Rep Claman’s End of Session Newsletter

For the first time in four years, we finished the second regular session of the 30th State Legislature in less than 121 days, and the Governor has no plans to call a special session. Thank you to everyone who contacted me during the session. Your emails, letters, phone calls, messages, and visits to Juneau and Anchorage helped me effectively represent the priorities and values our West Anchorage community.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: 30th Legislature Adjourns After Approval of Operating Budget

Early Sunday morning, the legislature adjourned after passage of the FY19 operating budget, which prioritizes public safety, public education, economic growth, and includes a $1,600 PFD. The FY19 state operating budget, House Bill 286, totals $6.27 billion in General Fund (GF) dollars (including Permanent Fund Dividends). This is about $1.87 billion less than FY15, or a 23% reduction. The budget incorporates…

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Alaska Legislature Passes Legislation to Safeguard Access to Civil Justice for Low-Income Alaskans

Juneau – On the final day of the 30th Alaska Legislature, the Alaska State Senate passed legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) to safeguard Alaskans’ access to the civil justice system by creating a stable and sustainable mechanism for funding the Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC).

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Coalition Members Reflect on the 30th Alaska Legislature

Juneau – After a flurry of legislative action, the Alaska House of Representatives joined the Alaska Senate in adjourning the Second Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature sine die early Sunday morning. Members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition reflected on the legislative achievements of the session.

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Alaska Senate Passes Bill to Improve Public Safety

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Senate passed legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) to address community concerns and improve public safety.
House Bill 312 was introduced in response to reports from Alaska hospitals of an increase in workplace violence over the past year. As the legislation moved toward final passage, the bill was amended to provide additional tools to law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges.

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