The 2011 Legislative Session is rapidly coming to a close and in a week I’ll be on my way home. The “24 hour rule” is now in effect, meaning that legislation can be heard with very little notice, so I urge you to check regularly on any bills you are interested in, as they can move quickly.Read more
Bill protects Board of Regents from adverse actions of individual members
JUNEAU – Today the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation creating a process for the University of Alaska Board of Regents to remove a regent for cause. The bill is a carefully crafted response to the unfortunate situation in 2007 where a regent refused to step down while being prosecuted for fraud.Read more
The 2011 Legislative Session is rapidly coming to a close and I will soon be coming home. Marilyn and I, along with our dog “Lily”, will take the ride home to Fairbanks. Right now we are under what is called the “24 hour rule”. That means the three day public notice isn’t in effect. If you are following specific legislation take notice that it can be heard at any time.Read more
We have eight days left in the legislative session, and I am hard at work to make sure your voice is heard in Juneau.
Using Garbage to Make Electricity
This week the House Energy Committee heard my resolution, HCR 10, to encourage the development of waste-to-energy technology in Alaska. Across the world, and in 24 states, this technology is used to burn garbage to make electricity. The remarkable thing about this technology is that modern waste-to-energy facilities actually produce fewer emissions than would be created from the garbage decomposing in a landfill.Read more
One of the most important functions of the state is to provide for the education of the next generation of Alaskans. The real job is undertaken by parents, teachers, support staff and administration, but it is up to the state to fund that effort. With just over a week to go in session, it finally looks like an increase in education funding has gotten some traction. This may be in part because the revenue forecast that came out this week projected an extra $3.4 billion in surplus revenues over the next two years.
In this newsletter, I’ll talk about education funding, along with a couple of other interesting things that have been happening in the education field this session – parents as teachers and scholarships.Read more
NOW The Work Has To Start?
As I have gotten older, my allergy to work has increased. Even in its advanced state, it’s true, my work allergy doesn’t rival that of my boyhood idol, Maynard G. Krebs, who had what looked, on television anyway, like he was having a grand mal seizure every time he heard the word “work”.
But still. The past week has been too much. Here’s a truncated account of the work I’ve done just in the powerful House Finance Committee.Read more
Bipartisan bill introduced to protect Alaskans’ privacy from new biometric technology
JUNEAU – Today, Representative Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) introduced bi-partisan legislation to protect Alaskans’ privacy from the increasing number of organizations collecting, requiring and selling citizens’ fingerprints, retinal or voice patterns, and other biometric information. Republican Representatives Neuman, Dick, Millett and Keller co-sponsored the bill (HB 233) along with Democratic Representatives Kerttula, Gara and Tuck.Read more
Bill would establish day to recognize unique role of public gardens in Alaska
JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska Legislature established Alaska Public Gardens Day on the Saturday immediately preceding Memorial Day each year. In doing so, the Legislature recognized the role gardens play in promoting environmental stewardship, the economy, education, plant conservation, recreation and research in Alaska.Read more