NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki Seeks Restoration of Net Neutrality by Internet Providers

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) introduced a resolution asking the U.S. Congress to overturn last month’s controversial decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ending the requirement that internet providers practice net neutrality. The FCC’s decision reversed an earlier decision that prevented internet providers from treating customers differently depending on how they use the internet.

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NEWS: House Democrats’ Statement on District 40 Appointment

“On behalf of the Alaska House Majority Coalition, I would like to congratulate Mr. Lincoln and welcome him to the team,” said Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives Bryce Edgemon (D-Dillingham) “We are excited for what he can bring to the caucus, and have immense confidence he will provide excellent, effective representation for the people of District 40.”

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NEWS: Fairness in Oil Taxes Bill Introduced

Juneau – Recognizing that Alaska’s fiscal gap can’t be reduced through budget cuts alone, members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition today introduced legislation to increase revenue to address Alaska’s $2.5 billion funding gap. House Bill 288 increases Alaska’s oil and gas minimum tax from four percent to seven percent, which would raise approximately $225 million.

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NEWS: Rep. LeDoux Mandates Harassment Prevention Training for All Lawmakers and Staff in the Alaska House

Anchorage – Representative Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) issued the following statement in response to a press release from Rep. Tammie Wilson calling for her resignation and objecting to sexual harassment training for all lawmakers and staff. Rep. LeDoux has mandated the training to ensure a safe and respectful workplace in the Alaska Legislature.

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NEWS: “Laptops For Foster Youth” Drive: Help Bring In A New Year of Success For Alaska’s 3,000+ Foster Youth

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska founder Amanda Metivier are launching their holiday drive to bring more laptops to foster youth so they can succeed in school and life. Rep. Gara and Metivier, both former foster youth, founded the Laptops for Foster Youth effort at the suggestion of many youth who faced barriers to success, including the lack of computers and internet access needed for schoolwork.

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