2024 Resolutions

These resolutions address changes to State and Federal policies in order to promote maximum self-governance and address the challenges of Alaska’s local governments. AML’s Legislative Committee works with staff and our lobbying team to advance these efforts, following the direction of the AML Board of Directors.

AML resolutions are member-driven and adopted by a majority of members participating in the Annual Business Meeting. Carryforward resolutions are reconsidered annually and adopted if still relevant.

EDUCATION

AML Resolution 2019-01 Community Dividend: In support of full funding from the State of Alaska for school bond debt reimbursement and State aid for construction in Regional Education Attendance Areas.

AML Resolution 2020-04 Education Local Contribution: Opposing any increase to the required minimum local contribution or decreases to State funding levels; removing the maximum local contribution allowable; and considering Impact Aid as part of the local contribution.

AML Resolution 2020-07 Fund School Bond Debt Reimbursement: Supporting full payment of currently obligated school bond debt reimbursement; a reinstatement of the school bond debt reimbursement program; and a careful and deliberate reform of State support of school construction and maintenance.

AML Resolution 2021-05 New Approach to Public Education and Funding: Encouraging collaboration in public education, and sufficient and consistent funding.

AML Resolution 2023-11 School Consolidation: Supporting the ability for school districts to consolidate facilities without penalty.

AML Resolution 2023-12 Increase and Inflation-Proof BSA: Requesting that the State increase and inflation-proof the BSA.

Resolution 2024-01 Support Possible Legal Action for Public Education: In support of possible legal action to determine the full extent of the State’s constitutional obligation to provide for a system of public education.

 

FISCAL

AML Resolution 2019-07 Broad-Based Tax: Supporting the State’s implementation of a broad-based tax.

AML Resolution 2020-12 PFD Consensus: Supporting the Legislature’s efforts toward consensus on the Permanent Fund Dividend.

AML Resolution 2020-14 Local Control of Tax Authority: Opposing any State action that would diminish the ability of local governments to tax or receive a share of State tax on local economic activity.

AML Resolution 2021-03 Sustainable Draw From Earnings Reserve: In support of a sustainable draw from the Permanent Fund’s Earnings Reserve.

AML Resolution 2021-07 Increased Funding for LEPCs: Requesting increased funding for local emergency planning committees and preparedness.

AML Resolution 2021-08 Balanced Approach to Fiscal Challenges: In support of a balanced approach to the State’s deficit and continuing fiscal challenges.

AML Resolution 2023-05 PERS TRS Unfunded Liability: Supporting the sustainability of Community Assistance.

AML Resolution 2023-06 State Spending Cap: Expressing concern about consideration of a State spending cap.

MAXIMIZING LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT

AML Resolution 2020-01 Legislature Meet as Assembly of Unorganized Borough: Encouraging the Legislature to meet as the Assembly of the Unorganized Borough, and to take up its governance as required by the Constitution.

AML Resolution 2020-09 Maximize Local Control: Supporting the effort to maximize local self-government, respect local control, and encourage the State to provide funding for the adoption of powers and incorporation, including borough formation where feasible.

AML Resolution 2021-01 Local Governments are Partners: In support of a legislative process that recognizes local governments as partners.

AML Resolution 2021-13 Standards for Unorganized Boroughs: In support for establishing standards and regulations for unorganized boroughs.

AML Resolution 2023-03 Local Boundry Commission: Urging the Governor and Legislature to exercise oversight of the Local Boundary Commission.

PERS/TRS

AML Resolution 2019-11 One-Time PERS Payoff: Requesting a one-time payoff of PERS arrearages.

AML Resolution 2020-05 PERS Reform: Expressing support for reform to PERS that includes a complete pay-down of the unfunded liability; conditionally, requesting that the State also conduct termination studies, small or struggling employers be allowed to opt out of the system, and that the high interest rate on non-payment be eliminated.

AML Resolution 2023-05 PERS TRS Unfunded Liability: Opposing any changes to PERS/TRS that increase the unfunded liability and supporting additional State contributions that reduce the non-state employer share.

PUBLIC HEALTH

AML Resolution 2021-06 Statewide Comprehensive Health Initiative: Supporting a statewide comprehensive Alaska health initiative.

Resolution 2024-02 PFAS Clean Up: Requesting that the State of Alaska develop and implement a PFAS collection and clean-up effort.

Resolution 2024-08 Legislative Action on Housing: Requesting the Alaska State Legislature encourage economic development through housing investments and policymaking.

Resolution 2024-09 Legislative Action on Homelessness: Requesting the Alaska State Legislature assist communities in addressing homelessness.

Resolution 2024-11 Legislative Action on Behavioral Health Needs: Requesting the Alaska State Legislature invest resources to address the state’s behavioral health needs, from crisis response to community-based services.

ENERGY

AML Resolution 2019-05 Alaska Renewable Energy Fund: Supporting increased investment in the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund.

