Category - Caucus Press

Rep. Dan Ortiz

Resolution Introduced to Help Preserve Alaska’s Vital Native Languages

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) introduced a resolution to help ensure the survival of native languages in Alaska. House Concurrent Resolution 19 urges Alaska Governor Bill Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing that a “linguistic emergency” exists in Alaska. The resolution calls on state agencies, the Alaska State Legislature, Alaska Native organizations, and others to work to strengthen policies to ensure the survival of Alaska Native languages, many of which are on the verge of extinction.

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$500-700 Million Loss to Alaskans: Fair Oil Tax Reforms Passed by the House Could Erase Major Portion of $2.5 Billion State Deficit

Juneau – A recent report from the Department of Revenue shows the state is losing more than a half billion dollars in annual revenue by not enacting the modest 25% tax on oil company profits passed by the House last year. Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) released the following statement regarding the role oil taxes play in Alaska’s multi-billion-dollar deficit.

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House Passes Bill Naming Alaska’s Dating Violence Education Effort “Bree’s Law”

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to formally name Alaska’s dating violence awareness and prevention requirements in honor of Bree Moore, whose tragic death in 2014 was the impetus to implement the requirements in Alaska just a year later. Alaska’s dating violence prevention efforts will now be known as “Bree’s Law.”

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This Morning’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Edgmon, Seaton, Stutes, and Kawasaki

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability this morning at 9:00 a.m. to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), House Special Committee on Fisheries Chair Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak), and House Armed Services Committee Co-Chair Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks).

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Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Edgmon, Seaton, Stutes, and Kawasaki

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), House Special Committee on Fisheries Chair Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak), and House Armed Services Committee Co-Chair Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks).

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Reps. Gara and Drummond to Push Needed Increase in School Support

Juneau – Today, Representatives Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation to increase the Base Student Allocation (BSA) in Alaska by $100. The BSA is the amount provided to school districts each year for each student enrolled. Funding for public education in Alaska is roughly $25 million less today than compared to 2015, according to the non-partisan Legislative Finance Division. The loss is even greater, $90 million if you consider the effects of inflation.

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