Rep. Kito’s April 17th Newsletter: Session Overtime Begins

As of Sunday, April 16th we have passed through the statutory end of session, and we are now officially into overtime. Our state budget has passed the House and the Senate, but we have not yet started the conference committee process. There is still work to do on our fiscal plan, and this week we took a major step towards sustainability. With the passage of House Bill 111 and House Bill 115, and passage of the House amendments to Senate Bill 26, we have all of the pieces out on the table to get us much closer to a comprehensive fiscal plan – you can read this for more information.

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NEWS: House Resources Advances Legislation to Allow Municipalities to Regulate Trapping

Juneau – Legislation advanced out of the House Resources Committee today to allow municipalities in Alaska to establish their own rules to control trapping. House Bill 201, sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), limits municipal regulations to the limited purpose of preventing injuries to people and domestic animals.

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NEWS: Reps. Kawasaki, Spohnholz, and Fansler Seek to Extend Senior Benefits

Juneau – Representatives Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), and Rep. Zach Fansler (D-Bethel) introduced legislation today to extend the Senior Benefits Program sunset clause to 2022, ensuring another four years of support for low income seniors across Alaska. Without action, the program would end in 2018.

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Rep. Seaton’s April 17th Newsletter

Greetings from Juneau this 91st day of session. I am proud to report that this past week the House acted on the four pillars of our comprehensive, sustainable fiscal plan. Oil and gas tax & credit reform, HB 111, passed the House on Monday and was heard in Senate Finance and Senate Resources last weekend. The House version of SB 26, creating a structured draw from the permanent fund, moved from the House Wednesday.

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EVENT: Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Edgmon, Tuck, Seaton and Foster

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), and House Finance Committee Co-chairs Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) and Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome).

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