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30th Legislature(2017-2018)

Bill Text 30th Legislature


00 Enrolled HB 235                                                                                                         
01 Creating the North Star Medal.                                                                                          
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03    * Section 1. AS 44.09 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                    
04 Sec. 44.09.095. North Star Medal. (a) The governor is authorized to award                                               
05 the North Star Medal directly or posthumously to any peace officer, correctional                                        
06 officer, firefighter, first responder, or member of a volunteer search and rescue group                                 
07 who dies or is seriously injured in the line of duty and has displayed exceptional                                      
08       bravery or heroism while performing those duties.                                                                 
09            (b)  The governor shall present recipients of the North Star Medal with a                                    
10       ribbon, medal, and citation during a ceremony that may not take place more than once                              
11       a year. The North Star Medal will be awarded to the recipient or, in the event the                                
12       recipient is no longer living, to the recipient's next of kin.                                                    
13 (c)  Nominations for the North Star Medal must be submitted to the                                                      
14 commissioner of public safety by the highest ranking supervisor in the department or                                    
15 organization of the nominee. After reviewing the nominations, the commissioner of                                       
01       public safety shall submit the name or names of persons recommended for the North                                 
02       Star Medal to the governor for approval.                                                                          
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