The Budget that Broke Alaskans’ Hearts…

What a week it has been. On day 31 of the 31st legislature we elected Rep. Bryce Edgmon as Speaker of the House. This has been an unusual start to a session and I know at times frustrating to watch. With the budget coming out this week I think you can see why the stakes are so high this session. What hasn’t been seen is the number of conversations that have taken place about the budget and how to move our state forward. There have been many productive conversations and….

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Session has started in Juneau, Pre-Filed Legislation, Upcoming Community Council Meetings

Now that session has started, my staff and I are back in our state’s capitol and are ready to hit the ground running, for you! I hope the last few weeks have been good for you and your family, and that your 2019 has been off to a great start. The kids have been back in school from winter break for a couple weeks now, and the snow has been falling all over. A few days ago, it snowed 18 inches in Juneau

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NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Prohibit the Sale of Products in Alaska Made with Certain Harmful Chemicals

Juneau – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) has pre-filed the “Toxic-Free Firefighters and Children Act” for consideration by the 31st Alaska State Legislature. House Bill 27 would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, or distribute new products in Alaska with certain flame-retardant chemicals. The bill also requires manufacturers to label products made with flame retardant chemicals.

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NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Require Mandatory Jail Time for Car Thieves

Anchorage – Today, Representative-elect Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) announced they would pre-file legislation for the upcoming 31st Alaska State Legislature to address the significant increase in vehicle theft across Alaska. Last year the rate of vehicle theft spiked by nearly 40 percent compared to 2016. The pre-filed legislation will require mandatory minimum jail time of at least 120 days for vehicle theft, with lengthier sentences for aggravating factors.

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Tarr’s Times: Emergency Preparedness, Tour of JBER, Be SMART for Kids on Gun Violence

This week I had the opportunity to join Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs on a tour of the joint operations at JBER – the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Highlights included visiting the barracks of the 22-week Alaska Military Youth Academy, climbing in a helicopter with the National Guard, and watching the Homeland Security and Emergency Management teams in action responding to the 7.0 earthquake.

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