March 06, 2004
Governor Frank Murkowski signed two bills into law Friday - Senate Bill 183 and Senate Bill 56. SB 183, introduced by Fairbanks Senators Ralph Seekins and Gary Wilken, allows
"I support this legislation that will allow the development of economically attractive projects throughout the borough, without regard to internal municipal boundaries," said Murkowski.
The bill was introduced at the request of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, along with the City of Fairbanks and the City of North Pole. Current law limits the authority of a borough from expending tax revenues collected on an area-wide basis to using those funds on area-wide functions only.
Senate Bill 56, introduced by Senator Fred Dyson, allows the commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game to adopt reciprocal sport fishing fees for residents of the Yukon. Specifically, the bill would enable a Yukon resident to receive a nonresident sport fishing license or a king salmon tag for the same annual fee that an Alaska resident would pay.
"I am pleased to support this legislation, because it fosters good relations with our neighbors in Yukon," Murkowski said. "It will give Yukoners who come to Southeast to fish for salmon a little bit of a break, yet will still require them to comply with nonresident restrictions, such as bag limits."
The reduced fees will become effective January 1, 2005.
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