Fish and Game: We received an email about a Board of Game proposal to remove goats and sheep from the ‘clean list’ of domestic animals, meaning people would be required to have a permit to keep them as pets if within a certain distance of Dall sheep populations. The person who wrote me said it could be detrimental to her farming business, and she opposed the measure. Fish and Game told us that there was concern that domestic animals could introduce disease into wild animal populations but ultimately determined that they lacked jurisdiction over domestic animals.
Minimum age for marriage : We received a Facebook message asking about Alaska's policy on marriage following national reports on child marriage, including the fact that in Alaska children as young as 14 are permitted to marry with the permission of a superior court judge. We used the services of legislative research staff and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) to research and decided to propose legislation setting the minimum age for marriage at 18, or approval of legal emancipation for those over 16. Emancipation requires a demonstration that the person can be self-supporting and approval by a judge.
Legislative citations - Honorarium: Legislators can honor people and organizations whose actions improve the quality of life in our state. One such person for whom we did a citation is Beau Basset. His life's work has been working with at-risk youth, aged 12-18 years. He was determined to help them gain skills in leadership, problem assessment and solving, public speaking, and teamwork.
For the past twenty years, he ran the Alaska Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute. At the 20 th Anniversary of the Institute, we presented him with the citation and gratitude of the entire legislature on behalf of the State of Alaska.
I hope this gives you some idea of our process, and as always, invite you to share your concerns, ideas, and to let us try to help solve a problem with a government agency.