Alaska Legislature considers bills to create electronic hunting, fishing licenses

HB 129 and HB 260 are advancing through the legislative process

A flyfisherman angles a fish toward the bank on the Anchor River on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Each day, in airports across Alaska, thousands of people swipe their cellphones across a scanner and board an airplane. Instead of a paper boarding pass, a smartphone application carries their ticket.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is envisioning something similar for hunting and fishing licenses in the 49th state.

On Monday, the Alaska House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on House Bill 129. Included within HB 129 is a clause that states, “A license in actual possession may be in paper or electronic form.”

“The Department of Fish and Game wishes to create a situation where electronic licenses are allowed,” explained Maj. Bernard Chastain, deputy director of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, in Monday’s hearing. “That could be on a phone or a device or something similar to that nature.”

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