Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Catch the Wave – Responsible Stewardship of the Oceans

Living in Juneau, I am reminded every day how important the health of the ocean is to our community and our state. The ocean contributes to Juneau’s spectacular beauty and amazing recreational opportunities and supports commercial fishing and tourism, which are both important parts of our economy.

I’m proud to be able to dedicate this newsletter to recent advancements in our responsible stewardship of the oceans.

Thank you for reading my newsletter. I enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Rep. Guttenbergs Legislative Report: Meeting this Sunday!

Please join Senator Joe Thomas, Representative Bob Miller and me for a constituent meeting. This is a great opportunity to hear about how the session is progressing, bills I am working on and to let me know what you want to see done.

Date: Sunday, February 19th, 2012
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: West Valley High School Library,
3800 Geist Road

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Rep. Lindsey Holmes Newsletter: Protecting Alaskan Consumers

This morning, the Alaska State House passed my House Bill 274 which will bolster the state’s ability to stand up for the rights of Alaskan consumers.

According to a recent decision by a federal judge, a provision in Alaska law could prevent the state from enforcing Alaska’s Consumer Protection laws in cases where federal and state enforcement responsibilities overlap. This could block the state from pursuing claims against corporations engaged in illegal business practices.

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Sean Parnell, Last of the Big Spenders

The Parnell administration is still flailing around, trying to find a pretext for hitting the oil industry in the palm with $1 billion or $2 billion a year until the sun goes out.

The rocket surgeons at the state Department of Revenue have tried a bunch of reasons for giving our money away: more jobs, more state revenue and keeping the trans-Alaska pipeline working. Finally, they settled on – all three. Plus anything else they can think of. Why, I once heard Commissioner of Revenue Bryan Butcher say that if we didn’t support the giveaway, we’d all have bad breath and dingy teeth. I immediately made a vow to switch my position on oil taxes – and floss more often.

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Rep. Bob Miller’s Newsletter: Save the Date – Feb. 19th Constituent Meeting

This week, I am sending this newsletter reminding you to join Senator Joe Thomas, Representative David Guttenberg, and me for a constituent meeting this weekend at the West Valley High School Library. It will take place on Sunday, February 19th, from 1-3 PM.

These get-togethers are one of my favorite parts about being a legislator, as they provide a great opportunity for us to talk directly with you. I hope you’ll stop by, have a cup of coffee, and then share some of your thoughts and ideas about what’s going on in Juneau.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: Safety is on My Mind

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Samantha Koenig who was tragically abducted from a coffee stand in Midtown where she worked. I know the Anchorage Police Department, the FBI, Samantha’s family, and the Anchorage community, are doing everything they can to bring Samantha home. We are all waiting for the news that she has been rescued and is safe.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Special Call to Action

Democracy works when people claim it as their own.
~BILL MOYERS, The Nation, Jan. 22, 2007

Public testimony is an extremely important part of the democratic process. I often hear about the lack of interest in the political system today. I still find that hard to believe. Today, there are several opportunities to become engaged in an issue that is important to you. I’ve sponsored two bills that are scheduled to be heard in House committees that directly focus on SAFETY and FISH.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Upcoming Meetings Provide Opportunities for Involvement

I Hope to See You this Weekend!

Dear Neighbors,

This weekend I will be travelling back for the Anchorage Legislative Caucus and my annual session meeting with constituents. Both important meetings are great opportunities to learn about what is going on in the Alaska Legislature and to share your opinions about the issues of the day.

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