Category - Newsletters

Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: A Fast-Moving Update on Bills on the Go

Simply put, there are a lot of bills moving and very few weeks left of session. Through extended committee meetings and late night floor sessions, bills are flying through committees, sometimes taking on an ever-so-different look than when they were originally introduced. Here are a few of the more prevalent bills gaining attention around the building and throughout communities statewide to keep you up-to-date. These are important bills that align with the priorities I have worked on this session: Education, Energy, and the Economy.

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Note from Rep. Les Gara: Now You Don’t See It, Now You Do – Big Knik Bridge $ubsidy

The state’s no longer on the hook to guarantee to cover all financial losses for the private contractor who will build and operate the proposed Knik Arm Bridge. Oh wait. News flash! Yes it will. Two years ago the promoters of the Knik Arm Bridge promised this billion dollar project would be built, paid for, and operated by a private contractor, which would recoup its costs with tolls. Then the Mayor of Anchorage and Governor changed their minds. Now they want state money to subsidize the private contractor. Then, a funny thing happened on my way to work last Friday. Well, it happened at work.

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Legislative Report: Legislature Passes Bill to Speed Up Return of Property Held as Evidence

Friends and Neighbors, Less than three weeks remain in the 27th Legislative Session and we still have many big issues in front of us. This week the House Finance Committee will focus on education funding and shortfalls. The Senate Finance Committee has been working on the Capital Budget and we hope that bill will be coming over to the House so that we have adequate time to work on our additions.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Women’s History Month

March is Women's History Month, and on March 16, there was a fantastic lunch in honor of women legislators throughout Alaska's history. Not only were current women legislators present, but also past women legislators and their families, along with the family members of women legislators who have passed on. It was a memorable and inspiring event. I remembered that when a bill was heard last week that would have severely limited a woman's right to choice. I felt much more empowered thinking of the strong women who came before me as well as those with whom I serve. Thank you for reading my newsletter. I appreciate hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Rep. Petersen’s Report from the Capitol: Improving Service to Veterans; Honoring Hmong Veterans

The Legislative session is getting pretty busy. We have less than a month left in the session and there are a lot of important pieces of legislation being considered. As always, I appreciate hearing from you on what your priorities for this session are. Working to Improve Veterans Services One important issue I have been working hard on is how we can improve our services to veterans. I often hear from veterans who do not know how to apply for the benefits they have earned through their service to our country.

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Bills, We Got Bills Yesterday was the 66th day of the legislative session. Puts me in mind of the fabulous old TV show Route 66, Tod and Buz off to discover America in a ’59 Corvette. And, of course, it is 2/3s of the Number of the Beast as found in Revelations, an extremely dour book of the Bible. So it is either an invitation to escape (only 24 days left!!!) or a harbinger of disaster (extended session, special session, name calling!!!). Take your pick.

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Rep. Lindsey Holmes’ Newsletter: Come to our Constituent Pizza Party this Saturday!

For most people this time of year means the beginning glimmers of spring (although the Anchorage weather gods don’t seem to have gotten the memo). For the Legislature it means crunch time. With less than four weeks to go in the legislative session, things are really heating up in the Capitol. The House recently passed the State’s operating budget, the Senate Finance Committee is debating oil taxes, and the House Finance committee is discussing an increase to K-12 education funding as well as a bill to promote a small diameter in-state gas line. These are just a few of the hot issues heading into the end of session.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Your Money, Your Voice, and my Fairbanks Visit this Weekend

The legislature is quickly winding down to the last few weeks of session, set to adjourn on April 15th. Members are eager to pass their favorite bills which are moving through committees after very little public testimony. Here are some important issues facing our legislature over the next few weeks. Budget The Operating Budget passed the first hurdle in the House last week and is headed to the Senate. This budget contains money for everything from teachers to police and firefighters, to road maintenance.

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