On Tuesday, the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee held the first hearing for a bill I introduced that is pro-military and pro-jobs. The goal of House Bill 93, which is the House version of Senator Kawasaki’s Senate Bill 11, is to increase the use of temporary courtesy occupational licenses by the spouses of military members newly stationed in Alaska. These temporary licenses are an important tool to allow military spouses to go to work quickly after they relocate. The Alaska Legislature passed a bill in 2011 authorizing the use of these temporary licenses, but they have not been used as frequently as was hoped or anticipated. I have heard from military spouses that didn’t even know that these temporary occupational licenses were an option.Read more
Welcome to the third issue of my Legislative Update! I hope that everyone is enjoying springtime.
The past few months have gone by so quickly. My staff and I have been incredibly busy attending committee meetings, reviewing bills, reviewing the governor’s appointees, meeting with constituents, and attending legislative receptions and community events.
Congratulations to our new West Anchorage Assembly member, Kameron Perez-Verdia, and our newly elected and re-elected Anchorage School Board members, Margo Bellamy and Starr Marsett. I look forward to working with our newly elected officials to serve West Anchorage and represent our shared values!Read more
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to host three Community Meetings in Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan to hear input on the governor’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to attend, especially those who had the courage to speak.Read more
On Thursday, the House and Senate Education Committees heard an update from the State Board of Education. One of the issues addressed was the decision by the Board to table the Governor’s budget proposal at their most recent meeting without making a recommendationRead more
Thank you to everyone who came out last Sunday to testify to members of House Finance and Anchorage legislators about the Governor’s budget. Approximately 100 people testified and many more submitted written testimony.Read more
While the nation watches our elite university basketball teams tip off, here in Juneau we’re following the “brackets” of legislation. There’s wins and losses in the two bracket system as bills are heard in committees in the House and Senate and move closer to the finish line, which is the Governor’s desk.Read more
I am truly moved by the passion and engagement demonstrated by all who continue to send me letters, postcards, emails and in-person visits to let me know where you stand on the budget. As we work to find a fiscally responsible plan for our state’s future, I do keep in mind all your comments as reminders of what you care about most.Read more