- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 30. Navigation, Harbors, and Shipping
- Chapter 13. Regional Resource Development Authorities
- Section 10. Creation of Authority.
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AS 30.13.010. Creation of Authority.
- (a) The residents of each area of the state within the boundaries of a regional housing authority established under AS 18.55.996
that is located in whole or in part in the unorganized borough of the state may create a public body corporate and
politic under the name and style of the "Resource Development Authority" with all or any significant part of the name
of the region of the state inserted. The boundaries of the authority created shall be coterminous with the portion of
the applicable regional housing authority that lies in the unorganized borough. Creation of an authority is initiated
by a petition filed with the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and a statement submitted to
the governor. The petition must include the proposed name of the authority, its boundaries, and a statement of the
facilities proposed to be provided by the authority. The petition must be signed by 15 percent of the total number of
residents in the portion of the applicable regional housing authority that lies in the unorganized borough who cast
votes in the preceding general election. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development shall review
petitions for content and signatures. If the department determines that the petition is adequate, it shall transmit the
petition to the director of elections.
- (b) The statement required under (a) of this section to be submitted to the governor must include the purposes for which
the authority is to be created, the goals and potential projects the authority intends to accomplish, and an analysis
of alternative methods of accomplishing the goals and projects of the proposed authority. The governor shall determine
whether the accomplishment of the goals and potential projects of the proposed authority would be advantageous to the
economic growth of the region and the state and whether the creation of the proposed authority would be an appropriate
and desirable method of accomplishing those goals and projects. The governor shall submit findings under this
subsection to the division of elections within 90 days after receipt of the statement.
- (c) The director of elections shall order an election in the area of the proposed authority to determine whether the
voters desire the creation of the authority if the director has received the petition and
- (1) the governor has submitted affirmative findings to the director under (b) of this section; or
- (2) more than 90 days have elapsed since the statement was submitted to the governor under (a) of this section and the
governor has failed to submit negative findings to the division of elections.
- (d) An order for an election shall be made within 30 days after the requirements of (c) of this section have been met.
The election shall be held not less than 30 nor more than 120 days after the date of the election order. To the extent
practicable, the election shall be held on a date coinciding with the date for other elections in the region. The
election order must specify the dates after which nomination petitions for election of initial officers may be filed.
- (e) A registered voter who has been a resident within the area of the proposed authority for 30 days before the date of
election may vote.
- (f) If creation of an authority is approved, the director of elections shall, within 10 days of certification, order an
election to choose the five initially elected members of the board of governors of the authority. The election shall
be held not less than 6 or more than 90 days after the date of the election order. The initially elected members of
the board of governors shall take office on the first Monday following certification of their election. Two of the
initially elected members shall be designated by lot to serve for a term expiring on the first day of the second
November after the date of their election; two of the initially elected members shall be designated by lot to serve for
a term expiring on the first day of the third November after the date of their election, and one of the initially
elected members shall be designated by lot to serve for a term expiring on the first day of the fourth November after
the date of election.
- (g) Nominations for elected members are made by petition. The petition must be in the form prescribed by the director of
elections and include the name and address of the nominee and the statement of the nominee that the nominee is
qualified under this chapter for the office of member of the board of governors of the authority. A nomination
petition must include the signature and resident address of 20 voters in the area of the authority. The director of
elections shall supervise the elections in the general manner prescribed by AS 15 (Alaska Election Code). The state shall pay all election costs under this
- (h) A copy of each petition for the creation of an authority and of the certificate of the director of elections as to the
election shall be filed in the office of the director of elections. Upon proof of filing the authority referred to
shall, in any suit, action, or proceeding involving the validity or enforcement of, or relating to, any contract or
obligation or act of the authority, be conclusively presumed to have been lawfully and properly created as a public
body corporate and politic and established and authorized to transact business and exercise its powers under this
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