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HCS CSSB 89(JUD): "An Act relating to the Legislative Ethics Act; and providing for an effective date."

00                 HOUSE CS FOR CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 89(JUD)                                                             
01 "An Act relating to the Legislative Ethics Act; and providing for an effective date."                                   
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
03    * Section 1. AS 24.60.010 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read:                                            
04 (9)  a fair and open government requires that constituents have                                                         
05 unencumbered access to legislators about issues important to the state pursuant to art.                                 
06 I, secs. 5 and 6, Constitution of the State of Alaska, which protect the right of a                                     
07 legislator and a constituent to meet and the right of a person to petition the                                          
08       government, and this chapter is not intended to restrict those rights.                                            
09    * Sec. 2. AS 24.60.030(e) is amended to read:                                                                      
10            (e)  A legislator may not directly, or by authorizing another to act on the                                  
11       legislator's behalf,                                                                                              
12 (1)  agree to, threaten to, or state or imply that the legislator will take or                                          
13 withhold a legislative, administrative, or political action, including support for or                                   
14 opposition to a bill, employment, nominations, and appointments, as a result of a                                       
15 person's decision to provide or not provide a political contribution, donate or not                                     
01       donate to a cause favored by the legislator, or provide or not provide a thing of value;                          
02 (2)  state or imply that the legislator will perform or refrain from                                                    
03 performing a lawful constituent service as a result of a person's decision to provide or                                
04 not provide a political contribution, donate or not donate to a cause favored by the                                    
05       legislator, or provide or not provide a thing of value; or                                                        
06 (3)  unless required by the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State                                                       
07 Legislature [EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN (g) OF THIS SECTION OR WHILE                                                     
08 PARTICIPATING IN A PUBLIC DISCUSSION OR DEBATE], take or withhold                                                       
09 official action or exert official influence that could substantially benefit or harm the                                
10       financial interest of another [A] person                                                                      
11 [(A)  WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATOR'S                                                                               
12            IMMEDIATE FAMILY;                                                                                            
13 (B)  BY WHOM THE LEGISLATOR OR A MEMBER OF                                                                              
14            THE LEGISLATOR'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY IS EMPLOYED;                                                               
15 (C)]  with whom the legislator or the legislator's spouse is                                                        
16            employed or is negotiating for employment [;                                                             
17 (D)  FROM WHOM THE LEGISLATOR OR A MEMBER OF                                                                            
18 THE LEGISLATOR'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY HAS, IN THE                                                                           
19 IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING 12-MONTH PERIOD, RECEIVED MORE                                                                    
20            THAN $10,000 OF INCOME].                                                                                     
21    * Sec. 3. AS 24.60.030(g) is amended to read:                                                                      
22 (g)  Unless [OTHERWISE] required by the Uniform Rules of the Alaska State                                               
23 Legislature, a legislator shall declare a conflict of interest before voting on a question                              
24 before a committee of the legislature, and shall request to be excused from voting on a                                 
25 question before a house of the legislature, if the legislator or the legislator's spouse                            
26 [OR A MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATOR'S IMMEDIATE FAMILY] has an equity                                                    
27 or ownership [A FINANCIAL] interest in a business, investment, real property, lease,                                
28 or other enterprise if the interest is substantial and the effect on that interest of the                               
29 action to be voted on is greater than the effect on a substantial class of persons to                               
30 which the legislator or the legislator's spouse belongs as a member of a                                            
31 profession, occupation, industry, or region [THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE                                              
01 STATE. HOWEVER, NOTWITHSTANDING (e)(3) OF THIS SECTION AND THE                                                          
02 LIMITATIONS OF THIS SUBSECTION, A LEGISLATOR MAY VOTE ON AN                                                             
03 APPROPRIATION BILL THAT MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF                                                                       
04       AS 37.07.020(a) OR 37.07.100].                                                                                    
05    * Sec. 4. AS 24.60.030(j)(2) and 24.60.990(a)(6) are repealed.                                                     
06    * Sec. 5. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).