Rep. Kawasaki’s September 12th Newsletter: Sept 20 Constituent Town Hall in Fairbanks

After nearly 6 full months in Juneau this year, it’s great to be home in the district and see many of you around town. Here’s a quick update about my upcoming constituent meeting, the municipal election on October 3, and other entertaining events around town.

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NEWS: Legislature Makes Alaska Native Languages Official State Languages

JUNEAU – Just after 3:00 a.m. this morning, the Alaska Legislature approved legislation (HB 216) making each of the Native languages in Alaska an official language of the state. The Alaska Senate voted 18-2 to approve the measure today in front of dozens of supporters. A spontaneous grassroots sit-in involving well over 100 people started at noon in the Capitol and lasted until 3 a.m. The measure has had tremendous public support throughout the process, including rare applause from supporters in both the Senate and House galleries and impromptu celebrations in the Capitol hallways as the bill moved through the committee process.

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NEWS: Alaska House Votes to Create Dr. Walter Soboleff Day

Day honors Tlingit Elder, Minister, storyteller, scholar, businessman. Today, the Alaska state House of Representatives voted unanimously to set aside November 14 of each year to honor the life and work of Dr. Walter A Soboleff, a revered Tlingit elder who passed away in 2011 at the age of 102.

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