NEWS: Representative Adam Wool Applauds Governor Walker’s Veto of Credit History for Insurance Rate Bill

Fairbanks — Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) released the following statement on Governor Walker’s veto of Senate Bill 127:

“Alaskans shouldn’t have to fear that when their insurance is renewed, their rates might go up based on their credit history. It doesn’t make sense to change someone’s insurance rates on this irrelevant factor without their consent. Your credit history doesn’t affect whether or not you’re a safe driver or responsible homeowner. I’m pleased Governor Walker vetoed this harmful piece of legislation,” said Rep. Wool.

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NEWS: Consumers Have a Right to Know the Genetically Modified Ingredients in Their Food

Anchorage – The U.S. Senate passed legislation Thursday that that would create a mandatory national system for disclosing genetically modified ingredients in food products. The bill passed by a vote of 63-30. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) has been a vocal advocate for a strong labeling system in Alaska. She is concerned the federal legislation would limit the ability for individual states to implement stricter labeling requirements than the proposed national system.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: The End of Special Session

They say when one door closes, another door opens. Apparently the same holds true for special sessions in Alaska because as soon as the Legislature adjourned the Governor called us back to Juneau for the 5th special session of the 29th Legislature. You can read Governor Walker’s proclamation here. (Note that, one new addition to the “call”—the bills before us—is a sales tax. I’m not sure this is an especially good sign, but am willing to review the idea).

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: End of the First Special Session

Saturday evening, the legislature adjourned the first special session without approving any revenue measures to help close Alaska’s $4 billion deficit. On Sunday, Governor Walker called the legislature back to address Alaska’s financial challenges at a second special session to start on July 11th.

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Should Quickly Act to Continue Insurance for Families of Police and Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty

Juneau – Common sense legislation to honor Alaska’s first responders and their families is stuck in committee in both the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate. House Bill 4002 and Senate Bill 4002 would allow the State of Alaska to continue insurance coverage for spouses and dependents of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Public Testimony TONIGHT

The House Finance Committee will hear public testimony today on Senate Bill 138, the Alaska Permanent Fund Protection Act, at 5:00 PM. This bill would make major changes to the Permanent Fund, including limiting your PFD checks to $1000 for the next two years.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Today: Public Testimony for PFD Bill

Today in the House Finance Committee, there will be public testimony for the PFD bill, SB 128. You can go to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building located at 716 W. 4th Avenue, or call in at 844-586-9085, before 4:30 if you want to testify. Please limit your testimony to 2 minutes. You can also view the Finance Committee meeting, and listen in on Gavel to Gavel.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Testify on the Permanent Fund Bill Tomorrow

I wanted to let you know about an opportunity coming up tomorrow to testify on SB 128​, the Permanent Fund bill, before the House Finance Committee. Here are the details:

When: Tuesday, June 14, 5-7 PM

Where: Fairbanks Legislative Information Office, 1292 Sadler Way (3rd floor) or call 1-844-586-9085

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