Petersburg’s representative in the Alaska Senate last year had a pretty successful session. In a year when only 32 bills passed both the House and Senate, Sitka Republican Bert Stedman was prime sponsor on four bills and saw three of them become law. Those included a waste water exemption for smaller commercial vessels, the Alaska Mental Health land exchange involving parcels in Ketchikan and Petersburg as well as the Petersburg land selection increase signed by the governor in November. Stedman says schedules didn’t work out for him to be here for that bill signing along with governor Walker, as the senator was at a meeting of an energy council at that time. Stedman stopped by KFSK and Joe Viechnicki talked with him about a constitutional amendment on restructuring the Alaska Permanent Fund and his thoughts on the passage of the land selection bill for Petersburg.

That’s Sitka Republican Senator Bert Stedman. He returns to Juneau for the second session of the legislature which starts January 16. Since the interview Stedman introduced his proposal on the Permanent Fund restructuring.