Committee advances amended permitting bill

Apr 08, 2013 -- 10:30am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Golovin senator questioned the judgment of the Senate Finance Committee co-chair in advancing an amended version of a state permitting bill. Sen. Donny Olson suggested co-chair Kevin Meyer's judgment may be "somewhat clouded" by end-of-session pressure to move bills. HB77 has generated much discussion in the committee. The bill, introduced by Gov. Sean Parnell, is aimed at improving the permitting process. One of the more controversial provisions would remove the ability of individuals or groups to apply for water reservations to maintain or protect certain water levels for things like protecting fish habitat. The latest version rolls in language from a separate bill that would allow for a feasibility study for a hydroelectric project within a southwest Alaska state park. Meyer described the changes to the bill as minor.

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