REPRESENTATIVE GERAN TARR

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Sponsor    Statement

"An Act relating to the Alaska Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and relating to the sale of milk, milk products, raw milk, and raw milk products."

Alaska is especially vulnerable to food shortages and supply interruptions because around 95 percent of food consumed in Alaska originates from outside Alaska. Improving food security is good for our state, good for local businesses, good for our economy, and good for health. These efforts are truly a win for our state. House Bill 16 seeks to increase access to Alaska Grown products by expanding opportunities for direct producer to consumer sales.

House Bill 16 would expand sales of a variety of agricultural products including milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, meats, and other prepared goods. The Food Freedom Bill is modeled on successful efforts to allow more value-added products to be sold directly by producers to consumers in Wyoming, North Dakota, and Maine. Similar Food Freedom Bills are under consideration in California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia.

Alaskans have a right to know what’s in their food and how it is prepared. This bill requires labeling to let consumers know what product they are purchasing and how it was prepared, thus providing for informed consumer choice. Direct producer to consumer sales with informed consumer choice, by requiring appropriate, labeling should be legal.

These sales can be regulated for safety while also expanding small business opportunities. Currently, Alaskans spend almost $2 billion a year on food, but very little is spent on Alaska Grown items. A recent report from the Alaska Farm Bureau estimates that if every Alaskan spent just $5.00/per week on Alaska Grown items, it would add $188 million to the Alaska economy.

Interest in locally produced food continues to grow in Alaska. In 2005 there were only 13 farmers markets in Alaska. Now there are nearly 50 farmers markets with direct sales increasing by 32 percent between 2007 and 2012, which is 13 times the national average. Currently nearly one out of every three farms in Alaska sells direct to household consumers, placing Alaska among the top states in direct sales, along with New Hampshire and Vermont.


 
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SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority

"An Act relating to exemptions from mortgage loan originator licensing requirements; and providing for an effective date"

From the office of Representative Wilson


"An Act Relating to Claims Against Protection and Indemnity Insurance Policies of Vessel Owners"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"An Act relating to residency requirements for public school enrollment for certain children of active duty military members"

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the transfer of the title to a vehicle, including certain manufactured homes and trailers, on the death of the owner; allowing a person to act for the surviving spouse of a decedent to make a demand of the personal representative of the decedent’s estate related to enforcing a liability against real property or an interest in real property transferred at death by a transfer on death deed; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


"An Act relating to a workforce enhancement program for health care professionals employed in the state; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 117 – Municipal regulation of trapping

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act Relating to Protective Orders"

From the office of Representative Kopp


Strategically strengthening our laws will reduce Alaska’s sky-high crime rate. This bill will improve public safety by stiffening criminal procedures.

From the office of Representative Josephson


"An Act relating to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system; relating to protection of the social and historical significance of the Unangax cemetery located in Funter Bay and providing for the amendment of the management plan for the Funter Bay marine park unit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Hannan


“An Act relating to sentencing for vehicle theft in the first degree.”

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act relating to the Alaska Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and relating to the sale of milk, milk products, raw milk, and raw milk products."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act requiring law enforcement agencies to send sexual assault examination kits for testing within six months after collection; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act relating to insurance coverage for contraceptives and related services; and relating to medical assistance coverage for contraceptives and related services."

From the office of Representative Claman


Confining Vehicle Loads

From the office of Representative Tuck


“Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act”

From the office of Representative Tarr


“An Act relating to insurance coverage for benefits provided through telehealth; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


House Bill 30: The Abigail Caudle Act

From the office of Representative Josephson


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries

From the office of Representative Ortiz


House Bill 44, "Automated Teller Machines: Fees"

From the office of Representative Ortiz


"Establishing May 15th as Hmong American Veterans Day"

From the office of Representative Tarr


"Military Work Experience"

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act establishing the month of February as Black History Month."

From the office of Representative Story


"An Act relating to the liability of an excavator for damaging an underground facility"

From the office of Representative Claman


House Bill 81: An Act prohibiting disposable shopping bags; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 82: Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for HB 86

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act extending the liquefied natural gas storage facility tax credit; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Thompson


From the office of Representative Johnston


From the office of Representative Johnston


"An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for certain nonresident professionals; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development."

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 96

From the office of Representative Fields


From the office of Representative Edgmon


Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the duration of regular sessions of the Legislature

From the office of Representative Claman


Constitutional Amendment: Permanent Fund; POMV; Dividend

From the office of Representative Tuck