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SB 207: "An Act transferring duties among departments in the executive branch of state government; relating to the duties of departments and commissioners in the executive branch; relating to the duties of the Office of the Governor; relating to state boards and commissions; and providing for an effective date."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 207                                                                         
01 "An Act transferring duties among departments in the executive branch of state                                          
02 government; relating to the duties of departments and commissioners in the executive                                    
03 branch; relating to the duties of the Office of the Governor; relating to state boards and                              
04 commissions; and providing for an effective date."                                                                      
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
06    * Section 1. AS 03.09.010(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
07            (a)  There is established in the Department of Revenue [DEPARTMENT] the                                  
08       Board of Agriculture and Conservation composed of members as set out in                                           
09       AS 03.10.050(b).                                                                                                  
10    * Sec. 2. AS 03.09.020(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
11 (a)  The commissioner of revenue [DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF THE                                                   
12 DEPARTMENT WITH RESPONSIBILITY FOR AGRICULTURE] shall serve as the                                                      
13 director of the Board of Agriculture and Conservation. The director may employ staff                                    
14 and, as directed by the board, is responsible for the daily operations of the agricultural                              
01       revolving loan fund (AS 03.10.040).                                                                               
02    * Sec. 3. AS 03.09.050 is amended to read:                                                                         
03 Sec. 03.09.050. Agricultural land. The Board of Agriculture and                                                       
04 Conservation may recommend to the commissioner of natural resources that land in                                    
05 the land disposal bank established under AS 38.04.020 be classified as suitable for                                     
06 agriculture. The board may identify state land for agricultural disposal and request the                                
07 commissioner of natural resources to provide for the survey and disposal of the land.                               
08    * Sec. 4. AS 03.10.050(g) is amended to read:                                                                      
09            (g)  The board may dispose of property acquired by the agricultural revolving                                
10 loan fund through foreclosure, default, or other action arising out of agricultural loans                               
11 or the sale of agricultural land. Disposals shall be conducted under regulations                                        
12 approved by the commissioner of revenue. The regulations must ensure that the                                       
13 property is disposed of so as to maximize the return to the state and must require that                                 
14 the parcels of land that are composed primarily of cropland soils be restricted to                                      
15       agricultural uses and disposed of only to persons who are residents of the state.                                 
16    * Sec. 5. AS 06.01.050(1) is amended to read:                                                                      
17 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                                               
18 [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] or a designee                                                           
19       of the commissioner;                                                                                              
20    * Sec. 6. AS 06.01.050(2) is amended to read:                                                                      
21 (2)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                        
22       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
23    * Sec. 7. AS 06.05.473(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
24 (c)  A safe deposit box whose contents have not been removed within 30 days                                             
25 after demand shall be opened. The department shall retain the contents of the box and                                   
26 the other unclaimed property held by the bank as bailee until the conclusion of the                                     
27 liquidation proceedings. At the conclusion of the liquidation proceedings, the property                                 
28 held by the department under this subsection is considered abandoned, and the                                           
29 department shall handle [TURN] the property [OVER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF                                              
30       REVENUE FOR HANDLING] under AS 34.45.110 - 34.45.780.                                                             
31    * Sec. 8. AS 06.05.990(7) is amended to read:                                                                      
01                 (7)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                               
02       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] or a designee                                                     
03       of the commissioner;                                                                                              
04    * Sec. 9. AS 06.05.990(9) is amended to read:                                                                      
05                 (9)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                        
06       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
07    * Sec. 10. AS 06.10.030 is amended to read:                                                                        
08            Sec. 06.10.030. Filing statement. Before engaging in this state in any of the                              
09       activities specified in AS 06.10.020, a foreign bank shall execute and file with the                              
10 commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                          
11 DEVELOPMENT] a statement. The statement shall list its name, state of                                                   
12 incorporation or organization and principal place of business and shall appoint                                         
13 irrevocably the commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                   
14 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] and the commissioner's successors its agents on                                               
15 [UPON] whom may be served process against it in any proceeding or cause of action                                       
16 arising out of its engaging in this state in any of the activities referred to in                                       
17 AS 06.10.020. Until the statement is filed the immunities provided by this chapter do                                   
18       not become operative, but failure to file the statement has no other effect.                                      
19    * Sec. 11. AS 06.15.010 is amended to read:                                                                        
20 Sec. 06.15.010. Declaration of policy. In providing authority for the                                                 
21 establishment of mutual savings banks it is the intent of the legislature to make                                       
22 available the benefits of mutual savings banking, thereby encouraging the practice of                                   
23 thrift and promoting the accumulation of funds for investment to develop the                                            
24 economy. For the accomplishment of these purposes, the legislature intends by this                                      
25 chapter to vest in mutual banks those powers generally possessed by state-chartered                                     
26 mutual savings banks and to grant authority to the Department of Revenue                                            
27 [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] to define                                                               
28 powers and to adopt regulations designed to enable mutual savings banks to perform                                      
29 their functions and to carry out the above purposes, subject to the provisions of                                       
30       AS 06.05 (Alaska Banking Code) that are not inconsistent with this chapter.                                       
31    * Sec. 12. AS 06.15.370(2) is amended to read:                                                                     
01                 (2)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                        
02       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
03    * Sec. 13. AS 06.20.900(1) is amended to read:                                                                     
04                 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                               
05       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] or a designee                                                     
06       of the commissioner;                                                                                              
07    * Sec. 14. AS 06.20.900(2) is amended to read:                                                                     
08                 (2)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                        
09       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
10    * Sec. 15. AS 06.26.790(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
11 (c)  A safe deposit box whose contents have not been removed within 30 days                                             
12 after demand shall be opened. The department shall retain the contents of the box and                                   
13 the other unclaimed property held by the trust company as bailee until the conclusion                                   
14 of the liquidation proceedings. At the conclusion of the liquidation proceedings under                                  
15 this section, the property held by the department under this subsection is considered                                   
16 abandoned, and the department shall handle [DELIVER] the property [TO THE                                           
17       DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE] under AS 34.45.110 - 34.45.780.                                                            
18    * Sec. 16. AS 06.26.790(j) is amended to read:                                                                     
19 (j)  Unclaimed property remaining after the completion of the liquidation                                               
20 proceedings under this section is presumed abandoned, and the department shall                                      
21 handle the property [SHALL BE DELIVERED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF                                                        
22       REVENUE FOR HANDLING] under AS 34.45.110 - 34.45.780.                                                             
23    * Sec. 17. AS 06.26.990(5) is amended to read:                                                                     
24 (5)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                                               
25       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                  
26    * Sec. 18. AS 06.26.990(7) is amended to read:                                                                     
27 (7)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                        
28       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
29    * Sec. 19. AS 06.35.010(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
30 (d)  The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                            
31 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may adopt regulations under AS 44.62                                                              
01       (Administrative Procedure Act) to implement this section.                                                         
02    * Sec. 20. AS 06.40.190(1) is amended to read:                                                                     
03                 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                               
04       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] or a designee                                                     
05       of the commissioner;                                                                                              
06    * Sec. 21. AS 06.40.190(2) is amended to read:                                                                     
07                 (2)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                        
08       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
09    * Sec. 22. AS 06.45.400(1) is amended to read:                                                                     
10 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                                               
11       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                  
12    * Sec. 23. AS 06.50.900(5) is amended to read:                                                                     
13 (5)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                        
14       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
15    * Sec. 24. AS 06.55.990(7) is amended to read:                                                                     
16 (7)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                        
17       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
18    * Sec. 25. AS 06.60.990(5) is amended to read:                                                                     
19 (5)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                        
20       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
21    * Sec. 26. AS 09.38.025(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
22 (b)  A judgment creditor or other claimant of an insurer may not levy upon any                                          
23 of the assets or securities held in this state as a deposit for the protection of the                                   
24 insurer's policyholders or policyholders and creditors. Deposits under AS 21.09.270                                     
25 may be levied upon if provided in the order of the director of insurance, Department of                                 
26 Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT],                                                            
27       under which the deposit is made.                                                                                  
28    * Sec. 27. AS 16.10.360(2) is amended to read:                                                                     
29 (2)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                                               
30       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                  
31    * Sec. 28. AS 16.10.360(4) is amended to read:                                                                     
01 (4)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                        
02       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
03    * Sec. 29. AS 16.10.505(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
04 (a)  There is created within the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                   
05 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] a revolving fund to be known                                                       
06 as the fisheries enhancement revolving loan fund. Except as provided in (b) and (c) of                                  
07 this section, the fund shall be used to carry out the purposes of AS 16.10.500 -                                        
08 16.10.560 and for no other purpose. All principal and interest payments, and money                                      
09 chargeable to principal or interest that is collected through liquidation by foreclosure                                
10 or other process on loans made under AS 16.10.500 - 16.10.560, shall be paid into the                                   
11       fisheries enhancement revolving loan fund.                                                                        
12    * Sec. 30. AS 16.10.555 is amended to read:                                                                        
13 Sec. 16.10.555. Disposal of property acquired by default or foreclosure.                                              
14 The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
15 DEVELOPMENT] shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure                                          
16 of a loan made under AS 16.10.500 - 16.10.560. Disposal shall be made in a manner                                       
17 that serves the best interests of the state, and may include the amortization of                                        
18       payments over a period of years.                                                                                  
19    * Sec. 31. AS 16.10.560(1) is amended to read:                                                                     
20 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                                               
21       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                  
22    * Sec. 32. AS 18.45.030 is amended to read:                                                                        
23 Sec. 18.45.030. Conduct of studies concerning changes in laws and                                                     
24 regulations with a view to atomic industrial development. Each of the following                                       
25 departments and agencies of the state are directed to initiate and to pursue continuing                                 
26 studies as to the need for changes in the laws and regulations administered by it that                                  
27 would arise from the presence within the state of special nuclear, by-product, and                                      
28 radioactive materials, from the operation of production or utilization facilities, and                                  
29 from the generation of radiation, and, on the basis of these studies, to make the                                       
30 recommendations for the enactment of laws or amendments to law administered by it,                                      
31 and the proposals for amendments to the regulations issued by it that it considers                                      
01       necessary:                                                                                                        
02                 (1)  the Department of Health and Social Services particularly as to                                    
03       hazards to the public health and safety;                                                                          
04                 (2)  the Department of Labor and Workforce Development particularly                                     
05       as to hazardous working conditions;                                                                               
06                 (3)  the Department of Labor and Workforce Development particularly                                     
07       as to the time and character of proof of claims of injuries and the extent of the                                 
08       compensation allowable;                                                                                           
09                 (4)  the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities particularly                                
10 as to the transportation of special nuclear, by-product, and radioactive materials on                                   
11       highways of the state;                                                                                            
12 (5)  the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities particularly                                                
13 as to the transportation of special nuclear, by-product, and radioactive materials by                                   
14 common carriers not in interstate commerce and as to the participation by public                                        
15 utilities subject to its jurisdiction in projects for the development of production or                                  
16       utilization facilities for industrial or commercial use;                                                          
17 (6)  the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                            
18 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] particularly as to the insurance of persons and                                                   
19       property from hazards to life and property resulting from atomic development;                                     
20 (7)  the Department of Fish and Game particularly as to the hazards to                                                  
21 the natural resources of the state, including wildlife, and as to the protection of rivers,                             
22       streams, and airspace from pollution;                                                                             
23 (8)  the Department of Natural Resources particularly as to the hazards                                                 
24       involved in the mining of radioactive minerals;                                                                   
25 (9)  departments and agencies the governor directs and for the purposes                                                 
26       specified by the governor, and other departments and agencies provided by law.                                    
27    * Sec. 33. AS 18.60.340(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
28 (b)  A company authorized by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                   
29 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] under AS 21.09 to insure                                                           
30 boilers or unfired pressure vessels shall notify the Department of Labor and                                            
31 Workforce Development each time it discontinues the insurance for a boiler or unfired                                   
01       pressure vessel located in the state. The Department of Labor and Workforce                                       
02       Development shall terminate the inspection certificate and require a reinspection if the                          
03       insurance was terminated because of a condition dangerous to life or property.                                    
