Note from Rep. Gara: Special “I Just Broke Four Ribs” Edition

Well, this weekend it was my turn to take up hospital space. On the bright side, I now know we have at least one great ambulance crew in Anchorage. On the down side, I don’t get to take back that step on a wet stair, and the fall that followed. It apparently cracked four ribs apart, and that apparently takes about six weeks to heal, I hope. It should put me on pace for the Governor’s October 24 Special Session. Or at least close enough. For some reason, my doctors were pretty mum when I asked if I can take a day to go fishing before that.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Winter is Coming… Brace Yourselves. Special Session and Local Elections

Last week, Governor Walker issued a proclamation calling the legislature into a special session to address gasline issues. On October 24, we will head down to Juneau to address some key issues: To reinstate a reserve tax on North Slope resources in the ground that are not developed and a proposal to buy TransCanada’s share of the gas pipeline and gas treatment facility. I am excited to work on these issues and hope that others can make the necessary steps to come together and move forward for Alaska.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: U-Med Road & the Special Session

It’s that time of year again! PFD’s have been deposited into Alaskan bank accounts; snow is starting to gather on the mountain, and the hum of studs on the road can be heard all through the town. As we get ready to transition into winter again I wanted to bring your attention to two important upcoming events. The first is a Municipal Planning and Zoning meeting on the proposed U-Med Road, while the other is about the Governor’s recent announcement that he would be calling the legislature into another special session.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Special Session Update

Recently Governor Walker issued a proclamation calling for a legislative special session to convene in Juneau on October 24 to address two key topics:
First, we will explore putting in place a gas reserves tax on undeveloped North Slope natural gas. Currently, companies purchasing leases from the state have a contractual obligation to bring profitable gas to market. However, without a reserves tax there is little means to enforce this “duty to produce” other than by revoking the leases.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Disappointed Legislative Council Fails to Withdraw Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit

ANCHORAGE – Earlier today, the Alaska State Legislature’s Republican-controlled Legislative Council failed to withdraw its ill-advised lawsuit against Governor Bill Walker over his decision to accept federal funds to expand eligibility for the Medicaid program in Alaska. The Legislative Council, which only includes one member of the minority in the House and Senate, met behind closed doors in Anchorage to discuss the Council’s lawsuit. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Council took no action. The result of this inaction is that the lawsuit will continue.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Fixes to Military Justice Move Forward

As a recently appointed member of the Alaska House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, it is my responsibility to help protect and assist all members of our armed services. I am particularly concerned about those who are vulnerable to abuses of power because of their duty to follow orders.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Southeast Spotlight: Fiscal forum and special session

I hope this finds you well and enjoying the transition to fall – remember to drive safely and watch out for kids on their way to school. Here’s a quick update of some of the recent happenings around and the district and our state.

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