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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain


May 11, 2018

In this issue:

•  Legislature Approves Priority Public Safety Legislation

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This Sunday, we honor and celebrate family: Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers and women who, each and every day, provide love and support to their children and families.


Legislature Approves Priority Public Safety Legislation

Today, the legislature approved House Bill 312, legislation sponsored by my office that addresses several public safety concerns:

  • Insures consideration of a defendant’s out-of-state criminal history in pre-trial release decisions;
  • Strengthens the pre-trial release assessment for those charged with vehicle theft and other crimes;
  • Gives Alaska’s Attorney General the authority to criminalize dangerous new controlled substances;
  • Increases surcharges imposed for felonies, misdemeanors and violations and puts the increased revenue back into public safety training; and
  • Provides much-needed tools to help police and prosecutors reduce crimes against our doctors and nurses.

House Bill 312 was originally introduced in response to reports from Alaska hospitals of an increase in workplace violence over the past year. After HB 312 was approved by the House with bipartisan support and moved toward final passage in the Senate, it became apparent that this legislation could be the vehicle to take further positive steps to improve public safety.

Listening to the public, practitioners, and the Department of Law and Department of Public Safety, I worked to amend HB 312 to give practitioners, judges, and law enforcement the tools they need to address our common public safety needs.

Rep. Claman listens to Sen. Coghill speak in support of House Bill 312 on the Senate Floor.

House Bill 312 increases protections for medical providers and addresses the greatest public safety needs in Governor Walker’s Public Safety Action Plan: consideration of out-of-state criminal history, improved pre-trial supervision, and stronger tools for police and prosecutors to fight the sale of illegal drugs. This legislation recognizes our common public safety concerns and is good news for all Alaskans.


Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

34th Annual Anchorage Waterways Council Creek Cleanup

Anchorage Waterways Council is holding its annual Creek Cleanup this weekend. If you want to help on Saturday, there will be two stations with supplies:

When: Saturday, May 14th from 9:30AM to 12:30PM
Where: University Lake by Springhill Suites and Westchester Lagoon in the parking lot.


14th Annual Bike to Work Day

Anchorage Bike to Work Day is a local celebration of the national event initiated in 1965 by the League of American Bicyclists. Each May, Bike to Work Day is a celebration of community and health. Rider participation has increased 260% since 2007; last year 4,189 resident participated! Many thanks to the dedicated volunteer counters, snack station hosts, and local partners Bike Anchorage, AMATS, Parks & Recreation, and the State of Alaska Health and Social Services for putting on this wonderful event!


Register by creating an account on LinkAK.org and joining the Bike to Work Day Challenge!

There will be more than 40 snack stations throughout the Municipality of Anchorage, as well as some fix-it stations and other shenanigans provided by our wonderful community partners.

When: Friday, May 18th from 6:00AM to 9:00AM & 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Where: Check out the map for this year’s stations and don’t miss the bacon station hosted by Bike Anchorage!

Visit the Facebook event page to RSVP and for more information, visit the Municipality’s website.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

signed: Matt Claman

Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919


State Capitol Bldg. Rm 118
Juneau, Alaska 99801


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

State Info (907) 269-5111

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