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Board: Alaska Public Offices Commission

Board identification number: 087


Authority: AS 15.13.020; AS 39.50.200

Status: Active

Sunset date:

Requirements: Legislative Confirmation and Financial Disclosure

Prohibitions: Members are limited to one full term (a person appointed to fill the unexpired term of a predecessor may be appointed to a successive full five-year term), may not hold or campaign for elective office or make contributions. See AS 15.13.020 for additional restrictions.

Term: 5 years

Chair: Board selects.

Description: The commission consists of 5 members appointed by Governor: 2 from each of the two political parties whose candidate for Governor received highest number of votes in the most recent preceding general election at which a Governor was elected (the two appointees from each of these two parties shall be chosen from a list of four names to be submitted by the central committee of each party); 1 member nominated by majority vote of the members of the Commission. Members elect the chair of the commission. Vacancies are filled within 30 days.

Function: The commission administers laws upholding the public’s right to know the financial affairs of lobbyists and their employers, and of candidates and public officials at the state and municipal level. Adopts regulations, issues formal advisory opinions, recommends legislative changes, adjudicates requests to reduce civil penalties assessed by staff for late filing of disclosure reports. Assesses penalties for substantial noncompliance with reporting requirements, recommends removal from the ballot or office in accordance with law, and adjudicates complaints through approval of settlements, civil penalty assessments, and through public hearings under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Special facts: A quorum consists of 3 members and gives a biennial report to Legislature. The commission is a quasi-judicial, regulatory agency.

Compensation: Standard Travel and Per Diem Receive honorarium of $50 per day.

Meetings: 4-6 times per year; 3 meetings per year minimum. Commission met for 24 days total in 2011.

For further information and to reach individual members, contact:
Heather Hebdon
Executive Director
2221 East Northern Lights Boulevard, Room 128

Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 334-1729
Fax: (907) 276-7018

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