Alaska House Passes Bill to Revise Alaska’s Outdated Automotive Dealership Franchise Agreements

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) that updates Alaska statutes dealing with franchise agreements between auto dealers and auto manufacturers and distributors. Senator Kevin Meyer (R-Anchorage) has sponsored the companion bill in the Senate with identical provisions.

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Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Tuck, Kawasaki, Spohnholz, and Parish

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Finance Committee Member Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), House Health and Social Services Committee Chair Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), and House Community and Regional Affairs Committee Co-Chair Rep. Justin Parish (D-Juneau).

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House Urges a Coordinated, Statewide Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences in Alaska

Juneau – the Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution acknowledging the negative impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and pledging to consider the concepts of early adversity, toxic stress, and childhood trauma in future policy decisions. House Concurrent Resolution 2 encourages the Governor to work with the Alaska Legislature to create a new statewide policy and to identify funding for new ACEs research.

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House Passes Legislation to Support Dive Fisheries in Southeast Alaska

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to update the protocol used by the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association to charge an assessment to its members to help manage and support the geoduck, sea cucumber, and sea urchin fisheries. House Bill 354 changes the assessment mechanism from a vote by a majority of permit holders to a three-quarters vote of the Board of Directors and a majority vote of permit holders participating in the election.

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House Approves On-Bill Financing for Energy Upgrades

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation allowing utilities to create financing programs to help customers finance energy efficiency improvements. House Bill 374 paves the way for low-interest loans that take advantage of the existing relationship between utilities and customers by adding loan payments to existing utility bills.

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House Passes Bill Fixing Flaw in Laws Governing ATMs

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that allows the owners of automatic teller machines (ATMs) to charge a fee for transactions made by international bank card holders. Currently, independently owned ATMs cannot charge a fee for use by international cardholders because the state law only pertains to ATMs owned by state-sponsored banks or credit unions. House Bill 350, sponsored by Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan), seeks to level the playing field between the varied owners of ATMs in Alaska.

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