Alaskans Invited To Witness Long-Awaited Ethics Reform Become Law

Anchorage – Alaska Governor Bill Walker will sign a bill Thursday evening in Anchorage to strengthen the conflict of interest standards for members of the Alaska Legislature. House Bill 44, sponsored by Representative Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage), also prohibits lawmakers from collecting per diem payments after the 121-day Constitutional deadline for the length of legislative sessions unless the state’s operating budget is passed.

HB 44 changes current state law by requiring all lawmakers to declare a potential conflict of interest before taking action in legislative committees. The bill updates the conflict of interest standards for lawmakers by expanding the definition to include votes that would financially benefit a legislator’s immediate family, employer, and employers of immediate family members.

The public and media are welcome to attend Thursday’s event. The actual bill signing ceremony is scheduled to take place at 5:15 p.m.

WHO: Alaska Governor Bill Walker, Rep. Jason Grenn, and ethics reform stakeholders

WHAT: House Bill 44 bill signing ceremony and celebration

WHERE: Jewel Lake Park in Anchorage

WHEN: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 2018

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Deputy Press Secretary Drew Cason at (907) 575-2068.