Alaska Legislature Extends Workers’ Compensation to the Organized Militia

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature unanimously approved a bill to extend workers’ compensation coverage to members of Alaska’s organized militia. Members of the Alaska State Defense Force are covered by workers’ compensation when ordered into active state service. However, that protection does not extend during training exercises. House Bill 126 fixes that discrepancy by extending workers compensation to cover injuries incurred during training.

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Alaska Legislature Urges Development of Critical Arctic Infrastructure

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature unanimously approved a resolution calling for the federal government to help develop critical infrastructure and emergency response capabilities in the Arctic region, including the development of a deep-water port on the northern coast of Alaska. House Joint Resolution 33 passed the Alaska State Senate today after being passed earlier this month by the Alaska House of Representatives.

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Alaska House Passes Legislation to Help Struggling Workers

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to help struggling workers and their families weather job losses resulting from the Alaska recession, which has been ongoing since 2015. House Bill 142, sponsored by Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), increases the maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit from $370 to $510 over two years to match 50 percent of the average weekly wage, which is the national norm for unemployment benefits.

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Rep. Tuck’s March 11th Newsletter: Action Alert! Public Testimony Invitation: Protect the Dividend in the Constitution

Tomorrow, the House Finance Committee will be taking public testimony on a proposal to place the Permanent Fund Dividend into the Constitution. The committee meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 12, and public testimony will be taken following an explanation of the resolution. Depending on the amount of testimony, it may be continued in the evening and the following day.

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Rep. Tuck’s February 27th Newsletter: Public Testimony on the Budget This Week

The last several weeks have been busy for all of us as budget subcommittees have been meeting to review the Governor’s proposed FY19 operating budget.

Yesterday, the House finalized the budget subcommittee process and passed our recommendations for each government department to the full Finance Committee. This year, I served on the budget subcommittees for Administration, Commerce Community & Economic Development, Governor, Legislature, University of Alaska, and Military & Veterans’ Affairs.

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