NEWS: Resources Committee Co-chairs will Lead Effort to Reform Unsustainable Oil Industry Subsidies

Juneau – On Monday, Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) appointed House members to negotiate a compromise on legislation to reform Alaska’s unsustainable oil tax credit system that passed both the House and Senate. House Resources Committee Co-chairs Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) will represent the House Majority on the conference committee. The House Minority will be represented by Rep. Dave Talerico (R-Healy). The State Senate is expected to appoint their members to the conference committee on Wednesday.

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NEWS: Rape Kit Reform Moves Forward with Passage of a Bill Mandating an Audit of Untested Rape Kits in Alaska

Juneau – The Alaska Legislature passed legislation this week that includes a measure put forward by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) mandating a statewide audit of sexual assault examination kits. The House added the measure to Senate Bill 55, which would put in place technical changes and clarifications to Alaska’s criminal statutes as part of the ongoing effort at criminal justice reform.

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NEWS: Alaska House Rejects Weakened Oil Subsidy Reform Bill from the Senate

Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska House of Representatives rejected changes made by the State Senate to a key piece of pending legislation to reform Alaska’s flawed system of subsidizing the oil and gas industry with tax credits. The State Senate significantly weakened House Bill 111, which passed the House last month.

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NEWS: House Passes Legislation to Honor Hmong and Laotian Veterans

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation today to honor Hmong and Laotian soldiers who fought as allies to the United States during the Vietnam War. House Bill 125, sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), authorizes a special designation for Hmong and Laotian veterans on state-issued IDs and driver’s licenses.

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NEWS: Celebrate Earth Day Saturday Across Alaska

Juneau – Alaskans are encouraged to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday by working to safeguard achievements in protecting the natural environment of Alaska. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and events are planned for communities across the state, including Homer, Fairbanks, Palmer, Anchorage, Juneau, Dillingham, Seward, and Ketchikan.

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Rep. Tarr’s April 18th Newsletter: Historic Action Taken by the House: We’ve Passed a Comprehensive, Sustainable Fiscal Plan

Over the weekend the House Majority made true on the commitment we made on November 9th when we came together to form a new coalition. We came together as Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to put our state back on track for a prosperous future by passing a fiscal plan. At the beginning of the session we said our plan had four pillars: reform of our overly generous oil and gas subsidies, strategic budget cuts, protection of the PFD and restructuring, and new revenue from a broad based tax. We took the enormity of the situation and with a laser focus worked diligently to get every measure passed. This is a lengthy enews and I hope you’ll have time to read all of it and will get in touch with questions. I love hearing from you!

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VIDEO: April 15th House Majority Press Availability

Video of the Alaska House Majority Coalition’s April 11th, 2017 press availability.

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