SB 148: "An Act relating to allowable absences for certain members of the armed forces and their spouses and dependents for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends; and providing for an effective date."
00 SENATE BILL NO. 148 01 "An Act relating to allowable absences for certain members of the armed forces and 02 their spouses and dependents for purposes of eligibility for permanent fund dividends; 03 and providing for an effective date." 04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 05 * Section 1. AS 43.23.008(a) is amended to read: 06 (a) Subject to (b) and (c) of this section, an otherwise eligible individual who 07 is absent from the state during the qualifying year remains eligible for a current year 08 permanent fund dividend if the individual was absent 09 (1) receiving secondary or postsecondary education on a full-time 10 basis; 11 (2) receiving vocational, professional, or other specific education on a 12 full-time basis for which, as determined by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary 13 Education, a comparable program is not reasonably available in the state; 14 (3) serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the
01 United States or accompanying, as that individual's spouse, minor dependent, or 02 disabled dependent, an individual who is 03 (A) serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces 04 of the United States; and 05 (B) eligible for a current year dividend; 06 (4) serving under foreign or coastal articles of employment aboard an 07 oceangoing vessel of the United States merchant marine; 08 (5) receiving continuous medical treatment recommended by a 09 licensed physician or convalescing as recommended by the physician that treated the 10 illness if the treatment or convalescence is not based on a need for climatic change; 11 (6) providing care for a parent, spouse, sibling, child, or stepchild with 12 a critical life-threatening illness whose treatment plan, as recommended by the 13 attending physician, requires travel outside the state for treatment at a medical 14 specialty complex; 15 (7) providing care for the individual's terminally ill parent, spouse, 16 sibling, child, or stepchild; 17 (8) settling the estate of the individual's deceased parent, spouse, 18 sibling, child, or stepchild, provided the absence does not exceed 220 cumulative days; 19 (9) serving as a member of the United States Congress; 20 (10) serving on the staff of a member from this state of the United 21 States Congress; 22 (11) serving as an employee of the state in a field office or other 23 location; 24 (12) accompanying a minor who is absent under (5) of this subsection; 25 (13) accompanying another eligible resident who is absent for a reason 26 permitted under (1), (2) [(1) - (3)], (5) - (12), or (14) of this subsection as the spouse, 27 minor dependent, or disabled dependent of the eligible resident; 28 (14) for any reason consistent with the individual's intent to remain a 29 state resident, provided the absence or cumulative absences do not exceed 30 (A) 180 days in addition to any absence or cumulative 31 absences claimed under (3) of this subsection if the individual is not
01 claiming an absence under (1), (2), or (4) - (13) [(1) - (13)] of this subsection; 02 (B) 120 days in addition to any absence or cumulative absences 03 claimed under (1) - (3) [(1) OR (2)] of this subsection if the individual is not 04 claiming an absence under (4) - (13) [(3) - (13)] of this subsection but is 05 claiming an absence under (1) or (2) of this subsection; or 06 (C) 45 days in addition to any absence or cumulative absences 07 claimed under (1) - (13) of this subsection if the individual is claiming an 08 absence under (4) - (13) of this subsection. 09 * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 10 read: 11 APPLICATIONS. Notwithstanding permanent fund dividend application procedures 12 or deadlines, an individual who qualifies for a dividend for 2003 because of the amendment to 13 AS 43.23.008(a) made in sec. 1 of this Act, or who may apply on behalf of another who 14 qualifies because of the amendment, may apply for the dividend by September 15, 2003. The 15 Department of Revenue shall prepare a form for applications under this section. 16 * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to 17 read: 18 RETROACTIVITY. Section 1 of this Act is retroactive to January 1, 2002. 19 * Sec. 4. This Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).