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HB 2: "An Act relating to the relocating and convening of the legislature at the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage; relating to the regulation of lobbying; relating to annual student guests of the legislature; relating to locations of sessions of the legislature; relating to the Legislative Ethics Act; relating to the relocation of functions of state government; and providing for an effective date."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 2                                                                           
01 "An Act relating to the relocating and convening of the legislature at the Legislative                                  
02 Information Office in Anchorage; relating to the regulation of lobbying; relating to                                    
03 annual student guests of the legislature; relating to locations of sessions of the                                      
04 legislature; relating to the Legislative Ethics Act; relating to the relocation of functions                            
05 of state government; and providing for an effective date."                                                              
06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
07    * Section 1. AS 15.13.072(d) is amended to read:                                                                   
08            (d)  While the legislature is convened in a regular or special legislative session,                          
09       a legislator or legislative employee may not solicit or accept a contribution to be used                          
10       for the purpose of influencing the outcome of an election under this chapter unless                               
11                 (1)  it is an election in which the legislator or legislative employee is a                             
12       candidate and the contribution is for that legislator's or legislative employee's                                 
13       campaign;                                                                                                         
01                 (2)  the solicitation or acceptance occurs during the 90 days                                           
02       immediately preceding that election; and                                                                          
03 (3)  the solicitation or acceptance occurs in a place other than the                                                    
04 Municipality of Anchorage during a regular session [CAPITAL CITY] or a                                              
05 municipality in which the legislature is convened in special session if the legislature is                              
06 convened in a municipality other than the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL                                        
07       CITY].                                                                                                            
08    * Sec. 2. AS 15.13.072(g) is amended to read:                                                                      
09            (g)  A candidate or an individual who has filed with the commission the                                      
10 document necessary to permit that individual to incur election-related expenses under                                   
11 AS 15.13.100 for election or reelection to the office of governor or lieutenant governor                                
12 may not solicit or accept a contribution in the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL                                  
13       CITY] while the legislature is convened in a regular or special legislative session.                              
14    * Sec. 3. AS 24.05.090 is amended to read:                                                                         
15 Sec. 24.05.090. Duration of legislature; sessions. The legislature shall                                              
16 convene in the Municipality of Anchorage at the Legislative Information Office                                  
17 [CAPITAL] each year on the third Tuesday in January at 1:00 p.m. Each legislature                                       
18 has a duration of two years and consists of a "First Regular Session" that meets in the                                 
19 odd-numbered years, and a "Second Regular Session" that meets in the even-                                              
20       numbered years, and any special session that the governor or legislature calls.                                   
21    * Sec. 4. AS 24.05.100(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
22 (b)  A special session may be held at any location in the state. If a special                                           
23 session called under (a)(1) of this section is to be convened at a location other than the                          
24 Legislative Information Office in the Municipality of Anchorage [AT THE                                             
25 CAPITAL], the governor shall designate the location in the proclamation. If a special                                   
26 session called under (a)(2) of this section is to be convened at a location other than the                          
27 Legislative Information Office in the Municipality of Anchorage [AT THE                                             
28 CAPITAL], the presiding officers shall agree to and designate the location in the poll                                  
29       conducted of the members of both houses.                                                                          
30    * Sec. 5. AS 24.10.030 is amended to read:                                                                         
31 Sec. 24.10.030. Chief clerk and senate secretary. Each house shall select                                             
01 from outside its membership a person of known stenographic and administrative                                           
02 ability to serve as chief administrative clerk; a chief clerk in the house of                                           
03 representatives and a secretary in the senate. When nominated and elected in                                            
04 conformity with the uniform rules, they continue to serve for the duration of the                                       
05 legislature at the pleasure of the house to which assigned. Pending the organization of                                 
06 a new legislature, they may continue to serve at the request and direction of the                                       
07 legislative council until their respective houses formally reappoint or replace them.                                   
