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HB 6: "An Act relating to the display of the national and state mottos."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 6                                                                           
01 "An Act relating to the display of the national and state mottos."                                                      
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
03    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
04 to read:                                                                                                                
05       PURPOSE. The purposes of this Act are to                                                                          
06            (1)  reaffirm that "In God we trust" is the official motto of the United States                              
07 and "North to the Future" is the official motto of the state; and                                                       
08            (2)  support and encourage awareness and public display of the mottos of the                                 
09 nation and the state in public buildings, public schools, and other locations to honor the                              
10 heritage of the nation and the state.                                                                                   
11    * Sec. 2. AS 14.03.130 is amended by adding new subsections to read:                                               
12 (c)  To the extent donations are available under (d) of this section for the                                            
13 design, creation, or purchase of a display, a school board shall arrange to have each                                   
14 library and classroom of a school district prominently display the national motto, "In                                  
15 God we trust," established under 36 U.S.C. 302, and the state motto, "North to the                                      
01 Future," established under AS 44.09.045. The displays required by this subsection                                       
02 must contain an accurate representation of the United States flag next to the national                                  
03 motto and an accurate representation of the Alaska flag next to the state motto. The                                    
04 requirements of this subsection are in addition to the requirements of (a) of this                                      
05       section.                                                                                                          
06 (d)  A school board may use only money donated to the school district to pay                                            
07       for the design, creation, or purchase of a display.                                                               
08 (e)  If a person brings an action in court to challenge the constitutionality of a                                      
09 display of the national motto under (c) of this section, the Department of Law shall                                    
10 defend the constitutionality of the display and, if the legislature appropriates money                                  
11 for the purpose, the state shall hold the school district harmless from monetary                                        
12       damages awarded by the court against the school district for the display.                                         
13            (f)  In this section,                                                                                        
14                 (1)  "display" means a display described in (c) of this section;                                        
15 (2)  "school district" means a borough or city school district or a                                                     
16       regional educational attendance area.                                                                             
17    * Sec. 3. AS 35.05 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
18 Sec. 35.05.070. Display of national and state mottos. (a) To the extent                                               
19 donations are available under (b) of this section for the design, creation, or purchase of                              
20 a display, a state agency shall prominently display in each public building and each                                    
21 space leased by a state agency in a building that is not a public building the national                                 
22 motto, "In God we trust," established under 36 U.S.C. 302, and the state motto, "North                                  
23 to the Future," established under AS 44.09.045. The displays required by this                                           
24 subsection must contain an accurate representation of the United States flag next to the                                
25 national motto and an accurate representation of the Alaska flag next to the state                                      
26       motto.                                                                                                            
27 (b)  To pay for the design, creation, or purchase of a display, a state agency                                          
28 may use only donations that are made to the state and, if the donations are monetary                                    
29       donations, are appropriated by the legislature to the state agency for that purpose.                              
30 (c)  If a person brings an action in court to challenge the constitutionality of a                                      
31 display of the national motto under (a) of this section, the Department of Law shall                                    
01       defend the state agency against the action.                                                                       
02            (d)  In this section,                                                                                        
03                 (1)  "display" means a display described in (a) of this section;                                        
04                 (2)  "state agency" means                                                                               
05                      (A)  a department, institution, board, commission, division,                                       
06            authority, public corporation, or other administrative unit of the executive                                 
07            branch;                                                                                                      
08                      (B)  the Alaska Railroad Corporation;                                                              
09                      (C)  a committee, division, or administrative unit of the                                          
10            legislative branch;                                                                                          
11                      (D)  the University of Alaska.                                                                     
12    * Sec. 4. AS 37.05.146(c) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                            
13                 (80)  donations for a display described in AS 35.05.070(a).