It looks like a bill was introduced last year to make some significant changes to the Governor's tag program and that they held a hearing on it today. HB 161 would increase the number of species, the number of tags per species, and increase the percentage of revenue kept by the org that is raffling off their allocated permit(s). In addition, it would strike language from existing law that prohibits using the funds raised from the auction of tags for political contributions and lobbying. Interesting, at the very least...
Full text of the bill: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/g...61A&session=28
Details regarding sponsors of the bill, etc.: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/g...28&bill=HB0161
I must say, I don't immediately understand why this bill is needed, particularly the part that increases the amount of revenue kept by the org auctioning off the permits. In addition, increasing the # of Governor's tags (up to four from the current cap of two) doesn't seem like a wise choice at the time, particularly for highly desired and low-odds species such as bison and sheep.
Can anyone shed any more light on the motivations of this bill?