NEWS: Creamer’s Field Expansion Bill Passes Final Committee of Referral

HB 70 Passed the House with Broad Bipartisan Support and is Ready for Senate Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2015

JUNEAU– Today, the Senate Resources Committee unanimously moved House Bill 70 out of committee. The bill, sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), seeks to expand the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in the Fairbanks area by adding four state-owned parcels.

“The Senate Resources Committee was the last committee of referral for this very simple bill and I am hopeful there is still time in this session to pass it and send it to the Governor’s desk,” said Rep. Wool.  “The Creamer’s Field Refuge is a unique Alaska treasure and I am sure that all the stakeholders that use the refuge will support expansion.”

The four parcels, proposed for inclusion, were purchased by the state with the intention of adding them to the Creamer’s Field Refuge.  Similar legislation to HB 70 passed the legislature last year, but was vetoed by Governor Sean Parnell because of incorrect legal descriptions.  Rep. Wool worked closely with the Departments of Fish and Game and Natural Resources to correct those errors.

HB 70 now goes the Senate Rules Committee to await scheduling for a vote on the floor of the Alaska Senate.

For additional information please contact David Dunsmore in Rep. Wool’s office at (907) 465-4976 or david.dunsmore@akleg.gov.

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