04    * Sec. 34. AS 21.06.010 is amended to read:                                                                      
05 Sec. 21.06.010. Appointment of director. The commissioner of revenue                                              
06 [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] shall appoint                                                           
07 the director, division of insurance, Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                               
08 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT]. The director serves at the                                                        
09       pleasure of the commissioner.                                                                                     
10    * Sec. 35. AS 21.06.020 is amended to read:                                                                        
11 Sec. 21.06.020. Division of insurance. (a)  There is created within the                                               
12 Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                            
13 DEVELOPMENT] a division of insurance [, WHICH SHALL BE LOCATED IN OR                                                    
14 CONVENIENT TO THE OFFICE OCCUPIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF                                                                
15       COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT].                                                                   
16 (b)  The division of insurance shall be under the administrative control of the                                         
17 commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                          
18       DEVELOPMENT] and the supervision of the director of the division of insurance.                                    
19    * Sec. 36. AS 21.09.242(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
20 (a)  An insurer, including a pharmacy benefits manager, with respect to                                                 
21 medical assistance programs under AS 47.07, shall cooperate with the Department of                                      
22       Health and Social Services to                                                                                     
23 (1)  provide, with respect to an individual who is eligible for or is                                                   
24 provided medical assistance under AS 47.07, on the request of the Department of                                     
25 Health and Social Services [DEPARTMENT], information to determine during what                                       
26 period the individual or the individual's spouse or dependents may be or may have                                       
27 been covered by the insurer and the nature of the coverage that is or was provided by                                   
28 the insurer, including the name and address of the insurer and the identifying number                                   
29       of the health care insurance plan;                                                                                
30 (2)  accept the [DEPARTMENT'S] right of recovery of the                                                             
31 Department of Health and Social Services and the assignment to the Department of                                
01 Health and Social Services [DEPARTMENT] of any right of an individual or other                                      
02 entity to payment from the party for an item or service for which payment has been                                      
03       made under AS 47.07;                                                                                              
04 (3)  respond to any inquiry by the Department of Health and Social                                                  
05 Services [DEPARTMENT] regarding a claim for payment for any health care item or                                     
06 service that is submitted not later than three years after the date of the provision of the                             
07       health care item or service; and                                                                                  
08 (4)  agree not to deny a claim submitted by the Department of Health                                                
09 and Social Services [DEPARTMENT] solely on the basis of the date of submission                                      
10 of the claim, the type or format of the claim form, or a failure to present proper                                      
11       documentation at the point-of-sale that is the basis of the claim if                                              
12 (A)  the claim is submitted by the Department of Health and                                                         
13 Social Services [DEPARTMENT] within the three-year period beginning on                                              
14            the date on which the item or service was furnished; and                                                     
15 (B)  any action by the Department of Health and Social                                                              
16 Services [DEPARTMENT] to enforce its rights with respect to the claim is                                            
17 commenced within six years after the [DEPARTMENT'S] submission of the                                                   
18            claim by the Department of Health and Social Services.                                                   
19    * Sec. 37. AS 21.55.430(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
20 (b)  The legislature may use the annual estimated balance in the Alaska                                                 
21 comprehensive health insurance fund to make appropriations to the Department of                                         
22 Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] to                                                          
23       fund the reinsurance program under this chapter.                                                                  
24    * Sec. 38. AS 21.78.295 is amended to read:                                                                        
25 Sec. 21.78.295. Unclaimed and withheld money. (a) All unclaimed money                                                 
26 that is subject to distribution and remains in the receiver's hands when the receiver is                                
27 ready to apply to the court for discharge, including the amount distributable to a                                      
28 creditor, shareholder, member, or other person who is unknown and cannot be found,                                      
29 shall be deposited with the department [DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE] and shall                                            
30 be paid, without interest, to the person entitled to receive it or to the person's legal                                
31 representative upon proof satisfactory to the department [DEPARTMENT OF                                             
01 REVENUE] of the person's right to it. Notwithstanding the provisions of AS 34.45, an                                    
02 amount on deposit with the department [DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE] that is not                                           
03 claimed within six years after the discharge of the receiver is considered to be                                        
04       abandoned and shall, without further proceedings, be deposited in the general fund.                               
05 (b)  All money retained for claims described in AS 21.78.280 and not                                                    
06 distributed, shall, upon discharge of the receiver, be deposited with the department                                
07 [DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE] and paid in accordance with AS 21.78.260. Any                                                   
08 amount remaining that, under AS 21.78.260, would revert to the undistributed assets                                     
09 of the insurer, shall be transferred to the department [DEPARTMENT OF                                               
10 REVENUE]. Remaining amounts become the property of the state under (a) of this                                          
11 section, unless the director, in the director's discretion, petitions the court to reopen the                           
12       liquidation under AS 21.78.297.                                                                                   
13    * Sec. 39. AS 21.97.900(10) is amended to read:                                                                    
14 (10)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                                              
15       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                  
16    * Sec. 40. AS 21.97.900(13) is amended to read:                                                                    
17 (13)  "division" means the division of insurance, Department of                                                         
18       Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                      
19    * Sec. 41. AS 21.97.900 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                              
20                 (48)  "department" means the Department of Revenue.                                                     
21    * Sec. 42. AS 23.15.580(g) is amended to read:                                                                     
22 (g)  The board shall assess the programs listed in this subsection and make                                             
23 recommendations to the legislature in its report required under (b)(9) of this section                                  
24 about whether to include one or more of the following [THESE] programs under the                                    
25       requirements of (f) of this section:                                                                              
26 (1)  in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic                                                             
27 Development or operated by the department: [(A)] local government assistance                                            
28       training and development, including the rural utility business advisory program;                                  
29 (2)  in the Department of Revenue or operated by the department:                                                    
30 [(B)] energy operations, providing training in management and administration of                                         
31       electric utilities and bulk fuel storage systems;                                                                 
01                 (3) [(2)]  in the Department of Corrections:                                                        
02                      (A)  Correctional Academy, training individuals applying for a                                     
03            correctional officer position;                                                                               
04                      (B)  inmate programs, providing vocational technical training                                      
05            and education courses for inmates preparing to be released from a correctional                               
06            facility;                                                                                                    
07                      (C)  employment of prison inmates, providing inmates with jobs                                     
08            while they are incarcerated;                                                                                 
09                 (4) [(3)]  in the Department of Environmental Conservation:                                         
10 (A)  remote maintenance worker program, providing training                                                              
11 and technical assistance to communities to keep drinking water and sewage                                               
12            disposal systems running, and providing on-the-job training to local operators;                              
13                      (B)  water and wastewater operator training and assistance;                                        
14                      (C)  federal drinking water operator training and certification;                                   
15 (5) [(4)]  in the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs:                                                     
16 educational benefits for members of the Alaska National Guard and the Alaska Naval                                      
17       Militia;                                                                                                          
18                 (6) [(5)]  in the Department of Public Safety:                                                      
19 (A)  fire service training to maintain emergency training skills                                                        
20 for existing firefighter staff and volunteers and individuals interested in                                             
21            becoming firefighters;                                                                                       
22                      (B)  Public Safety Training Academy, training trooper recruits;                                    
23                 (7) [(6)]  in the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities:                               
24 (A)  engineer-in-training program, providing on-the-job training                                                        
25 for apprentice engineers to enable them to gain the experience necessary to be                                          
26            certified;                                                                                                   
27 (B)  statewide transportation improvement program, offered by                                                           
28            the United States National Highway Institute;                                                                
29 (C)  local technical assistance program, transferring technical                                                         
30            expertise to local governments;                                                                              
31 (D)  Native technical assistance program, transferring technical                                                        
01            expertise to Native governments;                                                                             
02                      (E)  border technology exchange program, to coordinate                                             
03            highway issues with the Yukon Territory;                                                                     
04 (8) [(7)]  in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development:                                                    
05 vocational rehabilitation client services and special work projects, employment                                         
06 services, including job development, assisting individuals in finding employment, and                                   
07       assisting employed individuals in finding other employment.                                                       
08    * Sec. 43. AS 23.30.280(e) is amended to read:                                                                     
09            (e)  Except as provided in (f) of this section, a person is not liable for civil                             
10 damages for filing a report concerning a suspected, anticipated, or completed                                           
11 fraudulent act or a false or misleading statement or representation with, or for                                        
12 furnishing other information, whether written or oral, concerning a suspected,                                          
13 anticipated, or completed fraudulent act or false or misleading statements or                                           
14       representation to                                                                                                 
15                 (1)  law enforcement officials or their agents and employees;                                           
16 (2)  the division of workers' compensation, the division of insurance in                                                
17 the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
18 DEVELOPMENT], or an agency in another state that regulates insurance or workers'                                        
19       compensation;                                                                                                     
20 (3)  an insurer or adjuster or its agents, employees, or designees, or the                                              
21       risk manager of a self-insured employer under this chapter.                                                       
22    * Sec. 44. AS 26.15.010(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
23 (a)  The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                            
24 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] shall administer the laws and regulations relating to                                             
25       the veterans' loan program, adopt new regulations, and recommend legislation.                                     
26    * Sec. 45. AS 26.15.030(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
27 (a)  The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                            
28 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] shall formulate general policies and adopt                                                        
29       regulations, including regulations to establish reasonable fees for services provided.                            
30    * Sec. 46. AS 26.15.040 is amended to read:                                                                        
31 Sec. 26.15.040. Veterans' loans. (a) The commissioner of revenue                                                  
01       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may, under                                                        
02       regulations and policies, make the following loans:                                                               
03 (1)  personal loans may be made for educational, domestic, remote area                                                  
04 family housing and other personal purposes, not exceeding $10,000; the loans shall be                                   
05 secured by acceptable collateral when available but if not available the commissioner                                   
06 may make loans on the basis of good character; the rate of interest may not exceed                                      
07       nine and one-half percent a year on the unpaid balance;                                                           
08                 (2)  [REPEALED]                                                                                         
09                 (3)  business loans not exceeding $125,000 may be made to acquire,                                      
10 finance or refinance or equip businesses, including mining and fishing but not                                          
11 including farming, if the loan applicant has had three or more years of general                                         
12 business experience; the loans shall be secured by acceptable collateral and may not                                    
13 exceed 75 percent of the appraised value of the collateral offered as security; the rate                                
14       of interest may not exceed nine and one-half percent a year on the unpaid balance;                                
15 (4)  multiple dwelling loans not exceeding $110,000 may be made to                                                      
16 purchase, remodel, repair, build, furnish, refinance or equip multiple dwellings; the                                   
17 loans shall be secured by acceptable collateral and may not exceed 75 percent of the                                    
18 appraised value of the collateral offered as security; the rate of interest may not exceed                              
19       nine and one-half percent a year on the unpaid balance.                                                           
20 (b)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
21 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may enter into agreements with private banks, other                                               
22 lending institutions and individuals for the purpose of guaranteeing loans made to                                      
23 qualified applicants. The guarantees may not exceed 90 percent of the amount loaned                                     
24 and the loans shall be secured in the same manner provided for direct loans under this                                  
25 section. A loan made under this subsection and guaranteed by the commissioner of                                        
26 revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] and                                                         
27 the state shall bear an interest rate not exceeding nine and one-half percent a year on                                 
28       the unpaid balance.                                                                                               
29 (c)  Loans authorized by former (a)(2) of this section or (a)(3) and (4) of this                                        
30 section may not be made unless the commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE,                                               
31 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] is satisfied that money at a                                                       
01 comparable rate of interest is not available to the applicant from private lending                                      
02 institutions on a guaranteed basis as set out in (b) of this section. An applicant is                                   
03 eligible for more than one type of loan, but the total may not exceed $125,000 at any                                   
04       one time.                                                                                                         
05 (d)  Money loaned shall be disbursed to the borrower from the treasury,                                                 
06 vouchered in the manner prescribed for state disbursing officers, and charged against                                   
07 the Alaska World War II veterans' revolving fund. Each voucher shall be approved by                                     
08 the commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                      
09 DEVELOPMENT] or any bonded deputy authorized to act as a certifying officer.                                            
10 Upon repayment of loans by installments, or otherwise, in accordance with the                                           
11 prescribed terms, or upon liquidation by foreclosure or other process, or upon receipt                                  
12 of interest, the commissioner of revenue shall deposit money so received [SHALL                                     
13 BE TURNED OVER TO THE COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE FOR DEPOSIT] in                                                           
14       the Alaska World War II veterans' revolving fund.                                                                 
15 (e)  If a loan made under (a)(3) of this section is assigned by the borrower or if                                      
16 the real property that secures a loan made under former (a)(2) or under (a)(4) of this                                  
17 section is transferred by the borrower, the commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE,                                      
18 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] shall allow the assignee or                                                        
19 transferee to assume the outstanding indebtedness on the loan unless the commissioner                                   
20 determines in writing that the credit of the assignee or transferee is not satisfactory to                              
21 ensure [ASSURE] repayment of the loan. The assignee or transferee may assume the                                    
22       outstanding indebtedness on the loan at the existing interest rate on the loan.                                   
