NEWS: House Advances Legislation to Increase Voter Participation

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 1, sponsored by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), to make it easier for Alaskans to register to vote and participate in elections. Nearly half of Alaskans eligible to vote in 2014 failed to do so, and this legislation seeks to improve and clarify the voting process in an effort to increase the number of Alaskans having their voices heard in our elections.

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NEWS: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Protect Arctic Caribou Herds

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation adding an additional restriction on nonresident hunters in an effort to protect arctic caribou herds. House Bill 211, sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana), requires nonresident hunters, without a second degree of kin in Alaska, to be accompanied by a licensed professional hunting guide when hunting caribou from the Western Arctic, Porcupine, or Central Arctic Caribou Herds.

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NEWS: House Passes Legislation to Honor Hmong and Laotian Veterans

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation today to honor Hmong and Laotian soldiers who fought as allies to the United States during the Vietnam War. House Bill 125, sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), authorizes a special designation for Hmong and Laotian veterans on state-issued IDs and driver’s licenses.

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NEWS: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Support Alaska Manicurists

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) to repeal harmful statutes which disadvantage small Alaska businesses. House Bill 222 removes unreasonable and unnecessary manicurist licensing requirements; allowing experienced manicurists to continue to practice without re-taking a training course as part of their license renewal.

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Passes Legislation to Insure Survivors of Public Servants Killed In the Line of Duty

Juneau – Today, legislation to extend healthcare coverage to the families of peace officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty officially passed the Alaska State Legislature. House Bill 23, sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), passed the Alaska House of Representatives on a unanimous vote in March and a slightly different version of the bill passed the Alaska State Senate last week by a vote of 19-0. The Alaska House formally concurred with the Senate changes to the bill earlier today.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s April 25th Newsletter: Urgent Action Alert Public- Income Tax and REAL ID

This week there are two important bills up for public. I have shared the details for public testimony on these bill since many of you have expressed interest in them. Click the pic for an up-to-date schedule of opportunity for public testimony. The calendar is often updated, so keep checking to stay up to the minute on any changes.

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