Juneau – Today, members of the Alaska Legislature will join the effort to raise awareness of child abuse by participating in Go Blue Friday. Representatives Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) are asking lawmakers and staff to show support for efforts to stop child abuse in Alaska by wearing the color blue today.Read more
JUNEAU— Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 7 proclaiming April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is at epidemic levels in Alaska, which currently ranks among the top 5 states for the rate of child abuse. HCR 7 is sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage).Read more
Link to the House Bill 37 sponsor statement from the office of Representative Beth KerttulaRead more
Guttenberg bill piggybacked on another measure
JUNEAU, Alaska – In an unusual maneuver, the Alaska State Legislature early this morning enacted the essence of Representative David Guttenberg’s (D- Fairbanks) House Bill 326 to substantially increase access to “child-only” health insurance. Existing law prevents parents with pre-existing conditions from acquiring health insurance solely for their children. HB 326 would have remedied that by allowing parents to purchase insurance for their dependent children.Read more
March is Women’s History Month, and on March 16, there was a fantastic lunch in honor of women legislators throughout Alaska’s history. Not only were current women legislators present, but also past women legislators and their families, along with the family members of women legislators who have passed on. It was a memorable and inspiring event. I remembered that when a bill was heard last week that would have severely limited a woman’s right to choice. I felt much more empowered thinking of the strong women who came before me as well as those with whom I serve.
Thank you for reading my newsletter. I appreciate hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.Read more
Alaska is experiencing a severe lack of affordable child care. Our parents are unable to enter the workforce and our employers are unable to recruit and retain workers. Child care providers are overworked and underpaid, unable to lower their rates and continue providing service. Organizations across the state, from social service organizations to economic development organizations, are joining together to work on this very important issue. It is time we joined that effort. We must reaffirm our commitment to children and families.Read more