Campaign Summary

In 2017, a coalition of citizens came together to fight for the Alaska Government Accountability Act (AGAA), designed to root out conflicts of interest, reduce per diem payments, and limit lobbyist gifts. Over the course of three months of Alaskan winter, grassroots volunteers worked to gather over 45,000 signatures from voters across the political spectrum.

In the face of immense public support, the legislature approved the AGAA with broad support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in the summer of 2018.

Alaska is part of the biggest wave of anti-corruption reform in US history.

July 2018

July 19, 2018

  • House Bill 44 signed into law by Governor Bill Walker (I) thanks to the people of Alaska
  • Alaska becomes the latest state to pass a strong anti-corruption act – part of the biggest year of anti-corruption reforms since Watergate

May 2018

May 11, 2018

  • HB 44 passes with broad support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents

May 2, 2018

  • Polling shows 84% support for the AGAA among Alaskan voters
  • Strong approval among conservative, progressive and independent voters

March 2018

March 23, 2018

  • Faced with overwhelming public support for the AGAA, lawmakers add most of its provisions to HB 44, which had been stalled for over a year
  • Former opponents of HB 44 line up to support the amended bill

March 13, 2018

  • Signatures certified valid
  • Alaska Government Accountability Act placed on the November 2018 ballot


January 12, 2018

  • Alaskans for Integrity turns in over 45,000 signatures in support of the AGAA
  • 11,000 people watch the Facebook Live broadcast of the signature submission

October 2017

October 18, 2017

October 6, 2017

  • Alaska Government Accountability Act approved for signature-gathering

August 2017

August 29, 2017

  • Frustrated by politicians’ refusal to pass accountability rules, coalition of legislators and citizens forms to pass Alaska Government Accountability Act (AGAA), designed to root out conflicts of interest, reduce per diem payments, and limit lobbyist gifts
  • Measure sponsored by Rep. Grenn (I), Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins (D), and Republican activist Bonnie Jack

January 2017

January 18, 2017

  • Rep. Jason Grenn (I) introduces House Bill 44, a bill to strengthen conflict of interest laws
  • Cites concern of diminishing trust in lawmakers: “I was hearing more and more about not trusting people to go down to Juneau”
  • Bill stalls, due in part to opposition from politicians employed by oil and gas companies

June 2013

June 24, 2013

November 2006

November 7, 2006

  • Citizens pass initiative limiting legislative session to 90 days
  • For ten years, politicians ignore the will of the people, holding session for up to 121 days and following with weeks of special session
  • Politicians keep earning per diems while they stay in session

Press Hits

July 23, 2018 Alaskans made government accountable to the people
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: Alaskans made government accountable to the people

July 18, 2018

Anchorage Daily News: Alaskans deserve credit for their part in legislative ethics reform
KTUU: Bill to cut lawmakers’ perks set for signing today

June 2 – 14, 2018

Anchoarge Daily News: What’s in a name? The ‘Accountability Act’ is anything but
KTOO: Legislative ethics bill will keep issue off fall ballot Lt. Gov nixes good governance ballot measure
AP: Grenn: Group won’t challenge decision on ethics initiative

May 12 –14, 2018

AP: Alaska legislature passes budgets and extends session
KTVA: Juneau lawmakers urges 75%cut to per diem pay Legislature will boot ballot measure if governor signs “government accountability bill”
Daily News-Miner: Alaska gov: no plans to call a special session

March 14, 2018

Independent Voter Network: New Alaska Initiative Reins In Lobbyists, Foreign Influence on Elections

January 12 – 16, 2018

KTUU: Petitions filed on accountability initiative in Alaska
KTOO: Petitions submitted to bar payments to lawmakers if they miss budget deadline
Midnight Sun: Initiative to toughen Legislature’s ethics and per diem rules has enough signatures for 2018 ballot, backers say
AP: Signatures delivered on initiative restraining lawmakers
KTVA: Signatures submitted for Alaska good-governance initiative The case for fewer rules and more transparency
Kodiak Daily Mirror: Kodiak contributes 600 signatures to ballot measure

December 5 – 22, 2017

Anchorage Daily News: State commission reverses plan to slash Alaska legislators’ expense checks
Beaumont Express: Alaska lawmaker takes fight over conflicts to the voters Commission delays cutting legislator pay until after elections
KFSK: Commentary by State Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins “Alaskans For Integrity Ballot Initiative”
KCAW: Initiative sponsors want legislature to pass a budget on time, every time

October 8 – 9, 2017

Daily News-Miner: Measure to limit Alaska lawmakers’ per diem gets OK’d for signature gathering Lt. Gov Mallott approves per diem ballot measure

August 28 – 31, 2017

Midnight Sun: Proposed initiative would end legislative per diem if legislators can’t pass budget
KTVA: Initiative wants no overtime pay for lawmakers New ballot initiative targets legislators’ per diem
Anchorage Daily Planet: Salvation is on the way
Alaska Dispatch News: Alaska ethics initiative targets legislators’ travel, per diem and lobbyist-paid meals
Daily News-Miner: Proposed ballot initiative would cut legislators per diem after first session
A.P.: Proposal Would Address Allowance, Travel by Alaska Lawmakers
Your Alaska Link: Tonight’s Morris Alaska Report Covers State Legislators Per Diem Pay
SitNews: Alaska Government Accountability Act
USA Today: State By State