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Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) that amends the Alaska Marriage Code to add language that allows for marriages to be solemnized by elected officials of the state of Alaska.
Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to remove industrial hemp from the list of controlled substances and to authorize commercial farming of hemp in Alaska. Senate Bill 6 passed the State Senate unanimously last April, and today the bill passed the house by a vote of 36-0. The bill is sponsored by Senator Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer) who sought to build on the efforts to authorize industrial hemp by former State Senator Johnny Ellis from Anchorage. SB 6 was carried on the House floor by Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage).
Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Rules Committee Chair Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage), Labor and Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Sam Kito (D-Juneau), and House Finance Committee member Rep. Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage).
By Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) On February 7th the Alaska House of Representatives passed a historic piece of legislation to protect Alaska’s public education system...
I won’t complain that I feel like a horde of Olympic speed skaters just skated over my back. Well, I actually just did complain about that, didn’t I? Like many of you I’ve had here again and gone again back problems, and they are here again. Que Sera. Here are some of the important things we are working on.
Greetings from Juneau on this 35th day of the session and Happy Presidents Day. The losses in the Florida school last week wound my heart. I pray that we can find an effective means to prevent such shootings in Alaska and on the Kenai Peninsula. I am encouraged by the voices of the young people who are speaking out for change.
Thank you to everyone who has contacted my office this legislative session. I always appreciate talking and discussing issues with as many people as possible. My goal is to find and apply real workable solutions that put Alaskans back to work and help make Alaska a better place to live. In pursuing these goals, I want to share a few reports that paint a picture of Alaska’s economic situation.
We are a month into the second session of the 30th Alaska Legislature, and so far the biggest issue before us is our looming budget deficit. With the price of oil around $65 per barrel, we are nowhere near being able to rely on oil revenue for funding the state services on which Alaskans have come to depend.