Happy Independence Day! This year, we’re celebrating the Fourth while having a great deal of division in the country. I hear the concerns from neighbors who worry about violence, racism, and misogyny here in Alaska and across the country. We can’t let that happen. Let’s work together to uplift the community while celebrating the signing of the declaration of independence! If you’re planning on hosting a gathering, here are a few tips to ensure the best time possible while celebrating the Fourth of July and being as welcoming and inclusive as possible.Read more
Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) to improve how law enforcement agencies address and solve sexual assault cases. House Bill 31 requires an annual audit of untested sexual assault kits and implements a victim-centered approach to reporting sexual assault. The bill also requires 12 hours of sexual assault training for new police officers.Read more
As the House Resources Committee Co-Chair, I helped negotiate the passage of HB 111, the deal to end the failed cash credit program for the oil and gas industry. This saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars that we were able to invest in education and other important programs this year – programs that had been cut severely in our economic crisis.Read more
I hope you made it to our neighborhood picnics this past weekend! The Russian Jack and Airport Heights Community Councils organized picnics in Tikishla Park and Russian Jack Park, with a park cleanup included at Russian Jack.Read more
Are you planning on fishing this summer? I am! As many of you know, fishing is an economic driver in Alaska, with resident licenses generating $3.7 million in sales, and non-resident fishing licenses generating $15.1 million in sales in 2017.Read more
I frequently see friends and neighbors posting online or sending me comments with concerns of unfamiliar people hanging around our neck of the woods. I know how uneasy it feels to have people who can be considered potential threats lurking on our streets, and I want to make sure you can distinguish the difference between someone trying to help or harm our neighborhood. This summer, we’re excited for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power to continue their plans to replace the….Read more
Now that session has ended and we’re home, I’m looking forward to seeing you around the neighborhood and over the next few weeks at summer neighborhood events! We are back in my Anchorage office and look forward to continue working for you! Our interim team is Legislative Director Diana Rhoades (picture left) and Constituent and Community Liaison Magdalena Oliveros (picture right). Please stop by and say hi! Our address is 1500 West Benson Blvd. #422. You can also call or email me at (907) 269-0144 or Rep.Geran.Tarr@akleg.govRead more
This past Sunday morning, after ten hours of being on the floor, the House adjourned after passing the FY19 operating budget, which prioritizes public safety, education, and includes a $1600 PFD. Aside from the budget there were several important bills that passed in the final days. More on those below.
I’m looking forward to visiting with neighbors at upcoming community council meetings, picnics, and summer events.