- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Public Offices Commission opposes pushing back the deadline for filing annual financial disclosures for legislators and public officials.

Rep. Mike Hawker proposed changing the deadline from March 15 to April 30. In his sponsor statement for HB 65, he says the change would allow filers time to use tax return information and ensure the most accurate, up-to-date information.

He says the bill has been well received during the legislative process. The House State Affairs Committee this week amended it to push the date to May 15.

The public office commission’s executive director says the commission believes the bill would hinder the public’s ability to have financial disclosure information from legislators during session.

The disclosure requirement applies to legislators, other public officials and members of certain boards and commissions.

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