Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Great Bills Signed into Law

This week, Senate Bill 63 was signed into law, which will ban smoking tobacco, marijuana, and electronic cigarettes inside places of employment statewide. The bill mirrors local laws already in place in Anchorage and other cities. About half of Alaskans already live in communities that have chosen to prohibit indoor smoking in public, so this bill would extend to the rest of the state.

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Community Connection: Fiscal News & Independence Day Greetings

This week, my constituents should be receiving a copy of my State Budget & Fiscal Policy Newsletter in their mailboxes. You can find a PDF version here. This newsletter is an update on the state’s operating and capital budgets for the new fiscal year, which began on July 1, and fiscal policy legislation that passed this session, including the latest on your Permanent Fund Dividend. Please feel free to share your feedback and questions anytime.

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Alaska Legislature Votes to Simplify How Organized Militia Members are Paid

Anchorage – On May 12th, the final day of the recent legislative session, the Alaska Legislature unanimously passed a bill authorizing the same pay and benefits for members of Alaska’s organized militia regardless of whether they are called to state or federal active duty. The House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee sponsored House Bill 150 to simplify and clarify the payment system for Alaska militia members.

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Coalition Members Reflect on the 30th Alaska Legislature

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.

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Legislature Expands Hiring Preference for Veterans and National Guard Members

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed legislation to expand job opportunities for veterans and members of the National Guard. House Bill 2, sponsored by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), is supported by the United States Department of Defense and the National Federation of Independent Businesses-Alaska. The bill gives private businesses in Alaska the ability to offer a hiring preference to veterans of the armed services and members of the National Guard.

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