Council Approves Fully Accountable Office Plans

Alaska lawmakers have decided to make legislative office accounts fully accountable, reversing the current practice of having legislators administer the accounts on their own and keep whatever is left over.

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JUNEAU- Alaska lawmakers have decided to make legislative office accounts fully accountable, reversing the current practice of having legislators administer the accounts on their own and keep whatever is left over.

The current practice was set by the previous Legislative Council last December.
Rep. Mike Hawker took over as council chairman earlier this year. He researched options and said he concluded that having fully accountable office accounts was the only viable option to ensure full compliance with a state law that does not list leftover office money as part of a legislator's compensation.
The council on Thursday approved the change, which will take effect for 2014.
Fully accountable means legislators will submit receipts for expenses to the Legislative Affairs Agency and be reimbursed.

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