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.Read more
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
For many years I have been grateful to work for House District 37 as your repre-sentative, and for the past two years it has been my honor to serves as the first ever Alaska Native Speaker of the House. During this time, the bi-partisan Alaska House Majority Coalition I lead has worked steadfastly on behalf of rural and urban Alas-kans alike.
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.Read more
We are on track to bring the 2018 legislative session to a successful conclusion very soon. As I write this, votes on the final ver-sions of the Operating and Capital Budgets are still pending, and many bills by individu-al lawmakers are passing across both the House and Senate floors.Read more
The principal components of an adjournment agreement are becoming evi-dent as progress continued this week on several “big ticket” bills.
On Wednesday the House/Senate Conference Committee for SB 26—the Permanent Fund restructuring bill—released a draft committee substitute that is now being used as a basis for compromise discussions toward support for final passage.
There were good signs this week that the Legislature is on track to finish the 2018 session within the time limit allowed by the State Constitution. Produc-tive negotiations continue between all concerned to reach the set of agree-ments necessary to reach adjournment.Read more
On Wednesday this week the House voted to concur with changes made in the Senate to the Education early funding bill we sent over to them in Febru-ary. This means school districts across the state can better plan for the com-ing year and also avoid the frustration and turmoil of teacher lay-off notic-es that would have had to go out if funding were still pending.Read more
Today the Senate appointed its members for the Operating Budget Confer-ence Committee. They will join members the House appointed at about 9:30 p.m. last night. The six-person committee can now turn to working out com-promises between differences in the two versions of the budget passed by each body.Read more