NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki Seeks Restoration of Net Neutrality by Internet Providers

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) introduced a resolution asking the U.S. Congress to overturn last month’s controversial decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ending the requirement that internet providers practice net neutrality. The FCC’s decision reversed an earlier decision that prevented internet providers from treating customers differently depending on how they use the internet.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s January 23 Newsletter: Getting Down to Business

The second week of the 2018 Legislative Session has started and business is in full swing. This week I will hold House Finance Budget Subcommittee hearings for the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s November 9th Newsletter: Criminal Justice Reform & Veterans’ Day in Fairbanks

Late last night, my colleagues and I in the Alaska State House passed SB 54 after 3 days of amendments, 13 hours of public testimony and six days of work in Finance Committee. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Coghill, now returns to the Alaska State Senate to agree on the changes.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s October 18th Newsletter: Public Safety & 4th Special Session

Earlier this month, as Chair of the Departments of Public Safety and Corrections budgets for the House Finance Committee, I held hearings to provide the public and legislators the opportunity to learn more about the impact of budget cuts since 2014 on law enforcement and incarceration. My colleague Rep. Jason Grennalso held hearings on the Public Defenders Agency in the Dept of Administration and the Dept of Law for state prosecutors. You can find all presentation materials online here.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s September 25th Newsletter: 9/28 Senior Benefits & 10/23 Special Session Updates

This year I introduced HB 236, which would extend the Senior Benefits Program to the year 2022. Without action, modest monthly cash assistance to low-income seniors would end in June of 2018. Learn more about the bill and the program online here under the documents tab.

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NEWS: Input Needed on Importance of the Alaska Senior Benefits Program

Anchorage – A statewide listening session on the future of the vital Alaska Senior Benefits Program will be held next week to gather input from Alaskan. The program is currently scheduled to sunset in June 2018. The listening session on Thursday, September 28 is sponsored by the House Health and Social Services Subcommittee on the Senior Benefits Program. The Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), will be taking public input on House Bill 236 to extend the program until 2022.

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