Restore checks to fish, game management

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008

Alaskans need to tell their elected officials they now have a chance to fix yet another of former Gov. Frank Murkowski's messes by supporting House Bill 41.

HB 41 reverses Murkowski's Executive Order that moved habitat permitting from Alaska Department of Fish and Game to the Department of Natural Resources.The first hearing on House Bill 41 this session is today in the House Fisheries Committee. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, would restore the system of checks and balances that has led to successful fish and game management in Alaska for 50 years.

The Legislature and the Palin administration now have the opportunity to undo some of Murkowski's meddling. Tell them to support HB 41.

Tim Bristol


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