SB 169: "An Act relating to special request registration plates celebrating the arts; and relating to the Alaska State Council on the Arts."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 169 01 "An Act relating to special request registration plates celebrating the arts; and relating 02 to the Alaska State Council on the Arts." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 28.10.421(a) is amended to read: 05 (a) Unless otherwise provided by law, 06 (1) the fees prescribed in this section shall be paid to the department at 07 the times provided under AS 28.10.108 and 28.10.111; [AND] 08 (2) an additional fee of $10 shall be added to the registration fee set out 09 in this section for registration not conducted by mail, on the department's Internet 10 website, or at an emissions inspection station or contract office offering vehicle 11 registration services; the department may waive this additional fee for a good cause 12 based on criteria established in regulations adopted by the department; and 13 (3) an additional fee in an amount not to exceed $50 shall be added 14 to the registration fee set out in this section for a vehicle registration plate

01 celebrating the arts under AS 28.10.161(b)(1)(C); the Alaska State Council on the 02 Arts shall determine the fee required under this paragraph in regulation; the fee 03 shall be collected only on the first issuance and the replacement of the special 04 request plates; the commissioner of administration shall separately account for 05 the fees received under this paragraph that the department deposits in the 06 general fund; notwithstanding (g) of this section, the annual estimated balance in 07 the account that is in excess of the cost of issuing the vehicle registration plate 08 celebrating the arts may be appropriated by the legislature to the Alaska State 09 Council on the Arts. 10 * Sec. 2. AS 44.27 is amended by adding a new section to read: 11 Sec. 44.27.053. Legal counsel. The attorney general is the legal counsel for the 12 council. The attorney general shall advise the council in legal matters arising in the 13 discharge of the council's duties and represent the council in suits to which the council 14 is a party. However, the council may retain additional legal counsel as appropriate at 15 the discretion of the board of trustees. 16 * Sec. 3. AS 44.27.055(d) is amended to read: 17 (d) The operating budget of the council is subject to AS 37.07 (Executive 18 Budget Act), except that AS 37.07 does not apply to funds received from private 19 nonprofit organizations. In this subsection, "nonprofit" means an organization 20 that is exempt under 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3). 21 * Sec. 4. AS 44.27.080(a) is amended to read: 22 (a) The council may [SHALL] hold a competition every four years to select a 23 design for the vehicle registration plate celebrating the arts under 24 AS 28.10.161(b)(1)(C). If the council holds a competition, the [THE] council shall 25 select a panel of judges to judge the submissions for the contest and shall include the 26 previous design winner on the panel. The panel shall select the top submissions, and 27 the council shall conduct a public vote to determine the winner of the competition. The 28 council shall use the winning design when consulting with the commissioner of 29 administration under AS 28.10.161(b)(1)(C). 30 * Sec. 5. AS 44.27.080 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 31 (c) The council may, in consultation with the Department of Administration,

01 recommend an amount to be appropriated from the annual estimated balance in the 02 account under AS 28.10.421(d)(26) to pay an artist for a winning design.