NEWS: Rep. Grenn Honored for Support of Alaska’s Growing Tourism Industry

Anchorage – This week, the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) presented an award to Representative Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage) for his work on behalf of Alaska’s growing tourism industry. Rep. Grenn was given the association’s “Legislative Recognition” award for his ongoing support for Alaska’s tourism marketing program and travel industry.

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Fall Happenings Around the Neighborhood

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Fall is fully upon us, the kids are back to school, the leaves are falling (or have already fallen) and I hope the bears go to their dens soon.

As I’ve said before, the #1 issue I hear from neighbors is public safety. Crime has affected us all, making us feel less safe in our homes, businesses, neighborhoods and community. Because of the failed implementation of SB91, I voted in 2017 to repeal the bill. Unfortunately, those in favor of full repeal did not prevail.

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Alert: Real ID on schedule for Alaska

Alaska received the green light to carry out the final preparations for the federal REAL ID Act. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified state officials that Alaska has been granted an extension through June 1, 2019, from enforcement of the REAL ID Act. Military bases and other federal facilities as well as TSA will continue to accept Alaska’s state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards for access.

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October Constituent Coffee & Upcoming Events

As a lot of you know it’s campaign season, and Legislative Ethics recommend that legislators take a 30-day break from sending out mass electronic and hard copy newsletters before the general election. This is to ensure that state resources are not being spent on political campaign mailings. If you need to reach me, I am available by phone, email, Facebook, or scheduled office visits, so please don’t hesitate to reach out during this 30-day break!

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PFD Day – or Tax Day?

Yesterday, thousands of Alaskans received $1,600 in their bank accounts for their Permanent Fund Dividend, and thousands more will soon get a check in the mail. This year, I introduced an amendment to the budget to restore the full PFD to all eligible Alaskans, and the amendment passed 21 to 19. The full PFD for this year would have been $2,982. The amendment only stood for a couple of days and it was eventually rescinded over my strong objection.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Police Ride-Along & ASD School Bond Tours

During campaign years, legislators take a break from sending out newsletters 30 days before a primary or general election. While this is our last e-news for a while, I’m still working hard to represent our district! To stay connected and receive updates, please follow me on my Rep. Matt Claman Facebook page, email me at Rep.Matt.Claman@akleg.gov, or contact my office at (907) 269-0130.

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