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Lynn's HB 348 Passes House Upon Reconsideration


Lynn’s HB 348 offers changes to vital deliberative body

Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State House today passed House Bill 348, legislation changing the selection process and composition of the State Personnel Board appointed by the Governor. Representative Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, sponsored the bill. It passed 29-10 on reconsideration.

HB 348 increases board membership from three to five members, having the governor select nominees from a list of candidates submitted by the Chief Justice of Alaska. It would ensure a diversity of opinion by including least one member from each of the two parties that have the largest number of registered voters, according to the measure

“The object of the bill is to help the board operate, or appear to operate, with greater independence when investigating and addressing complaints concerning the Executive Branch,” Lynn said.

“I think all of us are concerned about how ethics complaints are handled,” Lynn said. “The long and short of it is that the board, as currently constructed, lends itself to the criticism that it’s a creature of the governor rather than an independent body when it comes to investigating ethics complaints.”

HB 348 now heads to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.
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