The State House voted to designate a day to honor the late former Governor Jay Hammond.
House bill 130, sponsored by Homer Representative Paul Seaton sets July 21st aside each year, the birthday of the “Bush Rat” governor as “Jay Hammond” day.
Hammond moved to Alaska in 1946 and was a member of the first state legislature.
He served two terms as governor from 1974 to 1982 during the pipeline boom and the creation of the Permanent Fund.
Hammond remained active in state policy until his death in 2005
The bill passed the House 35 to 1 with Eagle River Representative Lora Reinbold casting the lone no vote.