Category - Rep. Scott Kawasaki

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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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Budget Update & Net Neutrality Bill in House Finance

Working Towards A Budget for a Safer and Stronger Alaska Rep. Kawasaki working on the House Floor The budget is currently on hold as the House continues to negotiate for more Republican votes to pass it to the Senate. This budget protects and improves public safety, education, health care and the University, which have already experienced substantial cuts over the last several years. After making additional careful cuts and increasing efficiency, I will support this budget.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki March 23rd Newsletter: Armed Services Update & Bills on the Move

Day 67: Quick Update As House Considers Budget Amendments This week, my colleagues and I spent days on the House Floor to deliberate amendments to the state budget. As it stands, the budget for public services and statewide items is about 17.5 percent less in unrestricted general fund from four years ago. I will send another update early next week after the House version of the budget is in final form.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki Juneau Note March 16th, 2018: Budget & PFD Update, Senior Benefits Public Testimony

We are two-thirds into session and continue to be on track for a 90-day session! The House has already sent two appropriations bills to the Senate for review. We continue to meet to pass more bills to support a strong economy. The state budget is the topic of the week as the House Finance Committee prepares to move it onto the House Floor for a vote.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki Juneau Note March 11th: Public Testimony TODAY to Protect PFD

TODAY: Public Testimony to Protect the PFD. Rep. Kawasaki and Rep. Wool at Constituent meeting earlier this month Tonight, the House Finance Committee will hear public testimony on House Joint Resolution 23, which is a constitutional amendment resolution that would be sent to voters on the November ballot. The resolution would ensure that Permanent Fund Dividends are in fact permanent and protect against the Senate plan to eliminate PFDs. Continued cutting of future PFDs is considered to be the most regressive tax against all Alaskans, no matter disability, age or income

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