NEWS: Rep. Stutes Applauds the Appointment of Fate Putman to the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission

Kodiak – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced the appointment of V. Fate Putman to the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC). Putman will fill the seat being vacated by Benjamin Brown. Putman will serve the remainder of Brown’s term, which expires in early March of 2019.

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NEWS: Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives Will Quickly Consider Governor Walker’s Choice for House District 16 State Representative

Juneau – The Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives will meet as soon as possible to deliberate on Governor Walker’s choice of Ivy Spohnholz to replace the late Representative Max Gruenberg as the Representative for House District 16.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: The 91st Day

Well we have officially gone over the 90-day threshold. It seemed all but a foregone conclusion that we would not finish on time, but the real question is, how long will we stay? There is still much to do. Both the Operating Budget and the Capital Budget have to be agreed upon by both bodies. The Legislature’s only constitutional requirement is that we pass a budget, but with the Governor signaling that he will call a special session to address Medicaid if the legislature fails to act I would prefer to just finish the job before going home. Below is a brief rundown of where the budget discussions are now as well as an update on the Governor’s appointments.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Session Update and Survey Results

Dear Neighbors,

The Legislature has kicked into high gear with the scheduled adjournment date of April 19 fast approaching. As is typical for this time of year, we have been attending daily floor sessions which often go late into the night.

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NEWS: House Democrats Congratulate Arctic Appointees

Alaska’s Democratic State Representatives today congratulated former Lieutenant Governor, Alaska Representative, University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor, and Juneau Mayor Fran Ulmer, along with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. (Ret.) on the announcement of their appointments to serve the United States on Arctic issues.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Appointments Questioned; Legislative Survey Available On-line

Today is the 60th day of the 90 day session and the legislature has been moving at a hectic pace. I am providing the following update in order for you to have access to good information about what is taking place in our government. As always, if you have thoughts, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to share them with me. It is essential that I have your input in order to best represent you in the State House.

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NEWS: House Democrats Comment on Withdrawal of Governor’s Controversial Appointee

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) released the following statements upon hearing Dennis Mandell had withdrawn his name from consideration for the Alaska Assessment Review Board after concerns were raised about his residency, his history of working for the oil industry in disputes against Alaska, and his failure to pay taxes.

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NEWS: House Democratic Legislators Welcome New Representative Sam Kito III

JUNEAU – Today, House Democratic legislators gathered around Sam Kito III to announce his confirmation as the new representative for House District 32. The caucus met Monday night along with democratic members of the House Majority to unanimously confirm Kito.

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