23    * Sec. 47. AS 26.15.070(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
24 (a)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
25 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may sell or transfer at par value or at a premium or                                              
26 discount to any bank or other private purchaser for cash or other consideration the                                     
27 mortgages and notes held by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                    
28 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] as security for loans made                                                         
29       under this chapter.                                                                                               
30    * Sec. 48. AS 26.15.085 is amended to read:                                                                        
31 Sec. 26.15.085. Disposal of property acquired by default or foreclosure.                                              
01 The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
02 DEVELOPMENT] shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure                                          
03 of a loan made under this chapter. Disposal shall be made in a manner that serves the                                   
04 best interests of the state, and may include the amortization of payments over a period                                 
05       of years.                                                                                                         
06    * Sec. 49. AS 26.15.095(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
07 (b)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
08 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may expend money credited to the foreclosure                                                      
09 expense account when necessary to protect the state's security interest in collateral on                                
10 loans made under AS 26.15.040 or to defray expenses incurred during foreclosure                                         
11       proceedings after a default by an obligor.                                                                        
12    * Sec. 50. AS 26.15.160 is amended to read:                                                                        
13 Sec. 26.15.160. Extension of chapter to members of the Alaska Territorial                                             
14 Guard and to veterans of the armed forces of the United States. The provisions of                                     
15 this chapter, except those provisions relating to the payment of bonuses, are extended                                  
16 to persons who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard and to veterans of the armed                                      
17 forces of the United States, who served other than dishonorably on active duty                                          
18 between June 25, 1950, and January 31, 1955, between August 4, 1964, and                                                
19 November 7, 1975, between August 2, 1990, and January 2, 1992, beginning                                                
20 September 11, 2001, and ending on the day prescribed by Presidential proclamation or                                    
21 by law as the last date of Operation Iraqi Freedom, or during any time period listed in                                 
22 5 U.S.C. 2108(1) and to dependents of those persons, subject to the following                                           
23       provisions and eligibility qualifications:                                                                        
24                 (1)  persons are eligible                                                                               
25 (A)  who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, who were                                                               
26 discharged other than dishonorably from the armed forces of the United States,                                          
27            or who are released to a reserve component; and                                                              
28 (B)  who, at the time of entry into the service, were bona fide                                                         
29 residents of the territory or State of Alaska and had been residents of the                                             
30 territory or state for not less than one year before their entry into the service;                                      
31 and who have returned to the territory or state within a reasonable length of                                           
01 time after the end of their service in the Alaska Territorial Guard or their                                            
02 discharge or separation as residents with the intention of remaining in the                                             
03 territory or state; or who, not being bona fide residents of the territory before                                       
04 their entry into the service, have lived in the territory or state for at least five                                    
05            years following their release from active military service; and                                              
06 (C)  who served in the armed forces of the United States for 90                                                         
07 days or more, or whose service was for a lesser period because of injury or                                             
08 disability incurred in line of duty, between June 25, 1950, and January 31,                                             
09 1955, between August 4, 1964, and July 1, 1977, between August 2, 1990, and                                             
10 January 2, 1992, beginning September 11, 2001, and ending on the day                                                    
11 prescribed by Presidential proclamation or by law as the last date of Operation                                         
12 Iraqi Freedom, or during any time period listed in 5 U.S.C. 2108(1), or who                                             
13 served in the Alaska Territorial Guard for 90 days or more or whose service in                                          
14 the Alaska Territorial Guard was for a lesser period because of injury or                                               
15            disability incurred in the line of duty;                                                                     
16 (2)  persons are eligible who were dependent on [UPON] a member of                                                  
17 the Alaska Territorial Guard or armed forces or on [UPON] a veteran, including                                      
18 persons who served in the Alaska Territorial Guard, eligible for the benefits of this                                   
19 chapter at the time of the member's or veteran's death if the member or veteran was a                                   
20 resident of the territory for one year before entry into service; dependents must be                                    
21 unmarried and the deceased veteran or member of the armed forces must have been                                         
22 their chief means of support and they must be [EITHER] a widow, widower, minor                                          
23 child, or a mother, father, sister, or brother incapable of self-support; dependents must                               
24 be residents of the state at the time of application and shall intend to remain residents                               
25 in the state permanently; the rights of minor children under this chapter may be                                        
26 exercised only if they have no surviving parent and have an appointed guardian who                                      
27 may apply on their behalf for the benefits of this chapter for their care, support, or                                  
28       education;                                                                                                        
29 (3)  a person who is eligible for veteran's benefits under the laws of any                                              
30 other state or territory is not eligible for the benefits of this section unless the person                             
31 has lived in the state or territory for at least five years following the end of the person's                           
01 service in the Alaska Territorial Guard or release from active military service; a World                                
02 War II veteran who received a bonus under former AS 26.15.120 and former                                                
03 AS 26.15.150 need not repay the bonus in order to qualify under the loan provisions of                                  
04       this section;                                                                                                     
05 (4)  for persons otherwise eligible for the benefits under this section,                                                
06 who did not return to the state or territory not later than one year after the end of the                               
07 persons' service in the Alaska Territorial Guard or separation from the service unless                                  
08 prevented from doing so for medical, educational, or other valid purposes approved by                                   
09 the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
10 DEVELOPMENT] not later than one year after the end of the persons' service in the                                       
11 Alaska Territorial Guard or separation from the service, an additional requirement of                                   
12 four years' residence in the state or territory before their entry into the service is                                  
13       imposed to entitle them to the benefit provisions of this section.                                                
14    * Sec. 51. AS 27.09.010(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
15 (a)  There is established in the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                   
16 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] the mining loan fund. The                                                          
17 department may make loans from the fund to underwrite advanced mineral                                                  
18       exploration, development, or mining in the state.                                                                 
19    * Sec. 52. AS 27.09.015(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
20 (b)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
21 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may expend money credited to the foreclosure                                                      
22 expense account when necessary to protect the state's security interest in collateral on                                
23 loans made under AS 27.09.010 or to defray expenses incurred during foreclosure                                         
24       proceedings after a default by an obligor.                                                                        
25    * Sec. 53. AS 27.09.050 is amended to read:                                                                        
26 Sec. 27.09.050. Regulations. The department may adopt regulations necessary                                           
27 to carry out the provisions of this chapter, including regulations to establish reasonable                              
28 fees for services provided. Regulations adopted under this section shall be prepared                                    
29 after consultation with the Department of Natural Resources or after consultation with                                  
30 a person who, in the opinion of the commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE,                                              
31 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] or a designee, has broad                                                           
01       experience in and is highly qualified in advanced mineral exploration, development,                               
02       and mining.                                                                                                       
03    * Sec. 54. AS 27.09.060(3) is amended to read:                                                                     
04                 (3)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                        
05       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
06    * Sec. 55. AS 28.20.580 is amended to read:                                                                        
07 Sec. 28.20.580. Assigned risk plans. After consultation with the insurance                                            
08 companies authorized to issue motor vehicle liability policies in this state, the director                              
09 of the division of insurance shall approve a reasonable plan, fair to the insurers and                                  
10 equitable to their policyholders, for the apportionment among these companies of                                        
11 applicants for motor vehicle policies and other vehicle coverages who are in good faith                                 
12 entitled to but are unable to procure policies through ordinary methods. When a plan is                                 
13 approved, all the insurance companies shall subscribe to it and participate in it, except                               
14 a reciprocal insurer formed by and only insuring a group of municipalities or nonprofit                                 
15 utilities under AS 21.75, or a reciprocal insurer formed under AS 21.75 to provide                                      
16 marine insurance. An applicant for an assigned risk policy, a person insured under an                                   
17 assigned risk plan, and an insurance company affected may appeal to the                                                 
18 commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                          
19 DEVELOPMENT] from a ruling or decision of the authority designated to operate the                                       
20 plan. Failure to adopt an assigned risk plan does not relieve any person from                                           
21       responsibility under this chapter.                                                                                
22    * Sec. 56. AS 31.25.010 is amended to read:                                                                        
23 Sec. 31.25.010. Structure. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation is a                                            
24 public corporation and government instrumentality acting in the best interest of the                                    
25 state for the purposes required by AS 31.25.005, located for administrative purposes in                                 
26 the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
27 DEVELOPMENT], but having a legal existence independent of and separate from the                                         
28 state. The corporation may not be terminated as long as it has bonds, notes, or other                                   
29 obligations outstanding. The corporation may dissolve when no bonds, notes, or other                                    
30 obligations of the corporation or a subsidiary of the corporation are outstanding and                                   
31 the corporation or a subsidiary of the corporation is no longer engaged in the                                          
01       development, financing, construction, or operation of an in-state natural gas pipeline                            
02       or an Alaska liquefied natural gas project. Upon termination of the corporation, its                              
03       rights and property pass to the state.                                                                            
04    * Sec. 57. AS 36.30.322(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
05            (a)  Only timber, lumber, and manufactured lumber products originating in this                               
06       state from Alaska forests may be procured by an agency or used in construction                                    
07       projects of an agency unless                                                                                      
08                 (1)  the manufacturers and suppliers who have notified the Office of                                
09       the Governor [COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                        
10 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] of their willingness to manufacture or supply Alaska                                              
11 forest products have been given reasonable notice of the forest product needs of the                                    
12       procurement or project; and                                                                                       
13 (2)  a manufacturer or supplier who has notified the Office of the                                                  
14 Governor [COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                                  
15 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] of its willingness to manufacture or supply Alaska                                                
16 forest products is not the low bidder after all applicable preferences have been applied                                
17       to the price of the qualifying forest product under AS 36.30.336.                                                 
18    * Sec. 58. AS 36.30.322(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
19 (c)  During the period of performance of a state contract, the contractor shall                                         
20 maintain records showing efforts made in using Alaska forest products or evidence of                                    
21 Alaska forest products not being available or reasonably competitive. The contractor                                    
22 shall provide the records to the procurement officer on a periodic basis, as required by                                
23 regulations adopted by the Office of the Governor [COMMISSIONER OF                                                  
24       COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT].                                                                   
25    * Sec. 59. AS 36.30.330(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
26 (c)  The procurement officer shall report to the Office of the Governor                                             
27 [COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                                      
28 DEVELOPMENT] each contractor penalized under (a) of this section. The Office of                                     
29 the Governor [COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                              
30 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] shall maintain a list of contractors determined not to                                            
31       be responsible bidders under (b) of this section.                                                                 
01    * Sec. 60. AS 36.30.332(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
02 (a)  The Office of the Governor [COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE,                                                          
03 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] shall adopt regulations                                                            
04 establishing the value added in the state for materials and supplies produced or                                        
05 manufactured in the state that are used in a state procurement and establishing whether                                 
06 a product qualifies as a recycled Alaska product. The Office of the Governor                                        
07 [COMMISSIONER] shall publish a list of the products annually. A supplier may                                            
08       request inclusion of its product on the appropriate list.                                                         
09    * Sec. 61. AS 37.05.146(c)(33) is amended to read:                                                                 
10 (33)  receipts of the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                              
11 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT], division of insurance, from                                                       
12       license fees and fees for services;                                                                               
13    * Sec. 62. AS 37.05.146(c)(34) is amended to read:                                                                 
14 (34)  receipts of the Department of Commerce, Community, and                                                            
15 Economic Development from its functions relating to [BANKING,] securities [,] and                                       
16       corporations;                                                                                                     
17    * Sec. 63. AS 37.05.146(c) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                           
18 (90)  receipts of the Department of Revenue from its functions relating                                                 
19       to banking.                                                                                                       
20    * Sec. 64. AS 39.25.110(30) is amended to read:                                                                    
21 (30)  a person employed as an actuary or assistant actuary by the                                                       
22 division of insurance in the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY,                                            
23       AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                                        
24    * Sec. 65. AS 39.25.120(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
25 (c)  The following positions in the state service constitute the partially exempt                                       
26       service:                                                                                                          
27 (1)  deputy and assistant commissioners of the principal departments of                                                 
28 the executive branch, including the assistant adjutant general of the Department of                                     
29       Military and Veterans' Affairs;                                                                                   
30 (2)  the directors of the major divisions of the principal departments of                                               
31 the executive branch and the regional directors of the Department of Transportation                                     
01       and Public Facilities;                                                                                            
02                 (3)  attorney members of the staff of the Department of Law, of the                                     
03       public defender agency, and of the office of public advocacy in the Department of                                 
04       Administration;                                                                                                   
05                 (4)  one private secretary for each head of a principal department in the                               
06       executive branch;                                                                                                 
07                 (5)  employees of councils, boards, or commissions established by                                       
08       statute in the Office of the Governor or the office of the lieutenant governor, unless a                          
09       different classification is provided by statute;                                                                  
10 (6)  not more than two special assistants to the commissioner of each of                                                
11 the principal departments of the executive branch, but the number may be increased if                                   
12 the partially exempt service is extended under AS 39.25.130 to include the additional                                   
13       special assistants;                                                                                               
14                 (7)  the principal executive officer of the following boards, councils, or                              
15       commissions:                                                                                                      
16                      (A)  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission;                                                        
17                      (B)  Professional Teaching Practices Commission;                                                   
18                      (C)  Parole Board;                                                                                 
19                      (D)  Board of Nursing;                                                                             
20                      (E)  Real Estate Commission;                                                                       
21                      (F)  Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board;                                        
22                      (G)  Alaska State Council on the Arts;                                                             
23                      (H)  Alaska Police Standards Council;                                                              
24                      (I)  Alaska Commission on Aging;                                                                   
25                      (J)  Alaska Mental Health Board;                                                                   
26                      (K)  State Medical Board;                                                                          
27                      (L)  Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education;                                     
28                      (M)  Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse;                                                  
29                      (N)  Statewide Suicide Prevention Council;                                                         
30                      (O)  State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and                                    
31            Land Surveyors;                                                                                              
01                      (P)  Alaska Health Care Commission;                                                                
02                 (8)  Alaska Pioneers' Home and Alaska Veterans' Home managers;                                          
03                 (9)  hearing examiners in the Department of Revenue;                                                    
04                 (10)  the comptroller in the division of treasury, Department of                                        
05       Revenue;                                                                                                          
06                 (11)  airport managers in the Department of Transportation and Public                                   
07       Facilities employed at the Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports;                                        
08                 (12)  the deputy director of the division of insurance in the Department                                
09       of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                   
10 (13)  the executive director and staff of the Alaska Public Offices                                                     
11       Commission;                                                                                                       
12 (14)  the rehabilitation administrator of the division of workers'                                                      
13       compensation;                                                                                                     
14 (15)  guards employed by the Department of Public Safety for                                                            
15       emergencies;                                                                                                      
16                 (16)  marine pilot coordinator of the Board of Marine Pilots;                                           
17 (17)  guards employed by the Department of Corrections, other than in                                                   
18 state correctional facilities, to carry out the responsibility of the commissioner of                                   
19       corrections under AS 33.30.071(b);                                                                                
20 (18)  hearing officers and administrative law judges of the Regulatory                                                  
21       Commission of Alaska;                                                                                             
22                 (19)  the compact administrator appointed under AS 33.36.130;                                           
23 (20)  the chief administrative law judge and administrative law judges                                                  
24       of the office of administrative hearings;                                                                         
25                 (21)  the executive secretary of the Board of Public Accountancy.                                       
26    * Sec. 66. AS 40.25.110(e) is amended to read:                                                                     
27 (e)  Notwithstanding other provisions of this section to the contrary, the Bureau                                       
28 of Vital Statistics and the library archives in the Department of Education and Early                                   
29 Development may continue to charge the same fees that they were charging on                                             
30 September 25, 1990, for performing record searches, and may increase the fees as                                        
31 necessary to recover agency expenses on the same basis that was used by the agency                                      
01 immediately before September 25, 1990. Notwithstanding other provisions of this                                         
02 section to the contrary, the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic                                            
03 Development may continue to charge the same fees that the former Department of                                          
04 Commerce and Economic Development was charging on July 1, 1999, for performing                                          
05 record searches for matters related to [BANKING,] securities [,] and corporations, and                                  
06 may increase the fees as necessary to recover agency expenses on the same basis that                                    
07 was used by the former Department of Commerce and Economic Development                                                  
08 immediately before July 1, 1999. Notwithstanding other provisions of this section                                   
09 to the contrary, the Department of Revenue may continue to charge the same fees                                     
10 that the former Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic                                                     
11 Development was charging on the effective date of this section for performing                                       
12 record searches for matters related to banking immediately before the effective                                     
13       date of this section.                                                                                         
14    * Sec. 67. AS 41.35.350(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
15            (a)  The duties of the commission are to                                                                     
16 (1)  survey, evaluate, and catalog Alaska prehistory and history                                                        
17       materials now in print;                                                                                           
18 (2)  ascertain and register what Alaska prehistory and history work is                                                  
19       now in progress;                                                                                                  
20 (3)  identify the existing gaps in the coverage of Alaska's past in                                                     
21       presently available published works and establish priorities for bridging them;                                   
22 (4)  prepare a thematic study of Alaska's history for historic                                                          
23       preservation;                                                                                                     
24                 (5)  identify the sources of Alaska's history;                                                          
25 (6)  coordinate the production and publication of works that will                                                       
26       adequately present all aspects of Alaska's past;                                                                  
27 (7)  cooperate with the federal government in programs relating to                                                      
28       history and archaeology;                                                                                          
29 (8)  develop criteria for the evaluation of state monuments and historic                                                
30 sites and all real and personal property that may be considered to be of historic,                                      
31 prehistoric, or archeological significance as would justify their acquisition and                                       
01       ownership by the state;                                                                                           
02 (9)  cooperate with the department in formulating and administering a                                                   
03 statewide historic sites survey under 54 U.S.C. 300101 - 307108 (National Historic                                  
04 Preservation Act) [16 U.S.C. 470-470n (P.L. 89-665, NATIONAL HISTORIC                                               
05       PRESERVATION ACT OF 1966)];                                                                                       
06 (10)  review those surveys and historic preservation plans that may be                                                  
07 required, and approve properties for nomination to the National Register as provided                                    
08 for in 54 U.S.C. 300101 - 307108 (National Historic Preservation Act) [16 U.S.C.                                    
