January 2019 Legislative Update

I’m back in Juneau and though the House is not yet organized (that means we have not agreed on leadership or committee chairs), I am encouraged by the act of consensus shown last week. We elected Rep. Neal Foster (Nome) to serve as our Speaker Pro Tem which then allowed us to swear in Rep. Sharon Jackson, the new member from Eagle River. This example of compromise is the first step towards completing the organization of the House.

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NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Require Mandatory Jail Time for Car Thieves

Anchorage – Today, Representative-elect Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) announced they would pre-file legislation for the upcoming 31st Alaska State Legislature to address the significant increase in vehicle theft across Alaska. Last year the rate of vehicle theft spiked by nearly 40 percent compared to 2016. The pre-filed legislation will require mandatory minimum jail time of at least 120 days for vehicle theft, with lengthier sentences for aggravating factors.

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