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Anchorage – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker used an appearance at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage to sign a historic compact between the State of Alaska, tribes, and tribal organizations.
Anchorage – Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), the Majority Leader in the Alaska House of Representatives, is hosting a town hall meeting Saturday to gather input from constituents before the Fourth Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature begins on October 23rd. Governor Bill Walker is calling lawmakers back to Juneau to consider additional criminal justice reform legislation and a revenue measure to help address Alaska’s projected $2.7 billion budget deficit.
Anchorage - The co-chairs of the legislative working group created by House Bill 111, Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), announced today the working group’s membership, along with the formation of an advisory group.
Anchorage – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) wishes to provide further information about why the upcoming Fourth Special Session should be held in the state capital of Juneau. According to the non-partisan Legislative Affairs Agency moving the session would incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional costs. This would occur just as lawmakers are wrestling with solutions to Alaska’s ongoing fiscal challenges. Speaker Edgmon has informed the members of the Alaska House of Representatives that the special session will start as scheduled Monday morning and will remain in Juneau for the duration of the session.
Please join me and Representative Jason Grenn tomorrow, Thursday, October 19th from 6:00 – 7:30pm at Kincaid Elementary School (Cafeteria) for a public safety discussion with the Anchorage Police Department and other local leaders. We’ll be talking about how we can work together to make our community safer.
Earlier this month, as Chair of the Departments of Public Safety and Corrections budgets for the House Finance Committee, I held hearings to provide the public and legislators the opportunity to learn more about the impact of budget cuts since 2014 on law enforcement and incarceration. My colleague Rep. Jason Grennalso held hearings on the Public Defenders Agency in the Dept of Administration and the Dept of Law for state prosecutors. You can find all presentation materials online here.
Please join me this Thursday, October 19th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Kincaid Elementary School (cafeteria). Representative Matt Claman and I will be hosting a public safety discussion with the Anchorage Police Department and other local leaders. We'll be talking about how we can work together to make our community safer and we urge you to join us.
Many Alaskans have railed recently against rising crime and the 2016 criminal justice reform bill, SB91. I, too, am very concerned about the increase in crime—especially the violent variety, but also property violations—and I’ll be voting in this month’s special session to do something about it.