Governor Palin Signs House Bill 106
Governor Sarah Palin signed House Bill 106 in Kotzebue this morning. The bill, sponsored by Representative Reggie Joule, allows municipalities with a population of less than 10,000 to administer the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program if the nonprofit regional corporation has declined to do so.
"Changing the current state law is necessary, so that communities of less than 10,000 residents can still receive funding support from the state to ensure the safety of their residents," Governor Palin said.
Under current state law, the Department of Public Safety is only permitted to assist the corporations with appointment, training, supervision and retention of VPSOs, and only these tribal entities can be awarded grants to administer the program.
The bill passed both the House and the Senate unanimously.