Edgmon E-News May 6 2019

It has been a busy few weeks in the Alaska Capitol! We voted on the Governor’s appointments, passed some and continued work on other crime and public safety legislation, and today named members of a Conference Committee which will be tasked with reconciling the House and Senate Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budgets. We are working hard to get all items accomplished in time for adjournment on May 15, the 121st day of session.

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Senate Passes the Operating Budget

On Wednesday, the Senate passed its version of the operating budget. The House did not concur with the changes made, and a conference committee is being appointed to resolve the differences between the House and Senate budgets. The conference committee’s version will likely blend together ideas from both versions, and then it will go back to the House and Senate for a final vote before it goes to the Governor for final approval.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: A New Direction for the Alaska Psychiatric Institute

On Monday, after a lawsuit was filed, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services canceled the no-bid contract that turned over the long-term management of the state’s only psychiatric hospital to a private for-profit company. This was an important first step in deciding the future of this vital piece of Alaska’s healthcare infrastructure.

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