CSHB 49(CRA): "An Act relating to municipal aid grants for municipalities and certain unincorporated communities; and providing for an effective date."
00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 49(CRA) 01 "An Act relating to municipal aid grants for municipalities and certain unincorporated 02 communities; and providing for an effective date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 29.60 is amended by adding a new section to read: 05 Article 10. Municipal Aid Grants. 06 Sec. 29.60.720. Municipal aid grants. (a) Each fiscal year, the department 07 shall pay a municipal aid grant of $50,000 to every municipality. An application is not 08 required for a municipality to be eligible for a grant under this subsection. Each fiscal 09 year the department shall pay a municipal aid grant of $3,500 to each community. The 10 department with advice from the Department of Law shall determine whether there is 11 in each community an incorporated nonprofit entity or a Native village council that 12 will agree to receive and spend the grant for the benefit of the community. If there is 13 more than one qualified entity in a community, the department shall pay the grant to 14 the entity that the department finds most qualified to receive and spend the money.
01 The department may not pay the grant to a Native village council unless the council 02 waives immunity from suit for claims arising out of activities of the council related to 03 the grant. A waiver of immunity from suit under this subsection must be on a form 04 provided by the Department of Law. If there is no qualified incorporated nonprofit 05 entity or Native village council in a community that is willing to receive the grant, the 06 grant for that community may not be paid. Neither this subsection nor any action 07 taken under it enlarges or diminishes the governmental authority or jurisdiction of a 08 Native village council. 09 (b) If appropriations are not sufficient to fully fund municipal aid grants for a 10 fiscal year, the department shall calculate a reduced grant amount based on the 11 available funding and distribute grants reduced by an equal percentage to all 12 municipalities and eligible communities. 13 (c) In this section, 14 (1) "community" means a place in the unorganized borough that is not 15 incorporated as a city and in which 25 or more persons reside as a social unit; 16 (2) "municipality" includes a municipality organized under federal law 17 as an Indian reserve that existed before enactment of 43. U.S.C. 1618(a) and is 18 continued in existence under that subsection. 19 * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect July 1, 2005.