ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 20
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
April 28, 1973
Recent increases in housing rentals, commodity prices, and
service costs in Alaska appear to be imposing severe economic
hardship upon many of our citizens. The Federal Economic Stabilization
Program, particularly since the lifting of the rent freeze at
the close of Phase II in January, has not significantly ameliorated
the predicament which many tenants and consumers are suffering.
Accordingly, I have today formed by this Order an Office of
Rent, Price, and Costs Review within the Office of the Governor.
This Office will function under my direction and is charged with
the following responsibilities:
(1) to solicit and review information from Alaskans
concerning rents, commodity prices, and service costs (through
the agencies described in (4) below);
(2) to examine the nature and causes of inflation
(3) to conduct studies to determine the feasibility
of various measures by which to rectify the serious economic
disadvantages faced by tenants and consumers and to restore by
the application of external devices a rational economic balance
in landlord-tenant and consumer relationships. Among those actions
to be undertaken are:
(a) formulation of proposed legislation for instituting
a freeze or rollback when findings of fact show such action to
be necessary in the public interest;
(b) formulation of proposed measures for the disclosure
of rent, price, and cost increases and of the circumstances surrounding
(c) other actions that may be applicable toward checking
the rise of rents, prices, and costs in Alaska.
(4) I hereby direct the Division of Planning and
Research, under the authority granted it under AS 44.19.880 (1)
and (6), and the Consumer Protection Section of the Department
of Law, to furnish such information and staff assistance as deemed
necessary by the Office created by this Order.
Dated this 28th day of April, 1973.
S/S WILLIAM A. EGAN
WILLIAM A. EGAN
Governor of Alaska