09 470-470n (P.L. 89-665, NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT OF 1966)];                                                    
10 (11)  provide necessary assistance to the governor and the legislature                                                  
11 for achieving balanced and coordinated state policies and programs for the                                              
12       preservation of the state's historic, prehistoric, and archeological resources;                                   
13 (12)  consult with local historical district commissions regarding the                                                  
14 establishment of historical districts under AS 29.55.010 - 29.55.020 and the approval                                   
15 of project alterations under AS 45.98.040; recommend, if appropriate, the formulation                                   
16 of additional criteria for the designation of historical districts under AS 29.55.020(b);                               
17 approve plans for and evaluate the suitability of specific structures for purposes of                                   
18 loan eligibility and continuance under the historical district revolving loan fund                                      
19 (AS 45.98); and consult with the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                   
20 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] relative to the adoption of                                                        
21       regulations for historical district loans under AS 45.98;                                                         
22 (13)  determine the correct and most appropriate names of the lakes,                                                    
23       streams, places, and other geographic features in the state and their spelling;                                   
24 (14)  pass upon and give names to lakes, streams, places, and other                                                     
25 geographic features in the state for which no single generally acceptable name has                                      
26       been in use;                                                                                                      
27 (15)  cooperate with local subdivisions of government and, with their                                                   
28 approval, change the names of lakes, streams, places, and other geographic features to                                  
29       eliminate duplication of names in the state;                                                                      
30 (16)  prepare and publish an official state dictionary of geographic                                                    
31       names and publish it for sale, either as a complete whole or in parts when ready; and                             
01 (17)  serve as the state representatives of the United States Board on                                                  
02 Geographic Names and cooperate with that board so that there is no conflict between                                     
03       the state and federal designations of geographic features in the state.                                           
04    * Sec. 68. AS 42.45.250(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
05 (a)  The bulk fuel revolving loan fund is established in the department                                             
06 [DIVISION] to assist communities, utilities providing power in communities, and fuel                                    
07 retailers in communities in purchasing bulk fuel to generate power or supply the public                                 
08 with fuel for use in communities. A community, or a person generating power or                                          
09 selling fuel in a community or maintaining community facilities or infrastructure is                                    
10 eligible for a bulk fuel loan under AS 42.45.260 or a bulk fuel bridge loan under                                       
11       AS 42.45.270 to purchase bulk fuel to be used in the community.                                                   
12    * Sec. 69. AS 42.45.250(p) is amended to read:                                                                     
13 (p)  The department [DIVISION] shall establish and implement a technical                                            
14 assistance program for borrowers. Technical assistance shall be provided to borrowers                                   
15 who need assistance in applying for a loan or who have received a bulk fuel loan to                                     
16 help those borrowers improve creditworthiness or other financial criteria likely to be                                  
17 considered by the department [DIVISION] if the borrower applies for another bulk                                    
18 fuel loan in the future. The department [DIVISION] may contract with a state agency                                 
19       or private contractor to administer or implement the technical assistance program.                                
20    * Sec. 70. AS 42.45.260 is amended to read:                                                                        
21 Sec. 42.45.260. Bulk fuel loan account; loans. (a) The bulk fuel loan account                                         
22 is established as a separate account within the fund. The department [DIVISION]                                     
23 may make loans from the bulk fuel loan account as provided in AS 42.45.250 -                                            
24       42.45.299.                                                                                                        
25 (b)  The department [DIVISION] shall establish by regulation criteria under                                         
26 which communities or entities eligible under AS 42.45.250(a) may obtain a bulk fuel                                     
27 loan. The criteria must require the department [DIVISION] to consider the                                           
28 applicant's creditworthiness and repayment history and may require the consideration                                    
29       of other factors.                                                                                                 
30 (c)  The department [DIVISION] shall evaluate each application for a bulk                                           
31       fuel loan and shall make findings if the application is denied.                                                   
01            (d)  Loans made from the bulk fuel loan account to one borrower                                              
02 (1)  may not exceed $750,000 or, if the borrower is a cooperative                                                       
03 corporation organized under AS 10.15 or an electric cooperative organized under                                         
04 AS 10.25 and uses the loan to purchase bulk fuel on behalf of more than one                                             
05 community, may not exceed $750,000 multiplied by the number of communities on                                           
06       whose behalf the bulk fuel is to be purchased or $1,800,000, whichever is less;                                   
07                 (2)  shall be repaid within one year after the date of the loan                                         
08       disbursement; and                                                                                                 
09                 (3)  may include additional terms and conditions required by the                                        
10       department [DIVISION].                                                                                        
11 (e)  The department [DIVISION] may contract with a private contractor to                                            
12       administer the loan account.                                                                                      
13    * Sec. 71. AS 42.45.270(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
14 (a)  The bulk fuel bridge loan account is established as a separate account                                             
15 within the fund. Subject to availability of funds in the account, the department                                    
16 [DIVISION] may make bulk fuel bridge loans from the bulk fuel bridge loan account                                       
17       as provided in AS 42.45.250 - 42.45.299.                                                                          
18    * Sec. 72. AS 42.45.270(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
19 (c)  Loans made from the bulk fuel bridge loan account to one borrower in a                                             
20       fiscal year                                                                                                       
21                 (1)  may not exceed $750,000;                                                                           
22 (2)  shall be repaid within one year after the date of the loan                                                         
23       disbursement; and                                                                                                 
24 (3)  may include additional terms and conditions required by the                                                        
25       department [DIVISION].                                                                                        
26    * Sec. 73. AS 42.45.270(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
27 (d)  The department [DIVISION] shall implement a technical assistance and                                           
28 counseling plan for borrowers who have received a bulk fuel bridge loan to help those                                   
29 borrowers improve creditworthiness or other financial criteria likely to be considered                                  
30 by the department [DIVISION] if the borrower applies for another bulk fuel loan in                                  
31 the future. The department [DIVISION] may contract with a state agency or outside                                   
01       contractor to administer or implement the technical assistance and counseling plan.                               
02    * Sec. 74. AS 42.45.280(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
03 (b)  The department [DIVISION] may establish by regulation a program to                                             
04 reduce the interest rate on the second and subsequent bulk fuel loans obtained by a                                     
05 borrower. In evaluating a potential interest rate reduction, the department                                         
06 [DIVISION] shall consider the borrower's repayment history and any other criteria                                       
07 that may be established by regulation. The department [DIVISION] may by                                             
08 regulation reduce the interest rate on a bulk fuel loan made by the department                                      
09 [DIVISION] by one percent for a borrower who has had at least one previous bulk fuel                                    
10 loan made by the department [DIVISION] or by two percent for a borrower who has                                     
11 had two or more previous bulk fuel loans made by the department [DIVISION]. The                                     
12 department [DIVISION] shall make findings if an application for an interest rate                                    
13       reduction is denied.                                                                                              
14    * Sec. 75. AS 42.45.299 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                              
15                 (5)  "department" means the Department of Revenue.                                                      
16    * Sec. 76. AS 43.76.020(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
17 (b)  A salmon enhancement tax shall be terminated by the commissioner of                                                
18       revenue under (a) of this section following an election in a region if                                            
19 (1)  a petition is presented to the commissioner of commerce,                                                           
20 community, and economic development requesting termination of the salmon                                                
21 enhancement tax that [WHICH] is signed by at least 25 percent of the number of                                      
22 persons who voted under AS 43.76.015 in the election approving the salmon                                               
23       enhancement tax in the region;                                                                                    
24 (2)  the commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY,                                                              
25 AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] determines that there are no outstanding loans                                                
26       to the qualified regional association under AS 16.10.510 that are secured by the tax;                             
27 (3)  an election is held in accordance with AS 43.76.015; the ballot                                                    
28 must ask the question whether the salmon enhancement tax for the region shall be                                        
29 terminated; the ballot must be worded so that a "yes" vote is for continuation of the                                   
30 salmon enhancement tax and a "no" vote is for termination of the salmon enhancement                                     
31       tax;                                                                                                              
01                 (4)  a majority of the eligible interim-use permit and entry permit                                     
02       holders who vote in the election cast a ballot for the termination of the salmon                                  
03       enhancement tax; and                                                                                              
04 (5)  the qualified regional association provides notice of the election in                                              
05 accordance with AS 43.76.015 within two months after receiving notice from the                                          
06 commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development that a valid                                              
07       petition under (1) of this subsection has been received.                                                          
08    * Sec. 77. AS 44.19 is amended by adding new sections to read:                                                     
09                          Article 6. Film Office.                                                                      
10 Sec. 44.19.685. Film production promotion program. (a) The film                                                       
11       production promotion program is established in the Office of the Governor.                                        
12            (b)  The purpose of the film production promotion program is to                                              
13 (1)  work with organizations in the private sector for the expansion and                                                
14       development of film production industries in the state;                                                           
15                 (2)  promote the state as an appropriate location for film production;                                  
16 (3)  provide production assistance through connecting film directors,                                                   
17 makers, and producers with state location scouts and contractors, including contractors                                 
18       providing assistance with permit applications; and                                                                
19 (4)  certify Alaska film production internship training programs and                                                    
20       promote the employment of program interns by eligible productions.                                                
21                           Article 7. Tourism.                                                                         
22 Sec. 44.19.730. Tourism purposes. The purposes of AS 44.19.730 - 44.19.736                                            
23       are to                                                                                                            
24 (1)  encourage the expansion and growth of the state's visitor industry                                                 
25       for the benefit of the citizens of the state;                                                                     
26 (2)  ensure that the economic benefits to be derived from tourism in the                                                
27       state are retained in the state, to the greatest extent possible;                                                 
28 (3)  ensure that a maximum number of residents of the state are                                                         
29       employed in the tourism industry;                                                                                 
30 (4)  ensure that consideration is given in the development and                                                          
31 implementation of the tourism program to local community goals and objectives, to                                       
01       effects on existing private enterprises, and to effects on recreational and subsistence                           
02       opportunities for the residents of the state;                                                                     
03                 (5)  promote the development of tourism opportunities throughout the                                    
04       state, including along the highway system of the state, the marine highway, and in                                
05       rural areas of the state.                                                                                         
06            Sec. 44.19.732. Tourism duties. The Office of the Governor shall                                           
07                 (1)  cooperate with organizations in the private sector for the promotion                               
08       and development of tourism into and within the state;                                                             
09                 (2)  coordinate with municipal, state, and federal agencies for the                                     
10       development of tourism resources in the state;                                                                    
11                 (3)  promote and develop the state's tourist industry;                                                  
12 (4)  cooperate with the private sector and the Alaska Tourism                                                           
13 Marketing Board in the planning and execution of a destination tourism marketing                                        
14       campaign that is in the public interest;                                                                          
15 (5)  promote the development of visitor industry facilities, both in the                                                
16       public sector and the private sector, through the use of state resources, as appropriate;                         
17 (6)  plan and advocate for tourism and tourism development in                                                           
18       coordination with the private sector, municipalities, and state and federal agencies;                             
19                 (7)  administer a visitor information center located in Tok; and                                        
20                 (8)  conduct research related to tourism.                                                               
21 Sec. 44.19.734. Grants for promotion or development of visitor travel. (a)                                            
22 A municipality, a nonprofit corporation formed under AS 10.20, or a bona fide                                           
23 nonprofit civic, fraternal, or service organization may receive, as a grant, matching                                   
24 money from the state for up to 50 percent of the costs of a program or project that the                                 
25 Office of the Governor determines is consistent with the purposes of AS 44.19.730                                       
26       and is likely to promote or develop visitor travel, including                                                     
27                 (1)  the promotion of conventions;                                                                      
28 (2)  the construction, improvement, or operation of visitor destination                                                 
29       facilities and tourist attractions; and                                                                           
30 (3)  the development and preservation of attractions of historical,                                                     
31       contemporary, recreational, or cultural interest.                                                                 
01            (b)  The Office of the Governor shall adopt regulations to carry out the                                     
02       provisions of this section.                                                                                       
03            (c)  A grant awarded under this section may not be used for tourism marketing.                               
