Senator plans bill aimed at service member PFDs

An Anchorage senator plans to introduce legislation allowing for active-duty military members who have lived out of the state for over 10 years to receive Permanent Fund Dividends.

Sen. Bill Wielechowski says the proposal seeks to make the statement that the state appreciates military members’ service.

Under current law, anyone who was allowably absent for education, military or other reasons for 10 straight years is not eligible for dividends. Wielechowski’s bill would create an exclusion for active duty members, though they still would have to meet other eligibility requirements.

A similar bill passed the House last year but never made it to a Senate vote.

In September, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled a Marine who hasn’t lived in the state for years but maintained residency was ineligible for a dividend.

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