Proposal to identify long-term ferry solutions passes Senate, 20-0; Return to the House for final approval before being sent to the Governor


Proposal to identify long-term ferry solutions passes Senate, 20-0; Return to the House for final approval before being sent to the Governor

May 19, 2021
Wednesday PM

(SitNews) Juneau, Alaska – A bill establishing a nine-member Alaska Sea Route Operations Council was passed by the Alaska State Senate yesterday, 20-0.

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House Bill 63 is designed to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders who rely on the ferry to keep the system operational for the Alaskan coast.

“Restoring a reliable and consistent ferry service has been my top priority since being sent to Juneau, and my seventh year here has proven to be a lucky charm,” said the Speaker of the House. , Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak), who sponsored the bill. “The fact that this bill was passed unanimously by both bodies shows the incredible work that we have all done to highlight the importance of our ferries to Alaskans. I am absolutely delighted with today’s outcome. hui. ”

“The sea route touches virtually every aspect of life in my district,” said Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan). “The long-standing expertise of the maritime highways helps guide ferry decision-making and can only benefit the system and the many Alaskans who depend on it.”

Rep. Andi Story (D-Juneau) added, “The Alaskan legislature has made tremendous progress this year in correcting the course of Alaska’s marine highway system. In addition to the important advice created by HB 63, we struck a deal to fund the ferry and create the infrastructure that will help determine long-term strategies for success. ”

HB 63 has already passed the House, where the bill will return for final approval before being sent to the governor’s office.

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Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews

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