04            Sec. 44.19.736. Alaska Tourism Marketing Board. (a) The Alaska Tourism                                     
05       Marketing Board is created in the Office of the Governor.                                                         
06            (b)  The board consists of 21 members as follows:                                                            
07                 (1)  18 members appointed by the governor who are members of the                                        
08       leading statewide nonprofit tourism association and who represent different segments                              
09       of the tourism industry and company sizes and the following regions of the state:                                 
10                      (A)  Southeast;                                                                                    
11                      (B)  Southcentral;                                                                                 
12                      (C)  Southwest;                                                                                    
13                      (D)  Interior; and                                                                                 
14                      (E)  Far North;                                                                                    
15 (2)  the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic                                                              
16       development or the commissioner's designee;                                                                       
17 (3)  one member of the senate appointed by the president of the senate,                                                 
18       who shall serve ex officio as a nonvoting member of the board; and                                                
19 (4)  one member of the house of representatives appointed by the                                                        
20 speaker of the house of representatives, who shall serve ex officio as a nonvoting                                      
21       member of the board.                                                                                              
22 (c)  Before making the appointments under (b)(1) of this section, the governor                                          
23       shall identify the leading statewide nonprofit tourism marketing association.                                     
24 (d)  The governor may appoint the members under (b)(1) of this section from a                                           
25 list of nominees for each seat submitted by the leading statewide nonprofit tourism                                     
26 marketing association. The governor may reject a list for any seat submitted under this                                 
27       subsection and request that another list be submitted.                                                            
28 (e)  The term of office of a member of the board appointed under (b)(1) of this                                         
29       section is three years.                                                                                           
30 (f)  The board shall annually elect a chair and vice-chair from among its                                               
31 members. Nine members of the board, including at least one member representing                                          
01 each region listed under (b)(1) of this section, constitute a quorum. The board shall                                   
02 meet at least twice a year. The chair shall set the time and place of the meeting, either                               
03 on the chair's own motion or on written request by three members of the board. The                                      
04       board is encouraged to meet electronically.                                                                       
05 (g)  The members of the board do not receive a salary for service on the board.                                         
06 The members of the board appointed under (b)(2) - (4) of this section are entitled to                                   
07 per diem and travel expenses authorized by law for other boards and commissions                                         
08 under AS 39.20.180. The members of the board appointed under (b)(1) of this section                                     
09       are not entitled to per diem or travel expenses.                                                                  
10            (h)  The board shall                                                                                         
11 (1)  cooperate with the Office of the Governor to plan and execute a                                                    
12       destination tourism marketing campaign that is in the public interest; and                                        
13 (2)  make recommendations to the Office of the Governor regarding                                                       
14       tourism marketing.                                                                                                
15            (i)  In this section, "board" means the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board.                                      
16    * Sec. 78. AS 44.25.020 is amended to read:                                                                        
17 Sec. 44.25.020. Duties of department. The department [DEPARTMENT OF                                               
18       REVENUE] shall                                                                                                    
19                 (1)  enforce the tax laws of the state;                                                                 
20 (2)  collect, account for, have custody of, invest, and manage all state                                                
21 funds and all revenue [REVENUES] of the state except revenue [REVENUES]                                         
22 incidental to a program of licensing and regulation carried on by another state                                         
23 department, funds managed and invested by the Alaska Retirement Management                                              
24       Board, and as otherwise provided by law;                                                                          
25 (3)  invest and manage the balance of the power development fund in                                                     
26       accordance with AS 44.83.386;                                                                                     
27 (4)  administer the surety bond program for licensure as a fish                                                         
28       processor or primary fish buyer;                                                                              
29                 (5)  make grants to communities for bulk fuel storage facilities;                                   
30                 (6)  enforce state laws regarding banking and insurance;                                            
31                 (7)  administer economic development programs.                                                      
01    * Sec. 79. AS 44.25.028(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
02 (a)  The commissioner [OF REVENUE] may designate employees of the                                                       
03 department [DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE] who are subject to the provisions of                                             
04 AS 39.50 because of their responsibility for participating in the management or                                         
05 investment of the funds for which the Alaska Retirement Management Board is                                             
06       responsible.                                                                                                      
07    * Sec. 80. AS 44.25.028(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
08            (b)  If an officer or employee of the department [DEPARTMENT OF                                          
09       REVENUE] with responsibility for funds for which the Alaska Retirement                                            
10 Management Board is responsible acquires, owns, or controls an interest, direct or                                      
11 indirect, in an entity or project in which assets under the control of the board are                                    
12 invested, the officer or employee shall immediately disclose the interest to the board.                                 
13 The disclosure is a matter of public record and shall be included in the minutes of the                                 
14 board meeting next following the disclosure. The commissioner shall adopt                                               
15 regulations to restrict officers and employees of the department from having a                                          
16 substantial interest in an entity or project in which assets under the control of the board                             
17       are invested.                                                                                                     
18    * Sec. 81. AS 44.25.040(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
19 (a)  A person applying for a license as a fish processor or primary fish buyer                                          
20 shall file with the commissioner [OF REVENUE] a performance bond, conditioned                                           
21       upon the promise to pay the following:                                                                            
22 (1)  wages owing to all persons employed by the fish processor or                                                       
23       primary fish buyer, including contractual employee benefits;                                                      
24 (2)  independent registered commercial fishermen for the price of the                                                   
25       raw fishery resource purchased from them;                                                                         
26                 (3)  fees owing for the service of transporting raw fish;                                               
27 (4)  contributions imposed under AS 23.20 (Alaska Employment                                                            
28       Security Act).                                                                                                    
29    * Sec. 82. AS 44.25.040(g) is amended to read:                                                                     
30 (g)  If an applicant for a license as a fish processor or primary fish buyer has                                        
31 complied with this section, the department [DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE] may                                              
01       issue that applicant a license to engage in the business of fish processor or primary fish                        
02       buyer.                                                                                                            
03    * Sec. 83. AS 44.25.135(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
04 (a)  The department [DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE] may review, audit,                                                      
05 and bring legal proceedings to recover any amount of a tax credit awarded under                                         
06 former AS 44.25.125 and former AS 44.33.235 from a producer or production that                                          
07 received the credit if the department [DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE] determines                                            
08 that the film producer or production is liable for damages to the state or any political                                
09       subdivision of the state.                                                                                         
10    * Sec. 84. AS 44.25 is amended by adding new sections to read:                                                     
11             Article 4. Alaska Capstone Avionics Revolving Loan Fund.                                                  
12 Sec. 44.25.200. Declaration of policy. It is the policy of the state, under                                           
13 AS 44.25.200 - 44.25.270, to increase the safety of air carrier, air taxi, and general                                  
14 aviation intrastate air transportation in the state by providing low interest loans to                                  
15 qualified applicants for the purpose of purchasing and installing capstone avionics                                     
16       equipment.                                                                                                        
17 Sec. 44.25.210. Alaska capstone avionics revolving loan fund. (a) The                                                 
18 Alaska capstone avionics revolving loan fund is created in the department to carry out                                  
19       the purposes of AS 44.25.200 - 44.25.270.                                                                         
20 (b)  The Alaska capstone avionics revolving loan fund consists of the                                                   
21       following:                                                                                                        
22 (1)  money appropriated, transferred, or received by gift, devise,                                                      
23       bequest, or donation to the fund;                                                                                 
24 (2)  principal and interest payments or other income earned on loans or                                                 
25       investments of the fund;                                                                                          
26 (3)  money chargeable to principal or interest that is collected through                                                
27 liquidation by foreclosure or other process on loans made under AS 44.25.200 -                                          
28       44.25.270.                                                                                                        
29 (c)  Money in the fund may be used by the legislature to make appropriations                                            
30       for costs of administering AS 44.25.200 - 44.25.270.                                                              
31            Sec. 44.25.220. Powers and duties of the department. The department may                                    
01                 (1)  make loans to eligible applicants under AS 44.25.230 for the                                       
02       purchase and installation of capstone avionics equipment;                                                         
03                 (2)  receive, take, hold, and administer any appropriation, gift, grant,                                
04       bequest, devise, or donation of money for the fund;                                                               
05                 (3)  establish amortization plans for repayment of loans, including                                     
06       extensions of the terms of loans;                                                                                 
07                 (4)  allow an assumption of a loan if the applicant meets the                                           
08       requirements established under this section;                                                                      
09                 (5)  establish the rate of interest for loans consistent with law;                                      
10 (6)  charge and collect fees for services provided under AS 44.25.200 -                                                 
11       44.25.270;                                                                                                        
12 (7)  adopt regulations under AS 44.62 necessary to carry out the                                                        
13 provisions of AS 44.25.200 - 44.25.270, including regulations to establish reasonable                                   
14       fees for services provided; and                                                                                   
15                 (8)  designate agents and delegate powers as necessary to the agents.                                   
16 Sec. 44.25.230. Eligibility. (a) For an applicant to be eligible for a loan under                                     
17 AS 44.25.200 - 44.25.270, the applicant must be the owner or lessee of an aircraft that                                 
18 logs a substantial percentage of flight hours in the state as determined by the                                         
19 department. For purposes of this subsection, an applicant may be an individual,                                         
20 corporation, partnership, limited liability corporation, limited liability partnership,                                 
21       limited liability company, joint venture, or nonfederal governmental entity.                                      