08 The chief clerk and senate secretary are responsible for the performance of duties                                      
09 provided for by law, the uniform rules, and orders of the house. They may be                                            
10 requested to report to the legislative council for duty for a period not to exceed two                                  
11 weeks immediately preceding the convening of the session and shall remain at the                                        
12 location of the session [CAPITAL] until the completion of their work relating to                                
13       that session [IS DETERMINED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE COUNCIL].                                                  
14    * Sec. 6. AS 24.10.130(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
15 (a)  A member of the legislature may be entitled to reimbursement for the                                               
16 expenses of moving between the member's place of residence and the Municipality of                                  
17 Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY] for the purpose of attending a regular session of the                                      
18       legislature.                                                                                                      
19    * Sec. 7. AS 24.45.041(b) is amended to read:                                                                      
20            (b)  The registration form prescribed by the commission must include                                         
21 (1)  the lobbyist's full name and complete permanent residence and                                                      
22 business address and telephone number, as well as any temporary residential and                                         
23 business address and telephone number in the location of the session [STATE                                         
24       CAPITAL] during a legislative session;                                                                            
25 (2)  the full name and complete address of each person by whom the                                                      
26       lobbyist is retained or employed;                                                                                 
27 (3)  whether the person from whom the lobbyist receives compensation                                                    
28 employs the person solely as a lobbyist or whether the person is a regular employee                                     
29 performing other services for the employer that include but are not limited to the                                      
30       influencing of legislative or administrative action;                                                              
31 (4)  the nature or form of the lobbyist's compensation for engaging in                                                  
01       lobbying, including salary, fees, or reimbursement for expenses received in                                       
02       consideration for, or directly in support of or in connection with, the influencing of                            
03       legislative or administrative action;                                                                             
04                 (5)  a general description of the subjects or matters on which the                                      
05       registrant expects to lobby or to engage in the influencing of legislative or                                     
06       administrative action;                                                                                            
07                 (6)  the full name and complete address of the person, if other than the                                
08       registrant, who has custody of the accounts, books, papers, bills, receipts, and other                            
09       documents required to be maintained under this chapter;                                                           
10 (7)  the identification of a legislative employee or public official to                                                 
11       whom the lobbyist is married or who is the domestic partner of the lobbyist;                                      
12 (8)  a sworn affirmation by the lobbyist that the lobbyist has completed                                                
13 the training course administered by the commission under AS 24.45.031(a) within the                                     
14 12-month period preceding the date of registration or registration renewal under this                                   
15 chapter, except that this paragraph does not apply to a person who is a representational                                
16       lobbyist as defined under regulations of the commission;                                                          
17 (9)  a sworn affirmation by the lobbyist that the lobbyist has not been                                                 
18 previously convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude; in this paragraph, "felony                                  
19 involving moral turpitude" has the meaning given in AS 15.80.010, and includes                                          
20 convictions for a violation of the law of this state or a violation of the law of another                               
21       jurisdiction with elements similar to a felony involving moral turpitude in this state.                           
22    * Sec. 8. AS 24.45.041(e) is amended to read:                                                                      
23 (e)  Within 15 days after the convening of each regular session of the                                                  
24 legislature, the commission shall publish a directory of registered lobbyists, containing                               
25 the information prescribed in (b) of this section for each lobbyist and the photograph,                                 
26 if any, furnished by a lobbyist under (c) of this section. From time to time thereafter,                                
27 the commission shall publish those supplements to the directory that in the                                             
28 commission's judgment may be necessary. The directory shall be made available to                                        
29 public officials and to the public at the following locations: a public place adjacent to                               
30 the legislative chambers in the Legislative Information Office in the Municipality                                  
31 of Anchorage [STATE CAPITOL BUILDING], the office of the lieutenant governor,                                       
01       the legislative reference library of the Legislative Affairs Agency, and the                                      
02       commission's central office.                                                                                      
03    * Sec. 9. AS 24.50.010 is amended to read:                                                                         
04 Sec. 24.50.010. Annual student guests. The legislature may each year while                                            
05 in session serve as host to one member of each high school in the state for a stay of                                   
06 one week in the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL] to observe and learn the                                        
07       legislative process.                                                                                              
08    * Sec. 10. AS 24.50.040 is amended to read:                                                                        
09            Sec. 24.50.040. Essay contest. Before leaving the location of the session                              
10 [STATE CAPITAL], each legislative guest hosted under AS 24.50.010 shall prepare                                     
11 and submit to the director of the Legislative Affairs Agency a paper of not less than                                   
12 1,000 words entitled "The Legislature Should . . . . . . . . . .". Each paper shall be                                  
13 examined and judged as to content by the governor, the president of the senate, the                                     
14 speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the senate, and the                                     
