Monday, July 13, 2009

Palin signs legislation on fish data, tanker escorts

Deckboss confesses he's a little baffled as to the exact purpose of Senate Bill 3 cited in the press release below.

I'll endeavor to learn more, time permitting.

July 13, 2009

Governor Palin Signs Senate Bill, Resolution

ANCHORAGE — Governor Sarah Palin today signed Senate Bill 3 and House Joint Resolution 19.

SB 3, sponsored by Senator Donny Olson, requires the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Information Commission to share data with Alaska Regional Development Organizations (ARDORs) at no cost. In the past, the law required them to charge for this service. This information will help ARDOR groups get the latest, most accurate information to help them understand economic trends that could impact local economies, particularly those that rely on fishing.

HJR 19, sponsored by Representative Alan Austerman, recognizes the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and puts the Alaska Legislature on record as supporting vessel escorts for any loaded oil tanker using Prince William Sound. Current federal law only requires vessel escorts for single-hulled tankers of 5,000 gross tons or more.

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