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Press Release: Rep. Mike Hawker

Hawker Urges Governor and AG to Ensure State Defense of Navigable Waters in Wake of Recent Yukon Event

National Park Service Rangers Harass and Arrest 70-Year Old Central Man During "Routine Contact" on Yukon River - Finance Co-Chair sponsored HCR 10
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Rep. Mike Hawker R-27
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Rep. Mike Hawker (R-27)
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Posted: September 24, 2010
Contact: Juli Lucky, 465-6820, Legislative Council committee aide


(Anchorage) - House Finance Committee Co-Chair Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage, today asked the governor and attorney general to ensure the defense of our state's navigable waters, and to question the conduct of the National Park Service's recent actions on the Yukon River. NPS Rangers last week arrested a 70-year old Central man following what has been described as a "routine safety inspection." Rep. Hawker asks in his letter that the attorney general and governor to honor the will of the legislature in passing House Concurrent Resolution 10, to ensure that all navigable waterways, such as the Yukon River, are defended and to call into question the actions of federal agents on state waters. Hawker's HCR 10, which passed the legislature last session, urges the governor to pursue all available legal actions to enforce our jurisdiction over navigable waters and allocate adequate resources to defend and advocate for the state's right to manage the public use on these waters.

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Ak St Legislature MajorityThe governor and attorney general must quickly find a legal solution to this problem, which has finally boiled over into harassment of an Alaskan, on a boat, in Alaskan waters by federal agents who by law have no right to engage him for simply being in his boat.Ak St Legislature Majority


Statement:

"The State of Alaska owns and has the right to manage submerged land and navigable water in the state, unless Congress has specifically limited its authority. In this instance it has not and the NPS has severely over-stepped its bounds.

"This issue has been subject to legislative and executive scrutiny for the past two years. My colleagues in the Senate introduced SCR 3, asking for the state to file suit on the very regulations the NPS instituted which led up to this case. My own HCR 10 reaffirms our sovereignty and asks the governor to exercise all available legal options to protect our citizens from this inappropriate preemption of our state's rights.

"ANILCA specifically granted the state oversight and authority on navigable waters, and this federal incursion in the Yukon Charley Preserve is a blatant attack on our sovereignty. The governor and attorney general must quickly find a legal solution to this problem, which has finally boiled over into harassment of an Alaskan, on a boat, in Alaskan waters by federal agents who by law have no right to engage him for simply being in his boat."

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