INITIATIVE PETITION BILL LANGUAGE
by Petition Sponsors
Petition ID: 01CHGE
An initiative changing the location of legislative sessions
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
Section 1. Location of Legislative Sessions
AS 24.05.090 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:
AS 24.05.090. Legislative Sessions
(a) All regular and special sessions of the legislature shall
be held at a location within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. In the event that suitable
facilities for these sessions are not available within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, then all
sessions shall be held at a location within the Municipality of Anchorage, but only until
suitable facilities within the Matanuska-Susitna Borough become available. Special sessions may
be held elsewhere in the state, if necessary, in accord with AS 24.05.100(b).
(b) The legislature shall convene each year on the second
Monday in January at 10:00 a.m., except that following a gubernatorial election year, the
legislature shall convene on the third Tuesday in January, at 10:00 a.m. Each legislature shall
have a duration of two years and shall consist of a "First Regular Session," which
shall meet in the odd-numbered years, and a ""Second Regular Session" which shall meet
in the even-numbered years, together with any special session or sessions that the governor or
legislature may find it necessary to call.
Section 2. Specific Conforming Amendments
The following Alaska statutes are amended as indicated:
(a) AS 24.05.100(b) is amended to substitute "at the
location provided in AS 24.05.090(a)" for "at the capital" in both locations
"at the capital" appears.
(b) The last sentence of AS 24.10.030 is amended to
substitute "session location" for "capital."
(c) AS 15.13.072(d)(2), AS 15.13.072(g), AS 24.10.130(a),
AS 24.60.030(a)(2)(E), AS 24.60.030(a)(5)(E), AS 24.60.031(a)(1), AS 24.60.031(a)(2),
AS 24.60.031(a)(3), and AS 24.60.080(c)(7) are amended to substitute "session location"
for "capital city" in all locations "capital city" appears.
(d) AS 24.45.041(b)(1) and AS 24.50.040 are amended to
substitute "session location" for "state capital" in all locations
"state capital" appears.
(e) AS 24.45.041(e) is amended to substitute "session
location" for "state capitol building."
(f) AS 24.50.010 is amended to delete "in the
(g) AS 44.06.050 is amended to delete "or the
legislature" in all locations "or the legislature" appears.
(g)(sic) The first sentence of AS 44.06.055 is amended
to delete "or the legislature," and to substitute "the capital" for "a
functioning state legislature or capital."
(h) AS 44.06.060 is amended to add "except for relocation
of legislative sessions" at the end of the existing section.
Section 3. General Conforming Amendment
Any and all additional provisions of the Alaska Statutes which
conflict with AS 24.05.090(a) are hereby amended to conform with AS 24.05.090(a). The revisor
of statutes for the State of Alaska is authorized and directed to make these corrections with
Section 4. Severability
The provisions of this Act are independent and severable, and
if any provision of this Act, or the applicability of any provision to any person or
circumstance, shall be held to be invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of
this Act shall not be affected and shall be given effect to the fullest extent practicable.
Section 5. Applicable Date
This Act applies to sessions of the legislature commencing
after January 1, 2005. The legislative sessions should be relocated earlier if practicable.