15 minority leader of the house. The author of the paper determined best by majority vote                                  
16       shall receive a one-year scholarship to the University of Alaska.                                                 
17    * Sec. 11. AS 24.60.030(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
18            (a)  A legislator or legislative employee may not                                                            
19 (1)  solicit, agree to accept, or accept a benefit other than official                                                  
20 compensation for the performance of public duties; this paragraph may not be                                            
21 construed to prohibit lawful solicitation for and acceptance of campaign contributions,                                 
22 solicitation or acceptance of contributions for a charity event, as defined in                                          
23       AS 24.60.080(a)(2)(B), or the acceptance of a gift under AS 24.60.075 or 24.60.080;                               
24 (2)  use public funds, facilities, equipment, services, or another                                                      
25 government asset or resource for a nonlegislative purpose, for involvement in or                                        
26 support of or opposition to partisan political activity, or for the private benefit of the                              
27       legislator, legislative employee, or another person; this paragraph does not prohibit                             
28 (A)  limited use of state property and resources for personal                                                           
29 purposes if the use does not interfere with the performance of public duties and                                        
30 either the cost or value related to the use is nominal or the legislator or                                             
31            legislative employee reimburses the state for the cost of the use;                                           
01 (B)  the use of mailing lists, computer data, or other information                                                      
02 lawfully obtained from a government agency and available to the general                                                 
03            public for nonlegislative purposes;                                                                          
04 (C)  the legislative council, notwithstanding AS 24.05.190, from                                                        
05 designating a public facility for use by legislators and legislative employees for                                      
06 health or fitness purposes; when the council designates a facility to be used by                                        
07 legislators and legislative employees for health or fitness purposes, it shall                                          
08 adopt guidelines governing access to and use of the facility; the guidelines may                                        
09            establish times in which use of the facility is limited to specific groups;                                  
10 (D)  a legislator from using the legislator's private office [IN                                                        
11 THE CAPITAL CITY] during a legislative session, and for the 10 days                                                     
12 immediately before and the 10 days immediately after a legislative session, for                                         
13 nonlegislative purposes if the use does not interfere with the performance of                                           
14 public duties and if there is no cost to the state for the use of the space and                                         
15 equipment, other than utility costs and minimal wear and tear, or the legislator                                        
16 promptly reimburses the state for the cost; an office is considered a legislator's                                      
17 private office under this subparagraph if it is the primary space in the location                                   
18 of the session [CAPITAL CITY] reserved for use by the legislator, whether or                                        
19            not it is shared with others;                                                                                
20 (E)  a legislator from use of legislative employees to prepare                                                          
21            and send out seasonal greeting cards;                                                                        
22 (F)  a legislator from using state resources to transport                                                               
23 computers or other office equipment owned by the legislator but primarily used                                          
24            for a state function;                                                                                        
25                      (G)  use by a legislator of photographs of that legislator;                                        
26 (H)  reasonable use of the Internet by a legislator or a legislative                                                    
27            employee except if the use is for election campaign purposes;                                                
28 (I)  a legislator or legislative employee from soliciting,                                                              
29 accepting, or receiving a gift on behalf of a recognized, nonpolitical charitable                                       
30            organization in a state facility;                                                                            
31 (J)  a legislator from sending any communication in the form of                                                         
01 a newsletter to the legislator's constituents, except a communication expressly                                         
02 advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or a newsletter or material in a                                       
03 newsletter that is clearly only for the private benefit of a legislator or a                                            
04            legislative employee; or                                                                                     
05 (K)  full participation in a charity event approved in advance by                                                       
06            the Alaska Legislative Council;                                                                              
07 (3)  knowingly seek, accept, use, allocate, grant, or award public funds                                                
08 for a purpose other than that approved by law, or make a false statement in connection                                  
09 with a claim, request, or application for compensation, reimbursement, or travel                                        
10       allowances from public funds;                                                                                     
11 (4)  require a legislative employee to perform services for the private                                                 
12 benefit of the legislator or employee at any time, or allow a legislative employee to                                   
13 perform services for the private benefit of a legislator or employee on government                                      
14 time; it is not a violation of this paragraph if the services were performed in an                                      
15 unusual or infrequent situation and the person's services were reasonably necessary to                                  
16       permit the legislator or legislative employee to perform official duties;                                         
17 (5)  use or authorize the use of state funds, facilities, equipment,                                                    
18 services, or another government asset or resource for the purpose of political fund                                     
19       raising or campaigning; this paragraph does not prohibit                                                          
20 (A)  limited use of state property and resources for personal                                                           
21 purposes if the use does not interfere with the performance of public duties and                                        
22 either the cost or value related to the use is nominal or the legislator or                                             
