NEWS: Coalition Responds to Resignation of Rep. Dean Westlake

Anchorage – Earlier today, District 40 State Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana) submitted his resignation. This comes in the wake of multiple reports of sexual harassment by Rep. Westlake against current and former legislative staffers.

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NEWS: Alaska House Majority Coalition Leadership Calls on Rep. Dean Westlake to Resign

Anchorage – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), on behalf of House Leadership, released the following statement in response to new allegations of sexual harassment by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana).

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NEWS: House Finance Committee Seeks Public Comments on Senate Bill 54

Juneau – The House Finance Committee will meet on Saturday and Monday to accept public testimony on Senate Bill 54, making additional reforms to Alaska’s criminal justice system. The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee late Thursday night and has been referred to the House Finance Committee.

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EVENT: Rep. Tuck Wants to Hear From You Before the Fourth Special Session

Anchorage – Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), the Majority Leader in the Alaska House of Representatives, is hosting a town hall meeting Saturday to gather input from constituents before the Fourth Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature begins on October 23rd. Governor Bill Walker is calling lawmakers back to Juneau to consider additional criminal justice reform legislation and a revenue measure to help address Alaska’s projected $2.7 billion budget deficit.

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NEWS: Special Session Compromise; End Cash Credits Now

Anchorage – The Alaska House Majority Coalition has communicated a proposed compromise to the Alaska Senate Majority to address oil tax credit reform, which is the subject of the ongoing Second Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Coalition members support changes to House Bill 111 to end the practice of paying oil companies cash subsidies for certain tax credits. This is expected to save the State of Alaska an estimated $1.5 billion over the next ten years.

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