22 (b)  After consultation with the Department of Transportation and Public                                                
23 Facilities, the Department of Revenue shall establish by regulation the standards for                                   
24       capstone avionics equipment eligible for loans.                                                                   
25 Sec. 44.25.240. Limitations on loans. A loan established under AS 44.25.200                                           
26       - 44.25.270                                                                                                       
27 (1)  may not exceed a term of 10 years, except for extensions under                                                     
28       AS 44.25.220;                                                                                                     
29                 (2)  may not bear interest less than four percent a year;                                               
30                 (3)  must be secured by collateral acceptable to the department; and                                    
31 (4)  may not exceed 80 percent of the cost of the eligible capstone                                                     
01       avionics equipment purchased with proceeds of the loan.                                                           
02            Sec. 44.25.250. Special account established. (a) The foreclosure expense                                   
03       account is created as a special account within the Alaska capstone avionics revolving                             
04       loan fund.                                                                                                        
05 (b)  The department may expend money credited to the foreclosure expense                                                
06 account when necessary to protect the state's security interest in collateral on loans                                  
07 granted under AS 44.25.230 or to defray expenses incurred during foreclosure                                            
08       proceedings after a default by an obligor.                                                                        
09            Sec. 44.25.260. Disposal of property acquired by default or foreclosure.                                   
10 The department shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure of a                                   
11 loan made under AS 44.25.200 - 44.25.270. Disposal must be made in a manner that                                        
12 serves the best interest of the state and may include the amortization of payments over                                 
13       a term of years.                                                                                                  
14            Sec. 44.25.270. Definitions. In AS 44.25.200 - 44.25.270,                                                  
15 (1)  "capstone avionics equipment" means aviation navigation                                                            
16 performance and technological safety equipment, global-positioning-system-based                                         
17       avionics equipment, and data link communications suites;                                                          
18 (2)  "capstone program" means a technology-focused aviation program                                                     
19       administered by the Federal Aviation Administration in this state.                                                
20               Article 5. Child Care Facility Revolving Loan Fund.                                                     
21 Sec. 44.25.300. Child care facility revolving loan fund. (a) The child care                                           
22 facility revolving loan fund is created in the department to carry out the purposes of                                  
23 AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370. Except as provided in (b) and (c) of this section, the fund                                   
24       may not be used for any other purpose.                                                                            
25 (b)  The department may use money in the fund for the costs of administering                                            
26       AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370.                                                                                         
27 (c)  On June 30 of each fiscal year, the unexpended and unobligated cash                                                
28 balance of the fund that is attributable to loans owned by the fund lapses into the                                     
29       general fund.                                                                                                     
30 Sec. 44.25.310. Special account established. (a) The foreclosure expense                                              
31 account is established as a special account within the child care facility revolving loan                               
01       fund. The account is established as a reserve from fund equity.                                                   
02 (b)  The commissioner may expend money credited to the foreclosure expense                                              
03 account when necessary to protect the state's security interest in collateral on loans                                  
04 made under AS 44.25.320 or to defray expenses incurred during foreclosure                                               
05       proceedings after a default by an obligor.                                                                        
06            Sec. 44.25.320. Powers and duties of the department in administering the                                   
07       fund. (a) The department may                                                                                    
08                 (1)  make loans for the construction, renovation, and equipping of child                                
09       care facilities, including private nonprofit child care facilities;                                               
10 (2)  adopt regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of                                                         
11 AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370, including regulations to establish reasonable fees for                                        
12       services provided and charges for collecting the fee; and                                                         
13                 (3)  collect the fees and charges established under this subsection.                                    
14            (b)  The department shall                                                                                    
15                 (1)  develop eligibility standards for loans to child care facilities;                                  
16                 (2)  adopt guidelines for the determination of loan terms.                                              
17 Sec. 44.25.330. Loan terms. (a) A loan to a child care facility under                                                 
18       AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370 may not exceed $50,000.                                                                  
19 (b)  The rate of interest charged is seven percent a year on the unpaid balance                                         
20       of the loan.                                                                                                      
21            (c)  The duration for repayment of a loan may not exceed 20 years.                                           
22 (d)  All principal and interest payments, and any money chargeable to principal                                         
23 or interest that is collected through liquidation by foreclosure or other process on loans                              
24 made under AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370, shall be paid into the child care facility                                         
25       revolving loan fund.                                                                                              
26 (e)  If a child care facility ceases operation, a loan to the facility from the fund                                    
27       is due on the date the facility stops operation.                                                                  
28 Sec. 44.25.340. Eligibility for loans. A child care facility is eligible for a loan                                   
29       under AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370 if the applicant                                                                   
30 (1)  submits to the department a plan for the use of the loan funds that                                                
31       is approved by the commissioner;                                                                                  
01 (2)  meets additional eligibility standards established by the department                                               
02       under AS 44.25.320(b)(1).                                                                                         
03 Sec. 44.25.350. Sale or transfer of mortgages and notes. The commissioner                                             
04 may sell or transfer at par value or at a premium to a bank or other private purchaser                                  
05 for cash or other consideration the mortgages and notes held by the department as                                       
06       security for loans made under AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370.                                                           
07 Sec. 44.25.360. Disposal of property acquired by default or foreclosure.                                              
08 The department shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure of a                                   
09 loan made under AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370. Disposal shall be made in a manner that                                       
10 serves the best interests of the state and may include the amortization of payments                                     
11       over a period of years.                                                                                           
12 Sec. 44.25.370. Definition. In AS 44.25.300 - 44.25.370, "child care facility"                                        
13 means an establishment the principal purpose of which is to provide care for children                                   
14 not related by blood, marriage, or legal adoption, including day care centers, family                                   
15       day care homes, and schools for preschool age children.                                                           
16                       Article 6. Rural Development.                                                                   
17 Sec. 44.25.400. Powers and duties. To promote development of rural areas of                                           
18       the state, the department may                                                                                     
19 (1)  investigate social and economic conditions of rural areas to                                                       
20       determine the need to expand economic opportunities and improve living conditions;                                
21 (2)  formulate a coordinated program to broaden and diversify the                                                       
22       economic base of rural areas;                                                                                     
23 (3)  coordinate administration of emergency relief, surplus food                                                        
24 distribution, or other public assistance programs, except the regular relief and                                        
25       assistance programs of the federal government in rural areas;                                                     
26 (4)  formulate and conduct a program of construction of basic facilities                                                
27 to improve health, welfare, and economic security and provide employment and                                            
28       income in the rural areas;                                                                                        
29 (5)  promote training and educational programs designed to expand                                                       
30       employment opportunities for residents of rural areas;                                                            
31 (6)  enter into agreements with other state agencies and departments to                                                 
01       provide for the distribution in rural communities of surplus electrical power from                                
02       state-owned power sources located in those communities and to expend funds for that                               
03       purpose;                                                                                                          
04                 (7)  make grants to communities for bulk fuel storage facilities;                                       
05                 (8)  cooperate with the Department of Environmental Conservation and                                    
06       other agencies to provide technical assistance to communities in the installation,                                
07       operation, and management of bulk fuel storage facilities.                                                        
08            Sec. 44.25.410. Limitations. The cost of a program of the department under                                 
09       AS 44.25.400 in a rural area may not exceed $100,000 a year.                                                      
10 Sec. 44.25.420. Bulk fuel storage facilities grant fund. (a) The bulk fuel                                            
11 storage facilities grant fund is established in the department. The department may                                      
12 make grants from this fund to a community to acquire and install community bulk                                         
13       storage facilities.                                                                                               
14 (b)  Grants made under this section for the acquisition and installation of a bulk                                      
15       fuel storage facility may not exceed $100,000 for each community.                                                 
16 (c)  If the governing bodies of two or more communities determine that their                                            
17 fuel requirements may be served by a single bulk fuel storage facility, the                                             
18 communities may jointly apply for grants to acquire and install a single bulk fuel                                      
19 storage facility. When communities jointly apply under this subsection, the limitation                                  
20 under (b) of this section is multiplied by the number of communities that submit the                                    
21       joint application.                                                                                                
22 (d)  Before a grant is made under this section, the city council or, if the                                             
23 community is not incorporated, a reasonable representative body in the community                                        
24 shall agree in writing to maintain and operate the bulk storage facility to be                                          
25       constructed with the proceeds of the grant.                                                                       
26                       Article 7. General Provisions.                                                                  
27 Sec. 44.25.500. Definitions. In this chapter, unless the context otherwise                                            
28       requires,                                                                                                         
29                 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue;                                                  
30                 (2)  "department" means the Department of Revenue.                                                      
31    * Sec. 85. AS 44.33.020(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
01            (a)  The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development                                         
02       shall                                                                                                             
03                 (1)  advise and assist local governments;                                                               
04                 (2)  advise the governor and other commissioners on the delivery of                                     
05       government services to rural areas, including services relating to public safety, justice,                        
06       economic development, natural resource management, education, and public health;                                  
07                 (3)  make recommendations to the governor and other commissioners                                       
08       about policy changes that would affect rural governments and rural affairs;                                       
09                 (4)  serve as staff for the Local Boundary Commission;                                                  
10 (5)  conduct studies and carry out experimental and pilot projects for                                                  
11       the purpose of developing solutions to community and regional problems;                                           
12 (6)  promote cooperative solutions to problems affecting more than one                                                  
13 community or region, including joint service agreements, regional compacts, and other                                   
14       forms of cooperation;                                                                                             
15 (7)  serve as a clearinghouse for information useful in solution of                                                     
16 community and regional problems, and channel to the appropriate authority requests                                      
17       for information and services;                                                                                     
18 (8)  advise and assist community and regional governments on matters                                                    
19 of finance, including but not limited to bond marketing and procurement of federal                                      
20       funds;                                                                                                            
21 (9)  prepare suggested guidelines relating to the content of notice of                                                  
22 bond sale advertisements, prospectuses, and other bonding matters issued by local                                       
23       governments;                                                                                                      
24 (10)  administer state funds appropriated for the benefit of unorganized                                                
25 regions within the state, allowing for maximum participation by local advisory                                          
26       councils and similar bodies;                                                                                      
27 (11)  as assigned through a delegation by the governor, administer and                                                  
28 implement the state's role in the federal community development quota program                                           
29 established under 16 U.S.C. 1855(i) or a successor federal program; the department                                      
30 may adopt regulations under a delegation from the governor to implement duties under                                    
31       this paragraph;                                                                                                   
01                 (12)  carry out those administrative functions in the unorganized                                       
02       borough that the legislature may prescribe;                                                                       
03                 (13)  study existing and proposed laws and state activities that affect                                 
04       community and regional affairs and submit to the governor recommended changes in                                  
05       those laws and activities;                                                                                        
06                 (14)  coordinate activities of the state that affect community and                                      
07       regional affairs;                                                                                                 
08                 (15)  assist in the development of new communities and serve as the                                     
09       agent of the state for purposes of participation in federal programs relating to new                              
10       communities;                                                                                                      
11 (16)  supervise planning, management, and other activities required for                                                 
12 local eligibility for financial aid under those federal and state programs that provide                                 
13       assistance to community and regional governments;                                                                 
14 (17)  advise and assist municipalities on procedures of assessment,                                                     
15       valuation, and taxation, and notify municipalities of major errors in those procedures;                           
16 (18)  apply for, receive, and use funds from federal and other sources,                                                 
17       public or private, for use in carrying out the powers and duties of the department;                               
18 (19)  request and utilize the resources of other agencies of state                                                      
19 government in carrying out the purposes of this chapter to the extent the utilization is                                
20 more efficient than maintaining departmental staff, reimbursing the other agencies                                      
21       when appropriate;                                                                                                 
22 (20)  administer state and, as appropriate, federal programs for revenue                                                
23 sharing, community assistance, grants, and other forms of financial assistance to                                       
24       community and regional governments;                                                                               
25 (21)  administer the state programs relating to commerce or community                                                   
26 development, enforce the laws relating to these programs, and adopt regulations under                                   
27       these laws;                                                                                                       
28                 (22)  register corporations;                                                                            
29                 (23)  collect corporation franchise taxes;                                                              
30 (24)  enforce state laws regulating public utilities and other public                                                   
31 service enterprises, [BANKING AND] securities, [INSURANCE,] and other                                                   
01       businesses and enterprises touched with a public interest;                                                        
02                 (25)  [MAKE VETERANS' LOANS;                                                                            
03                 (26)]  furnish the budgeting, clerical, and administrative services for                                 
04       regulatory agencies and professional and occupational licensing boards not otherwise                              
05       provided for;                                                                                                     
06                 (26) [(27)]  conduct studies, enter into contracts and agreements, and                              
07       make surveys relating to the economic development of the state and, when                                          
08       appropriate, assemble, analyze, and disseminate the findings obtained;                                            
09                 (27) [(28)]  provide factual information and technical assistance for                               
10       potential industrial and commercial investors;                                                                    
11 (28) [(29)]  receive gifts, grants, and other aid that facilitate the powers                                        
12 and duties of the department from agencies and instrumentalities of the United States                                   
13       or other public or private sources;                                                                               
14 (29) [(30)]  establish and activate programs to achieve balanced                                                    
15 economic development in the state and advise the governor on economic development                                       
16       policy matters;                                                                                                   
17 (30) [(31)]  formulate a continuing program for basic economic                                                      
18 development and for the necessary promotion, planning, and research that will                                           
19       advance the economic development of the state;                                                                    
20 (31) [(32)]  cooperate with private, governmental, and other public                                                 
21       institutions and agencies in the execution of economic development programs;                                      
22 (32) [(33)]  review the programs and annual reports of other                                                        
23 departments and agencies as they are related to economic development and prepare an                                     
24       annual report on the economic growth of the state;                                                                
25 (33) [(34)]  administer [THE] economic development programs [OF                                                     
26       THE STATE];                                                                                                       
27 (34) [(35)]  perform all other duties and powers necessary or proper in                                             
28       relation to economic development and planning for the state;                                                      
29 (35) [(36)]  request tourism-related businesses in the state to provide                                             
30 data regarding occupancy levels, traffic flow and gross receipts and to participate in                                  
31 visitor surveys conducted by the department; data collected under this paragraph that                                   
01 discloses the particulars of an individual business is not a matter of public record and                                
02 shall be kept confidential; however, this restriction does not prevent the department                                   
03 from using the data to formulate tourism economic impact information including                                          
04 expenditure patterns, tax receipts and fees, employment and income attributable to                                      
05 tourism, and other information considered relevant to the planning, evaluation, and                                     
06       policy direction of tourism in the state;                                                                         
07 (36) [(37)]  provide administrative and budgetary services to the Real                                              
08       Estate Commission under AS 08.88 as requested by the commission;                                                  
09 (37) [(38)]  sell at cost, to the extent possible, publications and                                                 
10       promotional materials developed by the department;                                                                
11 (38) [(39)]  as delegated by the governor, administer under 16 U.S.C.                                               
12       1856 the internal waters foreign processing permit procedures and collect related fees;                           
13 (39) [(40)]  administer state laws relating to the issuance of business                                             
14       licenses;                                                                                                         
15 (40) [(41)]  comply with AS 15.07.055 to serve as a voter registration                                              
16 agency to the extent required by state and federal law, including 52 U.S.C. 20501 [42                               
17       U.S.C. 1973gg] (National Voter Registration Act of 1993);                                                         
18 (41) [(42)]  carry out other functions and duties, consistent with law,                                             
19       necessary or appropriate to accomplish the purpose of this chapter;                                               
20 (42) [(43)]  administer the Alaska BIDCO assistance program under                                                   
21 AS 37.17.500 - 37.17.690 and adopt regulations to carry out the provisions of those                                     
22       statutes;                                                                                                         
23 (43) [(44)]  supply necessary clerical and administrative services for the                                          
24       Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and the Marijuana Control Board.                                                 
25    * Sec. 86. AS 44.33.780 is amended to read:                                                                        
26 Sec. 44.33.780. Definitions. In AS 44.33.755 - 44.33.780 [AS 44.33.740 -                                          
27       44.33.780],                                                                                                       
28 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of commerce,                                                                 
29       community, and economic development;                                                                              
30 (2)  "department" means the Department of Commerce, Community,                                                          
31       and Economic Development.                                                                                         
01    * Sec. 87. AS 44.37.030 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                             
02 (b)  The director of agriculture shall be appointed to the partially exempt                                             
03 service by the commissioner of natural resources. The director may be removed by the                                    
04 commissioner at any time, and the office shall remain vacant until a new director is                                    
05       appointed under this subsection.                                                                                  
06    * Sec. 88. AS 44.37 is amended by adding new sections to read:                                                     
07                    Article 4. Alaska Minerals Commission.                                                             
08            Sec. 44.37.230. Alaska Minerals Commission established. (a) The Alaska                                     
09       Minerals Commission is established in the Department of Natural Resources.                                        
10 (b)  The commission is composed of 11 members. The commission shall be                                                  
11 composed of individuals who have at least five years of experience in the various                                       
12 aspects of the minerals industries in the state. The governor shall appoint five                                        
13 members of the commission, one of whom shall reside in a rural community. The                                           
14 president of the senate shall appoint three members of the commission. The speaker of                                   
15 the house of representatives shall appoint three members of the commission. Each                                        
16       member serves at the pleasure of the appointing authority.                                                        
17 (c)  The commission shall make recommendations to the governor and to the                                               
18 legislature on ways to mitigate the constraints, including governmental constraints, on                                 
19       development of minerals in the state, including coal.                                                             
20 (d)  The commission shall report its recommendations to the governor each                                               
21 year during the first 10 days of the regular session of the legislature. The commission                                 
22 shall deliver the report to the senate secretary and the chief clerk of the house of                                    
23       representatives and notify the legislature that the report is available.                                          
24 (e)  Members of the commission are appointed for staggered terms of three                                               
25 years. Except as provided in AS 39.05.080(4), a member of the commission serves                                         
26 until a successor is appointed, and an appointment to fill a vacancy on the commission                                  
27 is for the remainder of the unexpired term. A member who has served all or part of                                      
28 two successive terms on the commission may not be reappointed to the commission                                         
29       unless three years have elapsed since the individual last served on the commission.                               
