HB 140: "An Act relating to the State Officers Compensation Commission; and relating to policies of the Alaska Legislative Council regarding allowances and reimbursement for moving expenses."
00 HOUSE BILL NO. 140 01 "An Act relating to the State Officers Compensation Commission; and relating to 02 policies of the Alaska Legislative Council regarding allowances and reimbursement for 03 moving expenses." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 24.10.110 is amended to read: 06 Sec. 24.10.110. Additional allowances. The Alaska Legislative Council 07 shall adopt a policy entitling a [IN ADDITION, EACH] member of the legislature 08 [IS ENTITLED] to an annual allowance [PRESCRIBED IN ACCORDANCE WITH 09 AS 39.23] for postage, stationery, stenographic services, and other expenses. 10 * Sec. 2. AS 24.10.130(c) is amended to read: 11 (c) The Alaska Legislative Council shall adopt a policy in accordance with (b) 12 of this section [AND AS 39.23.540(d)] regarding reimbursement for moving expenses 13 and payment of a per diem allowance. The policy must set conditions for the 14 reimbursement for moving expenses and payment of per diem and prescribe the
01 amounts of reimbursement adapted to the special needs of the legislative branch as 02 determined by the council. 03 * Sec. 3. AS 39.23 is amended by adding a new section to read: 04 Sec. 39.23.535. Policy and purpose. The commission shall recommend an 05 equitable rate and form of compensation for members of the legislature, the governor, 06 the lieutenant governor, and each principal department head to attract and retain 07 talented, capable individuals to serve in the highest leadership roles of the state, roles 08 that guide the state's prosperity and welfare today and into the future. 09 * Sec. 4. AS 39.23.540(a) is amended to read: 10 (a) The commission shall review the salaries, benefits, and allowances of 11 members of the legislature, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each principal 12 executive department head and prepare a report on its findings [AT LEAST] once 13 every two years [, BUT NOT MORE FREQUENTLY THAN EVERY YEAR]. The 14 commission shall notify the legislature that the report is available. 15 * Sec. 5. AS 39.23.540(c) is amended to read: 16 (c) By November 1 of every odd-numbered year , the commission shall 17 prepare its preliminary findings and recommendations for compensation of state 18 officers that is reasonable and equitable. The commission shall give reasonable public 19 notice of its preliminary findings and recommendations, solicit public comments, and 20 give due regard to the public comments [,] before submitting a final report under (d) of 21 this section. 22 * Sec. 6. AS 39.23.540(d) is amended to read: 23 (d) The commission shall make available to the governor and presiding 24 officers of each house of the legislature a final report of its findings and 25 recommendations as to the rate and form of compensation, benefits, and allowances 26 for legislators, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each principal executive 27 department head during the first 30  days of a legislative session. Subject to 28 AS 24.10.130(b) and (g) of this section, and unless a bill disapproving all the 29 recommendations for all officers listed in this section is enacted into law within 90 30  days after the recommendations are submitted to the governor and presiding 31 officers of each house of the legislature, a recommendation as to the compensation,
01 benefits, and allowances for 02 (1) a legislator has the force of law and becomes effective on the first 03 day of the next legislature [REGULAR LEGISLATIVE SESSION]; and 04 (2) the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each principal executive 05 department head has the force of law and becomes effective on the first day of the 06 fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the recommendation is submitted. 07 * Sec. 7. AS 39.23.540(e) is amended to read: 08 (e) The commission may amend [PREPARE AMENDMENTS TO] the report 09 submitted under (d) of this section on or before March 15 and shall notify the 10 governor and the presiding officer of each house of the legislature that the 11 amended report is [AMENDMENTS ARE] available. An amended report under 12 this subsection does not change the time for disapproval by the legislature under 13 (d) of this section.