OPINION: Answers to your questions about public safety

Why has crime increased in Alaska? Three of the biggest drivers are the opioid epidemic, the ongoing recession and multiple years of cuts to law enforcement (both on the street and in the courtroom). How much is because of each of those, and how much is because of state policy, I just don’t know. As far as I’ve seen, no one can say for sure.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s November 6th Newsletter: SB54 continues on the House Floor today

SB54 is an important piece of legislation that will revise some sections of SB91–criminal justice reform. However, I voted against an amendment to SB 54 that would result in a nearly full repeal of SB91 because there are many critically important parts of that legislation that are designed to prevent people from becoming repeat offenders.

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Rep. Seaton’s November 6th Newsletter

Greetings from Juneau on this the 14th day of the 4th special session. The House Finance committee spent last week listening to testimony on SB 54, – Crime and Sentencing. The committee listened to invited testimony from multiple departments and state agencies, as well as 10 hours of public testimony. We have been debating this bill on the floor all weekend, and the debate continues today with multiple amendments being offered.

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NEWS: Coalition Will Work with Walker Administration to Protect Public Safety

Juneau – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) issued the following statement in response to today’s release of a Public Safety Action Plan for the State of Alaska by Alaska Governor Bill Walker. The plan is intended to address growing concerns about increasing rates of crime in Alaska.

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Rep. Seaton’s October 27th Newsletter: SB 54 Public Testimony Alert

Things are moving quickly during this special session, and I want to keep you, my constituents, up to date. I will be sending out my regular Monday newsletters during the special session but I will also alert you to public testimony opportunities or major schedule changes that occur during the week.

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Rep. Tuck’s October 27th Newsletter: Public Testimony on the Crime Bill; The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission

There are TWO more opportunities for you to make your voice heard on Senate Bill 54, the crime bill, which is now before the House Finance Committee: Saturday, October 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Monday, October 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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