NEWS: Rep. Guttenberg Thrilled with Progress to Build the Fairbanks Veterans Cemetery

Fairbanks – A ceremony formally announcing the site chosen for the Fairbanks Veterans Cemetery was held Wednesday at the site located at mile 344 of the Parks Highway. State Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) has championed the development of a Fairbanks veterans cemetery for many years and has been instrumental in its development. During Wednesday’s ceremony, Rep. Guttenberg spoke of the importance of allowing interior Alaska veterans to be buried in their home area.

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NEWS: House Transportation Committee Schedules Informational Meeting in Kodiak

Anchorage – The Transportation Committee in the Alaska House of Representatives will hold an informational meeting in Kodiak on August 16. The meeting will be focused on a proposal to transition the current Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) into a publicly operated corporation. The McDowell Group is scheduled to unveil the results of a research project examining the concept. Lawmakers will also receive a presentation from Robert Venables with the Southeast Conference.

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NEWS: Legislation Signed to Help the Military and National Guard in Alaska

Anchorage – Today, a series bills to further modernize Alaska’s military code were signed into law during a ceremony in Anchorage. Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) worked cooperatively with the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense on the much-needed statutory changes to support and protect Alaska’s service members.

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NEWS: Bill Signed to Modernize Alaska’s Public School Trust Fund Using POMV Model

Fairbanks – Today, legislation was signed into law changing the management structure of the $675 million Alaska Public School Trust Fund to a percent of market value (POMV) system. POMV has become the standard global management approach for large endowments and trusts. House Bill 213, sponsored by Representative Justin Parish (D-Juneau), will result in a significant increase in funding available for public education in Alaska.

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Governor Signs Legislation Increasing Flexibility for School Districts

Today – Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation sponsored by Representative John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue) to give Alaska school districts more time and flexibility to provide the local match required under the School Construction Grant Program. House Bill 135 loosens the existing three-year deadline, which can now be extended by the Commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development to a maximum of seven years; provided there is good cause, the extension doesn’t jeopardize successful completion of the project, and the extension won’t increase state funding of the project cost.

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NEWS: Governor Walker Signs Legislation to Support Rural Communities

Nondalton – Tuesday, in the community of Nondalton, near Lake Clark, Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 267, which gives municipalities that levy taxes on guided hunting and sport fishing access to records that businesses submit to state agencies. HB 267 will allow local governments to confirm that hunting and fishing activities subject to taxes within their jurisdictions are being accurately reported.

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