(Anchorage) - Representative Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, announced today that Alaska has been admitted into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact, or IWVC. Our state becomes the 30th member.

"This is truly a track-changing event for the course of our wildlife troopers and fishing and hunting community as a whole," said Johnson.
"The IWVC offers new avenues in information-sharing, prosecution of poachers, and inter-governmental cooperation that, I believe, is a long time coming for our state.

"I've spoken with the board members and others involved with the Compact, and they're looking forward to having us participate."

Rep. Johnson sponsored the enabling legislation, HB 267, which passed the State House and Senate near the end of the last regular legislative session. Governor Palin signed the bill into law over the summer and the state readied the application for approval by the Board of Wildlife Violator Compact Administrators. The Board approved and enrolled the state on Sept. 8.