Legislature Votes Vince Webster Off The Board Of Fisheries

A joint House and Senate vote today [monday ] approved almost all of Governor Parnell’s appointments to various state boards and commissions — all but one. Vince Webster, Parnell’s choice for re-appointment for a third three year term on the state Board of Fisheries, was turned down by a one- vote margin

“Total combined, 29 yeas, 30 nays.”

“And so by a vote of 29 yeas, 30 nays, Mr. Webster has failed to be confirmed. “

Senate president Charlie Huggins asked for the vote tally to be read a second time. The vote came after an hour of spirited debate on the merits of Webster’s previous work with the state fish board. Webster had gained the ire of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association due to a Board of Fish move in March that lowered escapement goals for Kenai River late run chinook salmon. On Friday, KRSA issued a call to block Webster’s appointment.

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