Office Update and Happy Holidays!

My Fairbanks office will be closed on Monday, December 24 through January 1 for the holidays. We will be checking emails and voicemails, but may be delayed in our response. From January 2 to January 6, the office will be in transition to Juneau. The office will open for business in the State Capitol in Juneau on Monday, January 7. The legislative session convenes on Tuesday, January 15.

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Babcock & Governor’s Recent Firings Exposing State To Costly Lawsuits?

It’s never good to say you know the law when you don’t. New Chief of Staff Tuckerman Babcock got it wrong in stating publicly that it was OK to ask for thousands of resignations, in effect, so he could make sure employees would be “loyal” to the new Governor’s “political agenda” (paraphrase quotes). At least morally, and possibly legally, in my view. He was recklessly wrong when he proclaimed that the folks he was targeting – “at will” employees” – had no legal rights. They actually do.

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Rep. Adam Wool E-News Update: What to Expect when Expecting a New Legislature

The session for the 31rst Alaska State Legislature will begin on January 15, 2019. This is the time when legislators, both newly elected and re-elected, begin to prioritize their efforts for the coming year. A lot still remains to be seen about the election process, as the outcome of the race in House District 1 in Fairbanks is yet to be determined. This race will determine what the State House, and the Legislature as a whole, will look like. No matter who is in charge, there are a few issues I plan to focus on during my time in Juneau this year. While quick fixes don’t exist for the challenges we face, the following will be my priorities to work on this year

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Tarr’s Times: Emergency Preparedness, Tour of JBER, Be SMART for Kids on Gun Violence

This week I had the opportunity to join Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs on a tour of the joint operations at JBER – the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Highlights included visiting the barracks of the 22-week Alaska Military Youth Academy, climbing in a helicopter with the National Guard, and watching the Homeland Security and Emergency Management teams in action responding to the 7.0 earthquake.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Earthquake Relief Resources & Tour of ASD Schools

Since November 30, we’ve heard many stories about how members of the Anchorage and surrounding community fared during the recent earthquake, and we know many friends and neighbors may be in need of assistance. If you or someone you know suffered loss as a result of the earthquake and needs assistance, please let us know and we can try our best to help out.

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