Rep. Josephson E-Blast, Late September Edition

n 2001, the USDA Forest Service enacted the “Roadless Rule”, prohibiting road construction for the purposes of logging in pristine National Forests and Grasslands. The federal regulation protects national treasures and clean drinking water for future generations, as 35% of our nation’s drinking water comes from National Forests.

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FW: E-Blast, Early September Edition

Last Tuesday the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 to ban the use of plastic bags by retailers, making Anchorage the 23rd community in the state of Alaska to take practical action in protecting our environment and keeping our cities clean. The ban will be effective this upcoming March. Alternative paper bags will be available at checkout for 10-50 cents each. Personally, I recommend purchasing re-usable bags to be

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NEWS: Significant Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill Becomes Law

Anchorage – Bipartisan legislation to reform Alaska’s workers’ compensation system was signed into law this morning during a ceremony held in conjunction with the annual AFL-CIO Summer Convention. Alaska Governor Bill Walker put forward House Bill 79 to modernize the system and to clearly define for the first time in Alaska’s history who can be categorized as an independent contractor. Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) carried the bill on the House floor and issued the following statement upon learning that HB 79 has become law.

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Josephson E-blast: July 9, 2018

Farmers’ market season is in full swing and I hope, like me and my staff, you’ve been sampling our local Alaska Grown goods! See the map below for your nearest market location or click here for an interactive map. Did you know you can even support local goods at many of our big chain grocery stores? I’m proud of my Resources Committee Co-Chair, Rep. Geran Tarr, who has been putting a lot of time and effort into local food security issues and supporting our farmers, growers, bakers, and makers.

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Alaska Lawmakers Oppose Any Federal Policy Separating Children from Parents at the Southern Border

Anchorage – Today, 21 members of the Alaska State Legislature sent a letter to President Donald Trump thanking him for responding to the wishes of the American people by pledging to end the practice of separating children from families that illegally cross the southern border of the United States. The President has confirmed that he will use his executive order authority to stop the practice, which his administration implemented earlier this year. The lead author of the letter is long-time State Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) who notes that the policy was an inappropriate and ineffective use of government resources and taxpayer dollars.

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