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HB 171: "An Act relating to juries; and amending Rule 30, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 171                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to juries; and amending Rule 30, Alaska Rules of Criminal                                              
02 Procedure."                                                                                                             
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 12.45 is amended by adding a new section to article 2 to read:                                     
05            Sec. 12.45.117. Jury instructions. A trial court judge shall instruct a jury that                          
06       the jury has the                                                                                                  
07                 (1)  right to judge both the law and fact in controversy in a criminal                                  
08       proceeding; and                                                                                                   
09                 (2)  power to find a defendant not guilty when a guilty verdict would be                                
10       manifestly unjust.                                                                                                
11    * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
12 read:                                                                                                                   
13       INDIRECT COURT RULE AMENDMENT. AS 12.45.117, enacted by sec. 1 of this                                            
14 Act, has the effect of changing Rule 30, Alaska Rules of Criminal Procedure, by requiring                               
01 certain information to be included in jury instructions.                                                                
02    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
03 read:                                                                                                                   
04       CONDITIONAL EFFECT. AS 12.45.117, enacted by sec. 1 of this Act, takes effect                                     
05 only if sec. 2 of this Act receives the two-thirds majority vote of each house required by art.                         
06 IV, sec. 15, Constitution of the State of Alaska.