Southeast Lawmakers Welcome Fisheries Disaster Relief Funds

Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka) and Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) welcome news that Alaska, including Southeast, will receive $56 million in federal fisheries disaster relief funds. The 2016 pink salmon fishery’s devastatingly low revenues were felt throughout the state, but the initial request for disaster relief funds was…

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Governor Walker Signs a Bill to Support Alaska’s EMS Providers

Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation into law to allow emergency medical services (EMS) providers to recover additional costs for transporting Medicaid patients in Alaska. House Bill 176, sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), changes state law to ensure EMS providers can seek supplemental reimbursements from the Medicaid program, which currently serves over 200,000 Alaskans.

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Alaska Lawmakers Oppose Any Federal Policy Separating Children from Parents at the Southern Border

Anchorage – Today, 21 members of the Alaska State Legislature sent a letter to President Donald Trump thanking him for responding to the wishes of the American people by pledging to end the practice of separating children from families that illegally cross the southern border of the United States. The President has confirmed that he will use his executive order authority to stop the practice, which his administration implemented earlier this year. The lead author of the letter is long-time State Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) who notes that the policy was an inappropriate and ineffective use of government resources and taxpayer dollars.

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Rep. Stutes Calls for Expedited Repairs of Larsen Bay Dam

Anchorage – Representative Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) is calling on local, state, and federal officials to work quickly to repair the heavily degraded Larsen Bay Dam before a catastrophic failure jeopardizes the primary sources of drinking water and electricity for the small Kodiak Island community. The concrete channel that controls the flow of water into the reservoir is quickly eroding, sparking fear of a total failure of the dam structure. Such a failure could impact the very existence of Larsen Bay as a community.

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Legislation Signed to Improve Alaska’s Education and Workforce Training Efforts

Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation sponsored by Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) to improve the workforce training programs in Alaska. House Bill 221, which passed the Alaska Legislature with broad bipartisan support, tasks the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education with using a statistics program to gauge the effectiveness of Alaska’s workforce training efforts and to identify coverage gaps.

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Governor Walker Signs Priority Public Safety Legislation

Juneau – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) to improve public safety, provide safer neighborhoods for Alaska’s families, and protect the state’s medical professionals.
“House Bill 312 passed by near-unanimous votes: 19-0 in the Senate and 31-1 in the House. The vote shows the Legislature’s recognition that justice reform is working. We rejected arguments to repeal and replace past legislation and favored balanced monitoring and review focused on improving public safety,” said Rep. Claman.

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Fort Knox Mine Expansion Will Boost Fairbanks Economy

Anchorage – Alaska State Representatives Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) have released the following statements in response to Tuesday’s announcement that the developer of the Fort Knox gold mine near Fairbanks will proceed with a mine expansion onto adjacent land owned by the State of Alaska. The Kinross Gold Corporation reports that the proposed expansion will produce 1.5 gold equivalent ounces and extend the life of the Fort Knox Mine to 2030.

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