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.
Juneau – After a flurry of legislative action, the Alaska House of Representatives joined the Alaska Senate in adjourning the Second Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature sine die early Sunday morning. Members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition reflected on the legislative achievements of the session.Read more
I’m expecting we will adjourn in the next few days and I’m pleased to report that many good bills have passed in recent days, including bills to increase access to mental health care, bills that will improve the lives of Alaskans with mental or physical disabilities, and a bill to reform our foster care system. My personal legislation to address rape kit reform and increase purchasing of Alaska Grown have also passed.Read more
Legislation that is part of our ongoing work to end the backlog of untested rape kits in Alaska has passed the Alaska Legislature unanimously. My bill, HB 31, and a separate appropriation in the capital budget, will be used to test more than 3000 rape kits that have been sitting on police shelves for decades.Read more
Juneau – The Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 177, legislation introduced by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) to help the State respond to aquatic invasive species. Invasive plant and fish species are a threat to local ecosystems, commercially important endemic species (like salmon), and accessibility.Read more