Edgmon E-News – March 2 2019

This week, a long-standing goal of mine was realized when we formed the House Special Committee on Tribal Affairs. This is the first time the Alaska Legislature has ever had a committee focused on tribal issues, and it could not come at a better time. As our state faces the most severe budget cuts any Governor has ever proposed, the opportunities for leveraging tribes’ unique government to government relationship with the US Federal Government offer exciting and potentially crucial means of meeting the health, safety, and education needs of rural Alaska communities.

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HOUSE ORGANIZATION: NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE

Rural legislators have a long history of working with members of both political parties in the interest of good governance. We are driven by a long-term commitment to the success and best interests of the state, not political ideology or national parties. I hope we can form a strong majority made up of members from all parties that represents the best interests of all Alaskans.

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NEWS: Governor Walker Signs Legislation to Support Rural Communities

Nondalton – Tuesday, in the community of Nondalton, near Lake Clark, Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 267, which gives municipalities that levy taxes on guided hunting and sport fishing access to records that businesses submit to state agencies. HB 267 will allow local governments to confirm that hunting and fishing activities subject to taxes within their jurisdictions are being accurately reported.

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