March 11, 2013, Boston, Mass. -- Governor Sean Parnell today released the following statement after the Senate passed Senate Bill 27, the governor's legislation allowing the State of Alaska to seek and assume primacy from the federal government to administer the regulatory program for managing certain wetlands.
"I commend the Senate for passing legislation that ensures Alaskans have a say over the regulation of our resources," Governor Parnell said. "With a federal deficit spiraling out of control and wide-ranging budget cuts on the horizon, it makes practical sense for Alaskans to assume greater control of the permitting process."
The governor's bill authorizes the Department of Natural Resources, in coordination with the Department of Environmental Conservation, to take reasonable steps necessary to assume federal authority in administering and enforcing any authorized dredge and fill permits allowed under federal law.