Lawmakers and Governor Support Improved School Safety in Alaska

Anchorage – This morning, during a health and public safety forum in Anchorage, Alaska Governor Bill Walker was presented with and signed a resolution prioritizing school safety and supporting increased training for teachers and other school employees to prevent and respond to school violence. House Resolution 7 was sponsored by the House Education Committee under the direction of committee chair Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage).

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Thank You for Attending Alaska State Forum on Public Safety

Thank you to all who attended the Alaska State Forum on Public Safety on Tuesday. The Forum drew over 80 people in the audience and many more online, with our live-stream receiving over 700 views so far. Each day and every day, people who care about our communities work to make wise use of our public safety resources and to improve public safety. The solutions are complicated and the path is long. It calls on all of us to work together as a community. Our speakers and panelists at the forum included police officers, prosecutors, public defenders, mental health providers, substance abuse counselors, university professors, and legislators.

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NEWS: Legislation Signed to Honor Alaska’s First Responders Injured or Killed in the Line of Duty

Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 235 into law creating a new honor to show the appreciation of Alaskans for peace officers and first responders injured or killed while exhibiting great courage and valor in service of their fellow Alaskans. The new “North Star Medal” is reserved for firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, first responders, peace officers, and search and rescue volunteers who show extraordinary bravery every day in keeping Alaskans safe.

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NEWS: Rep. Tuck Champions Increased Awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries

Anchorage – Today, legislation was signed into law naming September 11 as Patriot Day and June 27 as Post-Traumatic Stress Injury Day in Alaska. Senate Bill 152, sponsored by Senator Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage), was initially only focused on recognizing Patriot Day but through the legislative process, the bill was amended to include language sponsored by Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) establishing a Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Day in Alaska.

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Tarr’s Times: Last Week’s Events, HB 217 Bill Signing, and Save the Date: Constituent Meeting 9/22

Last week was very special for me, as progress was made on two issues I’ve been working on for a long time. I spent a whole day at a meeting with leaders from many state agencies discussing how to implement the state’s new trauma informed policy that passed in SB 105. Many thanks to the many groups involved with the Alaska Resilience Initiative for helping to make this lasting and systemic change in state government and delivery of services. We will now be more prevention focused!

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