Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
May 11, 2018
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:
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.
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.
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
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
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.