Category Archives: Alaska Legislature

Bill to sell Alaska wildlife to the highest bidder gains momentum: Alaska Dispatch

by Rick Sinnott at Alaska Dispatch, March 7, 2014

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Brace yourself for another excuse to give away Alaska wildlife. Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla, and 12 other state representatives have sponsored a bill that will double the number of big game permits donated to organizations to auction or raffle off, often to wealthy nonresident hunters. This bill is unrelated to another bill that seeks to authorize qualified organizations to auction or raffle off “big bull moose derby” tickets

 HB 161 was recently passed by the House and is now being considered by the Senate. As a parting shot, after the House passed the bill, Rep. Lora Reinbold, R-Eagle River, added her name to the list of co-sponsors.

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Why allowing ‘big bull moose derbies’ in Alaska is a flawed concept: Alaska Dispatch

by Rick Sinnott  February 26, 2014 in Alaska Dispatch

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Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, and Rep. Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon, have sponsored a bill that would add “big bull moose derbies” to the existing list of games of chance and skill permitted by the Department of Revenue for fundraising purposes. House Bill 268 defines “big bull moose derby” as a contest in which prizes are awarded for harvesting a bull moose based on the size and spread of its antlers…

….But the idea has several inherent flaws. The foremost concern is that the derby and raffle participants are betting on the deaths of animals. I have no problem with sport hunting. I hunt moose. But the animals we kill deserve our respect. They don’t deserve to be pawns for our amusement in a contest many Native cultures would consider playing with one’s food.

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Stedman: Sea otter bounty bill unlikely to pass as written-Coast Alaska News

From Coast Alaska News, by  Ed Schoenfeld, January 15th 2014

Stedman last year proposed a bounty on sea otters, which eat shellfish Southeast divers and crabbers harvest. His bill brought strong criticism from environmental groups. And the federal agency managing otters said it would violate marine-mammal-protection law.

The legislation is still in play. Stedman says he wants to find a different way to support Native hunters, the only people allowed to harvest otters and process their pelts.

“I need to sit down with the Sealaska Heritage (Institute) and have a few more meetings in Juneau to work out what we’re actually going to change it to — if it’s going to end up trying to be marketing assistance or tanning assistance or something else,” he says. “But the chances of the bill going forward as it’s written, without being rewritten to take out the bounty, is slim.”

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HB77 “In Deep Trouble” – ADN article

Anchorage Daily News, 12/11/13  BY RICHARD MAUER

HOMER — One major unresolved bill from the past legislative session, a sweeping law to eliminate public notice and comment when some permits are issued, ran into fierce opposition in meetings this week in the Kenai Peninsula district of Sen. Peter Micciche, prompting the Soldotna Republican to declare the measure in deep trouble.

House Bill 77, a product of Gov. Sean Parnell’s administration, teetered on the verge of Senate passage in the closing days of the 2013 session in April, but was stashed in the Senate Rules Committee when vote counters projected a 10-10 tie on the floor — a single vote shy. The bill had passed the House in March and is high on the Senate agenda when it reconvenes next month.

But Micciche, a moderate once considered a “yes” vote by opponents of the bill, said constituents have been flooding his office with comments and are even buttonholing him on the street. Nearly everyone is opposed, he said.

“I would be unlikely to support the bill in its current form,” he said Wednesday. The administration should withdraw the bill and re-write it, or Senate President Charlie Huggins should return it to a new round of committee hearings, Micciche said.