News from the Senate Majority
Alaska State Legislature

Wendy Lindskoog, Senate Majority Press Secretary
State Capitol
Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: 907/465-4582
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Bill Paves Way to Electronic Age

Senate Votes to Make Electronic Signatures Legal

For Immediate Release: April 22, 1998 Contact: Senator Sean Parnell at (907) 465-2995.

Juneau – The Senate Wednesday passed legislation to establish electronic signatures as a legal substitute for standard signatures. Senate Bill 232, sponsored by Senator Sean Parnell (R-Anchorage), will allow the administration to develop regulations for using electronic signatures by private or public entities and establishes criteria for electronic signature regulations. SB 232 passed by a vote of 19 to 1.

"SB 232 continues the Republican-led Majority’s commitment to promote private sector economic growth and government efficiency," said Parnell. "We can help bring government services more quickly and efficiently to Alaskans by allowing them to perform many routine functions, such as filing forms or registering vehicles, by computer."

Electronic signatures are encrypted computerized codes. "By providing the legal framework for use of electronic signatures in the ever-changing world of electronic commerce, we help continue Alaska's interstate, intrastate and global economic growth," said Parnell.

SB 232 also removes roadblocks to the use of this technology by repealing some state agencies' selected notarization requirements.

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