HB 317: "An Act amending requirements for qualifications to acquire or hold mining rights; amending rental rates for mining locations and leases; repealing annual labor requirements for mining locations; providing for waiver of a cure penalty for abandonment because of failure to properly record a statement of labor; and providing for an effective date."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 317 01 "An Act amending requirements for qualifications to acquire or hold mining rights; 02 amending rental rates for mining locations and leases; repealing annual labor 03 requirements for mining locations; providing for waiver of a cure penalty for 04 abandonment because of failure to properly record a statement of labor; and providing 05 for an effective date." 06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 07 * Section 1. AS 27.10.010 is amended to read: 08 Sec. 27.10.010. Claims to be located as prescribed by law. A person who 09 discovers upon the public domain in the state a lode or vein of rock in place, or a 10 placer deposit that is open to location under the mining laws of the United States, may 11 locate a lode mining claim or placer mining claim by posting a notice of location and 12 by marking the boundaries as provided in AS 27.10.030 - 27.10.070. An attempted 13 location of a mining claim that does not comply with AS 27.10.030 - 27.10.070 [AND
01 AS 27.10.150 - 27.10.190] is void. 02 * Sec. 2. AS 38.05.190(a) is amended to read: 03 (a) The right to acquire exploration and mining rights under AS 38.05.185 - 04 38.05.275 may be acquired or held only by bona fide miners who are 05 (1) citizens of the United States at least 18 years of age; 06 (2) legal guardians or trustees of citizens of the United States under 18 07 years of age on behalf of the citizens; 08 (3) persons at least 18 years of age who have declared their intention to 09 become citizens of the United States; 10 (4) aliens at least 18 years of age if the laws of their country grant like 11 privileges to citizens of the United States; 12 (5) corporations organized under the laws of the United States or of 13 any state or territory of the United States and qualified to do business in this state; 14 (6) associations of persons described in (1) - (5) of this subsection. 15 * Sec. 3. AS 38.05.190 is amended by adding new subsections to read: 16 (c) An applicant or bidder for a mining lease must submit a notarized affidavit 17 to the department verifying that the applicant or bidder is a bona fide miner under (a) 18 of this section. The affidavit must be submitted with the application for a mining lease 19 or before a competitive lease disposal of a mining lease as required by the department 20 for an applicant or bidder to be eligible for a mining lease. Upon request by the 21 department, a holder of a mining claim, lease, or leasehold location or an authorized 22 representative for the holder, shall submit a notarized affidavit stating that the holder 23 or lessee is a bona fide miner. The affidavit must be postmarked or received by the 24 commissioner not later than 90 days after receipt of the request for the affidavit. An 25 affidavit timely postmarked or received is prima facie evidence that the holder or 26 lessee is a bona fide miner. If an affidavit stating that the holder or lessee is a bona 27 fide miner is not timely postmarked or received, the department may determine in 28 writing that the holder or lessee is unqualified to acquire or hold exploration and 29 mining rights. Any appeal or request for reconsideration of a determination under this 30 subsection must be made under AS 44.37.011. 31 (d) In this section, "bona fide miner" means an entity or person who seeks to
01 acquire, acquires, or holds exploration and mining rights under AS 38.05.185 - 02 38.05.275 in good faith for purposes of mineral exploration and development and not 03 for the prevention of mineral exploration or development. 04 * Sec. 4. AS 38.05.195(d) is amended to read: 05 (d) Locations may be amended in the manner and with the effect prescribed in 06 AS 38.05.200. [ANNUAL LABOR SHALL BE PERFORMED AND STATEMENTS 07 OF ANNUAL LABOR RECORDED AS PRESCRIBED IN AS 38.05.210 - 08 38.05.235.] 09 * Sec. 5. AS 38.05.211(a) is amended to read: 10 (a) The holder of each mining claim, leasehold location, prospecting site, and 11 mining lease, including a mining lease under AS 38.05.250, shall pay, in advance, 12 rental for the right to continue to hold the mining claim, leasehold location, 13 prospecting site, and mining lease, including a mining lease under AS 38.05.250. 14 Rental is due and payable as follows: 15 (1) the rental amount for a prospecting site is fixed at $300 [$200] for 16 the two-year term of the site; 17 (2) annual rental for a mining claim, leasehold location, or mining 18 lease shall be based on the number of years since a mining claim, a leasehold location, 19 or a mining lease's predecessor claim or leasehold location was first located; the 20 annual rental amounts for a mining claim, leasehold location, or mining lease are as 21 follows: 22 Rental Amount 23 for Each Mining 24 Claim or Leasehold 25 Location, Including 26 Number of Years Rental Amount Per Each Quarter- Quarter 27 Since Acre for Mining Section MTRSC 28 First Located Leases System 29 0 - 5 $1.29 [$ .50] $50 [$ 20] 30 6 - 10 2.32 [$1.00] 95 [ 40] 31 11- or more 5.27 [$2.50] 210 ;
