NEWS: Coalition Pledges to Diligently Consider Governor Walker’s New Revenue Proposal and Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Anchorage – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) issued the following statement in response to Governor Walker’s proclamation calling the 30th Alaska State Legislature into a 4th Special Session next month. The Governor is asking lawmakers to consider criminal justice reform legislation and a bill to create new revenue for the State of Alaska.

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Rep. Josephson’s September 14th Newsletter: Try, Try Again – A Fourth Special Session in the Offing

Alaska’s $2.7 billion annual budget deficit will shrink if legislators raise new revenues during a special session likely to begin in Juneau next month. Governor Walker and the House Majority want to close or substantially diminish our budget gap this year, so we expect an official proclamation any day now that will call the legislature into a fourth special session beginning October 23.

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NEWS: Rape Kit Reform Moves Forward with Passage of a Bill Mandating an Audit of Untested Rape Kits in Alaska

Juneau – The Alaska Legislature passed legislation this week that includes a measure put forward by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) mandating a statewide audit of sexual assault examination kits. The House added the measure to Senate Bill 55, which would put in place technical changes and clarifications to Alaska’s criminal statutes as part of the ongoing effort at criminal justice reform.

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Passes Update to Criminal Justice Reform

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature continued ongoing criminal justice reform efforts by passing a bill containing vital improvements and clarifications to recent statutes. Senate Bill 55, carried in the House by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage), is the next step in a process that began four years ago during the Parnell administration when Alaska began actively reevaluating the way we handle crime.

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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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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Update from Juneau: Justice Reform, HB 156, Oil Subsidies & Summer Events

Nothing about my first legislative session has been “normal.” I came to Juneau to fill the seat vacated by the passing of Rep. Max Gruenberg, my first day of work was a 20 hour budget floor session, and now we are on day 116 of a 90 day session as we are working to fill in a $4B deficit. I expect that the legislature will make headlines with some historic decisions in the coming weeks, but today I want to update you on a few key issues.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: What’s Happening in Juneau and a Few Community Updates

I hope you’re enjoying the sunshine! As I had hoped in my last update to you, we haven’t finished up with the session yet. I wanted to write and give you a quick update on what’s happening in Juneau and a few community updates.

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