Legislature(2019 - 2020)

2019-02-20 House Journal

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2019-02-20                     House Journal                      Page 0191
HB 69                                                                                                                         
HOUSE BILL NO. 69 by the House Rules Committee by request of                                                                    
the Governor, entitled:                                                                                                         
     "An Act repealing the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission;                                                               
     and providing for an effective date."                                                                                      
was read the first time and referred to the Community & Regional                                                                
Affairs, State Affairs, and Finance Committees.                                                                                 
The following fiscal note(s) apply:                                                                                             
1.  Fiscal, Dept. of Administration                                                                                             
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4.  Fiscal, Dept. of Administration                                                                                             
The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 19 follows:                                                                    
"Dear Speaker Edgmon:                                                                                                           
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to the Alaska Public                                                            
Broadcasting Commission.                                                                                                        

2019-02-20                     House Journal                      Page 0192
This bill would repeal the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission                                                                
(Commission) as of June 30, 2019. The Commission was created to                                                                 
aid in developing a statewide, integrated public broadcasting system                                                            
and to coordinate all public broadcasting stations. The Commission's                                                            
primary purpose has been to apply for, receive, and disburse grant                                                              
funding for public broadcasting related purposes. This function can be                                                          
accomplished utilizing non-governmental entities that can be attuned                                                            
to and more responsive to the local broadcasting needs of                                                                       
communities.  This bill directs the Commissioner of the Department of                                                           
Administration to transfer all of the assets of the Commission to                                                               
Alaska non-profit public broadcasting entities at no cost.                                                                      
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                        
Michael J. Dunleavy