NEWS: Be Safe with Prescription Drugs

Anchorage – Law enforcement agencies, health care providers, and Fred Meyer stores across Alaska are teaming up to collect unused prescription drugs on Saturday as part of the 15th National Drug Take Back Day. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) is urging Alaskans to prevent the abuse and theft of prescription drugs by properly disposing of them at authorized collection sites.

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Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia Task Force – Second Meeting

Anchorage – Wednesday, October 31 will mark the second official meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia authorized by the Alaska Legislature through House Bill 64 last session. The task force will meet again to continue studying the latest research on how children learn to read and look at ways to effectively put this knowledge into practice.

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Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia Task Force – First Meeting

Anchorage – Monday, October 22 will mark the first official meeting of the Legislative Task Force on Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia authorized by the Alaska Legislature through House Bill 64 last session. The twelve-member task force will meet to study the latest research on how children learn to read and look at ways to effectively put this knowledge into practice.

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NEWS: Rep. Grenn Honored for Support of Alaska’s Growing Tourism Industry

Anchorage – This week, the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA) presented an award to Representative Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage) for his work on behalf of Alaska’s growing tourism industry. Rep. Grenn was given the association’s “Legislative Recognition” award for his ongoing support for Alaska’s tourism marketing program and travel industry.

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NEWS: Alaska Foster Youth Champion Receives National Award

Anchorage – Next month, the United States Department of Health and Human Services will honor Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) for his career of work to improve the opportunity and lives of foster youth and families. Rep. Gara will receive a 2018 Adoption Excellence Award during a ceremony in Washington D.C. In being chosen for the award, Rep. Gara was praised for his extraordinary contributions to provide permanent, healthy outcomes for children in foster care in Alaska, including through landmark reform legislation passed this year. Rep. Gara was nominated for the prestigious national award by Amanda Metivier, who founded the foster youth advocacy and support organization, Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Metivier has garnered praise for her child protection work at the Child Welfare Academy at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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NEWS: Rep. Claman Chosen as the New Chair of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission

Anchorage – Today, Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) was chosen as the new Chairman of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. Rep. Claman takes over for Greg Razo who serves as the Vice President for Government Relations with the regional native corporation CIRI. Razo will continue to serve on the commission in a seat reserved for a representative from the Alaska Native community. Rep. Claman has served as a non-voting member of the 13-member commission since 2017.

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