Rep Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Spirit of Muldoon Picnic Coming Up; Petersen Honored for Autism Work

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you will mark your calendars for next Saturday August 8 from 11 am to 2pm when we will be having the second annual Spirit of Muldoon Picnic at the proposed site for the future Muldoon Park Strip or Muldoon Town Square Park on the old Alaska Greenhouse property at the corner of Muldoon and Debarr.

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NEWS: Petersen “Humbled” to Receive Award for his Work to Pass Autism Bill

Today Rep. Pete Petersen (D-Anchorage) was awarded a Soupy Award for his work to pass legislation to ensure that children with autism can receive the treatment they need. Soupy Awards are given annually by Stone Soup Group, an Alaska nonprofit that helps families of children with special needs, to recognize businesses, individuals, and organizations that have made a difference for children with special needs.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau News: In Your Mailbox – Electronic Version of the Annual Print Newsletter

Dear friends and neighbors,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent Juneau; it is an honor and a pleasure serving you and our great community.

2012 was my fourteenth session with the Alaska State House of Representatives and sixth year as House Minority Leader. My seniority and leadership position in the Legislature have allowed me to strengthen and protect Juneau’s interests as I work to help improve our community and our state.

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter. I hope you will find it informative and interesting. If you would like to get regular news updates from me, you can also subscribe to my e-newsletter (email me at Rep.Beth.Kerttula@legis.state.ak.us to sign up).

I always enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Berta’s Briefings from Rep. Gardner: The Aftermath of the End of Regular Session

When 27th Alaska Legislature concluded shortly after midnight on Sunday, April 15, the Governor called us to Special Session to address three issues:

• He introduced a new oil tax bill, combining elements of several other proposals, but the bottom line remains a dramatic reduction in state tax take with the hope of, but no firm commitment to, new oil production. House Resource committee hearings do not start until this afternoon because of the absence of Chair Feige so, I’m attending Senate Resources committee meetings.

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News from Rep. Pete Petersen: Session Adjourns with Successes

Legislature Adjourns; Glenn/ Muldoon Interchange Repair Approved; Autism and Parents as Teachers Bills Pass

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The legislative session adjourned minutes ago, and the word around the Capitol is that the governor has called a special session starting on Wednesday. Unfortunately it looks like I will not be coming home as soon as I’d like, but I will stay until the job is done. This last week has been very busy, but also productive. Today the Legislature passed two important bills which I have been working on for the last three years, and also voted to start the process to rebuild the Muldoon/ Glenn Highway interchange.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: We’re Almost There

On Tuesday, Representative Carl Gatto of Palmer passed away following a long and brave battle with cancer. On Wednesday, we held a small ceremony on the House Floor, singing Amazing Grace and placing thirty-nine roses on the desk he leaves vacant.

The Legislature must still continue the people’s work. And we have a lot of work left to do before the end of regular session on Sunday night (we’re not sure whether there will be a special session or not). In this newsletter, I’ll talk about the issues that are still on the table for the end of session. I’ll also spotlight a great bill to provide insurance coverage for Autism spectrum disorders.

Thank you for reading my newsletter. I appreciate hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Garbage to Energy and Education Bills Considered in Committees; Getting Children with Autism the Treatment they Need;

We have eight days left in the legislative session, and I am hard at work to make sure your voice is heard in Juneau.

Using Garbage to Make Electricity

This week the House Energy Committee heard my resolution, HCR 10, to encourage the development of waste-to-energy technology in Alaska. Across the world, and in 24 states, this technology is used to burn garbage to make electricity. The remarkable thing about this technology is that modern waste-to-energy facilities actually produce fewer emissions than would be created from the garbage decomposing in a landfill.

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