- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 39. Public Officers and Employees
- Chapter 5. Qualifications, Appointment, and Tenure
- Section 80. Procedure For All Appointments.
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AS 39.05.080. Procedure For All Appointments.
Except as otherwise provided in a law relating to the positions or memberships on a specific board or commission,
appointment to a position or membership shall be made in the following manner:
- (1) Each governor shall present to the legislature the names of the persons appointed by that governor; each governor may
present the name of a person appointed by a previous governor; only presentment that occurs during the time that the
legislature is in regular session constitutes presentment under this section. The governor shall, within the first 15
days after the legislature convenes in regular session, present to the legislature for confirmation the names of the
following persons: (A) persons appointed to a position or membership who have not previously been confirmed by the
legislature, and (B) persons to be appointed to fill a position or membership the term of which will expire on or
before March 1 during that session of the legislature. If an appointment is made after the first 15 days after the
convening of the regular session but while the legislature is in regular session, the governor shall immediately
present to the legislature for confirmation the name of the person appointed.
- (2) When appointments are presented to the legislature for confirmation,
- (A) the presiding officer of each house shall assign the name of each appointee to a standing committee of that house for
a hearing, report, and recommendation; standing committees of the two houses assigned the same person's name for
consideration may meet jointly to consider the qualifications of the person appointed and may issue either a separate
or a joint report and recommendation concerning that person; then
- (B) the legislature shall, before the end of the regular session in which the appointments are presented, in joint session
assembled, act on the appointments by confirming or declining to confirm by a majority vote of all of the members the
- (3) When the legislature declines to confirm an appointment, the legislature shall notify the governor of its action and a
vacancy in the position or membership exists which the governor shall fill by making a new appointment. The governor
may not appoint again the same person whose confirmation was refused for the same position or membership during the
regular session of the legislature at which confirmation was refused. The person whose name is refused for appointment
by the legislature may not thereafter be appointed to the same position or membership during the interim between
regular legislative sessions. Failure of the legislature to act to confirm or decline to confirm an appointment during
the regular session in which the appointment was presented is tantamount to a declination of confirmation on the day
the regular session adjourns.
- (4) Pending confirmation or rejection of appointment by the legislature, persons appointed shall exercise the functions,
have the powers, and be charged with the duties prescribed by law for the appointive positions or membership. However,
the duration of an appointment made during the time period between regular sessions of the legislature by a person who
is not still the governor on the first day of the next regular session ends on the date during the next regular session
that the sitting governor presents for confirmation an appointment to the office. For the purpose of applying laws that
limit the number of terms or parts of terms that may be served by a member of a board or commission, the part of the
term of office that is served under an interim appointment immediately before the member is reappointed under this
paragraph is considered to be merged with the part of the term of office that is served immediately after reappointment
so that the two periods of service constitute only one part of a term. The duration of an appointment made during a
regular session of the legislature and not presented to the legislature by the governor during that session ends no
later than the last day of that session. The duration of an appointment made during an interim by a governor who is not
in office at the beginning of the next regular session of the legislature ends no later than the last day of that
regular session unless the governor who is in office during that session presents the person's name for confirmation.
The same governor may not appoint the same person to the same position or membership if the person's appointment ends
because of the governor's failure to present the person's name for confirmation.
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