I am very thankful we all survived the major earthquake recently. The damage to roads, homes, schools and businesses was severe in some places, especially in the Anchorage and Mat-Su areas, but there were no serious injuries or loss of life. Many thanks to our emergency responders, DOT and utility workers, public officials and local public radio for keeping us informed, safe and for repairing the damage. I heard reports from teachers in our school district that the alert system and procedures worked well, allowing them to get their students to safety and help them remain calm during the tsunami warning. We have a lot for which to be thankful. The list of resources I provided on my Facebook posts following the earthquake are attached here. The Kenai Peninsula Borough will be hosting a Community Emergency Response Team Training in Soldotna, Kenai and Homer areas early in 2019. If you are interested in learning how to help your community during a disaster, please sign up!Read more
Alaska received the green light to carry out the final preparations for the federal REAL ID Act. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified state officials that Alaska has been granted an extension through June 1, 2019, from enforcement of the REAL ID Act. Military bases and other federal facilities as well as TSA will continue to accept Alaska’s state-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards for access.Read more
The purpose of this grant program is to support and expand community and neighborhood watch activities in the state of Alaska. Eligible entities, including community and neighborhood watch groups and municipalities, are encouraged to submit applications for grants which will support these activities.Read more
Legislative Update September 11 Homer Chamber
Join me at the Homer Chamber Luncheon 12pm Tuesday Sept. 11 at the Best Western Bidarka for a legislative update.
Community Assistance Program
This program provides state funding for small community projects based on voter consensus at community meetings. District 31 area meetings are held within the communities that have applied for participation through the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In the past, the KPB usually organized and scheduled these meetings, however as of last year the communities are now required to organize and schedule their meetings.
Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed a bill into law that empowers the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) to collect additional, mostly administrative, fees to support public health services. House Bill 215 passed the Alaska Legislature this year with broad bipartisan support.Read more
The Dept. of Commerce, Community & Economic Developments’ Division of Community and Regional Affairs will be coordinating the grant program. Because this is a new program, the division is still developing the application process. They are hoping to send out notices later this summer. My office will send out another alert and links to the grant program for those that are interested.Read more
Greetings from your District 31 Representative. The 30th Legislature wrapped up our work and gaveled out May 13. I am proud of the work the Alaska House Majority Coalition accomplished this year to support education, protect the PFD, and improve public safety. We were able to complete our work three days before the Constitutional 121-day limit through compromises with the House Minority and Senate. Several key pieces of legislation were passed to better position our state and revitalize our economy. Over $34 million was added to fight crime, drug abuse and make our communities safer. I encourage you to stay engaged as Alaska works toward a new fiscal path that is fair and sustainable. My staff and I will strive to keep you up-to-date and informed.Read more
Greetings from Juneau on the day after the end of the second session of the 30th Alaska Legislature. The House adjourned Sine Die at 1:48 am on Sunday, the 118th day of session. We were pleased to beat the constitutional 121-day session length.Read more