Rep. Paul Seaton is sponsoring HB 131 to add agencies in the push to clean up derelict and abandoned vessels in Alaskan waters. The bill unanimously passed the House today.
Rep. Seaton pointed to the cost of dealing with derelict and abandoned vessels, which he said is a growing problem.
According to Seaton, “that onus is falling on our municipalities, since the state has made a policy of giving our ports and harbors back to them. They simply don’t have the financial resources or sufficient legal authority in some cases.”
HB 131 changes the definition of a ‘state agency’ to include the Departments of Environmental Conservation and Natural Resources, instead of just the Department of Transportation.
HB 131 now heads to the State Senate.