Legislature(1997 - 1998)
1997-07-10 House JournalFull Journal pdf
1997-07-10 House Journal Page 1959 HB 23 The following letter, dated June 4, 1997, was received: "Dear Speaker Phillips: On this date I have signed the following bill and am transmitting the engrossed and enrolled copies to the Lieutenant Governors Office for permanent filing: CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 23(RES) "An Act relating to management of state land; and relating to access to land." Chapter No. 65, SLA 1997 ªEffective Date: September 2, 1997ß This bill is a marked improvement over the version of this bill I vetoed last year. Many changes were made to the legislation at the behest of the Department of Natural Resources which recognized the legitimate needs of the state to protect resources, public safety and private landownership through responsible land management actions. Although the bill would still curtail the Departments ability to administratively close general state lands strictly for aesthetic reasons, this rationale has rarely, if ever, been used for administrative closures. Furthermore, it is not unreasonable for this type of closure, or opening for that matter, to be brought to the legislature for a full public review and decision-making process. Sincerely, /s/ Tony Knowles Governor"