30 (f)  The commission shall elect two of its members to serve as chair and vice-                                          
31 chair. When a vacancy occurs in the office of chair or vice-chair, the commission shall                                 
01 elect one of its members to serve the remaining term as chair or vice-chair. The term                                   
02 as chair or vice-chair is for three years. The chair and vice-chair may not be elected to                               
03 more than two successive terms as chair or vice-chair. After three years of not serving                                 
04 as chair or vice-chair, the member is eligible for election as chair or vice-chair again.                               
05         Article 5. Alaska Forest Products Research and Marketing Program.                                             
06            Sec. 44.37.240. Alaska forest products research and marketing program.                                     
07       (a) The Alaska forest products research and marketing program is established in the                               
08       Department of Natural Resources.                                                                                  
09            (b)  The program is established to provide a statewide information                                           
10 clearinghouse and coordinator to gather and disseminate information relating to                                         
11 research and development, including technical, logistical, financing, marketing, and                                    
12 other relevant information regarding the manufacture of specific value-added wood                                       
13 products and the establishment of new high-value-added manufacturing facilities in                                      
14 the state, and to assist in coordinating existing research and development efforts by                                   
15       state and federal agencies and other public and private entities.                                                 
16 (c)  The program coordinator shall identify unfilled needs and problems                                                 
17 impeding the development of a high value-added wood products industry in the state,                                     
18 gather information and conduct analyses, and propose solutions by exploring                                             
19       successful models in other states and nations.                                                                    
20    * Sec. 89. AS 44.66.010(a)(11) is amended to read:                                                                 
21 (11)  Alaska Tourism Marketing Board (AS 44.19.736)                                                                 
22       [(AS 44.33.136)] - June 30, 2018;                                                                                 
23    * Sec. 90. AS 44.81.275(d) is amended to read:                                                                     
24            (d)  In this section,                                                                                        
25 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                                               
26       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                  
27 (2)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                        
28       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT].                                                                             
29    * Sec. 91. AS 44.83.020 is amended to read:                                                                        
30 Sec. 44.83.020. Creation of authority. There is created the Alaska Energy                                             
31 Authority. The authority is a public corporation of the state in the Department of                                      
01       Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] but                                                   
02       with separate and independent legal existence.                                                                    
03    * Sec. 92. AS 44.88.020 is amended to read:                                                                        
04 Sec. 44.88.020. Creation of authority. There is created the Alaska Industrial                                         
05 Development and Export Authority. The authority is a public corporation of the state                                    
06 and a body corporate and politic constituting a political subdivision within the                                        
07 Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                            
08       DEVELOPMENT], but with separate and independent legal existence.                                                  
09    * Sec. 93. AS 45.65.020(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
10 (a)  The Office of the Governor [COMMISSIONER OF COMMERCE,                                                          
11 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] is responsible for the                                                             
12 administration of the provisions of AS 45.65.010 - 45.65.070 relating to the emblem                                     
13       that is authorized under AS 45.65.010(b), including                                                               
14                 (1)  the supervision of the use of the emblem;                                                          
15 (2)  subject to AS 45.65.030(c), the design, issuance, and control of                                                   
16       emblems;                                                                                                          
17 (3)  the issuance of permits to agents to issue permits to use the                                                      
18       emblems; and                                                                                                      
19 (4)  the enforcement of AS 45.65.010 - 45.65.070 regarding the                                                          
20       emblem authorized under AS 45.65.010(b).                                                                          
21    * Sec. 94. AS 45.65.030(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
22 (c)  The official emblem for an article that is made in the state is a design                                           
23 approved by the Office of the Governor [COMMISSIONER] under                                                         
24 AS 45.65.020(a)(2) that depicts a mother bear with a cub and states the words "Made                                     
25       in Alaska."                                                                                                       
26    * Sec. 95. AS 45.65.045 is amended to read:                                                                        
27 Sec. 45.65.045. Emblem and emblem agent permits. (a) The emblem                                                       
28 authorized under AS 45.65.010(b) may not be used without receiving a permit from                                        
29 the Office of the Governor [COMMISSIONER] or from an agent who possesses a                                          
30       current permit under (b) of this section.                                                                         
31 (b)  A resident of the state may apply to the Office of the Governor                                                
01       [COMMISSIONER] for a permit to act as an agent to issue permits to use the emblem.                                
02       An agent may report alleged violations of AS 45.65.010 - 45.65.070 regarding                                      
03       emblems to the Office of the Governor [COMMISSIONER].                                                         
04            (c)  The Office of the Governor [COMMISSIONER] shall establish forms                                     
05       and fees for the applications and permits to be used or issued under this section, the                            
06       period for which the permits are valid, and the procedures for renewing the permits.                              
07            (d)  Before issuing a permit for an article under this section, the Office of the                        
08       Governor [COMMISSIONER] or the agent shall determine that the article is eligible                             
09       for the emblem.                                                                                                   
10    * Sec. 96. AS 45.81.050 is amended to read:                                                                        
11 Sec. 45.81.050. Definition. For purposes of AS 45.81.010 - 45.81.050,                                                 
12 "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY,                                                  
13       AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT].                                                                                        
14    * Sec. 97. AS 45.81.100(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
15 (a)  There is created in the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                       
16 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] a tourism revolving fund. All                                                      
17 principal and interest payments, and money chargeable to principal or interest that is                                  
18 collected through liquidation by foreclosure or other process on loans made under                                       
19       AS 45.81.100 - 45.81.190, shall be paid into the tourism revolving fund.                                          
20    * Sec. 98. AS 45.81.110(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
21 (b)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
22 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may expend money credited to the foreclosure                                                      
23 expense account when necessary to protect the state's security interest in collateral on                                
24 loans made under AS 45.81.120 or to defray expenses incurred during foreclosure                                         
25       proceedings after a default by an obligor.                                                                        
26    * Sec. 99. AS 45.81.140(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
27 (a)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
28 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may sell or transfer at par value or at a premium or                                              
29 discount to any bank or other private purchaser for cash or other consideration the                                     
30 mortgages and notes held by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                    
31 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] as security for loans made                                                         
01       under AS 45.81.100 - 45.81.190.                                                                                   
02    * Sec. 100. AS 45.81.190 is amended to read:                                                                       
03 Sec. 45.81.190. Disposal of property acquired by default or foreclosure.                                              
04 The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
05 DEVELOPMENT] shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure                                          
06 of a loan made under AS 45.81.100 - 45.81.190. Disposal shall be made in a manner                                       
07 that serves the best interests of the state, and may include the amortization of                                        
08       payments over a period of years.                                                                                  
09    * Sec. 101. AS 45.81.200(a) is amended to read:                                                                    
10 (a)  The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                            
11 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] shall formulate general policies and adopt                                                        
12 regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of AS 45.81.200 - 45.81.290,                                          
13 including regulations to establish fees for services provided and charges for collecting                                
14       the fees. The department may collect the fees and collection charges established.                                 
15    * Sec. 102. AS 45.81.220(a) is amended to read:                                                                    
16 (a)  The commissioner may sell or transfer at par value or at a premium or                                              
17 discount to any bank or other private purchaser for cash or other consideration the                                     
18 mortgages and notes held by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                    
19 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] as security for loans made                                                         
20       under AS 45.81.200 - 45.81.290.                                                                                   
21    * Sec. 103. AS 45.81.230 is amended to read:                                                                       
22 Sec. 45.81.230. Disposal of property acquired by default or foreclosure.                                              
23 The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
24 DEVELOPMENT] shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure                                          
25 of a loan made under AS 45.81.200 - 45.81.290. Disposal shall be made in a manner                                       
26 that serves the best interests of the state, and may include the amortization of                                        
27       payments over a period of years.                                                                                  
28    * Sec. 104. AS 45.81.260 is amended to read:                                                                       
29 Sec. 45.81.260. Eligibility for loans. A person is eligible for a loan under                                          
30       AS 45.81.200 - 45.81.290 if                                                                                       
31 (1)  the person can establish or demonstrate good character, capacity                                                   
01       for financial responsibility, ability to provide sufficient collateral and knowledge of                           
02       Alaska economic conditions;                                                                                       
03                 (2)  the person is a resident of the state; and                                                         
04                 (3)  [IN THE JUDGMENT OF] the Department of Revenue                                                 
05       determines [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT]                                                    
06                      (A)  the business shows a definite potential for growth;                                           
07                      (B)  the borrower will be able to repay the loan; and                                              
08                      (C)  the loan will potentially create more jobs and provide                                        
09            additional services in the community.                                                                        
10    * Sec. 105. AS 45.81.290 is amended to read:                                                                       
11 Sec. 45.81.290. Definition. In AS 45.81.200 - 45.81.290, "commissioner"                                               
12 means the commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                         
13       ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT].                                                                                            
14    * Sec. 106. AS 45.88.010(a) is amended to read:                                                                    
15 (a)  There is established in the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                   
16 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] the alternative energy                                                             
17 conservation revolving loan fund to carry out the purposes of AS 45.88.010 -                                            
18       45.88.090. Loans made under AS 45.88.010 - 45.88.090 are to be used                                               
19 (1)  to develop means of energy production utilizing one or more                                                        
20       alternative energy systems; and                                                                                   
21 (2)  to purchase, construct, and install energy conservation                                                            
22       improvements in commercial buildings.                                                                             
23    * Sec. 107. AS 45.88.015(b) is amended to read:                                                                    
24 (b)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
25 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may expend money credited to the foreclosure                                                      
26 expense account when necessary to protect the state's security interest in collateral on                                
27 loans made under AS 45.88.020 or to defray expenses incurred during foreclosure                                         
28       proceedings after a default by an obligor.                                                                        
29    * Sec. 108. AS 45.88.050 is amended to read:                                                                       
30 Sec. 45.88.050. Disposal of property acquired by default or foreclosure.                                              
31 The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
01 DEVELOPMENT] shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure                                          
02 of a loan made under AS 45.88.010 - 45.88.090. Disposal shall be made in a manner                                       
03 that serves the best interests of the state, and may include the amortization of                                        
04       payments over a period of years.                                                                                  
05    * Sec. 109. AS 45.88.100(a) is amended to read:                                                                    
06 (a)  There is established in the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                   
07 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] the residential energy                                                             
08 conservation fund to carry out the purposes of AS 45.88.100 - 45.88.190. Loans and                                      
09 grants made under AS 45.88.100 - 45.88.190 may be used to purchase, construct, and                                      
10       install an energy conservation improvement in residential buildings.                                              
11    * Sec. 110. AS 45.88.190(1) is amended to read:                                                                    
12 (1)  "commissioner" means the commissioner of revenue                                                               
13       [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                  
14    * Sec. 111. AS 45.88.190(2) is amended to read:                                                                    
15 (2)  "department" means the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                        
16       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT];                                                                             
17    * Sec. 112. AS 45.98.010(a) is amended to read:                                                                    
18 (a)  There is created in the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                       
19 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] a historical district revolving                                                    
20 loan fund. All principal and interest payments, and money chargeable to principal or                                    
21 interest that is collected through liquidation by foreclosure or other process on loans                                 
22       made under this chapter, shall be paid into the historical district revolving loan fund.                          
