Governor Sean Parnell today signed several pieces of legislation into law, including House Bill 23, legislation to advance the Knik Arm Crossing project. In addition to providing the framework for the financing, construction and operation of the Knik Arm Crossing, HB 23 also designates the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities as the constructor of the bridge. HB 23 was sponsored by Representative Mark Neuman.
"The Knik Arm Crossing is a vital project for Alaska's growing economy," Governor Parnell said. "Whether it's jobs for Alaskans, an improved transportation network, or expanded access to land for affordable housing, this project will create more opportunity for Alaskans. I appreciate Senator Charlie Huggins, Representatives Shelley Hughes and Mark Neuman, and the entire Mat-Su Valley delegation for their hard work in advancing this project."
Governor Parnell also signed several other pieces of legislation, including:
HB 19, legislation establishing a new type of registration available through the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), allowing for the permanent registration of personal-use motor vehicles older than eight years old and non-commercial trailers. The legislation will result in lower costs to Alaskans while creating efficiencies within DMV. Representative Bill Stoltze sponsored the legislation.
SB 190 removes burdensome regulations and licensing requirements on small businesses and Alaskan hunters. More specifically, the bill allows unlicensed personnel, including local residents, to be hired and compensated for packing meat from the field without having to obtain a license. SB 190 was sponsored by Senator Charlie Huggins.
SB 201 helps to protect Alaskans' rights to private property ownership by removing burdensome requirements of having to post an onerous number of signs. The legislation removes the requirement that "no trespassing" signs be posted at each roadway and at every way of access to private property in order for criminal trespass laws to be enforced. Senator Stedman sponsored SB 201.
HB 161, legislation that amends state statutes for auctions or raffles relating to big game harvest permits. Specifically, the legislation changes the number of harvest permits the Department of Fish and Game commissioner can issue each year and also defines which non-profit organizations can conduct auctions. This legislation furthers conservation and outdoor traditions. Representative Lynn Gattis sponsored HB 161.