01 (3) the annual rental in any year for each quarter section claim, 02 leasehold location, or lease based on the MTRSC system is four times the rental 03 amount for a quarter-quarter section mining claim, leasehold location, or lease in that 04 year. 05 * Sec. 6. AS 38.05.211(d) is amended to read: 06 (d) The rental amount established under this section shall be revised by the 07 commissioner as provided in this section based on changes in the Consumer Price 08 Index for all urban consumers, Anchorage Metropolitan Area (Semi-Annual Average) 09 compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor, as 10 revised, rebased, or replaced by that bureau. The reference base index is the index for 11 January - June 2018 , as revised or rebased by that bureau. The rental amount 12 shall be increased or decreased, as appropriate, by an amount equal to the change in 13 the index described in this subsection rounded to the nearest whole $5 unit. The 14 commissioner shall calculate the change in the rental amount each 10 years and, if the 15 rental amount must be revised, shall adopt a regulation establishing the revised rental 16 amount. A revised rental amount applies to a rental payment if the regulation 17 establishing the revised rental amount took effect at least 90 days before the date the 18 rental payment is due. 19 * Sec. 7. AS 38.05.211 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 20 (f) For purposes of this section, "MTRSC system" means the system described 21 in AS 38.05.195(b)(1) based on the ground location of a complete quarter section or 22 quarter-quarter section of a township on a rectangular survey system. 23 * Sec. 8. AS 38.05.265 is amended to read: 24 Sec. 38.05.265. Abandonment. (a) Failure to properly record a certificate of 25 location [OR A STATEMENT OF ANNUAL LABOR], pay any required annual 26 rental, or pay any required production royalty as required by AS 38.05.185 - 27 38.05.200, 38.05.211, 38.05.212, 38.05.245 [38.05.210 - 38.05.245], 38.05.252 - 28 38.05.275, and by regulations adopted under these sections constitutes abandonment 29 of all rights acquired under the mining claim, leasehold location, or prospecting site 30 involved, and the claim, leasehold location, or prospecting site is subject to relocation 31 by others, unless the failure constituting the abandonment is cured under (b) of this
01 section. A locator or claimant of an abandoned location or a successor in interest may 02 not relocate the claim, leasehold location, or prospecting site until one year after 03 abandonment. The locator of an abandoned prospecting site may locate a claim or 04 leasehold location on that site at any time. [A STATEMENT OF ANNUAL LABOR 05 THAT DOES NOT ACCURATELY SET OUT THE ESSENTIAL FACTS IS VOID 06 AND OF NO EFFECT.] If an annual rental or a royalty payment is deficient but is 07 otherwise timely paid, abandonment does not result if full payment is made within 08 (1) the period prescribed by a deficiency notice from the 09 commissioner; or 10 (2) 30 days after a final judgment establishing the amount due if the 11 deficiency amount due was contested. 12 (b) Unless another person has located a mining claim or leasehold location 13 that includes all or part of the mining claim or leasehold location abandoned under (a) 14 of this section or the area is closed to mineral location under AS 38.05.185 - 15 38.05.275, a person may cure the failure to record or pay that constituted the 16 abandonment and cure the abandonment by 17 (1) properly recording a certificate of location [OR A STATEMENT 18 OF ANNUAL LABOR], paying any required annual rental, and paying any required 19 production royalty; and 20 (2) paying a penalty equal to the annual rent for the mining claim or 21 leasehold location that was abandoned under (a) of this section. 22 * Sec. 9. AS 38.05.265 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 23 (c) Unless another person has located a mining claim or leasehold location that 24 includes all or part of the mining claim or leasehold location abandoned under former 25 AS 38.05.265(a) or the area is closed to mineral location under AS 38.05.185 - 26 38.05.275, a person may cure the failure to record a statement of annual labor that 27 constituted an abandonment under (a) of this section, as that subsection read on the 28 day before the effective date of sec. 8 of this Act, and cure the abandonment by 29 properly recording a statement of annual labor and otherwise complying with (b) of 30 this section, except a penalty under (b)(2) of this section is not required when a failure 31 to record a statement of labor alone constituted the abandonment.
