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Legislation Introduced to Create the Alaska Commission for Women and Girls

Juneau – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation this week to create a Commission for Women and Girls to identify legal problems that prevent women from earning equal pay for equal work in Alaska. The commission will also work to determine best practices to promote economic, social, legal, and political justice for women. House Bill 392 calls for the commission to create a report to be presented to the Alaska Governor and the Alaska Legislature every two years with policy recommendations and a plan of action with achievable goals.

House Passes Resolution on Proposed Plan for Offshore Lease Sales

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country).

Legislation Filed to Help Market Alaska as a Tourism Destination

Juneau – Today, Representative Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage) introduced legislation to allow tourism businesses in Alaska to work together to promote Alaska as a one-of-a-kind tourism destination. House Bill 383 would create a “Travel Alaska Board” and establish a funding mechanism through which sectors of the tourism industry may vote to assesses themselves to pay for tourism marketing.

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Rep. Kawasaki Juneau Note February 23rd, 2018

It was great to visit with so many Fairbanks neighbors and friends this week in Juneau as they advocated for their priorities, including early education, local government support, smoke-free workplaces and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Between meetings, I have been working to ensure that we get our goals accomplished and adjourn on time.

Rep. Edgmon’s Feb 23rd Legislative Update: House ADF&G Budget Focuses on Management for More Fishing

The budget process during session begins with a host of Finance Subcommittees each taking responsibility for a particular department and Governor Walker’s proposals for their funding. After weeks of combing through the department’s various divisions and their programs and services, the subcommittee can make recommendations of its own, through adoption of amendments to the governor’s funding plan. Once those recommendations are complete, the subcommittee “closes out”—forwarding a summary of its work to the full Finance Committee and then closing down for the year.

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