NEWS: House Transportation Committee Schedules Informational Meeting in Kodiak

Lawmakers and Stakeholders to Examine the Viability of a Public Corporation to Manage Alaska’s Ferry System

Anchorage – The Transportation Committee in the Alaska House of Representatives will hold an informational meeting in Kodiak on August 16. The meeting will be focused on a proposal to transition the current Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) into a publicly operated corporation. The McDowell Group is scheduled to unveil the results of a research project examining the concept. Lawmakers will also receive a presentation from Robert Venables with the Southeast Conference.

“The public corporation model holds a lot of promise for our struggling state ferry system, which is why we need to examine it further. We have an aging fleet, a challenging working environment, and yearly efforts by some lawmakers to slash state funding. Many experts and stakeholders believe the public corporation model can provide fiscal stability for the ferry system while still ensuring that we have a system that meets the needs of coastal Alaskans. The proposal warrants a discussion, which is exactly what we are going to do,” said House Transportation Committee Co-Chair Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak). 

The August 16 public meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Fisherman’s Hall in Kodiak.

For those unable to attend the meeting in person, you can listen via a teleconference by calling toll free at (844) 586-9085.

WHO: House Transportation Committee and representatives from the McDowell Group and the Southeast Conference

WHAT: Meeting to discuss proposed AMHS changes

WHERE: Fishermen’s Hall, Kodiak

WHEN: 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, 2018

Teleconference: 1 (844) 586-9085

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.