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Governor Parnell Signs First Bill

February 17, 2010, Sitka, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today performed his first bill-signing ceremony, making Senate Bill 59 a law.

The legislation, sponsored by Senator Bert Stedman and Representative Peggy Wilson, allows low-speed electric vehicles on roads with posted speed limits of 45 mph or less. Previously, the law only allowed electric cars to operate on roads with posted speed limits of 35 mph or less.

A ceremonial bill signing was held at the Sitka Chamber of Commerce, where Governor Parnell was the keynote speaker.

"In the tourism sector, there has been some interest for use of these vehicles as 'excursions'," Governor Parnell said. "Many Alaska communities such as Sitka have few road miles and low traffic volume, providing a suitable environment for electric cars. This bill and the vehicles it allows in smaller communities across the state can boost tourism and local economies, and provide opportunity for Alaska families."

SB 59 allows municipalities to opt-in and expand access of low-speed vehicles at their discretion.

While in Sitka, Governor Parnell attended the Sitka High School Job Fair and spoke with sophomores from Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

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