Legislature OKs Digital Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Licensing in Alaska
Rep. Saddler’s HB 260 allows outdoorsmen to show licenses on cellphones or paper
Friday, May 11, 2018, Juneau, AK – Licenses for recreational hunting, fishing and trapping in Alaska will join the 21st century, after today’s final passage of Representative Dan Saddler’s House Bill 260 authorizing licenses to be carried electronically, as well as in traditional paper form.
“Traditional Alaskan activities like hunting and fishing will now be even more enjoyable, and better-managed, if Alaskans and visitors have a more convenient, reliable, and durable way to buy and display their licenses,” said Rep. Saddler (R- Eagle River/JBER). “I’m excited this bill will take effect just in time for fishermen to use it during this this summer’s red season!”
HB 260 allows anyone who has obtained a hunting, fishing or trapping license to display a digital copy, or an electronic image of a paper copy, of a license when a state trooper or Fish and Game official asks to see proof of licensure. Paper licenses will remain an option. A person cited for failure to display a license will have 30 days under HB 260 to cancel the ticket by delivering a paper or digital license to the citing agency.
State law already allows motorists to display required proof of car insurance to a law enforcement official in digital form. That law, and now HB 260, both exempt a law enforcement official from liability for unintentional damage to the digital device while reviewing the license, and bar an officer from examining anything more than the license on such devices.
While outdoorsmen will still have to record catch of certain species of fish and game on paper harvest logs, the bill empowers the state to incorporate such changes by regulation, to accommodate advances in technology and phone-based apps, said Rep. Saddler.
HB 260 passed the Senate unanimously and now heads to the governor for his signature.
For more information contact Press Secretary Mallory Walser at 408-314-8932 or Mallory.Walser@akleg.gov