Ethics Training & Requirements

First Regular Session of the 29th Legislature

Pursuant to AS24.60.155, all legislators and legislative employees shall complete a legislative ethics course administered by the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics within 10 days of the first day of the First Regular Session of each Legislature

First time legislators and legislative employees starting service or employment will complete an ethics course which focuses on a fundamental understanding of the Legislative Ethics Act, AS24.60, and how to comply with it. 

Legislators and legislative employees who have previously completed ethics training are required to complete an ethics training course in 2015.

2015 ETHICS TRAINING SCHEDULE

WHO: New and Returning Non-Partisan Support Staff
(Such as, LAA Admin, Leg Audit Div, Finance Div, Ombudsman, and Victims’ Rights)
WHEN: TUESDAY, JANUARY 13 9:00AM - 11:00AM OR 2:00PM - 4:00PM
WHERE: Centennial Hall

WHO: New Legislators only
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14 1:30PM - 4:30PM
WHERE: TBD

WHO: New & Returning Staff working for the House and Senate
WHEN: THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 1:00PM - 4:30PM
WHERE: Centennial Hall

WHO: Returning Legislators
WHEN: MONDAY, JANUARY 19 2:00PM - 4:00PM OR TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 8:30AM - 10:30AM
WHERE: State Capitol—Butrovich/Fahrenkamp Room

WHO: Staff working for the House and Senate (Open to those who were unable to attend the January 15th training)
WHEN: THURSDAY, JANUARY 22 9:00AM - 11:30AM OR FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 1:00PM - 3:30PM
WHERE: TBD

Training for LIO staff, OMB, OVR, and others outside of Juneau, will be available via teleconference and/or in-person (in a classroom setting) at the Anchorage LIO in early February.  (Date & Time TBD)

New employees who are hired after the in-person training sessions are over in January, must complete training within 30 days of notification by the Ethics Office.

Those covered by the Legislative Ethics Act include:  
  • Legislators
  • Staff to legislators
  • Support staff to the Legislature (except hourly employees who work as tour guides, teleconference moderators, casual laborers, and supply movers).
    • Senate Secretary’s office
    • House Clerk’s office
    • House/Senate Records
    • Administrative Services
    • Information and Teleconferencing
    • Legal and Research
    • Reference Library
    • Print Shop
    • Supply
    • Maintenance
    • Information Services
    • Security
  • Finance Division
  • Audit Division.
  • Office of the Ombudsman
  • Office of Victims’ Rights
  • Public Members of the Ethics Committee

Alaska Statute 24.60.155.  Legislative Ethics Course.
A person who is a legislator, legislative employee, or public member of the committee shall complete a legislative ethics course administered by the committee under AS 24.60.150(a)(4) within 10 days of the first day of the first regular session of each legislature.  However, a person who first takes office or begins employment after the 10th day of the first regular session of a legislature shall complete the course required by this section within 30 days after the person’s first day of service and, thereafter, as required by this section.  The committee may grant a person additional time to complete the course required by this section.

Alaska Statute 24.60.150(a)(4).  Duties of the Committee.
The committee shall within 10 days of the first day of each regular session of the legislature and at other times determined by the committee, administer two types of legislative ethics courses that teach means of compliance with this chapter and are designed to give an understanding of this chapter’s purpose under AS 24.60.010; one course, for returning legislators, legislative employees, or public members of the committee, shall refresh knowledge and review compliance issues; a separate course shall be designed to give first-time legislators, legislative employees, public members of the committee a fundamental understanding of this chapter and how to comply with it.

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