (2)  secondary school level vocational education courses, programs, and                                                 
11       facilities by a school district in the state;                                                                     
12 (3)  vocational education courses, programs, equipment, and facilities                                                  
13 by a state-operated vocational technical education and training school, a nonprofit                                     
14 regional training center recognized by the Department of Labor and Workforce                                            
15 Development, and an apprenticeship program in the state that is registered with the                                     
16 United States Department of Labor under 29 U.S.C. 50 - 50b (National Apprenticeship                                     
17       Act);                                                                                                             
18 (4)  a facility by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or four-                                             
19 year college accredited by a regional accreditation association or by a public or private                               
20       nonprofit elementary or secondary school in the state;                                                            
21 (5)  Alaska Native cultural or heritage programs and educational                                                        
22 support, including mentoring and tutoring, provided by a nonprofit agency for public                                    
23       school staff and for students who are in grades kindergarten through 12 in the state;                             
24 (6)  education, research, rehabilitation, and facilities by an institution                                              
25 that is located in the state and that qualifies as a coastal ecosystem learning center                                  
26       under the Coastal America Partnership established by the federal government;                                      
27 (7)  the Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER                                                           
28       EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund under AS 37.14.750;                                                                    
29 (8)  funding a scholarship awarded by a nonprofit organization to a                                                     
30       dual-credit student to defray the cost of a dual-credit course, including the cost of                             
31                      (A)  tuition and textbooks;                                                                        
01                      (B)  registration, course, and programmatic student fees;                                          
02                      (C)  on-campus room and board at the postsecondary institution                                     
03            in the state that provides the dual-credit course;                                                           
04 (D)  transportation costs to and from a residential school                                                              
05 approved by the Department of Education and Early Development under                                                     
06 AS 14.16.200 or the postsecondary school in the state that provides the dual-                                           
07            credit course; and                                                                                           
08                      (E)  other related educational and programmatic costs;                                             
09                 (9)  constructing, operating, or maintaining a residential housing                                      
10 facility by a residential school in the state approved by the Department of Education                                   
11       and Early Development under AS 14.16.200;                                                                         
12 (10)  childhood early learning and development programs and                                                             
13 educational support to childhood early learning and development programs provided                                       
14 by a nonprofit corporation organized under AS 10.20, a tribal entity, or a school                                       
15 district in the state, by the Department of Education and Early Development, or                                         
16       through a state grant;                                                                                            
17 (11)  science, technology, engineering, and math programs provided by                                                   
18 a nonprofit agency or a school district for school staff and for students in grades                                     
19       kindergarten through 12 in the state; and                                                                         
20 (12)  the operation of a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing                                                  
21 educational opportunities that promote the legacy of public service contributions to the                                
22 state and perpetuate ongoing educational programs that foster public service                                            
23       leadership for future generations of residents of the state.                                                      
24    * Sec. 14. AS 43.55.019(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
25 (a)  A producer of oil or gas is allowed a credit against the tax levied by                                             
26       AS 43.55.011(e) for cash contributions accepted for                                                               
27 (1)  direct instruction, research, and educational support purposes,                                                    
28 including library and museum acquisitions, and contributions to endowment, by an                                        
29 Alaska university foundation or by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or                                   
30       four-year college accredited by a regional accreditation association;                                             
31 (2)  secondary school level vocational education courses, programs, and                                                 
01       facilities by a school district in the state;                                                                     
02 (3)  vocational education courses, programs, equipment, and facilities                                                  
03 by a state-operated vocational technical education and training school, a nonprofit                                     
04 regional training center recognized by the Department of Labor and Workforce                                            
05 Development, and an apprenticeship program in the state that is registered with the                                     
06 United States Department of Labor under 29 U.S.C. 50 - 50b (National Apprenticeship                                     
07       Act);                                                                                                             
08 (4)  a facility or an annual intercollegiate sports tournament by a                                                     
09 nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or four-year college accredited by a                                      
10       regional accreditation association;                                                                               
11 (5)  Alaska Native cultural or heritage programs and educational                                                        
12 support, including mentoring and tutoring, provided by a nonprofit agency for public                                    
13       school staff and for students who are in grades kindergarten through 12 in the state;                             
