FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2018
House Passes Legislation to Grandfather In Alaska’s Historic Roadhouses
House Bill 301 Preserves a Link to Alaska’s Past by Allowing Historic Roadhouses to Operate as They Always Have
Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to allow Alaska’s historic roadhouses to operate as they have for decades. House Bill 301, sponsored by Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), grandfather’s in over a hundred hospitality businesses and allows them to continue operating with a tourism beverage dispensary license.
“Generations of Alaskans and visitors have found shelter from the weather, enjoyed a hot meal, and shared a beverage with friends and family at Alaska’s historic roadhouses,” said Rep. Wool. “Back in the day ten rooms was enough to serve weary travelers, but now many of these roadhouses are threatened by a state statute that requires more rooms based on population. Strict enforcement of this requirement will essentially shut down many of these historic roadhouses. I don’t want to see that happen and thankfully my colleagues in the House agree.”
Currently, there are 165 tourism beverage dispensary licenses in Alaska. Today, 122 meet all the regulatory requirements for a license. However, 34 of these historic businesses do not because they lack a sufficient number of hotel rooms to accommodate the current population. Prior to 1985, roadhouses only had to have ten rooms. Now state law requires roadhouses to have between 10 to 50 rooms based on population.
“Some of the most historic roadhouses in Alaska are currently out of compliance with this overburdensome state law. Places like the Anchor River Inn in Anchor Point, Mykel’s in Soldotna, the Swiss Alaska Inn in Talkeetna, the Sunrise Inn in Cooper Landing, and many more can continue serving the needs of travelers by the passage of this simple bill,” said Rep. Wool.
House Bill 301 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 39-0. The bill will be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.
For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 465-6791.