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Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will continue to hold technical floor sessions in Juneau until the Fourth Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature ends on November 21st.
Juneau – With a vote earlier today, the Alaska State Senate jeopardized the stiffer criminal penalties included in Senate Bill 54 to respond to the recent spike in crime in Alaska. By refusing to fix constitutional problems with the bill through a conference committee, the Senate has guaranteed the bill will be litigated, which would leave in place the lenient sentencing guidelines included in last year’s omnibus criminal justice reform bill.
Juneau – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) issued the following statement in response to tonight’s announcement that the State of Alaska has entered into a joint development agreement for the long-awaited Alaska LNG Project. The agreement was signed by representatives from the State of Alaska, the Alaska Gaseline Development Corporation (AGDC), the Bank of China, the China Investment Corporation, and the oil and gas company Sinopec.
Juneau – As SB 54, the crime and sentencing bill recommended by the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission makes its way through the Alaska Legislature’s 4th Special Session, another report highlighting reform efforts in Alaska was released this week.
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is open until December 15, 2017. Rates have gone down this year and financial assistance and extra savings are available to many Alaskans who qualify. If you have questions or need assistance with the enrollment process, call 1-844-PLANSAK, or visit www.getcoveredalaska.org.
I wanted to provide you with a small update from my perspective on the fourth special session. The Senate returned to Juneau last Friday, approved SB 54, and adjourned the fourth special session without addressing Governor Walker’s revenue bill.
I’m here in Juneau, with almost no senators. That’s been the case for most of Special Session, as most Republican Senate majority members skipped work the first ten days of this 30-day Special Session and then left for good this past Saturday.
Greetings from Juneau on this the 21st day of the 4th special session. Winter has arrived in Juneau with the first snow fall of the week occurring last Friday. I hope you at home had a nice Veterans Day.