HJR 49: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska creating a highway fund.

00HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 49 01 Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska creating a 02 highway fund. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. Article IX, sec. 7, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended to read: 05  SECTION 7. DEDICATED FUNDS. The proceeds of any State [STATE] tax 06 or license shall not be dedicated to any special purpose, except as provided in Section 07 15 and Section 18 of this article or when required by the federal government for State 08 [STATE] participation in federal programs. This provision shall not prohibit the 09 continuance of any dedication for special purposes existing on April 24, 1956 [UPON 10 THE DATE OF RATIFICATION OF THIS SECTION BY THE PEOPLE OF 11 ALASKA]. 12 * Sec. 2. Article IX, Constitution of the State of Alaska, is amended by adding a new 13 section to read: 14  SECTION 18. HIGHWAY FUND. (a) The revenue received after June 30,

01 1997, from State taxes on fuel used for the propulsion of motor vehicles, less refunds, 02 credits, and the costs of collection of that tax as provided by law, shall be placed in 03 a highway fund. Except as provided in (d) of this section, the legislature may 04 appropriate money from the fund only for the maintenance of roads and highways by 05 the State or a local government. 06  (b) This section does not apply to revenue received from taxes that the State 07 collects on behalf of a local government. 08  (c) The legislature shall provide by law for the management and investment 09 of the fund balance. The income earned from the management and investment of the 10 fund shall be deposited into the fund. 11  (d) An appropriation from the fund for a public purpose other than one 12 described in (a) of this section may be made upon an affirmative vote of three-fifths 13 of the members of each house of the legislature. 14 * Sec. 3. The amendments proposed by this resolution shall be placed before the voters of 15 the state at the next general election in conformity with art. XIII, sec. 1, Constitution of the 16 State of Alaska, and the election laws of the state.