Our Visitor Industry is growing, and our laws need to keep up with our ever changing economy. If re-elected, I will continue to pass legislation and budgets that reflect my support of our visitor industry.
I was excited to sponsor and pass legislation allowing the Ketchikan Chamber to obtain a race classic gaming permit for Race to Alaska. We will be the Nenana Ice Classic equivalent of Southern Southeast!
Over the years, I have helped secure funding in our budget for the Alaska Travel Industry Association. In 2018, the budget included an additional $3 million for tourism marketing funding. We need to be able to market ourselves to the world in order to get engaged and excited visitors.
Lastly, I sponsored a bill allowing locally-owned ATMs to collect fair international fees. The previous law meant those owners could not receive fees from the thousands of international tourists that come through our district each year. Thankfully, the bill passed both the House and the Senate unanimously.