23    * Sec. 113. AS 45.98.015(b) is amended to read:                                                                    
24 (b)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
25 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may expend money credited to the foreclosure                                                      
26 expense account when necessary to protect the state's security interest in collateral on                                
27 loans made under this chapter, or to defray expenses incurred during foreclosure                                        
28       proceedings after a default by an obligor.                                                                        
29    * Sec. 114. AS 45.98.020 is amended to read:                                                                       
30 Sec. 45.98.020. Historical district loans. Upon endorsement and plan                                                  
31 approval by a local historical district commission established under AS 29.55.010 or                                    
01 former AS 29.48.108 and the recommendation of a majority of the members of the                                          
02 Alaska Historical Commission, the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                  
03 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may make loans to a person,                                                        
04 firm, business, or municipality subject to applicable laws for the restoration,                                         
05       improvement, rehabilitation, or maintenance of a structure that is                                                
06 (1)  within the boundaries of a historical district established under                                                   
07 AS 29.55.020 or former AS 29.48.110 and identified as important in state or national                                    
08       history as provided for in AS 29.55.020(b) or former AS 29.48.110(b); or                                          
09 (2)  a building or structure within a historical district, that is suitable for                                         
10 superficial modification so that it can conform to the period or motif of the                                           
11 surrounding buildings or structures that are the reason for the area's designation as a                                 
12       historical district.                                                                                              
13    * Sec. 115. AS 45.98.030 is amended to read:                                                                       
14 Sec. 45.98.030. Powers and duties of the department. For purposes of                                                  
15 administering this chapter, the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                    
16       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] may                                                                          
17 (1)  prescribe the form and procedure for submitting loan applications                                                  
18       under this chapter;                                                                                               
19                 (2)  designate agents and delegate powers to them as is necessary;                                      
20 (3)  in consultation with the Alaska Historical Commission, adopt                                                       
21 regulations necessary to carry out its functions, including regulations for the process of                              
22 plan approval by the commission and regulations to establish reasonable fees for                                        
23       services provided and charges for collecting the fees;                                                            
24 (4)  establish amortization plans for the repayment of loans not to                                                     
25       exceed 30 years;                                                                                                  
26 (5)  collect the fees and collection charges established under this                                                     
27       section.                                                                                                          
28    * Sec. 116. AS 45.98.050(a) is amended to read:                                                                    
29 (a)  The commissioner of revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                          
30 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] or a designee of the commissioner may sell or                                                     
31 transfer at par value or at a premium or discount to any bank or other private purchaser                                
01 for cash or other consideration the mortgages and notes held by the Department of                                       
02 Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] as                                                          
03       security for loans made under this chapter.                                                                       
04    * Sec. 117. AS 45.98.055 is amended to read:                                                                       
05 Sec. 45.98.055. Disposal of property acquired by default or foreclosure.                                              
06 The Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC                                                        
07 DEVELOPMENT] shall dispose of property acquired through default or foreclosure                                          
08 of a loan made under this chapter. Disposal shall be made in a manner that serves the                                   
09 best interests of the state, and may include the amortization of payments over a period                                 
10       of years.                                                                                                         
11    * Sec. 118. AS 45.98.060 is amended to read:                                                                       
12 Sec. 45.98.060. Penalty provision. After a project for which a loan is granted                                        
13 is commenced, if the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                
14 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] or a local historical district commission, in                                                     
15 consultation with the Alaska Historical Commission, determines that the project is                                      
16 inconsistent with the guidelines or stipulations for construction, or otherwise fails to                                
17 conform to the requirements of the loan, the interest rate on the state's share of the                                  
18 loan shall be increased to the highest rate of interest allowed at that time as provided                                
19 in AS 45.45.010. In addition, a penalty in the amount of two percent of the balance of                                  
20 the loan shall be assessed by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                  
21       COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT].                                                                             
22    * Sec. 119. AS 46.04.040(e) is amended to read:                                                                    
23 (e)  Financial responsibility may be demonstrated by (1) self-insurance, (2)                                            
24 insurance, (3) surety, (4) guarantee, (5) letter of credit approved by the department, or                               
25 (6) other proof of financial responsibility approved by the department, including proof                                 
26 of financial responsibility provided by a group of insureds who have agreed to cover                                    
27 pollution risks of members of the group under terms the department may prescribe. An                                    
28 action brought under AS 46.03.758, 46.03.759, 46.03.760(a) or (d), 46.03.822, or                                        
29 AS 46.04.030(g) may be brought in a state court directly against the insurer, the group,                                
30 or another person providing evidence of financial responsibility; however, the liability                                
31 under this section of a third-party insurer is limited to the type of risk assumed and the                              
01 amount of coverage specified in the proof of financial responsibility furnished to and                                  
02 approved by the department. The applicant, and an insurer, surety, guarantor, person                                    
03 furnishing an approved letter of credit, or other group or person providing proof of                                    
04 financial responsibility approved by the department shall appoint an agent for service                                  
05 of process in the state. For purposes of this subsection, an insurer, other than a group                                
06 of insureds whose agreement has been approved by the department, must either be                                         
07 authorized by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                                   
08 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] to sell insurance in the state or be an unauthorized                                              
09 insurer listed by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND                                               
10 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] as not disapproved for use in the state. In this                                                  
11 subsection, "third-party insurer" means a third-party insurer, surety, guarantor, person                                
12 furnishing a letter of credit, or other group or person providing proof of financial                                    
13 responsibility on behalf of an applicant under this section; "third-party insurer" does                                 
14       not include the applicant.                                                                                        
15    * Sec. 120. AS 46.04.055(d) is amended to read:                                                                    
16 (d)  Notwithstanding the requirements of AS 46.04.040(e) and (l) and                                                    
17 46.04.047, for purposes of (a) of this section, an applicant may provide evidence of                                    
18 financial responsibility by proof of entry of the nontank vessel in a protection and                                    
19       indemnity association or proof of coverage with another insurer that                                              
20 (1)  is financially solvent and has a favorable history of claim handling;                                              
21 (2)  provides coverage against pollution risks in at least the amount of                                                
22 the financial responsibility required under (a) of this section without any requirement                                 
23       for a special endorsement;                                                                                        
24 (3)  does not agree to be subject to direct action in court or to                                                       
25       appointment of an agent for service of process; and                                                               
26 (4)  in the case of a protection and indemnity association or group of                                                  
27 insureds, is not authorized by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                 
28 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] to sell insurance in the state                                                     
29 so long as it is not listed by the Department of Revenue [COMMERCE,                                                 
30 COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT] as being disapproved for use                                                       
31       in the state.                                                                                                     
01    * Sec. 121. Section 1, ch. 12, SLA 1998, as amended by sec. 1, ch. 17, SLA 2003, and sec.                          
02 2, ch. 34, SLA 2013, is amended to read:                                                                                
03            Section 1. AS 44.37.230 [AS 44.33.431] is repealed February 1, 2024.                                     
04    * Sec. 122. Section 2, ch. 15, SLA 2008, is amended to read:                                                       
05            Sec. 2. AS 44.25.200, 44.25.210, 44.25.220, 44.25.230, 44.25.240, 44.25.250,                             
06       44.25.260, and 44.25.270 [AS 44.33.650, 44.33.655, 44.33.660, 44.33.665, 44.33.670,                           
07       44.33.675, 44.33.680, AND 44.33.690] are repealed.                                                                
08    * Sec. 123. AS 03.09.020(b); AS 37.06.020(i); AS 42.45.299(2); AS 44.25.048(1);                                    
09 AS 44.33.119, 44.33.120, 44.33.135, 44.33.136, 44.33.231, 44.33.240, 44.33.242, 44.33.245,                              
10 44.33.255, 44.33.260, 44.33.270, 44.33.272, 44.33.275, 44.33.431, 44.33.650, 44.33.655,                                 
11 44.33.660, 44.33.665, 44.33.670, 44.33.675, 44.33.680, 44.33.690, 44.33.740, 44.33.745,                                 
12 44.33.750, 44.33.900; and AS 45.65.070(4) are repealed.                                                                 
13    * Sec. 124. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                           
14 to read:                                                                                                                
15 ALASKA TOURISM MARKETING BOARD. Notwithstanding the repeal of                                                           
16 AS 44.33.136 under sec. 123 of this Act, all persons who are members of the Alaska Tourism                              
17 Marketing Board established under AS 44.33.136 immediately before the effective date of                                 
18 AS 44.19.736, added by sec. 77 of this Act, may continue to serve as members of the Alaska                              
19 Tourism Marketing Board created by AS 44.19.736, added by sec. 77 of this Act, until their                              
20 terms expire.                                                                                                           
21    * Sec. 125. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                           
22 to read:                                                                                                                
23 ALASKA MINERALS COMMISSION. Notwithstanding the repeal of AS 44.33.431                                                  
24 under sec. 123 of this Act, all persons who are members of the Alaska Minerals Commission                               
25 established under AS 44.33.431 immediately before the effective date of AS 44.37.230, added                             
26 by sec. 88 of this Act, may continue to serve as members of the Alaska Minerals Commission                              
27 created by AS 44.37.230, added by sec. 88 of this Act, until their terms expire.                                        
28    * Sec. 126. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                           
29 to read:                                                                                                                
30 TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS. (a) Litigation, hearings, investigations, and other                                            
31 proceedings pending in connection with functions transferred by this Act continue in effect                             
01 and may be completed under the applicable statute or regulation as the statute or regulation                            
02 read on the day before the effective date of secs. 1 - 126 of this Act notwithstanding a transfer                       
03 provided for in this Act.                                                                                               
04 (b)  Certificates, orders, and regulations in effect immediately before the effective date                              
05 of a law affected by this Act that were issued or adopted under authority of a law amended or                           
06 repealed by this Act remain in effect for the term issued and shall be enforced by the agency                           
07 to which the function is transferred under this Act until revoked, vacated, or amended by the                           
08 agency to which the function is transferred.                                                                            
09 (c)  Contracts, rights, liabilities, and obligations created by or under a law repealed or                              
10 amended by this Act, and in effect on the day before the effective date of the repeal or                                
11 amendment, remain in effect notwithstanding this Act's taking effect.                                                   
12 (d)  Records, equipment, appropriations, and other property of an agency of the state                                   
13 whose functions are transferred under this Act shall be transferred to implement the                                    
14 provisions of this Act.                                                                                                 
15 (e)  On the effective date of secs. 1 - 126 of this Act, employees in the Department of                                 
16 Commerce, Community, and Economic Development whose duties have been transferred to                                     
17 (1)  the Department of Revenue under this Act shall be transferred to the                                               
18 Department of Revenue;                                                                                                  
19 (2)  the Office of the Governor under this Act shall be transferred to the Office                                       
20 of the Governor;                                                                                                        
21 (3)  the Department of Natural Resources under this Act shall be transferred to                                         
22 the Department of Natural Resources.                                                                                    
23    * Sec. 127. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                           
24 to read:                                                                                                                
25 REGULATIONS. (a) The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic                                                    
26 Development, the Department of Natural Resources, the Office of the Governor, and the                                   
27 Department of Revenue may adopt regulations necessary to implement the changes made by                                  
28 this Act. The regulations take effect under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act) but not                             
29 before the effective date of the corresponding statute.                                                                 
30 (b)  Notwithstanding sec. 67, ch. 41, SLA 2016, the Department of Revenue may                                           
31 adopt regulations necessary to implement sec. 63, ch. 41, SLA 2016, except that the effective                           
01 date of the regulations may not be earlier than the effective date of sec. 63, ch. 41, SLA 2016.                        
02    * Sec. 128. Section 127 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).