Lynn Introduces HB 348
Bill would alter composition of State Personnel Board
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Rep. Bob Lynn today introduced HB 348, which changes the selection process and composition of the State Personnel Board appointed by the Governor.
The bill increases board membership from three to five members, with the governor selecting nominees from a list of candidates submitted by the Chief Justice of Alaska. It would also ensure a diversity of opinion by including least one board member from the two parties that received the high number of votes in the most recent gubernatorial election, 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 has been referred to the House State Affairs and Judiciary Committees.# # #