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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NEWS: Governor Walker Signs Legislation Authorizing Transportation Network Companies to Operate in Alaska

Juneau – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed a bill into law that allows ridesharing companies like Lyft and Uber to operate in Alaska. House Bill 132, sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), would pave the way for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber to begin operating in Alaska communities.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future Forum and PFD Time

Last weekend, I attended the “Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future” forum about Alaska’s fiscal challenges and different options for moving forward with a long-term fiscal plan for Alaska. As public officials consider a long-term fiscal plan for Alaska, it is important to hear from diverse groups of Alaskans and consider all of our options. In the midst of back to school activities and winding down summer activities, I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful fall weather!

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Note from Rep. Gara: “Why I Didn’t Go On Any Legislative Trips This Summer” Newsletter

I’m proud that I’ve been frugal with your money. I’ve run the lowest cost office in the Legislature for many years, and in other years I’ve barely missed being the lowest cost office to an even cheaper legislator. Though in fairness, office costs include travel to Juneau for the Legislative Session, and Legislators from parts of rural Alaska have to ship their personal belongings to Juneau every year. They can’t avoid having much higher travel costs than someone who lives in Anchorage.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Happy Holidays

With many new exciting changes coming, and as we look forward to 2015, I want to wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy holiday season. Personally, 2014 has been an exciting year filled with big changes and lots of hard work. I am grateful to all the people in the communities I represent who have supported me and shared their hopes for a strong and healthy Southeast Alaska. Together, we can make positive changes that will ensure our children have a bright future.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Channeling Scott McMurren – The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Normally, legislators send out what are, in the common vernacular, called “E-Blasts” 1-2 times per month. Topics are usually connected to social, economic and political events of the current day. This E-Blast is a deviation from these common themes. Today, I am going to report on a 9-day trip I took to the Lower 48 in late June. I am going to channel my inner Scott McMurren.

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