Governor signs HB23 into law at North Pole's Trooper Memorial Park

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Governor Bill Walker made a visit to the Interior on Wednesday.

Residents gathered at the Trooper Memorial Park in North Pole to see the Governor of Alaska sign House Bill 23.

According to the Alaska State Legislature website, this is an Act creating a fund in the Department of Public Safety.

The bill was created for "Providing for payment of certain medical insurance premiums for surviving dependents of certain peace officers or firefighters who die in the line of duty".

The bill went through its first session in 2015 and was finally signed on Wednesday.

Families who have lost loved ones in the line of duty, stood next to Governor Walker as he spoke of the need for this new bill.

Walker praised those families saying, without their testimony, this bill may not have passed.