01 * Sec. 10. AS 27.10.130, 27.10.150, 27.10.160, 27.10.170, 27.10.180, 27.10.190, 27.10.200, 02 27.10.210, 27.10.220, 27.10.230, 27.10.240; AS 38.05.210, 38.05.215, 38.05.220, 38.05.225, 03 38.05.230, 38.05.235, 38.05.240, and 38.05.242 are repealed. 04 * Sec. 11. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 05 read: 06 APPLICABILITY. Notwithstanding the effective date of this Act, the amendments to 07 AS 27.10.010 by sec. 1 of this Act, the amendments to AS 38.05.195 by sec. 4 of this Act, the 08 amendments to AS 38.05.265 by sec. 8 of this Act, and the repeal of AS 27.10.130, 09 27.10.150, 27.10.160, 27.10.170, 27.10.180, 27.10.190, 27.10.200, 27.10.210, 27.10.220, 10 27.10.230, 27.10.240, AS 38.05.210, 38.05.215, 38.05.220, 38.05.225, 38.05.230, 38.05.235, 11 38.05.240, and 38.05.242 by sec 10 of this Act, apply only to labor years beginning on and 12 after September 1, 2018. The provisions in AS 27.10.010, 27.10.130, 27.10.150, 27.10.160, 13 27.10.170, 27.10.180, 27.10.190, 27.10.200, 27.10.210, 27.10.220, 27.10.230, 27.10.240, 14 AS 38.05.195, 38.05.210, 38.05.215, 38.05.220, 38.05.225, 38.05.230, 38.05.235, 38.05.240, 15 and 38.05.242, as those sections read the day before the effective date of secs. 1, 4, and 10 of 16 this Act, apply to any annual labor requirements, including requirements to record affidavits 17 or statements of labor, for the labor year that began September 1, 2017, and that ends 18 September 1, 2018. The provisions of AS 38.05.265(a) and (b), as those sections read on the 19 day before the effective date of secs. 8 and 9 of this Act, apply to any annual labor 20 requirements for the labor year that began September 1, 2017, and that ends September 1, 21 2018, except that under AS 38.05.265(c), a penalty is not required to cure where a failure to 22 record a statement of labor alone constituted the abandonment. 23 * Sec. 12. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 24 read: 25 APPLICABILITY OF RENTAL AMOUNTS. AS 38.05.211(a), as amended by sec. 5 26 of this Act, applies to rental amounts calculated by the commissioner of natural resources 27 under AS 38.05.211(d), as amended by sec. 6 of this Act, on or after the effective date of this 28 Act. 29 * Sec. 13. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new subsection 30 to read: 31 TRANSITIONAL PROVISION: REGULATIONS. The Department of Natural
01 Resources may adopt regulations necessary to implement the changes made by this Act. The 02 regulations take effect under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the 03 effective date of the law implemented by the regulation. 04 * Sec. 14. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 05 read: 06 TRANSITION: MINING LEASES. Upon written request to the department by the 07 holder of a mining lease issued under AS 38.05.205 or 38.05.250, the department shall amend 08 the lease to remove any annual labor requirements included in the lease, if the holder of the 09 mining lease submits the written request not later than two years after the effective date of 10 secs. 1 - 11 of this Act. 11 * Sec. 15. Section 13 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c). 12 * Sec. 16. Except as provided in sec. 15 of this Act, this Act takes effect September 2, 2018.