12/23/13 - 9:24am
House Bill 77 passed the House in the last legislative session. The Senate version of this bill is expected to be voted on early in the upcoming legislative session.
I attended the hearing on HB 77 in Soldotna on Dec. 9. This bill would give the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources vast new powers to restrict the public’s rights to participate in DNR’s permitting process. This bill is being sold as a streamlining of existing regulations that worked well in the past. The need for this expedited streamlining process is not apparent.