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HB 190: "An Act relating to allowable absences for a permanent fund dividend; and providing for an effective date."

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 190                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to allowable absences for a permanent fund dividend; and providing                                     
02 for an effective date."                                                                                                 
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 43.23.008(a) is amended to read:                                                                   
05            (a)  Subject to (b) and (d) of this section, an otherwise eligible individual who                            
06       is absent from the state during the qualifying year remains eligible for a current year                           
07       permanent fund dividend if the individual was absent                                                              
08                 (1)  receiving secondary or postsecondary education on a full-time                                      
09       basis;                                                                                                            
10                 (2)  receiving vocational, professional, or other specific education on a                               
11       full-time basis for which, as determined by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary                                
12       Education, a comparable program is not reasonably available in the state;                                         
13                 (3)  serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the                                      
14       United States or accompanying, as that individual's spouse, minor dependent, or                                   
01       disabled dependent, an individual who is                                                                          
02                      (A)  serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of                                     
03            the United States; and                                                                                       
04                      (B)  eligible for a current year dividend;                                                         
05                 (4)  serving under foreign or coastal articles of employment aboard an                                  
06       oceangoing vessel of the United States merchant marine;                                                           
07                 (5)  receiving continuous medical treatment recommended by a                                            
08       licensed physician or convalescing as recommended by the physician who treated the                                
09       illness if the treatment or convalescence is not based on a need for climatic change;                             
10 (6)  providing care for a parent, spouse, sibling, child, or stepchild with                                             
11 a critical life-threatening illness whose treatment plan, as recommended by the                                         
12 attending physician, requires travel outside the state for treatment at a medical                                       
13       specialty complex;                                                                                                
14                 (7)  providing care for the individual's terminally ill family member;                                  
15 (8)  settling the estate of the individual's deceased parent, spouse,                                                   
16 sibling, child, or stepchild, provided the absence does not exceed 220 cumulative days;                                 
17                 (9)  serving as a member of the United States Congress;                                                 
18 (10)  serving on the staff of a member from this state of the United                                                    
19       States Congress;                                                                                                  
20 (11)  serving as an employee of the state in a field office or other                                                    
21       location;                                                                                                         
22                 (12)  accompanying a minor who is absent under (5) of this subsection;                                  
23 (13)  accompanying another eligible resident who is absent for a reason                                                 
24 permitted under (1), (2), (5) - (12), (16), or (17) of this subsection as the spouse, minor                             
25       dependent, or disabled dependent of the eligible resident;                                                        
26                 (14)  serving as a volunteer in the federal peace corps program;                                        
27 (15)  because of training or competing as a member of the United States                                                 
28       Olympic Team or a United States national team for an Olympic sport;                                               
29 (16)  participating for educational purposes in a student fellowship                                                    
30 sponsored by the United States Department of Education or by the United States                                          
31       Department of State;                                                                                              
01 (17)  for any reason consistent with the individual's intent to remain a                                                
02       state resident, provided the absence or cumulative absences do not exceed                                         
03 (A)  180 days in addition to any absence or cumulative absences                                                         
04 claimed under (3), (5), or (6) of this subsection if the individual is not claiming                                 
05            an absence under (1), (2), (4), or (7) - (16) [(4) - (16)] of this subsection;                       
06 (B)  180 days in addition to any absence or cumulative                                                              
07 absences claimed under (13) of this subsection if the individual is                                                 
08 accompanying another eligible resident who is absent for a reason                                                   
09 permitted under (5) or (6) of this subsection as the spouse, minor                                                  
10            dependent, or disabled dependent of the eligible resident and is not                                     
11            claiming an absence under (1) - (12) or (14) - (16) of this subsection;                                
12 (C)  120 days in addition to any absence or cumulative absences                                                     
13 claimed under (1) - (3) of this subsection if the individual is not claiming an                                         
14 absence under (4) - (16) of this subsection but is claiming an absence under (1)                                        
15            or (2) of this subsection; or                                                                                
16                      (D) [(C)]  45 days in addition to any absence or cumulative                                    
17            absences claimed under (1) - (16) of this subsection if the individual is                                    
18            claiming an absence under (4) or (7) - (16) [(4) - (16)] of this subsection.                           
19    * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).