HB 233: "An Act relating to religious services during disasters; and providing for an effective date."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 233 01 "An Act relating to religious services during disasters; and providing for an effective 02 date." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 26.23.020 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 05 (l) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, if the governor issues 06 an order, proclamation, or regulation under this chapter that designates any service or 07 activity as essential, the order, proclamation, or regulation must also designate 08 religious services as essential. 09 * Sec. 2. AS 26.23.040(a) is amended to read: 10 (a) The Alaska division of homeland security and emergency management 11 shall prepare and maintain a state emergency plan and keep the plan [IT] current. If 12 the plan designates any service or activity as essential, the plan must also 13 designate religious services as essential. The plan may include provisions for 14 (1) prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by

01 disasters; 02 (2) prompt and effective response to disasters; 03 (3) emergency relief; 04 (4) identification of geographical areas, municipalities, cities, and 05 [OR] villages especially vulnerable to a disaster; 06 (5) recommendations for 07 (A) zoning, building, and other land use controls; 08 (B) safety measures for securing mobile homes or other 09 nonpermanent or semi-permanent structures; and 10 (C) other preventive and preparedness measures designed to 11 eliminate or reduce disasters or their impact; 12 (6) assistance to local officials in designing local emergency action 13 plans; 14 (7) authorization and procedures for the construction of temporary 15 works designed to protect against or mitigate danger, damage, or loss from a disaster; 16 (8) organization of manpower and chains of command; 17 (9) coordination of federal, state, and local disaster activities; 18 (10) coordination of the state emergency plan with the disaster plans of 19 the federal government; and 20 (11) other matters necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter. 21 * Sec. 3. AS 26.23.060(e) is amended to read: 22 (e) Each political subdivision shall ensure that a written local or 23 interjurisdictional disaster emergency plan for its area is prepared, maintained, and 24 distributed to all appropriate officials. The disaster emergency plan must 25 (1) include a clear and complete statement of the emergency 26 responsibilities of all local agencies and officials; 27 (2) designate religious services as essential if the plan designates 28 any other service or activity as essential. 29 * Sec. 4. AS 26.23.900 is amended by adding a new paragraph to read: 30 (10) "religious services" means rituals, worship, counseling, or 31 ceremonies performed as part of religious observation or by a religious leader.

01 * Sec. 5. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).