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August 26, 2020

In this Issue:

Senate Resources Board of Fisheries Appointee Hearing

Who: Appointees to the Board of Fisheries
What: Senate Resource Committee:
When: Friday, August 28, at 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, August 28, at 3:00 p.m. in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office (LIO), the Senate Resource Committee will hold a hearing to take public testimony on and consider Governor Mike Dunleavy's appointees to the Board of Fisheries: John Jensen, McKenzie Mitchell, Abe Williams, and John Wood.

Friday's meeting will provide opportunity for legislators and the public to review and provide the public the opportunity to weigh in bout specific appointees.

Members of the public may testify over the phone or submit written testimony to

Public Testimony call-in numbers:
In Anchorage: (907) 563-9085
In Juneau: (907) 586-9085
From all other areas: (844) 586-9085

ADF&G Request for Public Comment on 2020/2021 Meeting Cycle

On behalf of the Alaska Boards of Fisheries and Game, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Boards Support Section is seeking public comment related to the upcoming 2020/2021 meeting cycle as it relates to mitigation measures for COVID-19.

Alaska’s fish and game regulatory process is among the most public in the nation. Board meetings rely on a high degree of public interaction making social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19 very difficult. In reviewing options for in-person or virtual meetings, Boards Support is seeking public comment.

This request for public comment is not for regulatory action. All comments are welcome, but specific input on the following aspects are especially welcome.
  1. Should the boards postpone the 2020/2021 meeting schedule until conditions improve? What factors should be considered before in-person meetings are held?
  2. Would an on-line virtual board meeting with an option for taking testimony telephonically be adequate for conducting board meetings?
  3. The Board of Fisheries conducts its committee of the whole process and engages in a significant level of public-led substitute language. Comments on how these two functions might be carried out in an on-line virtual meeting are encouraged.

In addition to the board meetings, Boards Support will utilize this information to support the fish and game Advisory Committees with their meetings.  
The deadline for comments is Monday, August 31, 2020.

Comments may be submitted online, email, mail or fax at:
ADF&G, Boards Support Section
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Fax:                 (907) 465-6094

An optional 5-minute survey is also available here:

AK Cares Grant Legislative Hearing

The House & Senate Legislative Budget & Audit Committees will be meeting on Thursday August 27th at 9:00 am. 

At this meeting, they have scheduled looking at the Governor’s proposed changes to the AK Cares Act that eliminates the $5,000 limit on PPP/EIDL funds and allowing businesses/individual with a secondary income to apply.  If you support these changes, drop a short note to the legislative committees supporting the changes and requesting that they be implemented immediately.

Representative Chris Tuck  - Chair of Joint Legislative Budget & Audit Committee
Senator Click Bishop – Vice Chair of Joint Legislative Budget & Audit Committee

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