14 (6)  education, research, rehabilitation, and facilities by an institution                                              
15 that is located in the state and that qualifies as a coastal ecosystem learning center                                  
16       under the Coastal America Partnership established by the federal government; and                                  
17 (7)  the Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER                                                           
18       EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund under AS 37.14.750.                                                                    
19    * Sec. 15. AS 43.56.018(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
20 (a)  The owner of property taxable under this chapter is allowed a credit                                               
21       against the tax due under this chapter for cash contributions accepted for                                        
22 (1)  direct instruction, research, and educational support purposes,                                                    
23 including library and museum acquisitions, and contributions to endowment, by an                                        
24 Alaska university foundation or by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or                                   
25       four-year college accredited by a regional accreditation association;                                             
26 (2)  secondary school level vocational education courses, programs, and                                                 
27       facilities by a school district in the state;                                                                     
28 (3)  vocational education courses, programs, and facilities by a state-                                                 
29       operated vocational technical education and training school;                                                      
30 (4)  a facility or an annual intercollegiate sports tournament by a                                                     
31 nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or four-year college accredited by a                                      
01       regional accreditation association;                                                                               
02                 (5)  Alaska Native cultural or heritage programs and educational                                        
03       support, including mentoring and tutoring, provided by a nonprofit agency for public                              
04       school staff and for students who are in grades kindergarten through 12 in the state;                             
05                 (6)  education, research, rehabilitation, and facilities by an institution                              
06       that is located in the state and that qualifies as a coastal ecosystem learning center                            
07       under the Coastal America Partnership established by the federal government; and                                  
08                 (7)  the Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER                                           
09       EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund under AS 37.14.750.                                                                    
10    * Sec. 16. AS 43.65.018(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
11 (a)  A person engaged in the business of mining in the state is allowed a credit                                        
12       against the tax due under this chapter for cash contributions accepted for                                        
13 (1)  direct instruction, research, and educational support purposes,                                                    
14 including library and museum acquisitions, and contributions to endowment, by an                                        
15 Alaska university foundation, by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or                                     
16 four-year college accredited by a regional accreditation association, or by a public or                                 
17       private nonprofit elementary or secondary school in the state;                                                    
18 (2)  secondary school level vocational education courses, programs, and                                                 
19       facilities by a school district in the state;                                                                     
20 (3)  vocational education courses, programs, and facilities by a state-                                                 
21       operated vocational technical education and training school;                                                      
22 (4)  a facility by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or four-                                             
23 year college accredited by a regional accreditation association or by a public or private                               
24       nonprofit elementary or secondary school in the state;                                                            
25 (5)  Alaska Native cultural or heritage programs and educational                                                        
26 support, including mentoring and tutoring, provided by a nonprofit agency for public                                    
27       school staff and for students who are in grades kindergarten through 12 in the state;                             
28 (6)  education, research, rehabilitation, and facilities by an institution                                              
29 that is located in the state and that qualifies as a coastal ecosystem learning center                                  
30       under the Coastal America Partnership established by the federal government;                                      
31 (7)  the Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER                                                           
01       EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund under AS 37.14.750;                                                                    
02                 (8)  funding a scholarship awarded by a nonprofit organization to a                                     
03       dual-credit student to defray the cost of a dual-credit course, including the cost of                             
04                      (A)  tuition and textbooks;                                                                        
05                      (B)  registration, course, and programmatic student fees;                                          
06                      (C)  on-campus room and board at the postsecondary institution                                     
07            in the state that provides the dual-credit course;                                                           
08                      (D)  transportation costs to and from a residential school                                         
09            approved by the Department of Education and Early Development under                                          
10 AS 14.16.200 or the postsecondary school in the state that provides the dual-                                           
11            credit course; and                                                                                           
12                      (E)  other related educational and programmatic costs;                                             
13 (9)  constructing, operating, or maintaining a residential housing                                                      
14 facility by a residential school approved by the Department of Education and Early                                      
15       Development under AS 14.16.200;                                                                                   
16 (10)  childhood early learning and development programs and                                                             
17 educational support to childhood early learning and development programs provided                                       
