This ordinance would repeal the civil fine process adopted by the City and Borough in 2013, re-establishing the civil violations as criminal infractions. With the adoption of SB 116 by the State legislature, the reason behind enacting the civil fine process - to avoid the need to personally serve certain citations - has been eliminated.
Last year, when the Alaska Court System's Minor Offense rules were updated, the Court System reviewed the municipal codes for conflicts with the new rules. That review was not done for the CBJ because the CBJ adopted a civil fine process instead. With the impending repeal of the civil fine process, the Court went forward with its review and contacted the CBJ with suggested changes to Ordinance 2014-38. Version (b), included in your packet, reflects those changes recommended by the Court System, with the newly amended text shown in italics.
Other necessary housekeeping amendments will be brought forward in the ordinance that will result from the code review process currently underway.