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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
March 10, 2017
In this issue:
• Constituent Survey Results
• House Bill 8: Protection Orders Bill
• Community Events and Opportunities

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are over halfway through the 90-day session. This week, we have the results of our constituent survey. Thanks to all who completed the survey. We appreciate your input and will keep your views in mind as the session continues.

Constituent Survey Results

Thank you to all who completed our annual constituent survey. We received over 300 responses to the survey and have now compiled the information and analyzed the results. Here is what we found: Constituents strongly support a constitutional amendment that establishing a 90-day session. While a large majority oppose a constitutional amendment requiring the PFD in a specified amount, responses were more divided about a constitutional amendment that requires the PFD in an unspecified amount. A majority of constituents believe that we should not continue the oil tax credit subsidies to encourage oil exploration in Alaska. With regard to new revenue, more than half of constituents favor a broad-based tax. Many also wanted to know more about a possible school tax. We have since proposed a school tax (HB 146); learn more here.

We asked open-ended questions about where we can make additional cuts and which areas we should consider additional funding. Many constituents wrote that there should be no more cuts. Others suggested cuts to legislative benefits (per diem, travel, and limiting session to 90-days), governmental administration, mega projects, and state employee benefits. With regard to areas that need more funding, education (both K-12 and UA), public safety, Health & Social Services (especially rehabilitation, mental health, and child services), and road maintenance/Department of Transportation were the most common responses. Others responded that no areas should receive additional funding until we approve a responsible action plan for Alaska.

Last, we asked what grade you would give Governor Walker’s budget proposal for FY2018. More than half responded with a “Grade B” or higher.

We hope that these results are insightful.

*in these cases “Other” includes options such as use of PFD, marijuana tax, increasing public usage fees, and fisheries tax

House Bill 8: Protection Orders Bill

On Monday, the House voted 38-2 to bring Alaska statutes in line with the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). House Bill 8, was introduced by Speaker Edgmon. Currently, Alaska only recognizes out-of-state protective orders filed in State court. HB 8 requires the State to enforce protective orders from other jurisdictions, including territorial or tribal courts. The bill follows the recommendations of the Department of Law to amend conflicting state statutes and bring Alaska into compliance with VAWA to eliminate potential lawsuits. HB 8 will now move to the Senate Community and Regional Affairs committee.

Community Events

Mark your calendar for the following upcoming candidate forums:

AFACT Anchorage Assembly Candidate Forum
Alaska Faith and Action - Congregations Together (AFACT) is hosting an Anchorage Assembly candidates forum with candidates from all six Assembly districts. Candidates will answer questions raised by AFACT member congregations. The program will conclude with a half hour reception with the candidates. All are welcome.

When: Sunday, March 12th, 2:00-4:00PM
Where: Central Lutheran Church - 1420 Cordova Street.

West Anchorage Assembly & School Board Candidates Forum
The North Star, Sand Lake, Spenard and Turnagain Community Councils are sponsoring a West Anchorage Candidates Forum this month. Come enjoy refreshments and hear Anchorage School Board and West Anchorage Assembly Candidates speak at the Spenard Recreation Center. Get information on ballot bonds and propositions and chat one-on-one with the candidates.

When: Wednesday, March 29th, 6:00-8:30PM
Where: Spenard Recreation Center - 2020 W. 48th Avenue, Multi-Purpose Room.

As always, please let us know if you have any question or concerns.


signed: Matt Claman

    Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919

State Capitol Bldg. Rm 405
Juneau, Alaska 99801

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Anchorage, AK 99501
T (907) 269-7450 F (907) 269-7461
EMAIL: Governor Bill Walker


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