- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 44. State Government
- Chapter 66. Review of the Activities of Agencies, Boards, and Commissions
- Section 50. Legislative Oversight.
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AS 44.66.050. Legislative Oversight.
- (a) Before the termination, dissolution, continuation, or reestablishment of a board or commission under AS 08.03.010
or AS 44.66.010, or of an agency program under AS 44.66.020
and 44.66.030, a committee of reference of each
house, which shall be the standing committee of legislative jurisdiction as provided in the Uniform Rules of the
Legislature, shall hold one or more hearings to receive testimony from the public, the commissioner of the department
having administrative responsibility for each named board, commission, or agency program, and the members of the board
or commission involved. The hearings may be joint hearings. The committee shall also consider the proposed budget of
the board, commission, or agency program, prepared in accordance with AS 37.07.050
(f), and the performance audit of the activities of the board, commission, or agency program, prepared by the
legislative audit division as prescribed in AS 24.20.271
(1). The committee may consider any other report of the activities of the board, commission or program, including but
not limited to annual reports, summaries prepared by the Legislative Affairs Agency, and any evaluation or general
report of the manner of conduct of activities of the board, commission, or agency program prepared by the office of the
- (b) During a public hearing, the board, commission or agency shall have the burden of demonstrating a public need for its
continued existence or the continuation of the program, and the extent to which any change in the manner of exercise of
its functions or activities may increase efficiency of administration or operation consistent with the public interest.
- (c) A determination as to whether a board or commission or agency program has demonstrated a public need for its continued
existence must take into consideration the following factors:
- (1) the extent to which the board, commission, or program has operated in the public interest;
- (2) the extent to which the operation of the board, commission, or agency program has been impeded or enhanced by existing
statutes, procedures, and practices that it has adopted, and any other matter, including budgetary, resource, and
- (3) the extent to which the board, commission, or agency has recommended statutory changes that are generally of benefit
to the public interest;
- (4) the extent to which the board, commission, or agency has encouraged interested persons to report to it concerning the
effect of its regulations and decisions on the effectiveness of service, economy of service, and availability of
service that it has provided;
- (5) the extent to which the board, commission, or agency has encouraged public participation in the making of its
regulations and decisions;
- (6) the efficiency with which public inquiries or complaints regarding the activities of the board, commission, or agency
filed with it, with the department to which a board or commission is administratively assigned, or with the office of
victims' rights or the office of the ombudsman have been processed and resolved;
- (7) the extent to which a board or commission that regulates entry into an occupation or profession has presented
qualified applicants to serve the public;
- (8) the extent to which state personnel practices, including affirmative action requirements, have been complied with by
the board, commission, or agency to its own activities and the area of activity or interest;
- (9) the extent to which statutory, regulatory, budgeting, or other changes are necessary to enable the agency, board, or
commission to better serve the interests of the public and to comply with the factors enumerated in this subsection;
- (10) the extent to which the board, commission, or agency has effectively attained its objectives
and purposes and the efficiency with which the board, commission, or agency has operated; and
- (11) the extent to which the board, commission, or agency duplicates the activities of another governmental agency or
the private sector.
- (d) As to each board, commission, or agency program assigned to it for purposes of review, the committee of reference
shall, not later than the 60th day of the legislative session, submit a report to the presiding officer of the house.
The report must contain a summary of the findings of the committee as to the compliance of the board, commission, or
program with the factors enumerated in (c) of this section, together with a summary or recommendations of the committee
as to each of the following:
- (1) an identification of the problems or the needs that the programs and activities of the board, commission, or agency
are intended to address;
- (2) a statement, to the extent practicable, of the objectives of the program of the board, commission, or agency program,
and its anticipated accomplishments;
- (3) an identification of any other programs having similar, conflicting, or duplicate objectives;
- (4) an assessment of alternative methods of achieving the purposes of the program;
- (5) an assessment of the consequences of eliminating the board, commission, or program and consolidating its activities
with another program, or of funding it at a lower level;
- (6) a justification for the recommended continuation or extension of the board, commission, or program, and an explanation
of the manner in which it avoids duplication of or conflict with other efforts; and
- (7) any other information that, in the opinion of the committee, would improve the performance of the board, commission,
or agency with respect to its representation of and responsiveness to the public interest.
- (e) The committee of reference may introduce a bill providing for the reorganization or continuation of the board,
commission, or agency program. No more than one board, commission, or agency program may be continued or reestablished
in any legislative bill, and the board, commission, or agency program must be mentioned in the title of the bill.
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