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Photo: Final days of the session

Reps. Drew Scalzi, a Homer Republican, left, talks with Mary Kapsner, a Bethel Democrat, seated at right, and Beth Kerttula, a Juneau Democrat, far right, as they and other representatives gather during an at-ease in the House to change the wording to an amendment Sunday.
Alaska Digest

Former Rep. Scalzi dies of cancer at 53 JUNEAU - Former state lawmaker Drew Scalzi of Homer died of cancer Thursday in Seattle at the age of 53. Scalzi, a commercial fisherman by trade, represented District...
Bill to change buyback law for fishery passes House

A bill aimed at making it easier to buy back commercial fishing permits cleared the House on Wednesday. Rep. Drew Scalzi, a Homer Republican, proposed the measure as a tool to improve efficiency in Alaska's troubled salmon fishing industry...
Measure sets buffer zones for loggers

...on Monday. The bill is a compromise supported by the timber industry, fishermen and environmentalists, said Rep. Drew Scalzi, a Homer Republican. "It provides one-stop shopping for industry for permitting and protection of the riparian...
Bill lets fishermen take steps to shrink fleet size

...let limited-entry permit holders set up associations to reduce the number of fishermen chasing the salmon. Rep. Drew Scalzi, a Homer Republican, said while the measure hardly solves all the problems in the industry, it does give salmon fishermen...
Proposals call for doubling shellfish farming in Alaska

...90 new sites to grow shellfish. The measures, by Kasilof Republican Sen. John Torgerson and Homer Republican Rep. Drew Scalzi, try to jump start the tiny industry. The bills require DNR to identify 60 potential new sites for shellfish grown...
Consolidation bills could help ailing salmon industry

...bill that would let fishermen set up associations that could put together their own private buyback programs. Rep. Drew Scalzi, a Homer Republican, is sponsoring both bills. Both are aimed at reducing the number of hooks and nets in the water...
Republicans nearly halfway to control of state House

...sent packing were Rep. Jeannette James, a North Pole Republican, the House majority leader last session, and Rep. Drew Scalzi, a one-term GOP representative from Homer. In the 20-member Senate, the GOP controls four seats and will need...
State accepting bids on oyster, clam and geoduck farm sites

...Alaskans, boost competitiveness in the world marketplace and provide a premium product year-round, said state Rep. Drew Scalzi, a Homer Republican, after the 2002 bill for the aquatic farm disposal program was approved by the House. Ray RaLonde...
Fishing group wants support

...of salmon produced worldwide, Knapp said. "We've got to look at this thing for the next 20 years," said Rep. Drew Scalzi, a Homer Republican. "The industry needs some stability." The UFA wants legislation to allow for voluntary buybacks...


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