Resolution Introduced to Help Preserve Alaska’s Vital Native Languages

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) introduced a resolution to help ensure the survival of native languages in Alaska. House Concurrent Resolution 19 urges Alaska Governor Bill Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing that a “linguistic emergency” exists in Alaska. The resolution calls on state agencies, the Alaska State Legislature, Alaska Native organizations, and others to work to strengthen policies to ensure the survival of Alaska Native languages, many of which are on the verge of extinction.

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Newsletters Rep. Tarr’s January 26th Newsletter: Session News, Early Funding of Education and Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Day

Session is going full steam now! I’m thankful to be here alive after the scariest drive of my life getting here. The changing climate is bringing unseasonably warm temperatures and in turn treacherous road conditions as it snows, then melts, and turns to ice. I’ve done this drive twenty times and have never encountered anything like what I did this time.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters January 26th newsletter: State of the State & Education Funding

Last week, Governor Walker welcomed us back to Juneau with the State of the State address. He emphasized the need to revitalize our economy by passing a responsible action plan that reduces Alaska’s budget deficit while maintaining core public services and improving public safety.

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NEWS: On the 9th Anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Alaska Women Push for Pay Equity and Economic Justice

At a time when a national conversation is taking place about sexual harassment, with the #metoo and Time’s Up campaigns, many Alaska lawmakers and non-profit leaders believe it is also time to focus on another workplace problem — pay equity.

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NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki Seeks Restoration of Net Neutrality by Internet Providers

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) introduced a resolution asking the U.S. Congress to overturn last month’s controversial decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ending the requirement that internet providers practice net neutrality. The FCC’s decision reversed an earlier decision that prevented internet providers from treating customers differently depending on how they use the internet.

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Rep. Ortiz’s January 25th newsletter: Another legislative session has begun!

Another legislative session has begun! Last Tuesday, we gaveled in and had our first floor session of the year. We dove head first into our Finance Committee meetings with presentations from Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney, Department of Revenue official, the CEO of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and Legislative Finance.

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