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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House Updates the Alaska Worker’s Compensation System

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) adjusting worker’s compensation benefits for both Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) and death benefits. These benefits have not changed to adjust for inflation for approximately 20 and 50 years, respectively. House Bill 38 would increase the PPI index from $177,000 to $255,506 and requires annual updates to account for inflation. The bill also adjusts the death benefit for financial dependents from the current $20,000 set in 1968 to $100,000.

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The Alaska House Passes a Responsible Budget in the Face of a Fiscal Crisis

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives met their Constitutional duty to pass an operating budget for the State of Alaska. House Bill 286 largely maintains the current level of essential services, fully-funds Alaska’s Base Student Allocation (BSA), includes additional resources to keep Alaskans safe in their homes and businesses, and authorizes the payment of a $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividend to eligible Alaskans.

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Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Edgmon, Seaton, Foster, and Stutes

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 Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome), and House Fisheries Committee Chair Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak).

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House Passes Bill to Facilitate More Money for Public Education in Alaska

Juneau – Earlier this week, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation sponsored by Representative Justin Parish (D-Juneau) to modernize the $675 million Public School Trust Fund to generate millions of dollars a year more for public education in Alaska. House Bill 213 restructures the fund and allows an annual percent of market value (POMV) draw based on the total value of the fund while protecting its inflation-adjusted value.

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House Urges the Federal Government to Respect Marijuana Legalization in Alaska

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling on the federal government to respect states’ rights and the will of the Alaskan people regarding marijuana policy. House Joint Resolution 21, sponsored by Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), also urges the federal government to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule one controlled substance. Other schedule one controlled substances include heroin, LSD, and ecstasy.

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House Calls for a “Linguistic Emergency” Declaration to Protect Alaska Native Languages

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 19, sponsored by Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan), urging Alaska Governor Bill Walker to declare a “linguistic emergency” to help ensure the survival of Native language in Alaska. House Concurrent Resolution 19 calls on state agencies, the Alaska State Legislature, Alaska Native organizations, and others to work to strengthen policies to prioritize the continued use of Alaska Native languages.

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Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Gara, Guttenberg, Claman, and Spohnholz

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 Finance Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage), Finance Committee Member Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), House Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Matt Claman (D-Anchorage), and House Health and Social Services Committee Chair Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage).

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