We Need to Hear from YOU

Each session, the Legislature’s biggest responsibility is to pass a budget for the State of Alaska. The House Budget Subcommittees – which examine the details of each department budget – have finished their budget recommendations. I serve as Chair of three budget subcommittees, and we submitted the following budget actions to the House Finance Committee for further review.

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Governor’s Supplemental Budget is Released

Last week, the Governor published his fiscal year 2020 Supplemental Budget. The $262.5 million dollar supplemental budget primarily addresses gaps in funding, such as this year’s costly wildfire season and Medicaid expenses that surpassed the administration’s FY2020 expectations. Below is a breakdown of increments requested by the Governor:

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Ready, Set, Session!

The Alaska State Legislature is gavelling into session today at 1:00pm. As session gets underway, the best way to keep up-to-date is through www.akleg.gov. From there, you can watch committee meetings, track bills, and check the legislative schedule. You can watch Floor Sessions on Gavel Alaska. And of course, I will be sending out email newsletters every few weeks with updates.

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New bill would prevent DOC from shipping inmates to out-of-state prisons

New legislation sponsored by Rep. Zack Fields (D-Anchorage) would remove the ability of the Department of Corrections commissioner to incarcerate prisoners in out-of-state facilities, unless the move is needed for medical reasons or to place a prisoner closer to family. Transfer for trial or extradition would still be allowed.

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