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HB 69: "An Act repealing the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission; and providing for an effective date."

00                              HOUSE BILL NO. 69                                                                          
01 "An Act repealing the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission; and providing for an                                       
02 effective date."                                                                                                        
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  AS 44.21.305 is amended to read:                                                                   
05            Sec. 44.21.305. Commissioner's responsibility. The commissioner shall                                    
06                 (1)  provide executive direction for the activities of the department                                   
07       related to telecommunications; and                                                                                
08                 (2)  assure that department activities in no way constitute an influence                                
09       on the content or airing of programming, and report to the governor [AND THE                                      
10       ALASKA PUBLIC BROADCASTING COMMISSION] any request or attempt by an                                               
11       employee of the state to influence the content or airing of program material.                                     
12    * Sec. 2.  AS 44.21.310(a) is amended to read:                                                                     
13            (a)  In accordance with the state information systems plan adopted by the                                    
14       commissioner and with the departmental information systems plan, the department                                   
01       shall                                                                                                             
02                 (1)  advise the commissioner and the governor on matters of policy and                                  
03       comprehensive state planning for telecommunications services;                                                     
04                 (2)  coordinate, manage, and supervise state programs in                                                
05       telecommunications, including the management of those telecommunication services                                  
06       for the state obtained from common carriers and from the communications industry;                                 
07 (3)  when requested, provide technical and consulting assistance to the                                                 
08 executive, judicial, and legislative branches of state government, to the University of                                 
09 Alaska, and to private noncommercial entities which request that assistance in facility                                 
10 procurement and leasing and in identifying long-range goals and objectives for the                                      
11 state and its political subdivisions in all aspects of telecommunications, including                                    
12       public, educational, and instructional telecommunications;                                                        
13 (4)  prepare and maintain a state comprehensive telecommunications                                                      
14 development plan to further state telecommunications development and to meet state                                      
15 telecommunications needs and prepare and maintain a comprehensive inventory of all                                      
16       state communications facilities;                                                                                  
17 (5)  whenever feasible, procure services from private enterprise or                                                     
18 certified and franchised utilities and contract for the construction, management,                                       
19 operation, and maintenance of telecommunications systems, and develop a                                                 
20 procurement policy consistent with AS 36.30 (State Procurement Code); the                                               
21 procurement policy must seek to achieve the maximum benefit to the public, and                                          
22 methods of procurement, including lease, purchase, rental, or combinations of lease,                                    
23 purchase, and rental, must be selected on the basis of factors such as the ratio of long-                               
24 range costs versus benefits, life cycle costing, and the costs to the communications                                    
25 industry to the extent that these costs may affect local and long distance basic                                        
26 telephone rates; procurement, contracting, construction, and maintenance under this                                     
27       paragraph is governed by AS 36.30;                                                                                
28 (6)  provide information and assistance to state agencies to promote                                                    
29 governmental coordination and unity in the preparation of agency plans and programs                                     
30       involving the use of telecommunications;                                                                          
31 (7)  apply for and accept federal and private money, property, or                                                       
01 assistance, that may be appropriated, granted, or otherwise made available to the                                       
02 department and use and disburse money and property for purposes consistent with                                         
03 AS 44.21.305 - 44.21.330 [AND AS 44.21.256 - 44.21.290], subject to reasonable                                          
04       limitations imposed by the grantor;                                                                               
05                 (8)  participate with other governmental units in planning, and assist                                  
06       local governments and governmental conferences and councils in the state in planning                              
07       and coordinating their activities relating to telecommunications;                                                 
08                 (9)  provide for the orderly transition to new telecommunications                                       
09       services and systems by state agencies;                                                                           
10 (10)  serve as a clearinghouse for information, data, and other materials                                               
11 that may be necessary or helpful to federal, state, or local governmental agencies in                                   
12       the development of telecommunication systems;                                                                     
13 (11)  coordinate department services and activities with those of other                                                 
14 state departments and agencies to the fullest extent possible to avoid unnecessary                                      
15       duplication; and                                                                                                  
16 (12)  provide that all activities of the department are responsive to state                                             
17 statutes and regulations, and to the regulations and rulings of the Federal                                             
18       Communications Commission.                                                                                        
19    * Sec. 3.  AS 39.25.120(c)(7)(A); AS 39.50.200(b)(7); AS 44.21.256, 44.21.258, 44.21.260,                          
20 44.21.262, 44.21.264, 44.21.266, 44.21.268, 44.21.270, 44.21.290, and 44.21.315(a)(7) are                               
21 repealed.                                                                                                               
22    * Sec. 4.  The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                         
23 read:                                                                                                                   
24 TRANSITION. On or before the effective date of this Act, the Alaska Public                                              
25 Broadcasting Commission shall transfer custody of and title to all of the commission's assets                           
26 to the commissioner of administration under AS 44.68.110. The commissioner is authorized                                
27 and directed to transfer the assets at no cost to Alaska non-profit public broadcasting entities.                       
28    * Sec. 5.  This Act takes effect June 30, 2019.