Enrolled HB 52: Relating to allowable absences from the state for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends; and providing for an effective date.
00Enrolled HB 52 01 Relating to allowable absences from the state for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund 02 dividends; and providing for an effective date. 03 _______________ 04 * Section 1. AS 43.23.008(a) is amended to read: 05 (a) Subject to (b) and (e) [(c)] of this section, an otherwise eligible individual 06 who is absent from the state during the qualifying year remains eligible for a current 07 year permanent fund dividend if the individual was absent 08 (1) receiving secondary or postsecondary education on a full-time 09 basis; 10 (2) receiving vocational, professional, or other specific education on a 11 full-time basis for which, as determined by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary 12 Education, a comparable program is not reasonably available in the state; 13 (3) serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the 14 United States or accompanying, as that individual's spouse, minor dependent, or
01 disabled dependent, an individual who is 02 (A) serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of 03 the United States; and 04 (B) eligible for a current year dividend; 05 (4) serving under foreign or coastal articles of employment aboard an 06 oceangoing vessel of the United States merchant marine; 07 (5) receiving continuous medical treatment recommended by a 08 licensed physician or convalescing as recommended by the physician who treated the 09 illness if the treatment or convalescence is not based on a need for climatic change; 10 (6) providing care for a parent, spouse, sibling, child, or stepchild with 11 a critical life-threatening illness whose treatment plan, as recommended by the 12 attending physician, requires travel outside the state for treatment at a medical 13 specialty complex; 14 (7) providing care for the individual's terminally ill family member; 15 (8) settling the estate of the individual's deceased parent, spouse, 16 sibling, child, or stepchild, provided the absence does not exceed 220 cumulative days; 17 (9) serving as a member of the United States Congress; 18 (10) serving on the staff of a member from this state of the United 19 States Congress; 20 (11) serving as an employee of the state in a field office or other 21 location; 22 (12) accompanying a minor who is absent under (5) of this subsection; 23 (13) accompanying another eligible resident who is absent for a reason 24 permitted under (1), (2), (5) - (12), (16), or (17) of this subsection as the spouse, minor 25 dependent, or disabled dependent of the eligible resident; 26 (14) serving as a volunteer in the federal peace corps program; 27 (15) because of training or competing as a member of the United States 28 Olympic Team or a United States national team for an Olympic sport; 29 (16) participating for educational purposes in a student fellowship 30 sponsored by the United States Department of Education or by the United States 31 Department of State;
01 (17) for any reason consistent with the individual's intent to remain a 02 state resident, provided the absence or cumulative absences do not exceed 03 (A) 180 days in addition to any absence or cumulative absences 04 claimed under (3) of this subsection if the individual is not claiming an absence 05 under (1), (2), or (4) - (16) of this subsection; 06 (B) 120 days in addition to any absence or cumulative absences 07 claimed under (1) - (3) of this subsection if the individual is not claiming an 08 absence under (4) - (16) of this subsection but is claiming an absence under (1) 09 or (2) of this subsection; or 10 (C) 45 days in addition to any absence or cumulative absences 11 claimed under (1) - (16) of this subsection if the individual is claiming an 12 absence under (4) - (16) of this subsection. 13 * Sec. 2. AS 43.23.008 is amended by adding new subsections to read: 14 (e) After an individual has been absent from the state for more than 180 days 15 in each of the five preceding qualifying years, the department shall presume that the 16 individual is no longer a state resident. The individual may rebut this presumption by 17 providing clear and convincing evidence to the department that 18 (1) the individual was physically present in the state for at least 30 19 cumulative days during the past five years; and 20 (2) the individual is a state resident as defined in AS 43.23.095. 21 (f) To determine whether an individual intends to return and remain in the 22 state indefinitely, the department shall consider all relevant factors, including 23 (1) the length of time the individual was absent from the state 24 compared to the length of time the individual was physically present in the state; 25 (2) the frequency and duration of voluntary return trips to the state 26 during the past five years; 27 (3) whether the individual's intent to return to and remain in the state is 28 conditioned on future events beyond the individual's control; 29 (4) the ties the individual has established with the state or another 30 jurisdiction, as demonstrated by 31 (A) maintenance of a home;
01 (B) payment of resident taxes; 02 (C) registration of a vehicle; 03 (D) registration to vote and voting history; 04 (E) acquisition of a driver's license, business license, or 05 professional license; and 06 (F) receipt of benefits under a claim of residency in the state or 07 another jurisdiction; 08 (5) the priority that the individual gave the state on an employment 09 assignment preference list, including a list used by military personnel. 10 * Sec. 3. AS 43.23.008(c) is repealed. 11 * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 12 read: 13 APPLICATION FOR THE 2013 PERMANENT FUND DIVIDEND FOR CERTAIN 14 INDIVIDUALS. (a) Notwithstanding the application deadline in AS 43.23.011, an individual 15 who was ineligible for a 2013 dividend under former AS 43.23.008(c), repealed by sec. 3 of 16 this Act, and who is otherwise eligible, may apply for the 2013 permanent fund dividend 17 within 90 days after the effective date of this Act, regardless of whether the individual is 18 physically present in the state at the time of application. 19 (b) The repeal of AS 43.23.008(c) by sec. 3 of this Act and the enactment of 20 AS 43.23.008(e) by sec. 2 of this Act may not be applied to make ineligible any person 21 otherwise eligible for a 2013 dividend under AS 43.23 as it read on December 31, 2012. 22 * Sec. 5. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 23 read: 24 RETROACTIVITY. Sections 1 - 4 of this Act are retroactive to January 1, 2013. 25 * Sec. 6. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).