23            legislative employee reimburses the state for the cost of the use;                                           
24 (B)  the use of mailing lists, computer data, or other information                                                      
25 lawfully obtained from a government agency and available to the general                                                 
26            public for nonlegislative purposes;                                                                          
27 (C)  storing or maintaining, consistent with (b) of this section,                                                       
28            election campaign records in a legislator's office;                                                          
29 (D)  a legislator from using the legislator's private office [IN                                                        
30 THE CAPITAL CITY] during a legislative session, and for the 10 days                                                     
31 immediately before and the 10 days immediately after a legislative session, for                                         
01 nonlegislative purposes if the use does not interfere with the performance of                                           
02 public duties and if there is no cost to the state for the use of the space and                                         
03 equipment, other than utility costs and minimal wear and tear, or the legislator                                        
04 promptly reimburses the state for the cost; an office is considered a legislator's                                      
05 private office under this subparagraph if it is the primary space in the location                                   
06 of the session [CAPITAL CITY] reserved for use by the legislator, whether or                                        
07            not it is shared with others; or                                                                             
08                      (E)  use by a legislator of photographs of that legislator.                                        
09    * Sec. 12. AS 24.60.031(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
10            (a)  A legislative employee may not                                                                          
11 (1)  on a day when either house of the legislature is in regular or special                                             
12 session, solicit or accept a contribution or a promise or pledge to make a contribution                                 
13 for a campaign for state or municipal office; however, a legislative employee may,                                      
14 except in the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY] or in the municipality in                                    
15 which the legislature is convened in special session if the legislature is convened in a                                
16 municipality other than the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY], solicit or                                    
17 accept a contribution, promise, or pledge for a campaign for state or municipal office                                  
18       that occurs during the 90 days immediately preceding the election for that office; or                             
19 (2)  accept money from an event held on a day when either house of the                                                  
20 legislature is in regular or special session if a substantial purpose of the event is to                                
21 raise money on behalf of the legislative employee for political purposes; however, this                                 
22 paragraph does not prohibit a legislative employee from accepting money from an                                         
23 event held in a place other than the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY] or                                    
24 a municipality in which the legislature is convened in special session if the legislature                               
25 is convened in a municipality other than the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL                                     
26 CITY] during the 90 days immediately preceding an election for state or municipal                                       
27       public office in which the legislative employee is a candidate.                                                   
28    * Sec. 13. AS 24.60.031(b) is amended to read:                                                                     
29            (b)  A legislator may not                                                                                    
30 (1)  on a day when either house of the legislature is in regular or special                                             
31       session, solicit or accept a contribution or a promise or pledge to make a contribution                           
01 (A)  for the legislator's own campaign for state or municipal                                                           
02 public office, unless the solicitation, acceptance, promise, or pledge occurs in a                                      
03 place other than the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY] or a                                                  
04 municipality in which the legislature is convened in special session if the                                             
05 legislature is convened in a municipality other than the Municipality of                                            
06 Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY] during the 90 days immediately preceding the                                               
07            election in which the legislator is a candidate;                                                             
08 (B)  for another candidate in an election for municipal, state, or                                                      
09            federal office;                                                                                              
10                      (C)  to influence a state ballot proposition or question; or                                       
11                      (D)  for a political party;                                                                        
12 (2)  accept money from an event held on a day when either house of the                                                  
13 legislature is in regular or special session if a substantial purpose of the event is to                                
14 raise money on behalf of the legislator's campaign for state or municipal public office;                                
15 however, this paragraph does not prohibit a legislator from accepting money from an                                     
16 event held in a place other than the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY] or                                    
17 a municipality in which the legislature is convened in special session if the legislature                               
18 is convened in a municipality other than the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL                                     
19 CITY] during the 90 days immediately preceding a state or municipal election in                                         
20       which the legislator is a candidate; or                                                                           
21 (3)  in a campaign for state or municipal office, expend money that was                                                 
22 raised on a day when either house of the legislature was in a legislative session by or                                 
23 on behalf of a legislator under a declaration of candidacy or a general letter of intent to                             
24 become a candidate for public office; however, this paragraph does not apply to                                         
25 money raised in a place other than the Municipality of Anchorage [CAPITAL CITY]                                     
26 or a municipality in which the legislature is convened in special session if the                                        
27 legislature is convened in a municipality other than the Municipality of Anchorage                                  
28 [CAPITAL CITY] during the 90 days immediately preceding an election in which the                                        
29       legislator is a candidate.                                                                                        
