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Board: State Officers Compensation Commission

Board identification number: 022


Authority: AS 39.23.500

Status: Active

Sunset date:

Requirements: No Legislative Confirmation or Financial Disclosure required

Prohibitions: A member of the commission may not be employed by the state, including the university of Alaska; serve as a member of another state board, commission, or authority; hold elective state or municipal office; and, may not in the four years preceding that member’s appointment, have served in an office or position for which the commission shall submit a recommendation under AS 39.23.540.

Term: 4 years

Chair: Board selects annually.

Description: The commission is composed of 5 members who are state residents appointed by the governor. One member shall be appointed from a list of two or more candidates submitted by the President of the Senate. One member shall be appointed from a list of two or more candidates submitted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Members serve for staggered terms of four years.

Function: The commission shall review the salaries, benefits, and allowances of members of the legislature, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each principal executive department head and prepare a report on its findings at least every two years, but not more frequently than every year. The commission shall notify the legislature that the report is available. The commission may request reports or studies from any state agency as to the rate and form of compensation, benefits, and allowances for legislators, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each executive department head. A state agency from which a report or a study is requested shall furnish it within a period of time prescribed by the commission. By November 15, the commission shall prepare its preliminary finding and recommendations for compensation. The commission shall make available to the governor and presiding officers of the legislature a final report during the first 10 days of a legislative session.

Special facts: Except as provided in AS 39.05.080(4), a vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term. A commission member may serve not more than two complete terms. The commission shall annually elect a member to chair its meetings. A majority of members constitutes a quorum. An affirmative vote of three members is required to approve recommendation. The commission shall meet at the call of the chair. Notice of a meeting shall be mailed to each member at least 20 days before the day scheduled for the meeting. The commission must meet at least twice before submitting its final report to the presiding officers.

Compensation: Standard Travel and Per Diem

Meetings: Call of the chair. Meet in the fall (Between September and January), usually for 4 or 5 meetings for 1/2 day each.

For further information and to reach individual members, contact:
Kate Sheehan
Division Director
State Officers Compensation Commission
P.O. Box 110201 MS-0201
Juneau, AK 99811-0201
Phone: (907) 465-4403

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