ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 159
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
June 28, 1995
I, Tony Knowles, Governor of Alaska, make the following findings
concerning the big game guiding industry in Alaska:
1. The big game commercial services board (guide board) is
the entity with the statutory responsibility to regulate the
big game guiding industry. Due to operation of law and legislative
inaction, the board terminates on June 30, 1995.
2. Alaska law requires the regulation of the guiding industry,
including license and discipline requirements for people offering
guiding services. Alaska laws also require hunters from out of
state to obtain the services of a licensed guide if they wish
to hunt certain big game species in Alaska. These laws were not
repealed by the Legislature.
3. The governor is responsible for implementation and execution
of the laws. This includes laws requiring the regulation of the
big game guiding industry.
4. The guiding industry is an important element of Alaska's
economy. In addition to performing services for local residents,
Alaska1s professional guides attract many visitors to the state
from throughout the world. Continuing this important commercial
activity requires a stable regulatory environment.
5. A licensed big game guide in Alaska must have demonstrated
proficiency in guiding, high standards of ethical conduct, knowledge
of resource conservation laws, and practical knowledge of CPR
and first aid. Allowing unqualified persons to offer big game
guiding services could result in harm to public health and safety,
harm to natural resources, and dissatisfied or defrauded clients.
6. I find that an unregulated big game guiding industry would
be detrimental to the public interest. An unregulated big game
guiding industry would create risks to the public and the environment,
would disrupt commerce, and interfere with the rights of licensed
7. The Legislature did not repeal the requirements that the
big game guiding industry be regulated or provide any new laws
to create a different industry structure. I believe the majority
of Alaska's legislators support continued regulation of the big
game guiding industry.
8. At the time of its termination, the guide board was located
in the Department of Commerce and Economic Development. Under
statute, that department performs many functions relating to
the regulation of guides, including issuing license renewals,
investigating complaints about licensed guides, administering
hearings, and setting license fees. Moreover, the department
regulates other occupations for which no regulatory board is
9. After termination of the guide board, the administrative
function of regulating guides remains established by law but
is not assigned by law to any department. I find the department
that, in accordance with the organization of state government,
can most appropriately and effectively regulate the big game
guiding industry is the Department of Commerce and Economic Development.
Under the authority of article III, sections 1, 16, and 24
of the Alaska Constitution, and AS 44.17.060, I, Tony Knowles,
Governor of the State of Alaska, order that:
The Department of Commerce and Economic Development is responsible
for the administration of all laws concerning the regulation
of the big game commercial services industry under AS 08.54.
This Order takes effect July 1, 1995.
DATED at Anchorage, Alaska, this 28 day of June, 1995.