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29th Legislature(2015-2016)

Bill Text 29th Legislature

00                             HOUSE BILL NO. 233                                                                          
01 "An Act establishing the Alaska Climate Change Commission; and relating to the                                          
02 powers and duties of the Alaska Climate Change Commission."                                                             
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 44.19 is amended by adding new sections to read:                                                   
05            Sec. 44.19.650. Establishment of commission; composition. (a) The Alaska                                   
06       Climate Change Commission is established in the Office of the Governor.                                           
07            (b)  The commission consists of nine members as follows:                                                     
08                 (1)  the commissioner of fish and game or the commissioner's designee;                                  
09                 (2)  the commissioner of environmental conservation or the                                              
10       commissioner's designee;                                                                                          
11                 (3)  the commissioner of natural resources or the commissioner's                                        
12       designee;                                                                                                         
13                 (4)  the director of the division of community and regional affairs or the                              
14       director's designee;                                                                                              
01                 (5)  two climate scientists holding PhDs who are affiliated with an                                     
02       academic or nonprofit institution, at least one of whom is a resident of the state,                               
03       appointed by the governor;                                                                                        
04                 (6)  three public members appointed by the governor.                                                    
05            (c)  Members appointed under (b)(5) and (6) of this section                                                  
06                 (1)  shall serve staggered terms of three years;                                                        
07                 (2)  serve at the pleasure of the governor; and                                                         
08                 (3)  may be reappointed.                                                                                
09            (d)  A vacancy shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.                               
10       A person appointed to a vacancy serves for the unexpired portion of the term.                                     
11            (e)  The commission shall, by majority vote of the membership, elect a chair                                 
12       and other officers it considers necessary from among its membership to serve on a                                 
13       yearly basis.                                                                                                     
14            (f)  The member agencies shall provide staff and administrative support to the                               
15       commission.                                                                                                       
16            Sec. 44.19.652. Compensation. Members of the commission serve without                                      
17       compensation but are entitled to per diem and travel expenses authorized for boards                               
18       and commissions under AS 39.20.180.                                                                             
19            Sec. 44.19.654. Meetings. A majority of the members constitutes a quorum for                               
20       conducting business and exercising the powers of the commission. The commission                                   
21       shall meet at least quarterly, at the call of the chair, at the request of the majority of the                    
22       members, or at a regularly scheduled time as determined by a majority of the                                      
23       members. The commission shall keep a record of its proceedings and make these                                     
24       records available for public inspection.                                                                        
25            Sec. 44.19.656. Powers and duties of the commission. (a) The commission                                    
26       shall advise the Office of the Governor on the preparation and implementation of a                                
27       statewide climate change strategy. The commission shall make recommendations for                                  
28       building the state's knowledge of the actual and foreseeable effects of climate change                            
29       in the state, developing appropriate measures and policies to prepare communities in                              
30       the state for the anticipated effects of climate change, and providing guidance                                   
31       regarding the state's participation in regional and national efforts addressing the causes                        
01       and effects of climate change. To accomplish this purpose, the commission shall                                   
02                 (1)  assemble scientific research, modeling, and mapping information in                                 
03       ways that will help the public and policymakers understand the actual and projected                               
04       effects of climate change in the state, including the time frames in which those effects                          
05       are likely to take place;                                                                                         
06                 (2)  prioritize climate change research in the state to best meet the                                   
07       needs of the public and policymakers;                                                                             
08                 (3)  develop the most effective means of informing, and generating a                                    
09       dialogue with, the public regarding climate change in the state;                                                  
10                 (4)  develop an early assessment and action plan addressing climate                                     
11       change effects on coastal and other vulnerable communities in the state;                                          
12                 (5)  develop policies and measures to reduce the likelihood or                                          
13       magnitude of damage to infrastructure in the state from the effects of climate change;                            
14                 (6)  provide recommendations that address foreseeable changes to the                                    
15       marine environment, the quantity, quality, and location of fish and game in the state,                            
16       and the productivity of forests and agricultural land in the state related to climate                             
17       change;                                                                                                           
18                 (7)  evaluate and recommend responses to the risks of new or                                            
19       increasing disease and pests related to climate change in the state;                                              
20                 (8)  identify federal and state mechanisms for financing climate change                                 
21       activities in the state, including research and adaptation projects;                                              
22                 (9)  describe the potential benefits of state participation in regional,                                
23       national, and international climate policy agreements and greenhouse gas registries;                              
24                 (10)  identify opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from                                    
25       in-state sources, including the expanded use of alternative fuels, energy conservation,                           
26       energy efficiency, renewable energy, land use management, and transportation                                      
27       planning, provided that the identified opportunities do not cause appreciable adverse                             
28       effects on fish and wildlife habitat;                                                                             
29                 (11)  support aggressive efforts toward development of an in-state                                      
30       natural gas pipeline to commercialize clean-burning, low-carbon natural gas reserves;                             
31                 (12)  identify opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from                                    
01       the operations of state government;                                                                               
02                 (13)  identify opportunities for the state to participate in carbon-trading                             
03       markets, including the offering of carbon sequestration;                                                          
04                 (14)  identify economic opportunities for the state that might emerge as                                
05       a result of the growing response to the global challenge of climate change; and                                   
06                 (15)  identify other policies and measures that the commission                                          
07       considers helpful to achieve the objectives of this section.                                                      
08            (b)  The commission may                                                                                      
09                 (1)  recommend legislative and administrative action on climate change                                  
10       strategy; and                                                                                                     
11                 (2)  select and retain the services of consultants as necessary.                                        
12            Sec. 44.19.658. Annual report and recommendations. The commission shall                                    
13       submit to the governor and the legislature an annual report of its guidance developed                             
14       under AS 44.19.656 for the previous calendar year that includes any recommendations                               
15       for legislative and administrative action. The commission shall submit a report                                   
16       provided under this section not later than February 1 of each year. The commission                                
17       shall deliver the report to the senate secretary and the chief clerk of the house of                              
18       representatives and notify the legislature that the report is available.                                          
19            Sec. 44.19.660. Definition. In AS 44.19.650 - 44.19.660, "commission" means                                
20       the Alaska Climate Change Commission.                                                                             
21    * Sec. 2. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
22 read:                                                                                                                   
23       ALASKA CLIMATE CHANGE COMMISSION; STAGGERED TERMS.                                                                
24 Notwithstanding AS 39.05.055, the governor shall appoint the initial public and scientist                               
25 members of the Alaska Climate Change Commission established under AS 44.19.650 to                                       
26 staggered terms as follows:                                                                                             
27            (1)  one public member and one scientist member shall be appointed to serve                                  
28 three years;                                                                                                            
29            (2)  one public member and one scientist member shall be appointed to serve                                  
30 two years; and                                                                                                          
31            (3)  one public member shall be appointed to serve one year.                                                 
01    * Sec. 3. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to                          
02 read:                                                                                                                   
03       TRANSITION: WRITTEN INFORMATION FROM CLIMATE CHANGE SUB-                                                          
04 CABINET. The governor shall provide all written reports, recommendations, and research                                  
05 developed by the Climate Change Sub-Cabinet established under Administrative Order No.                                  
06 238 to the Alaska Climate Change Commission established under AS 44.19.650 within 30                                    
07 days after the effective date of this Act.                                                                              
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