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Anchorage – Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation today that includes measures to protect the growing hospitality industry in Alaska. Senate Bill 45 includes a provision to allow Alaska’s historic roadhouses to continue operating as they have for decades. The provision was originally included in a bill sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) that passed the Alaska House of Representatives but didn’t pass the Alaska State Senate. In the closing hours of the legislative session, the language to protect Alaska’s historic roadhouses was amended into SB 45, a bill that deals with contractors and home builders
Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed a bill to address the educational challenges faced by young Alaskans who have difficulty reading due to dyslexia and other factors. House Bill 64 authorizes the creation of a 12-member task force to make recommendations on how to improve reading skills for those who need it.
Anchorage – On Wednesday, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) sent a letter to Alaska’s two U.S. Senators asking them to protect voters from being silenced by unlimited corporate and group election spending, as well as political party gerrymandering of legislative district boundaries.
Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 214 to name Alaska’s teen dating violence awareness and prevention program after Bree Moore who was killed in a senseless act of dating violence in 2014. Alaska’s in-school dating violence prevention program was first authorized in 2015 when the Alaska Legislature passed legislation to implement Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law in Alaska. Erin’s Law requires schools to offer students sexual assault and prevention curriculum, while Bree’s Law mandates dating violence education. HB 214 changes the name of the current program to the “Bree Moore Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Program.”
I'm pleased to announce that this morning, House Bill 43 - or the "Right to Try"- became law in Alaska. It was an honor to sponsor this important legislation, see it through the process, and sit with Governor Walker as he signed it into law.
It has been an exciting week for me as I have seen years of work come to fruition when two pieces of legislation I sponsored were signed into law:
Bree’s Law -Teen Dating Violence Prevention Education
On Wednesday Governor Walker signed House Bill 214 to name Alaska’s teen dating violence awareness and prevention program after Bree Moore who was killed in a senseless act of dating violence in 2014.
Yesterday I wrote to ask Alaska’s Senators to protect voters from being silenced by unlimited corporate and group election spending, and political party Gerrymandering. Click to see it here. I’m proud to have worked on both issues in the past.
As we move forward from the 4th of July week, now is the time to make our summer days count! July is Park and Recreation Month and in Anchorage there’s always plenty to do!