NEWS: Input Needed on Importance of the Alaska Senior Benefits Program

Anchorage – A statewide listening session on the future of the vital Alaska Senior Benefits Program will be held next week to gather input from Alaskan. The program is currently scheduled to sunset in June 2018. The listening session on Thursday, September 28 is sponsored by the House Health and Social Services Subcommittee on the Senior Benefits Program. The Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), will be taking public input on House Bill 236 to extend the program until 2022.

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NEWS: Rep. Claman Hosting Q&A Forum to Discuss Current Status of Bill Related to Licensure of Manicurists and Nail Technicians

Juneau – Last week, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation relating to the licenses for Alaska’s manicurists and nail technicians. House Bill 222 repeals burdensome 2015 legislation, which required all manicurists to meet the standards of an advanced manicurist.

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NEWS: Rep. Parish Wants Input from Juneau Residents on Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Juneau – Representative Justin Parish (D-Juneau) is seeking the input of Juneau residents on priorities that must be achieved before the end of the current legislative session in Juneau. Rep. Parish is holding a town hall meeting Tuesday to gather input and to brief residents on the status of efforts to pass a comprehensive fiscal plan to solve Alaska’s $2.7 billion budget gap and respond to the ongoing recession.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Your Budget Feedback

You may have noticed that we recently updated our newsletter form. In the original version of the newsletter there was a technical difficulty with the links to the contact for emailed testimony. Emailed testimony on the budget can be sent to housefinance@akleg.gov, and emailed testimony on HB 123 and HB 25 can be sent to our office directly at rep.ivy.spohnholz@akleg.gov. These issues have been corrected in the updated version, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Two chances to speak out this weekend!

I hope you and your family and friends had a wonderful holiday season. With the New Year comes a new legislative session. Next week, Anchorage legislators will move to Juneau to work on many important issues – namely the state’s budget – that will have an impact on Alaska for years. This weekend, please join me for two events that will give you a chance to speak with Anchorage legislators before we go to Juneau and learn more about the state’s budget

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NEWS: Anchorage Legislative Caucus Holding Public Hearing Saturday

ANCHORAGE – Today, the Anchorage Legislative Caucus announced its next public hearing in Anchorage will be January 9, 2016 at the Loussac Library. Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) is the Democratic co-chair of the Anchorage Legislative Caucus and will co-chair the meeting with Representative Liz Vazquez (R-Anchorage), the Republican co-chair of the caucus.

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