NEWS: Consumers Have a Right to Know the Genetically Modified Ingredients in Their Food

Anchorage – The U.S. Senate passed legislation Thursday that that would create a mandatory national system for disclosing genetically modified ingredients in food products. The bill passed by a vote of 63-30. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) has been a vocal advocate for a strong labeling system in Alaska. She is concerned the federal legislation would limit the ability for individual states to implement stricter labeling requirements than the proposed national system.

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NEWS: Public Comments Sought on Recommendations to Implement Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law in Alaska

Juneau – The task force created after passage of Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law last year has released recommendations for implementing child sexual abuse and teen dating violence awareness measures in Alaska’s public schools. Such measures were mandated through passage of Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law last year as part of the Alaska Safe Children’s Act. Erin’s Law was championed in Alaska by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) who worked with Erin’s Law namesake Erin Merryn for two years to make Alaska the 29th state in the nation to mandate child sexual abuse awareness and prevention in public schools. Erin Merryn is working to get Erin’s Law passed in all 50 states.

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NEWS: Alaska House Votes to Oppose the Sale of Frankenfish

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously Friday night in favor of House Joint Resolution 28 sponsored by House Resources Committee member Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). HJR 28 puts the Alaska House on record opposing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a genetically engineered salmon being sold for human consumption. Additionally, the resolution urges Congress to enact legislation requiring genetically engineered products be labeled.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: End-of-session update

Dear Neighbors,

April 17th marks the end of the 90-day session, so we’re in the final stretch. Read on for an update on a handful of the bills that the Legislature is working on.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: State of the State & Important Legislation

We are now three weeks into the second session of the 29th Legislature and things are really starting to pick up. Committees are meeting regularly and they are beginning to dig into the Governor’s fiscal plans. The budget is the dominating issue this session and everything that we do will be looked at through that lens. Governor Walker’s plan has much to recommend —it is a good first effort. However, there is much in it that gives me pause. But, it is ultimately just an outline that is likely to change as it makes its way through the legislative process. I would encourage everyone to stay involved and to let your voices be heard!

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Legislative Session Begins

We’re set up in Juneau and ready to go! All eyes are on the legislature this session as we address the need for a fiscal plan. The good news is we did plan for this day with savings and we have assets. No one predicted oil would drop to recent record lows of $26 so there is a reasonable sense of urgency. I believe that if the Legislature works together we can come up with proposals that work for Alaska. I want to reassure you that I will be working overtime with my colleagues to come up with a solution that is fair to all Alaskans.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Start of Session Report and Final Chance to Answer My Fiscal Policy Survey

Yesterday we began the second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature here at our State Capitol in Juneau. As I am sure you are aware, Alaska’s troublesome fiscal situation has overshadowed many other serious concerns, and my colleagues and I in the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition are hard at work to find solutions to the crisis that are fair to regular Alaskans and protect our most vulnerable citizens.

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