NEWS: Alaska House Passes ANWR Resolution with Bipartisan Support

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives approved a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation to open the 1002 study area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil and gas exploration and development. House Joint Resolution 5, sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kotzebue), passed the Alaska House of Representatives by a vote of 31-4. The resolution was co-sponsored by 12 members of the Alaska House.

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NEWS: New Oil Tax Reform Bill Addresses Flaws in Alaska’s Meager Oil Tax rates

Juneau – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) has released legislation to fix major flaws in Alaska’s oil tax system. The flaws are outlined in information provided to Rep. Gara by the Alaska Department of Revenue in response to detailed questions. The “Fair Share for Alaska Oil Act” supports Alaska’s North Slope oil producers while fairly raising revenue needed for schools, roads, and to help with Alaska’s budget deficit. The bill was filed today with the Chief Clerk and it is attached.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Legislature Must Address Alaska’s Budget Crisis This Session

This session I’m proud to be part of the new Alaska House Majority Coalition that includes Democratic, Republican and Independent legislators. The Majority formed around the consensus that the Legislature must pass a budget plan THIS year. Alaska cannot afford to wait another year. No one knows what form a budget plan will take, but I’ll be working to ensure it is fair and equitable to all Alaskans; and of course keep you informed on developments as the legislative session progresses.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Buying a Recession: Continued Excessive Slashes Aren’t Free

I’d love to join those using the easy sound bite. I do believe in finding waste, and cutting it. I’ve voted against wasteful spending on legislative office buildings, the Knik Arm Bridge, the Susitna Dam, and other unaffordable projects.

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NEWS: Rep. David Guttenberg to Meet with FCC Officials to Discuss Efforts to Improve Broadband Internet Capacity in Alaska

Fairbanks – Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) is scheduled to meet with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials this month to discuss the challenges Alaska faces with expensive and inferior broadband connectivity, which burdens many communities. Currently, 36.4 percent of all Alaskans and over 80 percent of those in rural Alaska do not have access to broadband internet.

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NEWS: Lawmakers Put Aside Party Labels to Form a New House Majority

The Goal is to Solve Alaska’s Fiscal Crisis and End the Partisan Dysfunction in Juneau FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9,

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NEWS: Reps. Tarr, Drummond, and Spohnholz Welcome News of a Federal Grant to Process Untested Rape Kits in Alaska

Anchorage – Representatives Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) and Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) release the following statements in response to the announcement that the State of Alaska is receiving a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to process over 1,000 sexual assault kits collected by the Alaska State Troopers. The grant money will also fund a prosecuting attorney and investigator.

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