NEWS: Coalition Members Appalled by President Trump’s Response to the Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

Anchorage – The members of the bipartisan Majority organization in the Alaska House of Representatives are appalled by President Donald Trump’s response to last week’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The President insisted that blame for the violence and hatred be equally spread among all participants, including those protesting Nazi, white-supremacist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic ideology.

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NEWS: Senate Health Care Vote Means Thousands of Alaskans Will Retain Insurance Coverage

Anchorage – Today, members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition expressed gratitude that the U.S. Senate turned down federal legislation that would take health care away from millions of Americans.

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NEWS: House Moves Toward REAL ID Act Compliance

Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 74 to give the Alaska Department of Administration authority to adopt regulations to comply with the Federal REAL ID Act. The bill was sponsored by the House Rules committee at the request of Governor Walker, and carried on the House floor by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks).

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EVENT: Armed Forces General Officers to Answer Questions from Capitol Press Corps

Juneau – Joint Armed Services Committee (JASC) Co-Chairs Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Senator Mia Costello (R-Anchorage) will host Alaska’s General Officers of the Armed Forces for questions from the press on Thursday, March 23rd.

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NEWS: The Alaska Legislature Passes a Resolution Asking for Congressional Action to Open ANWR to Oil and Gas Exploration

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives concurred with the Alaska Senate in approving House Joint Resolution 5 sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kotzebue). The resolution urges the United States Congress to pass legislation to open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas development. 

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Rep. Tarr Helps Develop National Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Tool Kit

As the purse strings of Alaska become ever tighter, the heart strings of our community- and compassion for others- need to strengthen. There are Alaskans who struggle within themselves in ways we cannot fully understand. Sometimes their struggle is apparent. For others, it’s unseen. But how we can fully relate is as a neighbor, and as someone who cares about the wellbeing of all Alaskans.

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NEWS: Rep. Tarr is Fighting for Equal Pay for the Women of Alaska

Anchorage – Sunday was the 8th anniversary of the signing of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act by former President Barack Obama. The act, which put in place requirements to equalize pay between men and women, was the very first piece of legislation signed by President Obama after he took office in 2009.

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