NEWS: Rape Kit Reform Moves Forward with Passage of a Bill Mandating an Audit of Untested Rape Kits in Alaska

Juneau – The Alaska Legislature passed legislation this week that includes a measure put forward by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) mandating a statewide audit of sexual assault examination kits. The House added the measure to Senate Bill 55, which would put in place technical changes and clarifications to Alaska’s criminal statutes as part of the ongoing effort at criminal justice reform.

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Rep. Josephson’s May 18th Newsletter

Thank you for your support and your participation during this historic 2017 legislative session. A lot of important decisions were made on behalf of our state. Some of these decisions I can take pride in because I cast a vote, or helped push the bill that I knew would have a positive impact for my constituents – and all Alaskans.

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Passes Update to Criminal Justice Reform

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature continued ongoing criminal justice reform efforts by passing a bill containing vital improvements and clarifications to recent statutes. Senate Bill 55, carried in the House by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage), is the next step in a process that began four years ago during the Parnell administration when Alaska began actively reevaluating the way we handle crime.

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NEWS: Legislation to Improve Foster Care System and Implement Caseload Standards Passes the Alaska House of Representatives

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed comprehensive legislation sponsored by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) to improve Alaska’s foster care system. House Bill 151 establishes new training and workload standards for case workers in the Office of Children’s Services. Lower caseload levels are widely recognized to lead to better outcomes for children and families. HB 151 has broad support from children’s advocacy groups and adopts national best practice standards.

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Honors the Late Rep. Al Adams by Naming the House Finance Committee Room in His Honor

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate have voted unanimously in favor of a resolution dedicating the House Finance Committee Room in the Alaska State Capitol to the late Representative Albert “Al” P. Sikkiagruk Adams. House Concurrent Resolution 13, sponsored by Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), moved through both the House and Senate in just two days.

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NEWS: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Protect Wolves Adjacent to the Denali National Park

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives approved legislation to prohibit wolf hunting and trapping in two areas adjacent to Denali National Park and Preserve. House Bill 105, sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), seeks to ensure healthy wolf populations so that park visitors can see wolves in the wild.

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NEWS: Alaska House Approves Legislation Simplifying How Members of the Organized Militia are Paid

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to authorize the same pay and benefits for members of Alaska’s organized militia, whether they are called up for state active duty or federal active duty. House Bill 150, sponsored by the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, simplifies and clarifies the current payment system for militia members.

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