News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Kelly
For Immediate Release: May 13, 2018
Legislature Restores Private Property Rights in Dalton Highway Corrido
JUNEAU – The Alaska Legislature today passed a bill to restore access rights to private homesteaded property owners in the James Dalton Highway corridor.
Under current state law, off-road vehicles are only permitted on the Dalton Highway corridor in a few select instances, such as for oil and gas exploration and development or to gain access to a mining claim. Unfortunately, this leaves no exception for Alaskans who hold private homesteaded land adjacent to the corridor. By law, they are prevented from using snow machines or other off-road vehicles to access their property by land from the corridor.
SB 199 corrects this oversight by granting private property holders the same access rights held by those in the oil, gas, and mining industries.
“This issue came to my attention by a constituent who owns homesteaded land within the Brooks Range adjacent to the Dalton Highway corridor,” said Senate President Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks), the bill’s sponsor. “Unfortunately, without the use of an airplane, the land is virtually inaccessible in the winter.”
SB 199 passed the Senate unanimously and the House by a vote of 38 to 2, for a combined vote of 56 to 2. The bill now goes to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.
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