Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Consideration of Governor’s Appointees

Last week, the House passed the operating budget, House Bill 39, and identified over $200 million in cuts, such as: $72.9 million in Medicaid efficiencies, $13 million in the Department of Corrections (efficiencies were based on encouraging the use of electronic monitoring and halfway houses in an effort to keep prisoners in-state while saving money), and $14.5 million to the Department of Transportation.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Constituent Survey Results

This year we saw a significant increase in the number of responses we received from constituents–over 300 friends and neighbors from across House District 21! Thank you to everyone who took the time to share your thoughts. We appreciate your input and will keep your views in mind as the session continues. Having compiled the information and analyzed the results, here are a few takeaways:

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Governor limits crucial testimony on public safety legislation, fails to follow Constitutional requirement

JUNEAU – House Judiciary Committee Chair Matt Claman on Friday delayed a hearing on one of Governor Mike Dunleavy’s bills. The decision follows the governor’s refusal to fill an Alaska Superior Court vacancy and the administration’s decision to block the Public Defender from testifying in-person on public safety legislation.

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