News and Press
Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to help struggling workers and their families weather job losses resulting from the Alaska recession, which has been ongoing since 2015. House Bill 142, sponsored by Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), increases the maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit from $370 to $510 over two years to match 50 percent of the average weekly wage, which is the national norm for unemployment benefits.
Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation making time-sensitive appropriations to cover unanticipated expenses. House Bill 321, the “fast track” supplemental appropriations bill, totals $110.2 million, of which $92.0 million is from unrestricted general funds (UGF).
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), House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), House Resources Committee Co-Chair Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), and House State Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka).
Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to allow Alaska’s historic roadhouses to operate as they have for decades. House Bill 301, sponsored by Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), grandfather’s in over a hundred hospitality businesses and allows them to continue operating with a tourism beverage dispensary license.
This year in the April Anchorage City election (but NOT the August and November State & Federal elections), you must send in your ballot so that it is postmarked by April 3. You should be receiving your ballots this week. There are a few physical locations where you can vote, and a few drop boxes where you can drop off your ballots by April 3.
Today puts us two-thirds of the way through the statutory 90-day session. Appropriately enough, we are poised to tackle some big ticket items in the immediate future, while other major components of what may be called an adjournment package are making questionable progress.
We are two-thirds into session and continue to be on track for a 90-day session! The House has already sent two appropriations bills to the Senate for review. We continue to meet to pass more bills to support a strong economy. The state budget is the topic of the week as the House Finance Committee prepares to move it onto the House Floor for a vote.
The operating budget is coming along and under consideration by the full House soon. While we strive for a responsible action plan for Alaska, we are also considering legislation related to public safety and reducing gun violence.