Gov. Frank Murkowski has signed a bill into law intended to give small
businesses, including trucking operations, a louder voice in Alaska’s
The new law, previously HB33, requires certain state agencies to
consider the potential negative impact of regulation on small businesses and to
consider less burdensome alternatives.
Murkowski said the new law “is a step in the right direction to ensure
the small business community in Alaska has a voice in crafting the regulations
that affect their ability to make a living.
“This in turn will mean that agencies specified in the bill will have
to consider the adverse impacts to small business before promulgating
Rep. Kevin Meyer, the bill’s sponsor, said the new law would help
ensure long-term stability of small business in the state.
“Small business is the dynamo that powers our economy and every dollar
a small business put towards complying with cumbersome government regulations
is a dollar that cannot be spent expanding the business,” Meyer, R-Anchorage,
said in a written statement.
More than 25 states have adopted similar legislation.