Farmers’ market season is in full swing and I hope, like me and my staff, you’ve been sampling our local Alaska Grown goods! See the map below for your nearest market location or click here for an interactive map. Did you know you can even support local goods at many of our big chain grocery stores? I’m proud of my Resources Committee Co-Chair, Rep. Geran Tarr, who has been putting a lot of time and effort into local food security issues and supporting our farmers, growers, bakers, and makers.Read more
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
My office has been busy setting up shop in Anchorage for the interim. Some of the topics on my mind these days have been improving local infrastructure, sound environmental management, resolving our fiscal issues, and, of course, abating crime in our fair city.
On Wednesday, June 6th, we recognize one of the most tragic and calamitous events in American history: that 50 years have passed since the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Many Americans like me are sustained and encouraged by great historical figures, whether living or deceased. Mine are the usual and deserving suspects: Lincoln, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Gandhi, and King.
Immediately following adjournment, I had the honor of joining prominent business leaders in our state and Governor Walker on his trade mission to China. While I appreciated the opportunity to participate in efforts to cultivate a positive trade relationship with China, network with leaders in Alaskan business, and work towards a more diverse, vibrant economy, it is great to be home.Read more
Juneau – In a bipartisan effort to improve health care, the Alaska Legislature acted to streamline medical licensing and addressed regulatory issues in the medical field on the final day of session. House Bill 280, an extension for the Board of Marital and Family Therapy sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D—Anchorage), was amended to include portions Senate Bill 108 sponsored by Senator Giessel (R—Anchorage), which dealt with reforms requested by the state Medical Board.Read more
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
Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed legislation put forward by Alaska Governor Bill Walker to improve Alaska’s workers’ compensation system. House Bill 79 allows for electronic filing, reduces administrative costs, more clearly defines ‘independent contractor’, and provide adequate funding to administer the workers’ compensation system.Read more
While remaining deeply engaged in the big, lynchpin issues that the legislature must settle before adjourning, in recent weeks I’ve also managed to advance measures that I’ve been championing. Those include:Read more