22nd Alaska State Legislature
Information from Representative Lesil McGuire (R)

Portrait of Representative Lesil McGuire, 123.4 K. Session:
State Capitol, Room 418
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-2995
Fax: (907) 465-6592

716 W. 4th Ave., Suite 430
Anchorage, AK 99501-2133
Phone: (907) 269-0250
Fax: (907) 269-0249

Sectional Analysis for HB 34
Rule Against Perpetuities

An Act relating to the statutory rule against perpetuities, to nonvested property interests and trusts, and to the suspension of the power of alienation of property; and providing for an effective date.

Released: February 1, 2001

AS 34.27.051(b) is amended to clarify that only a presently exercisable general power of appointment can create a new perpetuities period within which property must vest. On the other hand, AS 34.27.051(c) is amended to clarify that property interests subject to a testamentary general power of appointment relate back to the date of the original instrument and must vest within the prescribed time set forth in the statute. The current law does not make the distinction between presently exercisable general powers of appointment and testamentary general powers of appointment. The distinction that this bill makes, in conformance with the common law, is discussed in the Commentary to Section 2-902 of the Uniform Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities passed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as well as in the Restatement, Second, Property (Donative Transfers) at ' 1.4, Comment l.

The change in this bill is a clarification of the Suspension of the Power of Alienation as presently enacted. AS 34.27.100, passed by the Twenty-First legislature in the Second Session, adopted a second line of defense to the Delaware Tax Trap. It was meant to track the language of a similar Wisconsin statute that was found to avoid the Delaware Tax Trap, Estate of Mary Margaret Murphy v. Commissioner, 71 T.C. 671 (1979).

The modification made to AS 34.27.100 (a)(2)-(4) more clearly sets forth the computation of the permissible time period in which property must be made alienable and in addition makes a distinction between presently exercisable general powers of appointment and testamentary general powers of appointment, as noted above.

Sponsor Statement for HB 34

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