Summer Plans on Oil & Gas and Food Security, Last Week’s Happenings, and Upcoming Events!

Now that session has ended and we’re home, I’m looking forward to seeing you around the neighborhood and over the next few weeks at summer neighborhood events! We are back in my Anchorage office and look forward to continue working for you! Our interim team is Legislative Director Diana Rhoades (picture left) and Constituent and Community Liaison Magdalena Oliveros (picture right). Please stop by and say hi! Our address is 1500 West Benson Blvd. #422. You can also call or email me at (907) 269-0144 or Rep.Geran.Tarr@akleg.gov

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The Legislature Passed the Budget

On Saturday, May 12th, the 30th Legislature adjourned Sine Die. For the first time in many years, the Legislature was able to pass a budget in less than 120 days, thanks to bipartisan, bicameral collaboration. As a member of the House Finance Committee, I had the opportunity to be a key player in creating the budget, particularly the Fish & Game and Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) budgets because I am the Finance Subcommittee Chair for both of those departments. In this newsletter, I will highlight a few key points from the operating and capital budgets we passed this year.

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Rep. Adam Wool E-News Update: 30th AK State Legislature Comes to a Close

As many of you know, this session led to some controversial conversations regarding distilleries and breweries, as well as many other topics in the alcohol industry. Many of these conversations centered around the Title IV bill, Senate Bill 76, which was not passed this session. However, legislation was passed with allows for distilleries to make mixed drinks (this was the same language that was in House Bill 269,) and my bill to grandfather in Alaska’s historic roadhouses (House Bill 301) was also passed. To see a brief explanation of why Senate Bill 76 did not pass, and how these changes happened, please read more at the bottom of this newsletter.

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Rep Kawasaki End of Session Update

Legislature Adjourned on Sunday, May 12 at 1:55AM Big thanks to my staff this year for all their great work. Left to right: Jake Gerrish, William Jodwalis and Mercedes Colbert. You’ll see them in Fairbanks! The Legislative Session wrapped up and I am finally home for the summer! I am proud of the work the Alaska House Majority Coalition accomplished for the people of Alaska. We worked with the House Minority and the Senate to pass a budget that increases resources for public safety and education. I took a strong stand for the people of Alaska and voted against a billion-dollar bonding…

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End of Session Update, Upcoming Neighborhood Events, and More

This past Sunday morning, after ten hours of being on the floor, the House adjourned after passing the FY19 operating budget, which prioritizes public safety, education, and includes a $1600 PFD. Aside from the budget there were several important bills that passed in the final days. More on those below.
I’m looking forward to visiting with neighbors at upcoming community council meetings, picnics, and summer events.

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Adjournment Sine Die

After 10 hours of being on the floor, at 1:48 am on Sunday morning, the House adjourned Sine Die. We passed out the final operating and capital budgets along with other bills that make for a better Alaska.
The House added $28 million for Medicaid payments, $12 million to address substance abuse treatment and the nursing shortage at the Alaska Psychiatrist Institute. We also added a one-time increase of $20 million to k-12 education which is equivalent to a $78 base student allocation increase.

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