Public testimony on allowing hunting and fishing licenses to be carried on cell phones is today!

HB260, sponsored by Representative Dan Saddler HB260, allows anglers and hunters the opportunity to carry an electronic version of a fishing and hunting license instead of a paper copy.

Alaskans currently have the option to purchase a license online but must print a paper copy to keep on their person while participating in fishing and hunting activities.

The bill has support from Republicans, Democrats, and independents, including co-sponsors Representatives Kreiss-Tomkins, Tarr, Drummond, Knopp, and Grenn.

Public testimony for HB260 is scheduled for today at 1pm. To testify, visit your local LIO or call 1-907-465-4648 to obtain call-in number. 

The text of HB260 is below.

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 260
01 “An Act relating to electronic possession of certain licenses, tags, and identification
02 cards issued by the Department of Fish and Game; and providing for an effective date.”
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
04 * Section 1. AS 16.05 is amended by adding a new section to read:
05 Sec. 16.05.348. Possession of license, tag, or identification card in
06 electronic form. (a) A person required to have a license, tag, or identification card
07 listed in (b) of this section in actual possession under this chapter may possess the
08 license, tag, or identification card in a paper or electronic form approved by the
09 department.
10 (b) This section applies to a
11 (1) sport fishing, hunting, or trapping license issued under
12 AS 16.05.330 – 16.05.430;
13 (2) waterfowl conservation tag issued under AS 16.05.340(a)(17);
14 (3) king salmon tag issued under AS 16.05.340(a)(23) or (24); and
01 (4) sport fishing, hunting, or trapping identification card issued under
02 AS 16.05.400.
03 * Sec. 2. This Act takes effect July 1, 2018.