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SB 113: "An Act relating to the convening and duration of regular sessions of the legislature; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 113                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to the convening and duration of regular sessions of the legislature;                                  
02 and providing for an effective date."                                                                                   
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 24.05.090 is amended to read:                                                                      
05 Sec. 24.05.090.  Duration of legislature; sessions.  [THE LEGISLATURE                                                 
06 SHALL CONVENE AT THE CAPITAL EACH YEAR ON THE THIRD TUESDAY                                                             
07 IN JANUARY AT 1:00 p.m.] Each legislature has a duration of two years and consists                                      
08 of a "First Regular  Session" that meets in the odd-numbered years, and a "Second                                       
09 Regular Session" that meets in the even-numbered years, and any special session that                                    
10 the governor or legislature calls. The legislature shall convene a First Regular                                    
11 Session at the capital on the third Tuesday in January at 1:00 p.m. and shall                                       
12 convene a Second Regular Session at the capital on the second Tuesday in                                            
13       January at 1:00 p.m.                                                                                          
14    * Sec. 2. AS 24.05.150(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
01 (b)  The legislature shall adjourn from a first regular session within 90                                           
02 consecutive calendar days, including the day the legislature first convenes in that                                     
03 [REGULAR] session. The legislature shall adjourn from a second regular session                                      
04 within 120 consecutive calendar days, including the day the legislature first                                       
05       convenes in that session.                                                                                     
06    * Sec. 3. AS 24.05.150 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
07 (c)  Notwithstanding (b) of this section, the legislature may extend a first or                                         
08 second regular session once for up to 10 consecutive calendar days. An extension of                                     
09 the regular session requires the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the                                         
10       membership of each house.                                                                                         
11    * Sec. 4. Sections 1 and 2 of this Act take effect January 1, 2018.                                                
12    * Sec. 5. Section 3 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).