AML Resolution 2021-04 Transfer PCE Endowment Assets and Responsibilities: Recommending the transfer of PCE endowment assets and distribution responsibilities.

AML Resolution 2022-04 Review PCE Program for Clean Energy Communities: Encouraging the Legislature and State to conduct a timely review and make adjustments to the Power Cost Equalization (PCE) program.

AML Resolution 2023-13 Bulk Fuel Loans: Supporting the reduction of the interest rate on bulk fuel loans and increasing the cap.

Resolution 2024-10 Coastal Infrastructure GO Bond: requesting the Alaska State Legislature approve a coastal infrastructure general obligation bond for the 2024 election.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Resolution 2020-13 Alaska Universal Service Fund: Supporting the sustainability of the Alaska Universal Service Fund (AUSF) and increased investment in rural infrastructure and affordability.

AML Resolution 2021-11 Full Funding of Harbor Facility Grants: In support of full funding for the Municipal Harbor Facility Grant Program.

AML Resolution 2023-10 State Match for Local Government Infrastructure Grants: Supporting State provision of non-federal match for local government infrastructure projects, and to address gaps in federal infrastructure funding.

AML Resolution 2023-14 Reform RUBA: In support of reform of the State’s best practices program.

AML Resolution 2023-15 RTPOs: Supporting statutory change to allow for the implementation of Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs).

AML Resolution 2023-18 BroadbandSupporting increased statewide broadband connectivity.

MUNICIPAL POWERS

AML Resolution 2019-02 Fund Mandatory Exemptions: Requesting funding of the Senior Citizen’s/Disabled Veteran’s property tax exemption.

AML Resolution 2019-04 Mandatory Disclosure: Supporting legislation adopting real property sales disclosure in Alaska.

AML Resolution 2019-07 Broad-Based Tax: Requesting that Title 29 be amended to remove the audit requirement for Community Assistance, and provide a one-time waiver of past audit requirements.

AML Resolution 2020-08 Allow Local Governments to Accept Federal Funds: Encouraging the State of Alaska to develop a plan to transfer authority to accept federal funds from the State directly to local governments or their designee.

AML Resolution 2020-17 Reasonable Interest Rates on Tax Refunds: Supporting amendments to AS 29.45.500 to require municipalities to pay reasonable interest on tax refunds.

AML Resolution 2021-21 Review Optional Exemptions: Requesting that the Legislature review and make optional current mandatory exemptions.

AML Resolution 2023-01 Public Records Requests: Calling for legislation to protect public interest by lessening the burden of commercial public records requests.

AML Resolution 2023-02 Small Population City Councils: In support of reducing the number of required city council officials.

AML Resolution 2023-07 Presumptions of Liability: Support for full funding of State-directed presumptions of liability, including the consideration of a Trust.

AML Resolution 2023-09 Municipal Lands Program: In support of accelerating the transfer of State lands to local governments.

AML Resolution 2023-16 Regulate Trapping: Supporting the authority of local governments to regulate trapping activities where reasonably necessary for public safety.

AML Resolution 2024-03 Public Sector Recruitment & Retention: In support of a strategic workforce recruitment and retention effort by and with the State of Alaska to correct high public sector vacancy rates.

AML Resolution 2024-04 Municipal & School District Fiscal Notes: In support of requiring the Legislature to include fiscal notes that quantify costs to municipalities and school districts in legislation that impacts these entities.

AML Resolution 2024-05 Prompt Payments from SOA: In support of legislation that requires prompt payment of contracted and formula funding obligations, including the distribution of Community Assistance.

PUBLIC SAFETY

AML Resolution 2020-03 Support VPO and VPSOs and Rural Public Safety: Expressing support for rural law enforcement efforts such as the VPO and VPSO program, while recognizing the need for increased investment and the potential for reform to ensure both public safety and the sustainability of law enforcement efforts in rural Alaska.

AML Resolution 2021-09 Increased Funding for Community Jails and VPOs: In support of increased funding for community and regional jails, and a base level of funding for Village Police Officers.

AML Resolution 2023-08 Public Safety Matching Funds: Supporting the establishment of public safety matching funds by the State.

FEDERAL

AML Resolution 2020-10 Secure Rural Schools Reform: Supporting reform of the USDA Forest Service Secure Rural Schools program to include long-term certainty and sustainability of funding.

AML Resolution 2020-11 Reform PILT Funding Formula: In support of reform of the PILT funding formula to extend multipliers to smaller population counties (boroughs), and permanently authorizing the program.

Resolution 2024-06 Bathymetric Mapping: In support of expanded funding for NOAA and partners to complete mapping and bathymetry of Alaska’s coastal zone.

Resolution 2024-07 Improve HUD Programs: In support of changes to HUD regulations to increase participation of Alaska local governments in HUD-funded programs.