News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Coghill
For Immediate Release: April 12, 2017

Legislature Helps Spur Economic Growth in Military Communities

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JUNEAU – The Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed a bill today that will spur economic growth around Alaska’s military communities.

Senate Bill 9, sponsored by Sen. John Coghill (R-North Pole), makes it easier for local communities near military installations to apply to become military facility zones. The zone provides financial benefits to businesses that support the military’s mission.

The bill reduces the time it takes for a borough or municipality to qualify as a military facility zone from the Department of Military of Veterans’ Affairs (DMVA), by allowing them to qualify through a local zoning ordinance, instead of a time-consuming, expensive comprehensive plan.

“SB 9 will provide another useful tool for the community to assist with the underlying military mission and promote economic activity around Alaska,” said Sen. Coghill. “Passage from both bodies is a good, positive step, and I’m thankful for the supportive legislators and members of the communities around Alaska that assisted this legislation. A special thanks to Representative Thompson for his work on the bill, and his continued good work on this issue through the years.”

SB 9 has been transmitted to the governor and awaits his signature to be signed into law.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Press Secretary Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.

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