REPRESENTATIVE GERAN TARR

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Sponsor    Statement

Equal Pay and Living Wage Act

A minimum wage that rises faster than the cost of living is needed to reduce poverty and inequality. Small incremental increases over multiple years are not enough to keep full-time minimum wage employees out of poverty. House Bill 28 directly addresses income inequality, housing and food security, while ensuring a healthy economy, and provides safety for our Alaskan families by requiring an annual report on fair pay prices- and setting the minimum wage for our state at $15 an hour.

Currently, working Alaskan families earning the minimum wage are struggling to get by.

Alaskans need a living wage- which takes into consideration geographically specific data related to a family’s likely minimum food costs, childcare, health insurance and health care, housing, transportation, and other necessities like clothing, personal care items. A living wage includes income and payroll taxes to determine the minimum employment earnings necessary to meet a family’s basic needs while maintaining self-sufficiency. The living wage model, although a ’step up’ from poverty, only accounts for a family’s basic needs, and doesn’t include what most Americans consider as a basic enjoyable necessity- like restaurant outings, family vacations, entertainment, etc. Additionally, the living wage model does not provide a financial means for retirement planning or adding to savings. We need a minimum wage that is a living wage for our state. The living wage model is the minimum income standard that, if met, makes the difference between an Alaskan who works at least 40 hours needing public assistance or not, and whether they must consistently suffer through severe housing and food insecurity.

In Alaska, far too often, residents work for inadequate wages. We must do better. House Bill 28 ensures that no full-time worker lives in poverty. Alaska’s current minimum wage is $9.84 an hour and has only risen 8 cents in the past three years. This is not a livable wage, especially in a state as unique as ours, considering the high costs of goods, services, health care, child care, and housing.

House Bill 45, by establishing a working group to calculate the annual living wage within our state. A strong middle-class result in a strong economy. We ask for your support on HB 28, to bring security, stability, and fairness to our families.


 
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REPRESENTATIVE GERAN TARR

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority Coalition

"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


House Bill 116 – Renewal or extension of aquatic farming and aquatic plant and shellfish hatchery site leases

From the office of Representative Story


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


National Board Certification

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


"An Act relating to care of juveniles and to juvenile justice; relating to employment of juvenile probation officers by the Department of Health and Social Services; Relating to terms used in juvenile justice; relating to mandatory reporters of child abuse or neglect; relating to sexual assault in the third degree; relating to sexual assault in the fourth degree; repealing a requirement for administrative revocation of a minor’s driver’s license, permit, privilege to drive, or privilege to obtain a license for consumption or possession of alcohol or drugs; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


House Bill 137: Limit Nonresident Taking of Big Game

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 138: National Resource Water Nomination/Designation

From the office of Representative Kopp


Eligibility of Alaska Native organizations to operate Alaska Native family assistance programs

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


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

From the office of Representative Fields


HB 159

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


"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 relating to testing of sexual assault examination kits

From the office of Representative Tarr


Sponsor Summary for HB 187 version E

From the office of Representative Fields


"An Act adding a second verse to the official state song."

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 197: Extend Seismic Hazards Safety Commission

From the office of Representative Tuck


"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


Wage Disclosure Act

From the office of Representative Tarr


❝An Act relating to public finance; creating the Department of Management and Budget; transferring the duties of the office of management and budget to the Department of Management and Budget; and providing for an effective date.❞

From the office of Representative Thompson


"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


House Bill 221 - An Act Providing for State Recognition of Federally Recognized Tribes

From the office of Representative Kopp


"An Act establishing a state lottery; providing for participation in multi-state lotteries; establishing the Alaska State Lottery Board in the Department of Revenue; relating to confidentiality of information regarding lottery winners; requiring background investigations by the Department of Public Safety; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Thompson


Limited Teacher Certificates

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


Representative Jennifer Johnston Sponsor Statement House Bill 254 Version U

From the office of Representative Johnston


Confining Vehicle Loads

From the office of Representative Tuck


State Education Policy on Child Development and Adversity Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 263: Transfer of Rail Property to the State

From the office of Representative Kopp


“Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act”

From the office of Representative Tarr


Equal Pay and Living Wage Act

From the office of Representative Tarr


"An Act requiring background investigations of village public safety officer applicants by the Department of Public Safety; relating to the village public safety officers program; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Kopp


“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


From the office of Representative Kopp


"An Act Relating to unemployment benefits during a period of state or national emergency resulting from a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


HB 31

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


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


GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTIVE ORDERS

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


This bill prohibits the return of absentee ballots by fax.

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


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


"Proclaiming March 2020 as Brain Injury Awareness Month"

From the office of Representative Tuck


HJR 15

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


HJR 18

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


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


HR 12 aims to create a House Special Committee on Climate Change for the 31st Legislature.

From the office of Representative Josephson