Alaska’s Vital Senior Benefits Program Extended to 2024

Juneau – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker put his signature on a significant piece of legislation to extend Alaska’s Senior Benefits Program through June of 2024. House Bill 236, sponsored by Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), was officially signed into law in Fairbanks during the Annual Senior Citizen Recognition Day event organized by the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The bill passed the Alaska Legislature this year nearly unanimously.

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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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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 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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