- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 39. Public Officers and Employees
- Chapter 52. Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act
- Section 310. Complaints.
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AS 39.52.310. Complaints.
- (a) The attorney general may initiate a complaint, or elect to treat as a complaint, any matter disclosed under AS 39.52.210
, 39.52.220, 39.52.250, or 39.52.260. The attorney general may not, during a
campaign period, initiate a complaint concerning the conduct of the governor or lieutenant governor who is a candidate
for election to state office.
- (b) A person may file a complaint with the attorney general regarding the conduct of a current or former public officer. A
complaint must be in writing, be signed under oath, and contain a clear statement of the details of the alleged
- (c) If a complaint alleges a violation of AS 39.52.110
- 39.52.190 by the governor, lieutenant governor, or
the attorney general, the matter shall be referred to the personnel board. The personnel board shall return a complaint
concerning the conduct of the governor or lieutenant governor who is a candidate for election to state office as
provided in (j) of this section if the complaint is initiated during a campaign period. The personnel board shall
retain independent counsel who shall act in the place of the attorney general under (d) - (i) of this section, AS 39.52.320
- 39.52.350, and 39.52.360(c) and (d). Notwithstanding AS 36.30.015
(d), the personnel board may contract for or hire independent counsel under this subsection without notifying or
securing the approval of the Department of Law.
- (d) The attorney general shall review each complaint filed, to determine whether it is properly completed and contains
allegations which, if true, would constitute conduct in violation of this chapter. The attorney general may require the
complainant to provide additional information before accepting the complaint. If the attorney general determines that
the allegations in the complaint do not warrant an investigation, the attorney general shall dismiss the complaint with
notice to the complainant and the subject of the complaint.
- (e) The attorney general may refer a complaint to the subject's designated supervisor for resolution under AS 39.52.210
- (f) If the attorney general accepts a complaint for investigation, the attorney general shall serve a copy of the
complaint upon the subject of the complaint, for a response. The attorney general may require the subject to provide,
within 20 days after service, full and fair disclosure in writing of all facts and circumstances pertaining to the
alleged violation. Misrepresentation of a material fact in a response to the attorney general is a violation of this
chapter. Failure to answer within the prescribed time, or within any additional time period that may be granted in
writing by the attorney general, may be considered an admission of the allegations in the complaint.
- (g) If a complaint is accepted under (f) of this section, the attorney general shall investigate to determine whether a
violation of this chapter has occurred. At any stage of an investigation or review, the attorney general may issue a
subpoena under AS 39.52.380
- (h) A violation of this chapter may be investigated within two years after discovery of the alleged violation.
- (i) The unwillingness of a complainant to assist in an investigation, the withdrawal of a complaint, or restitution by the
subject of the complaint may, but need not in and of itself, justify termination of an investigation or proceeding.
- (j) The personnel board shall return a complaint concerning the conduct of the governor or lieutenant governor who is a
candidate for state office received during a campaign period to the complainant unless the governor or lieutenant
governor, as appropriate, permits the personnel board to assume jurisdiction under this subsection. If the personnel
board receives a complaint concerning the conduct of the governor or lieutenant governor who is a candidate during the
campaign period, the personnel board shall immediately notify the subject of the complaint of the receipt of the
complaint, of the suspension of the personnel board's jurisdiction during the campaign period, and of the candidate's
right to waive the suspension of jurisdiction under this subsection. The candidate may, within 11 days after the
personnel board mails or otherwise sends notice of the complaint to the candidate, notify the personnel board that the
candidate chooses to have the personnel board proceed with the complaint under this section. If the candidate does not
act within that time or if the candidate notifies the personnel board that the candidate is not waiving the suspension
of jurisdiction, the personnel board shall return the complaint to the complainant with notice of the suspension of
jurisdiction under this subsection and of the right of the complainant to file the complaint after the end of the
- (k) A campaign period under this section begins on the later of 45 days before a primary election in which the governor or
lieutenant governor is a candidate for state office or the day on which the individual files as a candidate for state
office and ends at the close of election day for the general or special election in which the individual is a candidate
or on the day that the candidate withdraws from the election, if earlier. For a candidate who loses in the primary
election, the campaign period ends on the day that results of the primary election showing that another individual won
the election are certified.
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