CSHB 356(MLV): "An Act establishing the Joint Committee on Military Bases in Alaska; and providing for an effective date."
00CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 356(MLV) 01 "An Act establishing the Joint Committee on Military Bases in Alaska; and 02 providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. The legislature finds that 05 (1) the Secretary of Defense, in both the Quadrennial Defense Review and the 06 Defense Reform Initiative, has called for the reestablishment of a Base Realignment and 07 Closure Commission (BRAC) to conduct two new rounds of military base closures; 08 (2) all military bases in Alaska are scheduled for review and evaluation for 09 potential placement on the closure list; 10 (3) the strategic location of the state's military bases, their unparalleled training 11 and maneuver areas, and their modern facilities represent an asset of unmatched military value 12 to the nation; 13 (4) the total economic value the military adds to the state exceeds 14 $1,700,000,000 annually;
01 (5) any new base closure or realignment actions in the state would create 02 serious economic and socioeconomic effects for the communities where they are located; and 03 (6) the closure of Adak Naval Air Facility and realignment of army activities 04 at Fort Greely by the 1995 Base Realignment and Closure Commission continues to create 05 challenges for communities committed to their productive reuse and integration into the state's 06 economy. 07 * Sec. 2. JOINT COMMITTEE ON MILITARY BASES IN ALASKA. (a) The Joint 08 Committee on Military Bases in Alaska is established as a permanent interim committee of 09 the legislature. 10 (b) The committee is composed of 11 (1) three members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate of the 12 Twentieth Alaska State Legislature; 13 (2) three members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of 14 the house of representatives of the Twentieth Alaska State Legislature; 15 (3) an individual who is a state resident and appointed jointly by the president 16 of the senate of the Twentieth Alaska State Legislature and the speaker of the house of 17 representatives of the Twentieth Alaska State Legislature after considering the recommendation 18 of the mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage; 19 (4) an individual who is a state resident and appointed jointly by the president 20 of the senate of the Twentieth Alaska State Legislature and the speaker of the house of 21 representatives of the Twentieth Alaska State Legislature after considering the recommendation 22 of the mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough; and 23 (5) an individual who is a state resident and appointed jointly by the president 24 of the senate of the Twentieth Alaska State Legislature and the speaker of the house of 25 representatives of the Twentieth Alaska State Legislature after considering the recommendation 26 of the commissioner of military and veterans' affairs. 27 (c) Members serve until the committee terminates. 28 (d) When a vacancy occurs in the membership of the committee, the presiding officer 29 of the house incurring the vacancy shall fill the vacancy within 30 days. If the office of the 30 presiding officer becomes vacant and a vacancy occurs among the members of the committee, 31 the remaining committee members from the house incurring the vacancy shall appoint a new
01 member. 02 (e) The committee shall 03 (1) monitor the military base realignment and closure activities of the federal 04 government for bases in the state; 05 (2) work on specific realignments and closures proposed by the federal 06 government for bases in the state; 07 (3) work with the state's congressional delegation regarding federal military 08 base realignments and closings in the state; 09 (4) attend meetings and hearings related to federal realignments and closures 10 of military bases in the state and provide testimony as necessary; and 11 (5) review the effect on the state and its communities of federal realignments 12 and closures of military bases in the state. 13 (f) Five members of the committee constitute a quorum of the committee to do 14 business. The committee members select the chair of the committee. 15 (g) The committee may meet during sessions of the legislature and during intervals 16 between sessions at the times and places as the chair of the committee may determine and 17 may hold public hearings as necessary. 18 (h) Members of the committee receive the same travel and per diem allowances 19 provided by law for members of the legislature. 20 (i) The committee shall prepare and submit a report of its activities to the legislature 21 before the convening of the First Session of the Twenty-Second Alaska State Legislature. 22 (j) The committee terminates on the day the Twenty-Second Alaska State Legislature 23 convenes. 24 (k) In this section, "committee" means the Joint Committee on Military Bases in 25 Alaska. 26 * Sec. 3. This Act is repealed on the day the Twenty-Second Alaska State Legislature 27 convenes. 28 * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).