Enrolled HB 424: Relating to review by the Legislative Affairs Agency of certain state agency regulations proposed for adoption, amendment, or repeal under the Administrative Procedure Act; and repealing provisions relating to annulment of regulations.
00Enrolled HB 424 01 Relating to review by the Legislative Affairs Agency of certain state agency regulations 02 proposed for adoption, amendment, or repeal under the Administrative Procedure Act; and 03 repealing provisions relating to annulment of regulations. 04 _______________ 05 * Section 1. AS 18.56.088(a) is amended to read: 06 (a) Except for AS 44.62.310 and 44.62.312, regarding public meetings, [AND 07 AS 44.62.320(a) REGARDING LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF REGULATIONS,] 08 AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act) does not apply to this chapter. The 09 corporation shall make available to members of the public copies of the regulations 10 adopted under (b) - (e) of this section. Within 45 days after adoption, the chairman of 11 the board shall submit a regulation adopted under (b) - (e) of this section to the 12 chairman of the Administrative Regulation Review Committee under AS 24.20.400 - 13 24.20.460. [THE PROVISIONS OF AS 44.62.320(a) APPLY TO REGULATIONS 14 ADOPTED UNDER (b) - (e) OF THIS SECTION.]
01 * Sec. 2. AS 24.20 is amended by adding a new section to read: 02 Sec. 24.20.105. Review of proposed regulations. (a) The Legislative Affairs 03 Agency may review each proposed regulation that is subject to AS 44.62.010 - 04 44.62.300 (Administrative Procedure Act). A review of proposed regulations under 05 this section must be conducted by an attorney employed by that agency. 06 (b) Reviews shall be conducted under (a) of this section in the following order 07 of priority: 08 (1) proposed regulations that would implement newly enacted 09 legislation; 10 (2) proposed regulations requested in writing to be reviewed by a 11 standing committee, the Administrative Regulation Review Committee, or the 12 legislative council as implicating major policy development. 13 (c) Under AS 44.62.190(a)(7), the notice of proposed action, along with a 14 copy of the proposed regulation, shall be furnished electronically by the state agency 15 to the 16 (1) Legislative Affairs Agency; 17 (2) chairs of the standing committees with jurisdiction over the subject 18 of the proposed regulation; 19 (3) Administrative Regulation Review Committee; 20 (4) legislative council. 21 (d) Within available staff resources and priorities set by the legislative council, 22 the Legislative Affairs Agency shall assign one or more attorneys to conduct a review 23 of proposed regulations. The review shall evaluate 24 (1) the legality and constitutionality of the proposed regulation; 25 (2) whether the state agency has statutory authority to adopt the 26 proposed regulation to implement, interpret, make specific, or otherwise carry out a 27 statute; and 28 (3) whether the proposed regulation is consistent with the applicable 29 statutes. 30 (e) In conducting its review under this section, the assigned attorney may 31 consult with the Department of Law, the committee or council that requests the review
01 under (b)(2) of this section, and the state agency proposing the regulation change. If 02 the assigned attorney determines that the proposed action fails to meet the standards 03 set out in (d) of this section, the assigned attorney shall notify, in writing, the 04 Department of Law, the state agency, the Administrative Regulation Review 05 Committee, the president of the senate, and the speaker of the house of 06 representatives. 07 (f) In addition to the review specified in (d) of this section, the assigned 08 attorney shall notify the Administrative Regulation Review Committee, the president 09 of the senate, and the speaker of the house of representatives of any provision of the 10 proposed regulation that may be inconsistent with legislative intent and appropriate for 11 additional legislative oversight as a result. 12 (g) Except as provided in this section, the Legislative Affairs Agency may not 13 release any information regarding its review of a proposed regulation under this 14 section. 15 (h) The process of review of a proposed regulation under this section does not 16 affect a state agency's authority to complete its proposed action regarding the 17 regulation. Suggestions for changes to a proposed regulation made by the Legislative 18 Affairs Agency are not binding on a state agency. 19 (i) No action may be brought for the failure of the Legislative Affairs Agency 20 to conduct a legal review under this section. 21 (j) The provisions of (b) - (i) of this section do not apply to proposed 22 regulations of the Board of Game or the Board of Fisheries. 23 (k) In this section, "proposed regulation" means a proposed adoption, 24 amendment, or repeal of a regulation. 25 * Sec. 3. AS 24.20.400 is amended to read: 26 Sec. 24.20.400. Administrative Regulation Review Committee established. 27 The Administrative Regulation Review Committee is established as a permanent 28 interim committee of the legislature. The establishment of the committee recognizes 29 the need for prompt legislative review of administrative regulations filed by the 30 lieutenant governor [TO DETERMINE WHETHER ANNULMENT UNDER 31 AS 44.62.320 IS APPROPRIATE].
01 * Sec. 4. AS 40.25.120(a) is amended by adding a new paragraph to read: 02 (11) the written notification regarding a proposed regulation provided 03 under AS 24.20.105 to the Department of Law and the affected state agency and 04 communications between the Legislative Affairs Agency, the Department of Law, and 05 the affected state agency under AS 24.20.105. 06 * Sec. 5. AS 44.62.190(a) is amended to read: 07 (a) At least 30 days before the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a regulation, 08 notice of the proposed action shall be 09 (1) published in the newspaper of general circulation or trade or 10 industry publication that the state agency prescribes and posted on the Alaska Online 11 Public Notice System; in the discretion of the state agency giving the notice, the 12 requirement of publication in a newspaper or trade or industry publication may be 13 satisfied by using a combination of publication and broadcasting; when broadcasting 14 the notice, an agency may use an abbreviated form of the notice if the broadcast 15 provides the name and date of the newspaper or trade or industry journal and the 16 Internet address of the Alaska Online Public Notice System where the full text of the 17 notice can be found; 18 (2) furnished to every person who has filed a request for notice of 19 proposed action with the state agency; 20 (3) if the agency is within a department, furnished to the commissioner 21 of the department; 22 (4) when appropriate in the judgment of the agency, 23 (A) furnished to a person or group of persons whom the agency 24 believes is interested in the proposed action; and 25 (B) published in the additional form and manner the state 26 agency prescribes; 27 (5) furnished to the Department of Law together with a copy of the 28 proposed regulation, amendment, or order of repeal for the department's use in 29 preparing the opinion required after adoption and before filing by AS 44.62.060; 30 (6) furnished by electronic format, if the state agency has the 31 technological capability, to all incumbent State of Alaska legislators, and furnished to
01 the Legislative Affairs Agency; if the state agency does not have the technological 02 capability to furnish the notice by electronic format to the legislators, the state agency 03 shall furnish the notice to the legislators by other means; 04 (7) furnished by electronic format, along with a copy of the 05 proposed regulation, amendment, or order of repeal, as required by 06 AS 24.20.105(c). 07 * Sec. 6. AS 44.88.085(a) is amended to read: 08 (a) Except for AS 44.62.310 and 44.62.312 regarding public meetings, [AND 09 EXCEPT FOR AS 44.62.320(a) REGARDING LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF 10 REGULATIONS,] the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act regarding the 11 adoption of regulations (AS 44.62.040 - 44.62.320) do not apply to the authority. The 12 authority shall make available to members of the public copies of the regulations 13 adopted under this section. Within 45 days after adoption of a regulation under this 14 section, the chairman of the authority shall submit the regulation adopted to the 15 chairman of the Administrative Regulation Review Committee under AS 24.20.400 - 16 24.20.460. 17 * Sec. 7. AS 24.20.460(5) and AS 44.62.320(a) are repealed.