Category - Rep. Ivy Spohnholz

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Rep. Spohnholz’s July 28th Newsletter: Pragmatic compromise & better eye care for Alaskans

Yesterday, the legislature convened itself in a 3rd special session to pass the capital budget. The legislature passed a bipartisan compromise that uses about $122 million in state unrestricted general funds to obtain about $1.2 billion in federal funds. For every dollar in state funds, we receive $10 from the federal government for a variety of infrastructure and transportation projects.

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Rep. Ivy Spohnholz

NEWS: Governor Signs Bill to Increase Access and Decrease Costs of Eye Care in Alaska

Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed House Bill 103 into law, delegating increased authority over the regulation of optometrists to the Board of Examiners of Optometry. HB 103 was introduced by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) and its Senate companion, Senate Bill 36, was introduced by Senator Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage). The bill passed both the Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate with strong bipartisan support in April and May.

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House Majority Coalition

NEWS: Special Session Compromise; End Cash Credits Now

Anchorage – The Alaska House Majority Coalition has communicated a proposed compromise to the Alaska Senate Majority to address oil tax credit reform, which is the subject of the ongoing Second Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Coalition members support changes to House Bill 111 to end the practice of paying oil companies cash subsidies for certain tax credits. This is expected to save the State of Alaska an estimated $1.5 billion over the next ten years.

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House Majority Coalition

NEWS: House Moves to Prevent Government Shutdown with Passage of Combined Operating and Capital Budgets

Juneau – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.

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Rep. IVY SPOHNHOLZ

Toll-Free +1 866 465 4940
STAFF:
Ted Madsen
Legislative Aide
+1 (907) 465-4940
Ted.Madsen@akleg.gov
Bernice Nisbett
Legislative Aide
+1 (907) 465-4940
Bernice.Nisbett@akleg.gov
Capitol: January-April

Address: Room 421 Capitol Bldg.
                 Juneau, AK, 99801
Phone: +1 907 465 4940
FAX: +1 907 465 3766
Email: rep.ivy.spohnholz@akleg.gov

Anchorage: May-December

Address: 1500 W Benson Blvd, Rm 215
                 Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: +1 907 269 0123
FAX: +1 907 269 0124
Email: rep.ivy.spohnholz@akleg.gov