HB 307 Includes Consumer Protections for National Guard Members
Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature unanimously passed a bill to update Alaska’s Code of Military Justice (ACMJ) to mirror recent updates to the Federal Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. House Bill 307 builds on the 2016 ACMJ update, which was the first major update to the code since it was created in 1955. HB 307 was sponsored by House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage).
“This update to the Alaska Code of Military Justice is supported by the top brass of the Alaska National Guard who testified that it’s needed to maintain good order and discipline,” said Rep. Tuck. “I am especially pleased the bill includes additional financial safeguards so that things like home or vehicle leases and cellphone contracts can’t decimate a National Guard member’s finances when they are called to active duty. These brave men and women must stand ready at a moment’s notice to protect Alaska. I don’t think it’s fair that their credit rating and financial future can be forever harmed if they fall behind on their cellphone bill while on active duty.”
HB 307 updates recognized crimes under the Alaska Code of Military Justice and details offenses that are subject to court-martial proceedings. The bill also creates a procedure for service members to register as a sex offender. Additionally, the bill updates consumer protections for Alaska National Guard members called to active duty.
House Bill 307 passed the Alaska State Senate today by a unanimous vote of 19-0. The bill passed the Alaska House of Representatives in February by a unanimous vote of 37-0. After a concurrence vote, HB 307 will be sent to Alaska Governor Bill Walker for his signature.
For more information, please contact Kendra Kloster in Rep. Tuck’s office at (907) 465-3579.