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. LeDoux’s June 9th Newsletter: Special Session Update #1

We are in the final third of the special session called by Governor Walker on May 18th to focus on solutions to Alaska’s fiscal crisis. These past five months in Juneau have not been easy: we are grappling with historic choices brought on by a fundamental shift in the economics of oil. Thankfully, the pace of progress has quickened as of late:

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Rep. Claman’s April 15th Newsletter: Four Pillars of a Fiscal Plan

We’re in the last days of the 90-day legislative session and the House and Senate are picking up the pace as the deadline approaches. The legislature will likely go past the 90-day deadline as we work to finish as soon as possible. The budget remains our top priority and we’re committed to working together to create a responsible action plan for Alaska.

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Rep. Seaton’s March 20th Newsletter

Greetings from Juneau this 63rd day of session. Last week the House spent the majority of our time on the floor debating the budget. 134 amendments were submitted; in the last 15 years we have seen no more than 32 floor amendments to the budget. A few of the amendments were adopted. Many of those that failed were proposed cuts to budget allocations without acknowledging the effect the cuts would have, such as reducing substance abuse services.

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Rep. LeDoux’s Newsletter: March Update

It’s been quite the winter in Anchorage. Please know that I have been in constant contact with the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation to make sure that the state-owned roads in the neighborhood are plowed. I know that there has been a problem, but I was home recently and they looked somewhat better. Looks like the squeaky wheel does get “the grease.”

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Rep. Seaton’s March 13th Newsletter

Greetings from Juneau this 56th day of session. It was a long week for the House Finance Committee, and we are preparing for another long week of floor sessions. In Finance we spent 20 hours considering 330 amendments to the operating budget. Many of the amendments would have taken certain parts of the budget back to FY16 levels without accurately taking into account other changes or reductions the departments already made to other parts of their budget.

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Speaker Edgmon’s March 3rd Newsletter

On any given day in the Speaker’s office I might meet with as many as 10 different business associations, local governments, organizations, or individuals—people involved in fisheries or trucking, tourism or tribal councils, oil & gas or education. More and more, these Alaskans are bringing me the same simple message: “We need to return stability and sustainability to our economy, and it has to happen as soon as possible.”

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