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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 24. Legislature
- Chapter 60. Standards of Conduct
- Section 50. State Programs and Loans.
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AS 24.60.050. State Programs and Loans.
- (a) A legislator or legislative employee may, without disclosure to the committee, participate in a state benefit program
or receive a loan from the state if the program or loan is generally available to members of the public, is subject to
fixed, objective eligibility standards, and requires minimal discretion in determining qualification.
- (b) The committee shall review state benefit programs and state loans and annually publish a list of programs and loans,
designating which ones do not meet the standards of (a) of this section.
- (c) A legislator or legislative employee who participates in a program or receives a loan that is not exempt from
disclosure under (a) of this section shall file with the committee by the date required under AS 24.60.105 a disclosure
stating the amounts of the loans outstanding or benefits received during the preceding calendar year from
nonqualifying programs. If the committee requests additional information necessary to determine the propriety of
participating in the program or receiving the loan, it shall be promptly provided. The committee shall promptly compile
a list of the statements indicating the loans and programs and amounts and send it to the presiding officer of each
house who shall have it published in the supplemental journals on or before the next regularly scheduled publication of
ethics disclosures. If a legislator or legislative employee asks the committee to keep any part of the disclosure
confidential and a quorum of the committee determines by vote of a majority of committee members that making the entire
disclosure public would cause the unjustifiable invasion of personal privacy, the committee may elect to
publish only the fact that a person has participated in the program and the amount of benefit that the unnamed person
received. The committee shall maintain the disclosure of the name of the person as confidential and may only use the
disclosure in a proceeding under AS 24.60.170
. If the disclosure becomes part of the record of a proceeding under AS 24.60.170
, the disclosure may be made public as provided in that section.
- (d) If loan proceeds or other program benefits are received from nonqualifying programs or loans after the end of a
calendar year, the legislator or legislative employee shall file a statement with the committee within 30 days after
the beginning of participation in the state program or receipt of proceeds from the state loan or by the date required
under AS 24.60.105
, whichever is later. If the committee receives the statement while the legislature is in session, it shall promptly
forward the statement to the chief clerk of the house or the secretary of the senate, as appropriate, who shall cause
it to be published in the supplemental journal. If the committee receives a statement while the legislature is not in
session, it shall forward the statement to the chief clerk of the house or the secretary of the senate for publication
when the legislature next convenes.
- (e) If the committee determines that a legislator or legislative employee received a state benefit or loan as a result of
unfair or improper influence, the committee may initiate a complaint or take other appropriate action. In addition, the
committee shall refer the matter to the attorney general for action under other civil or criminal laws.
- (f) The committee shall annually recommend to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee the programs and loans to be
audited by the division of legislative audit during the following year, including the scope of the audit. The records
of the relevant state agencies shall be made available to the division of legislative audit. The division of
legislative audit shall prepare a report to the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee on its findings. The report is
confidential until it is released by the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee.
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