Governor Walker Signs Legislation Honoring Veterans Who Have Earned Medals for Valor in Combat

Fairbanks – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed Senate Bill 204 into law during a ceremony in Fairbanks. The bill, sponsored by Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau), allows Alaska chiropractors to sign Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) forms proving that a person is disabled. This will help disabled persons obtain specialized license plates and parking permits. During the legislative process, the bill was amended by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) to honor Alaskans who earned medals for valor in combat by creating license plates reflecting those medals.

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Bill Signed to Expand Military Hiring Preference to Private Businesses in Alaska

Fairbanks – A bill to expand job opportunities for veterans and members of the National Guard was signed into law today during a signing ceremony in Fairbanks. House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) sponsored House Bill 2 at the request of the United States Department of Defense, which has made it a priority to get legislation passed in all 50 states allowing private businesses to offer a military hiring preference.

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Legislation to Protect Alaska’s Forested Lands Becomes Law

Fairbanks – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation into law updating the penalties for burning offenses on publicly and privately forested land in Alaska. House Bill 355 was sponsored by Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) and passed the Alaska Legislature this year with significant bipartisan support.

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Gov. Walker Will Sign Rep. Grenn’s Legislative Ethics Bill

Anchorage – Alaska Governor Bill Walker will sign a bill Thursday evening in Anchorage to strengthen the conflict of interest standards for members of the Alaska Legislature. House Bill 44, sponsored by Representative Jason Grenn (I-Anchorage), also prohibits lawmakers from collecting per diem payments after the 121-day Constitutional deadline for the length of legislative sessions unless the state’s operating budget is passed.

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Legislation Signed to Preserve Alaska’s Historic Roadhouses

Anchorage – Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation today that includes measures to protect the growing hospitality industry in Alaska. Senate Bill 45 includes a provision to allow Alaska’s historic roadhouses to continue operating as they have for decades. The provision was originally included in a bill sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) that passed the Alaska House of Representatives but didn’t pass the Alaska State Senate. In the closing hours of the legislative session, the language to protect Alaska’s historic roadhouses was amended into SB 45, a bill that deals with contractors and home builders

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Legislation Signed to Create a Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia Task Force in Alaska

Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed a bill to address the educational challenges faced by young Alaskans who have difficulty reading due to dyslexia and other factors. House Bill 64 authorizes the creation of a 12-member task force to make recommendations on how to improve reading skills for those who need it.

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Rep. Gara: Alaska Senators Should Not Confirm Supreme Court Justice That Supports Unlimited Corporate Election Spending or Political Party Gerrymandering

Anchorage – On Wednesday, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) sent a letter to Alaska’s two U.S. Senators asking them to protect voters from being silenced by unlimited corporate and group election spending, as well as political party gerrymandering of legislative district boundaries.

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