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(a) A confidential record will not be made public or furnished to any person other than to the commission, its advisory staff, its consultants, and other authorized representatives, or to the public advocacy section, its consultants, and other authorized representatives of the public advocacy section, except under a subpoena duces tecum or as provided under (b) - (h) of this section.
(b) A person may file a written motion requesting access to a record that the commission has designated as confidential. The motion must identify as specifically as possible the record to which access is sought and must set out the reasons access is sought.
(c) The person filing the motion described in (a) of this section shall serve the person with confidentiality interests in the record with a copy of the motion. Within 15 days following service of the motion, the person with confidentiality interests in the record may submit its response.
(d) The commission will, at the earliest possible time, issue its determination to grant or deny the motion requesting access, as follows:
(1) if the commission determines that the record should be made public, the commission will notify the person filing the motion and the person with confidentiality interests in the record of the commission's intent to release the record;
(2) within seven days following service of the notice of the commission's intent to release, the person with confidentiality interests in the record may petition for reconsideration or for withdrawal of the record;
(3) if neither reconsideration nor withdrawal of the record is requested, the record becomes public at the end of the seven-day period prescribed in (2) of this subsection;
(4) if reconsideration or withdrawal of the record is requested under (2) of this subsection and the request is denied, the commission will notify the person with confidentiality interest in the record and the person filing the motion for access and the record becomes public on the date set out in the commission's order denying reconsideration or withdrawal;
(5) if a petition for reconsideration or for withdrawal of the record is granted, the commission will issue an order that reclassifies the record as confidential or restricts access to it.
(e) Disclosure of a record covered by a protective order of the commission or the court that prescribes procedures for disclosure other than those contained in this section will be governed by the terms of the order rather than by this section.
(f) A record designated as confidential by order of the commission and entered into evidence in an adjudicatory matter will be disclosed to the parties in the matter under a protective order unless this requirement is waived by the person with confidentiality interests in the record. Examination of the confidential record will be conducted by the commission in camera , and the portions of the record that are confidential will be placed under seal by the commission.
(g) If a party intends to enter as evidence a record designated as confidential under 3 AAC 48.040(b) (5) or (b)(10), that party shall provide the person with confidentiality interests in the record at least five days' notice of that party's intent. Unless within five days after service of that notice the person with confidentiality interests in the record files a petition for confidential status of the record under 3 AAC 48.045(a) , the record becomes public when presented to the commission.
(h) If the confidential record to which access is sought is in the possession of a consultant employed by the commission and if access is granted, the person who requests the record will, in the commission's discretion, be required to reimburse the consultant directly for costs incurred in producing the record.
History: Eff. 6/29/84, Register 90; am 7/12/92 Register 123; am 3/21/2003, Register 165
Authority: AS 42.05.141
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