SJR 23: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the powers and duties of the legislative auditor.
00SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 23 01 Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the 02 powers and duties of the legislative auditor. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. Article IX, sec. 14, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended to read: 05 SECTION 14. LEGISLATIVE POST-AUDIT. (a) The legislature shall 06 appoint an auditor to serve at its pleasure. The legislative auditor [HE] shall be a 07 certified public accountant. The auditor shall conduct post-audits and special audits 08 as prescribed by law and shall report to the legislature and to the governor. 09 * Sec. 2. Article IX, sec. 14, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended by adding 10 new subsections to read: 11 (b) If the legislative auditor finds that an office, department, public 12 corporation, the University of Alaska, or other agency of the executive or judicial 13 branches of State government has made expenditures or obligated funds contrary to 14 law or has failed to properly account for expenditures or revenues, the auditor may
01 order the governor to impound money appropriated to that agency. The order shall 02 state the reason for the impoundment and shall specifically identify the money to be 03 impounded. Within five days after receipt of the order the governor shall impound the 04 money identified by the legislative auditor and ensure that it is not expended, 05 encumbered, or otherwise obligated. 06 (c) If the legislative auditor determines that the situation that led to the 07 impoundment order has been corrected or that impoundment is not in the best interests 08 of the State, the auditor may order the governor to release money impounded under 09 (b) of this section. The legislature may reverse an impoundment order of the auditor 10 by a resolution concurred in by a majority of the members of each house. 11 * Sec. 3. The amendments proposed by this resolution shall be placed before the voters of 12 the state at the next general election in conformity with art. XIII, sec. 1, Constitution of the 13 State of Alaska, and the election laws of the state.