18 by a nonprofit corporation organized under AS 10.20, a tribal entity, or a school                                       
19 district in the state, by the Department of Education and Early Development, or                                         
20       through a state grant;                                                                                            
21 (11)  science, technology, engineering, and math programs provided by                                                   
22 a nonprofit agency or a school district for school staff and for students in grades                                     
23       kindergarten through 12 in the state; and                                                                         
24 (12)  the operation of a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing                                                  
25 educational opportunities that promote the legacy of public service contributions to the                                
26 state and perpetuate ongoing educational programs that foster public service                                            
27       leadership for future generations of residents of the state.                                                      
28    * Sec. 17. AS 43.75.018(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
29 (a)  A person engaged in a fisheries business is allowed a credit against the tax                                       
30       due under this chapter for cash contributions accepted for                                                        
31 (1)  direct instruction, research, and educational support purposes,                                                    
01 including library and museum acquisitions, and contributions to endowment, by an                                        
02 Alaska university foundation, by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or                                     
03 four-year college accredited by a regional accreditation association, or by a public or                                 
04       private nonprofit elementary or secondary school in the state;                                                    
05                 (2)  secondary school level vocational education courses, programs, and                                 
06       facilities by a school district in the state;                                                                     
07                 (3)  vocational education courses, programs, and facilities by a state-                                 
08       operated vocational technical education and training school;                                                      
09                 (4)  a facility by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or four-                             
10 year college accredited by a regional accreditation association or by a public or private                               
11       nonprofit elementary or secondary school in the state;                                                            
12 (5)  Alaska Native cultural or heritage programs and educational                                                        
13 support, including mentoring and tutoring, provided by a nonprofit agency for public                                    
14       school staff and for students who are in grades kindergarten through 12 in the state;                             
15 (6)  education, research, rehabilitation, and facilities by an institution                                              
16 that is located in the state and that qualifies as a coastal ecosystem learning center                                  
17       under the Coastal America Partnership established by the federal government;                                      
18 (7)  the Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER                                                           
19       EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund under AS 37.14.750;                                                                    
20 (8)  funding a scholarship awarded by a nonprofit organization to a                                                     
21       dual-credit student to defray the cost of a dual-credit course, including the cost of                             
22                      (A)  tuition and textbooks;                                                                        
23                      (B)  registration, course, and programmatic student fees;                                          
24 (C)  on-campus room and board at the postsecondary institution                                                          
25            in the state that provides the dual-credit course;                                                           
26 (D)  transportation costs to and from a residential school                                                              
27 approved by the Department of Education and Early Development under                                                     
28 AS 14.16.200 or the postsecondary school in the state that provides the dual-                                           
29            credit course; and                                                                                           
30                      (E)  other related educational and programmatic costs;                                             
31 (9)  constructing, operating, or maintaining a residential housing                                                      
01 facility by a residential school approved by the Department of Education and Early                                      
02       Development under AS 14.16.200;                                                                                   
03 (10)  childhood early learning and development programs and                                                             
04 educational support to childhood early learning and development programs provided                                       
05 by a nonprofit corporation organized under AS 10.20, a tribal entity, or a school                                       
06 district in the state, by the Department of Education and Early Development, or                                         
07       through a state grant;                                                                                            
08 (11)  science, technology, engineering, and math programs provided by                                                   
09 a nonprofit agency or a school district for school staff and for students in grades                                     
10       kindergarten through 12 in the state; and                                                                         
11 (12)  the operation of a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing                                                  
12 educational opportunities that promote the legacy of public service contributions to the                                
13 state and perpetuate ongoing educational programs that foster public service                                            
14       leadership for future generations of residents of the state.                                                      
15    * Sec. 18. AS 43.77.045(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
16 (a)  In addition to the credit allowed under AS 43.77.040, a person engaged in                                          
17 a floating fisheries business is allowed a credit against the tax due under this chapter                                
18       for cash contributions accepted for                                                                               
19 (1)  direct instruction, research, and educational support purposes,                                                    
20 including library and museum acquisitions, and contributions to endowment, by an                                        
21 Alaska university foundation, by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or                                     
22 four-year college accredited by a regional accreditation association, or by a public or                                 
