House Moves to Change Makeup of State Personnel Board
|Lynn's HB 348 Offers Changes to Vital Deliberative Body|
Posted: April 7, 2010
(Juneau) - 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.
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 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.
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