SCR 16: Creating and relating to the Economic Development Planning Commission.
00 SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 16 01 Creating and relating to the Economic Development Planning Commission. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the state has a significant need for economic development; and 04 WHEREAS it would be beneficial to the state and its citizens to develop visions and 05 strategies to encourage economic development; and 06 WHEREAS Wyoming, North Dakota, Indiana, and Oregon, among other states, have 07 taken steps to integrate private sector leadership into economic development efforts 08 administered by their state governments; and 09 WHEREAS multiple economic development strategic planning initiatives are 10 underway in Alaska, including the Alaska Partnership for Economic Development's Alaska 11 Forward Initiative and the Governor's Legacy Initiative; 12 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature establishes in the legislative 13 branch the Economic Development Planning Commission to develop and recommend to the 14 Governor and to the legislature visions and strategies that will encourage economic 15 development in the state; and be it 16 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska Legislative Council shall provide adequate
01 staffing for the commission; and be it 02 FURTHER RESOLVED that the commission shall consist of the following 03 members: 04 (1) one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the chair or 05 jointly by the co-chairs of the House Finance Committee; 06 (2) one member of the Senate appointed by the chair or jointly by the co- 07 chairs of the Senate Finance Committee; 08 (3) two public members appointed by the Speaker of the House of 09 Representatives who are not officers of the state or employed by officers of the state, who are 10 working in the private sector, and who possess business expertise and demonstrated 11 leadership skills; 12 (4) two public members appointed by the President of the Senate who are not 13 officers of the state or employed by officers of the state, who are working in the private 14 sector, and who possess business expertise and demonstrated leadership skills; 15 (5) one public member with private sector business expertise and 16 demonstrated leadership skills, appointed by the chair or jointly by the co-chairs of the House 17 Finance Committee; 18 (6) one public member with private sector business expertise and 19 demonstrated leadership skills, appointed by the chair or jointly by the co-chairs of the Senate 20 Finance Committee; 21 (7) the commissioner of commerce, community, and economic development, 22 ex officio, or the commissioner's designee; 23 (8) the commissioner of labor and workforce development, ex officio, or the 24 commissioner's designee; and be it 25 FURTHER RESOLVED that appointed public members of the commission serve 26 without compensation but are entitled to per diem and travel expenses authorized for boards 27 and commissions under AS 39.20.180; and be it 28 FURTHER RESOLVED that a vacancy in the commission shall be promptly filled 29 in accordance with the requirements applicable to the original commission member who left 30 the office; and be it 31 FURTHER RESOLVED that the commission shall
01 (1) review recommendations produced by various economic development 02 planning processes, including the Alaska Forward Initiative, the Governor's Legacy Initiative, 03 and others, advise the legislature on its potential role in implementing the vision or the plans 04 or both, and provide draft legislation to accomplish the recommendations; 05 (2) consider and make recommendations regarding methods, programs, and 06 financing that may be used by the state to foster economic development; 07 (3) prepare proposed legislation to carry out recommendations of the 08 commission that the commission determines may need to be implemented by law; 09 (4) present its recommendations and proposed legislation to the legislative 10 budget and audit committee not later than June 30, 2011; and be it 11 FURTHER RESOLVED that the commission may, after considering the 12 recommendations in the Alaska Forward Initiative, the Legacy Initiative, and other economic 13 development strategies, prepare legislation to restructure economic development activities of 14 state government so that those functions are moved from existing state agencies to a 15 (1) newly created public corporation or a newly created department; or 16 (2) division within the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic 17 Development; and be it 18 FURTHER RESOLVED that the commission is authorized to begin work 19 immediately on the appointment of the members who are appointees or on March 15, 2010, 20 whichever date is earlier, and is terminated on June 30, 2011.