HB 542: "An Act relating to participation in matters before the Board of Fisheries by members of the board."
00HOUSE BILL NO. 542 01 "An Act relating to participation in matters before the Board of Fisheries by 02 members of the board." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. PURPOSE. The purpose of this Act is to preserve and enhance the ability 05 of the Board of Fisheries to act as a lay board. To accomplish this goal, this Act requires 06 members of the board to participate in the issues that come before the board even though the 07 members have a personal or financial interest in the matter by virtue of their participation in 08 a fishery. 09 * Sec. 2. AS 39.52.120(c) is amended to read: 10 (c) In addition to other provisions of this section, a public officer who is a 11 member of the [BOARD OF FISHERIES OR THE] Board of Game may not act on 12 a matter before the board if the public officer has not disclosed in the manner set out 13 in AS 39.52.220 all personal or financial interests in a business or organization relating 14 to fish or game resources.
01 * Sec. 3. AS 39.52.120 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 02 (d) Notwithstanding the prohibition against taking or withholding official 03 action in (b)(4) of this section, a public officer who is a member of the Board of 04 Fisheries must participate in matters before the board even if the member has a 05 personal or financial interest in the matter. Before participating, the member shall 06 disclose the interest on the record. Disclosure under this subsection is not subject to 07 AS 39.52.220. Participation in a matter before the board after disclosure is not 08 considered to be a use of state facilities to benefit personal or financial interests under 09 (b)(3) of this section. AS 39.52.240 does not apply to matters related to this 10 subsection.