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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Fall Happenings Around the Neighborhood

I hope this newsletter finds you well. Fall is fully upon us, the kids are back to school, the leaves are falling (or have already fallen) and I hope the bears go to their dens soon.

As I’ve said before, the #1 issue I hear from neighbors is public safety. Crime has affected us all, making us feel less safe in our homes, businesses, neighborhoods and community. Because of the failed implementation of SB91, I voted in 2017 to repeal the bill. Unfortunately, those in favor of full repeal did not prevail.

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Reminder: East Anchorage Town Hall picnic – tomorrow, Tuesday (6/26) at 5:30 p.m.

Just a quick reminder of tomorrow’s East Anchorage Town Hall picnic. Drop by to hear from your East Anchorage delegation and let us know what matters to you and your family. The event is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 26th, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Lidia Selkregg Chalet (1600 Lidia Selkregg Ln). I hope to see you there; we’re buying the pizza!

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