NEWS: Alaska Foster Youth Champion Receives National Award

Anchorage – Next month, the United States Department of Health and Human Services will honor Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) for his career of work to improve the opportunity and lives of foster youth and families. Rep. Gara will receive a 2018 Adoption Excellence Award during a ceremony in Washington D.C. In being chosen for the award, Rep. Gara was praised for his extraordinary contributions to provide permanent, healthy outcomes for children in foster care in Alaska, including through landmark reform legislation passed this year. Rep. Gara was nominated for the prestigious national award by Amanda Metivier, who founded the foster youth advocacy and support organization, Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Metivier has garnered praise for her child protection work at the Child Welfare Academy at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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NEWS: “Alaska Grown” Bill Signing Wednesday at a Community Farm in Mountain View

Anchorage – Tomorrow, Alaska Governor Bill Walker will sign legislation designed to increase economic opportunities for Alaska farmers and fishermen and to grow Alaska’s farm-to-table economy. House Bill 217, sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), will be signed at noon on September 5 at the nonprofit community garden near the Mountain View Elementary School in Anchorage.

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NEWS: Legislation Signed to Regulate the Middle-Men Between Pharmacies and Insurance Companies

Anchorage – A landmark piece of legislation to empower local pharmacies in Alaska was signed into law this morning by Alaska Governor Bill Walker during a ceremony at a small pharmacy in Juneau. Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) responded to the concerns of pharmacists and many of their customers by sponsoring House Bill 240, which passed the Alaska State Legislature this year with unanimous support.

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