Speaker Edgmon’s October 27th Newsletter: In 4th Special Session, House Hard at Work on Criminal Justice Fixes

After the 4th special legislative session gaveled in Monday, the House Judiciary Committee immediately took up SB 54, a bill to modify some provisions of criminal justice reform policy enacted with 2016’s SB 91. The committee took many hours of public testimony on Monday and Tuesday evenings and also consulted with experts from the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Law, and the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Big Things Are Happening!

Throughout the first month of the session we have been holding budget subcommittees which afforded us the opportunity to do high level program overviews. We have been hearing from various departments about what is working, what they can do better, and how we can restructure programs in a way that provides services people are asking for, while making informed choices about the fiscal realities facing the state. These subcommittees are winding down and will soon be releasing their recommendations. Once that happens, we can move forward with educated decision making regarding the state budget. I am resolute in my devotion to passing a sustainable budget with consistent revenue streams that are fair and equitable for all Alaskans.

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