REPRESENTATIVE GERAN TARR

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Sponsor    Statement

“Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act”

House Bill 27, known as the “Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act,” would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or distribute new products in Alaska with certain flame-retardant chemicals. The bill also requires manufactures to label products made with flame retardant chemicals.

Many of the chemicals used to make products less flammable become toxic when they burn. Exposing firefighters to these cancer-causing chemicals puts them at undue risk, especially because there are now safer alternatives available for manufacturers to use that don’t risk people lives. Furthermore, children across Alaska are at risk because many children’s products are made with these cancer-causing chemicals.

In 2017, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) called on manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to avoid children’s products, electronics, mattresses, and home furniture that contain organohalogen flame retardants, which are a class of chemicals associated with serious human health problems.

Additionally, the International Association of Fire Fighters is calling for reform due to occupationalrelated cancers, which now account for more than half of their members' line-of-duty deaths each year. The Association contends these cancer-causing chemicals are the largest health?related issue facing the firefighting profession.

After an Anchorage firefighter, Andy Mullen, recently lost a battle to cancer caused by exposure to toxins, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski was one of the original cosponsors of the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, which was signed into law last year. It creates a national registry for firefighters diagnosed with cancer and directs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the relationship between career-long exposure to dangerous toxins and the frequency of cancer in firefighters.

Currently, Maine and Rhode Island prohibit certain flame-retardant chemicals and just last year then California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning dangerous flame retardants. These and other prohibitions have put pressure on manufacturers to embrace alternatives and produce products without the use of dangerous flame retardants.

House Bill 27 would save lives of Alaskans without putting an extra burden on manufactures, as they are already being forced, by laws passed by other more populous states, to produce products without dangerous flame retardants.


 
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SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority Coalition

"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


“Urging the United States Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 without an exemption for tribal governments in the state and to support Savanna’s Act and highlight the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

From the office of Representative Zulkosky