Speaker Edgmon’s May 12th Newsletter: With Day 121 Approaching, Legislature Likely to Require More Time

With just five days left before we hit the May 17 endpoint of the Constitutionally authorized 121-day legislative session, and with several major pieces of legislation still the subject of hearings or conference committee negotiations, it is clear that work in Juneau will continue into another stage of overtime.

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Rep. Kito’s May 12th Newsletter: Fiscal Plan Progress Update

The 121-day Constitutional end-of-session deadline is fast-approaching and progress has slowed dramatically. We are starting to hear of some movement in the Senate, but actions on HB115, the Education Funding Act, have become a challenge.

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Rep. Claman’s April 28th Newsletter: Budget Updates

Today marks the 102nd day of the session. The House has passed its four-pillared responsible action plan to the Senate for consideration. As the House hears additional legislation, the budget remains our top priority and we’re committed to working together with the Senate.

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NEWS: House Advances Legislation to Increase Voter Participation

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 1, sponsored by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), to make it easier for Alaskans to register to vote and participate in elections. Nearly half of Alaskans eligible to vote in 2014 failed to do so, and this legislation seeks to improve and clarify the voting process in an effort to increase the number of Alaskans having their voices heard in our elections.

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Speaker Edgmon’s April 28th Newsletter: Our Personal Investment in Our Communities, Our State, and Alaska’s Next Generation

On Tuesday evening the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee took public testimony on HB 115—the Education Funding Act—and afterward much was made of the fact that a majority of the more than 100 people who called in were in favor of this tax for schools. The testimony went on until after 10:00 p.m., and many people waited hours to put their views on the record.

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NEWS: Broad-Based Revenue Proposal Receives Public Support

Juneau – Last night over 100 Alaskans provided public testimony to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on the proposed Education Funding Act, one of the four pillars of the comprehensive fiscal plan put forward by the Alaska House Majority Coalition. A significant majority of those who testified spoke in favor of House Bill 115 and maintaining Alaska’s commitment to public education and the University of Alaska. HB 115 passed the Alaska House of Representatives earlier this month and is under consideration in the Alaska State Senate.

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Rep. Wool’s April 20th Newsletter: Alaska State House Working to Solve Alaska’s Fiscal Gap

Day 90 has passed and the Legislature is still in session. I’d prefer that the Legislature get its business done within the voter-mandated 90 days, but the state Constitution allows the Legislature to continue until Day 121. This year we were presented with a huge challenge so it’s no surprise that we are here in Juneau past day 90 and that’s OK. This is a very important time for our state and we need to make the big and difficult decisions before we adjourn. Even though I really want to be back in Fairbanks with my family and looking after my business I also realize the importance of what’s in front of us.

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Rep. Claman’s April 19th Newsletter: Funding Education

Easter Sunday was the 90th day of Legislative Session. And on Saturday, the House passed the fourth and final piece of a responsible action plan for Alaska. As the Senate considers the legislation, the budget will remain our top priority and we’re committed to working together.

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