22nd Alaska State Legislature
Committee To Hear Public Complaints Against Fish and Game
For Immediate Release: January 25, 2001
Contact: Jim Pound from Rep. Lesil McGuire's Office at (907) 465-5446
(JUNEAU) -- Public allegations that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game obstructed public testimony on controversial shellfish farming regulations has prompted Rep. Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage), chair of the Administrative Regulation Review Committee, to announce today she plans to hold public committee hearings on the matter Feb. 1.
The charges came in letters from several people and groups claiming that they found it extremely difficult to testify at a Jan. 8 public hearing in Anchorage on shellfish farming regulations. McGuire decided the committee needed to hear firsthand from both sides about what happened that evening, both in Anchorage and on the teleconference network.
"After we received several complaints from around the state we felt it was critical to ask the questions ourselves and try to determine if the public testimony process is being maintained," McGuire said. "Public input must be open to everyone and can't be limited simply to people in selected area of the state."
According to the letters received, some of the concerned people who wished to testify via teleconference were not allowed to comment. Others traveled to the Department of Fish and Game's Anchorage headquarters where the hearing was to be held, only to find the doors locked.
This special meeting of the Administrative Regulation Review Committee will be held in the Capitol's Butrovich Room on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. The hearing will be teleconferenced and public testimony will be taken.
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