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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FW: E-Blast, Early September Edition

Last Tuesday the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 to ban the use of plastic bags by retailers, making Anchorage the 23rd community in the state of Alaska to take practical action in protecting our environment and keeping our cities clean. The ban will be effective this upcoming March. Alternative paper bags will be available at checkout for 10-50 cents each. Personally, I recommend purchasing re-usable bags to be

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NEWS: Significant Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill Becomes Law

Anchorage – Bipartisan legislation to reform Alaska’s workers’ compensation system was signed into law this morning during a ceremony held in conjunction with the annual AFL-CIO Summer Convention. Alaska Governor Bill Walker put forward House Bill 79 to modernize the system and to clearly define for the first time in Alaska’s history who can be categorized as an independent contractor. Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) carried the bill on the House floor and issued the following statement upon learning that HB 79 has become law.

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Josephson E-blast: July 9, 2018

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.

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Mourning and learning half a century after Bobby Kennedy’s death

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.

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