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2021-04-28 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2021-04-28 House Journal Page 0743 HB 195 HOUSE BILL NO. 195 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act relating to the sale or lease of state land for remote recreational sites; relating to permits for remote recreational sites; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Resources and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Natural Resources The Governor's transmittal letter dated April 27 follows: "Dear Speaker Stutes, Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to the sale, lease, or permit of state land for remote recreational sites. The proposal establishes a framework to encourage the settlement of state land and the development of its resources. With only three percent of state land in private ownership, we need changes to allow more Alaskans to lease or purchase land for recreational purposes. This bill provides a fair and efficient process for Alaskans to obtain an interest in state land that is consistent with our constitutional principles. The bill amends the current remote recreational cabin program to allow Alaskans to nominate and stake eligible state land for use as remote recreational sites. Eligible applicants may nominate up to ten acres of vacant, unappropriated, or unreserved state land as defined in AS 29.65.130 for a remote recreational site if that land is not already included in the Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) schedule of land offerings. Applicants must include a site survey and appraisal and agree to pay fair market value. The bill further 2021-04-28 House Journal Page 0744 authorizes the commissioner of DNR to permit or lease state land for remote recreational sites. This legislation will put more land into the hands of Alaskans. It will afford Alaskans opportunities to better enjoy our state, whether setting up a seasonal recreational structure or building a cabin for their family to use for a lifetime. I request your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Mike Dunleavy Governor"