Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Governor Bill Walker today transmitted legislation to reduce red tape and bureaucracy for small miners following a series of extensive meetings and public engagements with miners across the state.
The proposed legislation eliminates the burdensome requirement to record annual labor affidavits. This simplified process will allow miners to focus on their business rather than on doing paperwork. Qualified miners would now be able to maintain their tenure simply by making payments to the state, rather than providing evidence of their work. “Building a Stronger Alaska is a priority of my administration, and to continue down that path, we need a flourishing, diversified economy,” Governor Walker said. “This legislation keeps important environmental protections in place while ensuring that family mines can continue to operate and contribute to state and local economies by clarifying existing statues and removing unnecessary red tape. I hope to see the legislation come to my desk by the end of session.”