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Rep. Kerttula Comments on Cancelled Special Session

“Alaskans elect us to be statesmen and women and to work together to resolve issues for Alaska’s benefit. That is not happening with coastal zone, and it hurts all Alaskans. The coastal zone program is essential if Alaska is to have any say in planning federal projects off Alaska’s coast. It’s past time for those holding the fate of the program, and the jobs of its 33 employees, in their hands to put their differences aside and enact a strong coastal management program for Alaska.”

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Doogan bill will protect athletes from serious brain injuries JUNEAU – Today the governor signed a bill sponsored by Representative Mike Doogan (D-Anchorage) to protect student athletes from serious brain injuries resulting from multiple concussions. The bill (HB 15) requires that a student with a suspected concussion be removed from play or practice and not return until cleared by a qualified medical professional. It will prevent potential serious brain injuries that can be caused by multiple concussions.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Pre-Saturday Rapture?!?!, Post-Unspecial Session Newsletter

You were probably as surprised as I was to wake up and find out there’s a guy in Florida who says the rapture will be tomorrow. I guess I always thought I’d get more notice before the end of the world. I owe you a post-session e-news, and given what might happen tomorrow, I don’t think I have any more time to procrastinate on this. Though it would be nice to get more notice next time if this guy is wrong, like he was in 1994. I’d like to have my house and chores in order before an apocalypse. But I guess, so would everyone else.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Special Session Adjourned

On Saturday, May 14, the special session was adjourned, three days short of the constitutionally mandated 30-day time limit on special sessions. Two final issues were addressed in the last day – the capital budget and the Alaska Coastal Management Program (ACMP). A final version of the capital budget was passed, but legislation to extend ACMP failed. I'm disappointed and admittedly still angry at losing ACMP because I am worried about the affect it will have on coastal communities and the State in dealing with permitting on federal lands and federal waters. Thank you for reading my newsletter. I enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Newsletter from Rep. Holmes: Back in Anchorage! Special Session Recap;

In the waning days of the special session, common sense prevailed. After weeks of stalemate we were able to pass both an operating and a capital budget and adjourn. During the special session we also passed HB 24 reauthorizing the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, HB 126 reauthorizing a number of other boards, and SB 42 which allows the Alaska Energy Authority to pursue new renewable energy projects.

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My most recent e-news was last Friday. Saturday, we pulled the plug on the special session. It’s like I’ve always heard: In comedy, timing is everything. What did we do in 117 days of sessions – 90 days of regular and 27 of special? We introduced 477 bills and resolutions. (Some were duplicates, introduced in both houses.) We passed 40 bills and an equal number of resolutions. Only the bills really count. (Resolutions are notes we send to the Congress, the federal government and, all too often, to ourselves.) Some, like the capital budget (SB 46), are important. Others, like Alaska Public Gardens Day, less so.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Special Session Wrap Up

Final Wrap Up After going 27 days out of 30 days, the Special Session came to an end on Saturday night with a crack of the gavel. The dust is just settling on the 1st Session of the 27th Alaska State Legislature, so it may be too early to tell the impacts of our deliberations over the last four months. During the summer and into the fall, I hope to meet with you about the legislature and how I can make it more efficient, effective and citizen-friendly.

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Rep. Sharon Cissna Statement on Texas TSA Law

Americans should travel with “security and dignity intact” In February of this year, Rep. Sharon Cissna (D-Anchorage) made national headlines following an encounter she had with the TSA (Transportation Security Authority) while traveling. An airport full-body X-ray scan revealed scars from breast cancer surgery, prompting the TSA to subject Cissna to an invasive hand search. Cissna refused and began a long journey back to Juneau by automobile, ferry and small aircraft.

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