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2021-02-18 House Journal

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2021-02-18                     House Journal                      Page 0134
HB 73                                                                                                                         
HOUSE BILL NO. 73 by the House Rules Committee by request of                                                                    
the Governor, entitled:                                                                                                         
     "An Act relating to use of income of the Alaska permanent fund;                                                            
     relating to the amount of the permanent fund dividend; relating to                                                         
     the duties of the commissioner of revenue; relating to an advisory                                                         
     vote on the permanent fund; providing for an effective date by                                                             
     repealing the effective date of sec. 8, ch. 16, SLA 2018; and                                                              
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
was read the first time and referred to the State Affairs, Judiciary, and                                                       
Finance Committees.                                                                                                             
The following fiscal note(s) apply:                                                                                             
1.  Zero, Dept. of Revenue                                                                                                      
2.  Fiscal, Office of the Governor                                                                                              
3.  Fiscal, Office of the Governor/Dept. of Revenue                                                                             

2021-02-18                     House Journal                      Page 0135
The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 19 follows:                                                                     
"Dear Chief Clerk:                                                                                                              
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to the Alaska permanent                                                         
fund and the permanent fund dividend.                                                                                           
The bill would establish a new statutory framework for annual                                                                   
spending from the Alaska permanent fund. It provides that five percent                                                          
of the average market value (POMV) of the permanent fund would be                                                               
eligible for annual appropriation by the legislature subject to the                                                             
limitation that an appropriation may not exceed the balance in the                                                              
earnings reserve account. It would further provide that of the amount                                                           
available for appropriation – fifty percent of the amount would be                                                              
available for permanent fund dividends and the remaining fifty percent                                                          
would be available for appropriation to the general fund.                                                                       
The bill would further provide that a special statewide election be held                                                        
to take an advisory vote of qualified voters to advise the legislature on                                                       
whether the statutory changes accomplished by this bill should                                                                  
continue to be the state's law regarding spending from the permanent                                                            
fund. The inclusion of an advisory vote ensures that Alaska residents                                                           
have a voice in the decisions we make regarding the permanent fund.                                                             
I propose this measure in order to resolve the current conflict between                                                         
the statutes governing the annual POMV draw and the calculation of                                                              
the permanent fund dividend. We must establish a reasonable rule that                                                           
protects this increasingly important source of state revenue, limits the                                                        
draw on the fund's earnings and provides for an annual dividend for                                                             
Alaska residents.                                                                                                               
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                        
Mike Dunleavy