- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 44. State Government
- Chapter 23. Department of Law
- Section 20. Duties; and Powers; Waiver of Immunity.
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AS 44.23.020. Duties; and Powers; Waiver of Immunity.
- (a) The attorney general is the legal advisor of the governor and other state officers.
- (b) The attorney general shall
- (1) defend the Constitution of the State of Alaska and the Constitution of the United States of America;
- (2) bring, prosecute, and defend all necessary and proper actions in the name of the state for the collection of revenue;
- (3) represent the state in all civil actions in which the state is a party;
- (4) prosecute all cases involving violation of state law, and file informations and prosecute all offenses against the
revenue laws and other state laws where there is no other provision for their prosecution;
- (5) administer state legal services, including the furnishing of written legal opinions to the governor, the legislature,
and all state officers and departments as the governor directs; and give legal advice on a law, proposed law, or
proposed legislative measure upon request by the legislature or a member of the legislature;
- (6) draft legal instruments for the state;
- (7) make available a report to the legislature, through the governor, at each regular legislative session
- (A) of the work and expenditures of the office; and
- (B) on needed legislation or amendments to existing law;
- (8) perform all other duties required by law or which usually pertain to the office of attorney general in a state; and
- (9) prepare, publish, and revise as it becomes useful or necessary to do so an information pamphlet on landlord and tenant
rights and the means of making complaints to appropriate public agencies concerning landlord and tenant rights; the
contents of the pamphlet and any revision shall be approved by the Department of Law before publication.
- (c) Before January 1, 1999, the attorney general may, in a case that involves the state's title to submerged lands, or in
any case in which the state seeks to allocate fault to the federal government or a federal employee under AS 09.17.080
, waive the state's immunity from suit in federal court provided under the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution of
the United States. The expiration on January 1, 1999, of the attorney general's authority to waive the state's Eleventh
Amendment immunity does not affect existing waivers in ongoing cases.
- (d) The attorney general may, subject to the power of the legislature to enact laws and make appropriations, settle
actions, cases, and offenses under (b) of this section.
- (e) There is established within the Department of Law the function of public advocacy for regulatory affairs. The attorney
general shall participate as a party in a matter that comes before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska when the
attorney general determines that participation is in the public interest.
- (f) The attorney general shall designate not less than one-half attorney position in the Department of Law for
the purpose of prosecuting actions for fraudulent acts related to workers' compensation under AS 23.30.
- (g) The attorney general may, in cases that involve compliance, discharge, or enforcement of responsibilities
assumed by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities under AS 44.42.300 , waive the state's immunity from suit in federal court provided
under the Eleventh Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
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