Day - February 19, 2018

House Unanimously Passes Legislation Authorizing Commercial Hemp Farming in 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).

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Rep. Louise Stutes

Opinion: HB 199 is not an anti-mine bill

I feel compelled to comment on a Feb. 4 Juneau Empire article that I was featured in titled “Local fishermen, mining companies divided over fish habitat.” A few days prior to the article, I had the opportunity to meet with a group of the local fishermen in support of my fish habitat permitting legislation, House Bill 199. This bill was drafted in response to a request by the Board of Fisheries that the Legislature update fish habitat permitting laws that have remained unchanged since statehood. The board cited a lack of enforceable standards and public input as weaknesses in the current law.

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From the Desk of Rep. Seaton, February 19th, 2018: Greetings from Juneau on this 35th day of the session and Happy Presidents Day

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.

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Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Tuck, LeDoux, Kito, and Grenn

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).

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