30    * Sec. 14. AS 24.60.080(c) is amended to read:                                                                     
31 (c)  Notwithstanding (a)(1) of this section, it is not a violation of this section                                      
01       for a person who is a legislator or legislative employee to accept                                                
02                 (1)  hospitality, other than hospitality described in (4) of this                                       
03       subsection,                                                                                                       
04                      (A)  with incidental transportation at the residence of a person;                                  
05            however, a vacation home located outside the state is not considered a                                       
06            residence for the purposes of this subparagraph; or                                                          
07                      (B)  at a social event or meal;                                                                    
08                 (2)  discounts that are available                                                                       
09                      (A)  generally to the public or to a large class of persons to                                     
10            which the person belongs; or                                                                                 
11 (B)  when on official state business, but only if receipt of the                                                        
12            discount benefits the state;                                                                                 
13 (3)  food or foodstuffs indigenous to the state that are shared generally                                               
14       as a cultural or social norm;                                                                                     
15 (4)  travel and hospitality primarily for the purpose of obtaining                                                      
16       information on matters of legislative concern;                                                                    
17 (5)  gifts from the immediate family of the person; in this paragraph,                                                  
18       "immediate family" means                                                                                          
19                      (A)  the spouse of the person;                                                                     
20                      (B)  the person's domestic partner;                                                                
21 (C)  a child, including a stepchild and an adopted child, of the                                                        
22            person or of the person's domestic partner;                                                                  
23                      (D)  a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, or uncle of the person;                                 
24 (E)  a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, or uncle of the person's                                                     
25            spouse or the person's domestic partner; and                                                                 
26                      (F)  a stepparent, stepsister, stepbrother, step-grandparent, step-                                
27 aunt, or step-uncle of the person, the person's spouse, or the person's domestic                                        
28            partner;                                                                                                     
29                 (6)  gifts that are not connected with the recipient's legislative status;                              
30 (7)  a discount for all or part of a legislative session, including time                                                
31 immediately preceding or following the session, or other gift to welcome a legislator                                   
01 or legislative employee who is employed on the personal staff of a legislator or by a                                   
02 standing or special committee to the location of the session [CAPITAL CITY] or in                                   
03 recognition of the beginning of a legislative session if the gift or discount is available                              
04 generally to all legislators and the personal staff of legislators and staff of standing and                            
05 special committees; this paragraph does not apply to legislative employees who are                                      
06 employed by the Legislative Affairs Agency, the office of the chief clerk, the office of                                
07 the senate secretary, the legislative budget and audit committee, the office of victims'                                
08       rights, or the office of the ombudsman;                                                                           
09 (8)  a gift of legal services in a matter of legislative concern and a gift                                             
10 of other services related to the provision of legal services in a matter of legislative                                 
11       concern;                                                                                                          
12 (9)  a gift of transportation from a legislator or a legislative employee to                                            
13 a legislator or a legislative employee if the transportation takes place in the state on or                             
14 in an aircraft, boat, motor vehicle, or other means of transport owned or under the                                     
15 control of the donor; this paragraph does not apply to travel described in (4) of this                                  
16       subsection or travel for political campaign purposes; or                                                          
17 (10)  a contribution to a charity event, a ticket to a charity event, or a                                              
18 gift in connection with a charity event; in this paragraph, "charity event" has the                                     
19       meaning given in (a)(2)(B) of this section.                                                                       
20    * Sec. 15. AS 44.99.007 is amended to read:                                                                        
21 Sec. 44.99.007. Emergency transfer of seat of government. When, due to an                                             
22 emergency resulting from the effects of enemy attack or an imminent enemy attack, it                                    
23 becomes imprudent, inexpedient, or impossible to conduct the affairs of state                                           
24 government at the normal location of the state capital or to hold a legislative session                             
25 at the Legislative Information Office in the Municipality of Anchorage, the                                         
26 governor shall, as often as the exigencies of the situation require, declare by                                         
27 proclamation an emergency temporary location or locations for the seat of government                                    
28 or for the session at a place or places, inside or outside the state, that would not                                
29 normally be considered military target sites and that the governor may consider                                         
30 advisable under the circumstances. The governor shall take [SUCH] action and issue                                      
31 [SUCH] orders as may be necessary for an orderly transition to the emergency                                            
01 temporary location or locations. The temporary location or locations shall remain the                                   
02 emergency seat of government or location of the legislative session until the                                       
03 emergency is declared to be ended by the governor and the seat of government or                                     
04       session is returned to its normal location.                                                                   
05    * Sec. 16. AS 44.06.050, 44.06.055, and 44.06.060 are repealed.                                                    
06    * Sec. 17. This Act takes effect January 1, 2021.