NEWS: House Transportation Committee Schedules Informational Meeting in Kodiak

Anchorage – The Transportation Committee in the Alaska House of Representatives will hold an informational meeting in Kodiak on August 16. The meeting will be focused on a proposal to transition the current Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) into a publicly operated corporation. The McDowell Group is scheduled to unveil the results of a research project examining the concept. Lawmakers will also receive a presentation from Robert Venables with the Southeast Conference.

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Rep. Stutes Calls for Expedited Repairs of Larsen Bay Dam

Anchorage – Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) is calling on local, state, and federal officials to work quickly to repair the heavily degraded Larsen Bay Dam before a catastrophic failure jeopardizes the primary sources of drinking water and electricity for the small Kodiak Island community. The concrete channel that controls the flow of water into the reservoir is quickly eroding, sparking fear of a total failure of the dam structure. Such a failure could impact the very existence of Larsen Bay as a community.

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Coalition Members Reflect on the 30th Alaska Legislature

Juneau – After a flurry of legislative action, the Alaska House of Representatives joined the Alaska Senate in adjourning the Second Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature sine die early Sunday morning. Members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition reflected on the legislative achievements of the session.

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Legislature Approves Increased Benefits for Those Displaced by Federal Construction Projects in Alaska

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed legislation to increase the maximum relocation benefits available to those displaced by federally funded construction projects. House Bill 131 brings Alaska statutes in line with federal laws that were changed in 2012 with the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. Prior to passage of the act, federal relocation benefit rates had not been changed in 30-years. HB 131 was sponsored by the House Transportation Committee under the leadership of Co-Chairs Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) and Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks).

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Opinion: HB 199 is not an anti-mine bill

I feel compelled to comment on a Feb. 4 Juneau Empire article that I was featured in titled “Local fishermen, mining companies divided over fish habitat.”

A few days prior to the article, I had the opportunity to meet with a group of the local fishermen in support of my fish habitat permitting legislation, House Bill 199. This bill was drafted in response to a request by the Board of Fisheries that the Legislature update fish habitat permitting laws that have remained unchanged since statehood. The board cited a lack of enforceable standards and public input as weaknesses in the current law.

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NEWS: Rep. Stutes Applauds the Appointment of Fate Putman to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission

Kodiak – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced the appointment of V. Fate Putman to the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC). Putman will fill the seat being vacated by Benjamin Brown. Putman will serve the remainder of Brown’s term, which expires in early March of 2019.

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Rep. Stutes’ October 26th Newsletter: Pink Salmon Disaster Relief Funding

I know that many commercial fishermen, residents, and businesses in my district were deeply affected by disastrous pink salmon returns in 2016. Pink salmon fishing is the mainstay of our seine fleet and the effect on families and the economy was devastating. I want to provide an update of where we are in the process of securing funding from the Federal Government for hard-working fishermen.

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