Public Records Restriction for Past Marijuana Convictions Passes House

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) to protect Alaskans’ ability to go to work despite past convictions for marijuana possession. House Bill 316 restricts public access to records related to simple marijuana possession in the wake of voter approval of legalization in Alaska in November of 2014. The bill also calls for the Alaska CourtView system to be wiped clean of all marijuana convictions classified as a VIA misdemeanor. The citizens’ initiative allowed the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana but failed to address how to deal with those previously convicted of marijuana possession.

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Help for Small Businesses Passes the Alaska House

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to improve a program intended to help in the startup and expansion of small and micro businesses in Alaska. The Alaska Microloan Program was created to help small businesses get access to needed capital. House Bill 304 was put forward by Alaska Governor Bill Walker and carried on the House floor today by Representative Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel), who issued the following statement.

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A Provision of the Governor’s Public Safety Action Plan Passes the Alaska Legislature

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a key piece of legislation in the Governor’s Public Safety Action Plan. Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) supported and carried Senate Bill 148 on the House floor. The bill passed the Alaska State Senate unanimously last month and will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.

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Alaska Legislature Passes Bill to Revise Alaska’s Outdated Automotive Dealership Franchise Agreements

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed legislation updating state statutes dealing with franchise agreements between auto dealers and auto manufacturers and distributors. House Bill 136 was sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage). The Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 47, was introduced by Senator Kevin Meyer.

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It’s time for the Legislature to reverse the trend of declining school support

Public education matters because a student’s opportunity to achieve matters. The Legislature has an opportunity to end years of continuing cuts to teachers, guidance and career counselors, teacher training, end even courses. We’ve lost over 500 teachers, counselors and education support staff in recent years. Bigger class sizes, demoralized teachers, and rolled back curriculum don’t increase academic achievement.

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Alaska House Passes Legislation to Help More Military Spouses Work in Alaska

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to evaluate regulations which allow military spouses with occupational licenses from other states to obtain expiated courtesy occupational licenses in Alaska. House Bill 262 requires the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to provide a report to the Alaska Legislature on the progress of implementing the regulations. HB 262 requires the Department to track how temporary courtesy occupational licenses are used and to document that the occupational boards in Alaska know and understand the legislative mandate to provide courtesy licenses to military spouses.

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