Changes to ferry system advisory board await governor's decision

Not a single legislator voted against the bill to reconfigure the public advisory board for the Alaska Marine Highway System, taking away from governors the power to appoint half the members.

The Senate president and House speaker would each appoint two of the nine board members, with the governor naming the other five to the panel that would advise the Department of Transportation on operations and long-term planning for the ferry system.

The final decision on the change in state law rests with the governor, who will have until next month to sign or veto the measure. Final legislative passage...


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