CSSB68(STA): "An Act relating to the Task Force on Privatization; and providing for an effective date."
00CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 68(STA) 01 "An Act relating to the Task Force on Privatization; and providing for an 02 effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. FINDINGS AND INTENT. (a) The legislature finds that 05 (1) the annual cost of state government is exceeding the annual revenue of the 06 state; 07 (2) there may be functions of state government that could be performed more 08 efficiently by individuals or businesses in the private sector; 09 (3) other states are considering privatization of some of their governmental 10 functions; 11 (4) more information is needed before the legislature can determine whether 12 privatization is a feasible alternative for this state to pursue in controlling its fiscal problems. 13 (b) The legislature intends to consider all reasonable methods to deal with the state 14 revenue shortfall.
01 * Sec. 2. TASK FORCE ON PRIVATIZATION ESTABLISHED. (a) There is established 02 in the legislative branch the Task Force on Privatization consisting of 03 (1) two members appointed by the governor, one of whom shall be a public 04 member selected from a list of nominees submitted by labor organizations that represent state 05 employees; 06 (2) two members of the senate appointed by the president of the senate; one 07 member shall be a member of the majority and one member shall be a member of the 08 minority; 09 (3) two members of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of 10 the house; one member shall be a member of the majority and one member shall be a member 11 of the minority; 12 (4) two public members appointed by the president of the senate; and 13 (5) two public members appointed by the speaker of the house. 14 (b) The task force shall select a chair and vice-chair from among its members. 15 * Sec. 3. COMPENSATION OF PUBLIC MEMBERS. The public members of the Task 16 Force on Privatization are not eligible for compensation but are entitled to per diem and travel 17 expenses authorized for boards and commissions under AS 39.20.180. 18 * Sec. 4. MEETINGS; OATH. (a) The Task Force on Privatization shall meet as 19 frequently as the task force determines necessary to perform its work and may meet during 20 the interim as well as during legislative sessions. The task force may meet and vote by 21 teleconference. 22 (b) The chair of the task force may administer an oath to a witness appearing before 23 the task force. 24 * Sec. 5. DUTIES. The Task Force on Privatization shall 25 (1) review and evaluate the policies and recommendations of the other states 26 that are studying or have implemented recommendations to privatize any of their governmental 27 functions; 28 (2) review state contracting policy and procedures, including competitive 29 bidding procedures; 30 (3) identify functions of our state government that could economically and 31 appropriately be privatized, if any;
01 (4) solicit public comment about its subjects of consideration; 02 (5) submit a written report of its findings and recommendations to the governor 03 and the legislature by November 15, 1997, concerning state contracting policy and procedures 04 and privatization of state government functions in the Department of Transportation and Public 05 Facilities, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Health and Social Services; 06 the report shall suggest legislation that may be needed to accomplish the recommendations; 07 and 08 (6) submit a written report of its findings and recommendations to the governor 09 and the legislature by November 15, 1998, concerning privatization of government functions 10 of state agencies not addressed in the first report; the report shall suggest legislation that may 11 be needed to accomplish the recommendations. 12 * Sec. 6. This Act is repealed on December 1, 1998. 13 * Sec. 7. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).