ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 165
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
July 11, 1996
I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the
authority of art. III, secs. 1 and 24 of the Alaska Constitution,
establish the Governor's Advisory Task Force on Civil Justice
Reform (Advisory Task Force).
The purpose of the Advisory Task Force is to provide recommendations
to the Governor on public policy and jurisprudence issues related
to the Alaska civil justice system, including civil liability
and insurance reform proposals, for the Governor's use in developing
a fair and legally sound bill to be submitted to and acted upon
by the Alaska legislature.
In formulating its recommendations, the Advisory Task Force
1. Evaluate the extent to which there have been significant
changes in the volume and type of civil liability case filings
in the Alaska Court System during the last decade and in the
amounts awarded by juries as damages for claims;
2. Review recent statutory civil liability and insurance reform
measures throughout the United States and assess the effects
of those reforms on litigants, on the courts, and on insurance
regulation and rates;
3. Analyze and assess recent proposals for civil liability
and applicable insurance reform in Alaska;
4. Review current Alaska law on civil liability issues and
applicable decisional law of the courts, and assess the need,
if any, to address problems by amending existing statutes and
5. Invite written public comment on civil liability, insurance
reform, and related topics and hold public hearings on these
No later than December 15, 1996, the Advisory Task Force shall
prepare and submit to the Governor a report making specific recommendations,
if appropriate, for legislative or administrative action, that
the Advisory Task Force concludes will accomplish the following
1. Make the system for determining civil liability more efficient
and reduce frivolous litigation;
2. Provide for fair and just, but not excessive, compensation
for injured victims without creating constitutional problems;
3. Lower liability insurance rates; and
4. Provide for reasonable punitive damage awards to deter
conduct and practices that harm innocent Alaskans, without chilling
the business environment or allowing excessive windfall recoveries.
The Advisory Task Force will consist of fifteen members appointed
by the Governor to serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
The Office of Management and Budget shall provide necessary
administrative support to the Advisory Task Force.
The Department of law will provide legal assistance to the
Advisory Task Force.
The Governor will designate a member of the Advisory Task
Force to serve as chair. Advisory Task Force members do not receive
compensation as a member of the Advisory Task Force. Members
of the Advisory Task Force who are not state employees are entitled
to per diem and travel expenses in the same manner permitted
for members of state boards and commissions. Per diem and travel
expenses for members of the Advisory Task Force who are appointed
as a member of a state agency are the responsibility of that
This Order takes effect immediately.
Dated this 11 day of July, 1996.