23       private nonprofit elementary or secondary school in the state;                                                    
24 (2)  secondary school level vocational education courses, programs, and                                                 
25       facilities by a school district in the state;                                                                     
26 (3)  vocational education courses, programs, and facilities by a state-                                                 
27       operated vocational technical education and training school;                                                      
28 (4)  a facility by a nonprofit, public or private, Alaska two-year or four-                                             
29 year college accredited by a regional accreditation association or by a public or private                               
30       nonprofit elementary or secondary school in the state;                                                            
31 (5)  Alaska Native cultural or heritage programs and educational                                                        
01       support, including mentoring and tutoring, provided by a nonprofit agency for public                              
02       school staff and for students who are in grades kindergarten through 12 in the state;                             
03                 (6)  education, research, rehabilitation, and facilities by an institution                              
04       that is located in the state and that qualifies as a coastal ecosystem learning center                            
05       under the Coastal America Partnership established by the federal government;                                      
06                 (7)  the Alaska education innovation grant [ALASKA HIGHER                                           
07       EDUCATION INVESTMENT] fund under AS 37.14.750;                                                                    
08                 (8)  funding a scholarship awarded by a nonprofit organization to a                                     
09       dual-credit student to defray the cost of a dual-credit course, including the cost of                             
10                      (A)  tuition and textbooks;                                                                        
11                      (B)  registration, course, and programmatic student fees;                                          
12 (C)  on-campus room and board at the postsecondary institution                                                          
13            in the state that provides the dual-credit course;                                                           
14 (D)  transportation costs to and from a residential school                                                              
15 approved by the Department of Education and Early Development under                                                     
16 AS 14.16.200 or the postsecondary school in the state that provides the dual-                                           
17            credit course; and                                                                                           
18                      (E)  other related educational and programmatic costs;                                             
19 (9)  constructing, operating, or maintaining a residential housing                                                      
20 facility by a residential school approved by the Department of Education and Early                                      
21       Development under AS 14.16.200;                                                                                   
22 (10)  childhood early learning and development programs and                                                             
23 educational support to childhood early learning and development programs provided                                       
24 by a nonprofit corporation organized under AS 10.20, a tribal entity, or a school                                       
25 district in the state, by the Department of Education and Early Development, or                                         
26       through a state grant;                                                                                            
27 (11)  science, technology, engineering, and math programs provided by                                                   
28 a nonprofit agency or a school district for school staff and for students in grades                                     
29       kindergarten through 12 in the state; and                                                                         
30 (12)  the operation of a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing                                                  
31 educational opportunities that promote the legacy of public service contributions to the                                
01       state and perpetuate ongoing educational programs that foster public service                                      
02       leadership for future generations of residents of the state.                                                      
03    * Sec. 19. AS 14.03.113 is repealed July 1, 2017.                                                                  
04    * Sec. 20. AS 14.43.400, 14.43.405, 14.43.406, 14.43.415, 14.43.420, 14.43.810, 14.43.820,                         
05 14.43.825, 14.43.830, 14.43.840, 14.43.849, 14.43.915; and AS 37.14.750(c) are repealed                                 
06 February 1, 2021.                                                                                                       
07    * Sec. 21. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
08 read:                                                                                                                   
09       APPLICABILITY. (a) The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education may only                                      
10 award an Alaska performance scholarship under AS 14.43.810 - 14.43.849 to a new applicant                               
11 if the applicant is determined eligible by the applicant's school district and reported as eligible                     
12 to the Department of Education and Early Development on or before July 1, 2017.                                         
13       (b)  In this section, "school district" has the meaning given in AS 14.43.849.                                    
14    * Sec. 22. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
15 read:                                                                                                                   
16 TRANSITION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Education and Early                                                          
17 Development, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Alaska                                          
18 Commission on Postsecondary Education may adopt regulations necessary to implement                                      
19 changes made to their respective authorities by this Act. The regulations take effect under                             
20 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of the law being                             
21 implemented.                                                                                                            
22    * Sec. 23. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
23 read:                                                                                                                   
24 RETROACTIVITY. If secs. 3 - 5 and 19 of this Act take effect after July 1, 2017,                                        
25 secs. 3 - 5 and 19 of this Act are retroactive to July 1, 2017.                                                         
26    * Sec. 24. Sections 2, 9, and 11 of this Act take effect February 1, 2021.                                         
27    * Sec. 25. Except as provided in sec. 24 of this Act, this Act takes effect immediately under                      
28 AS 01.10.070(c).