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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
May 13, 2017
In this issue:
• Governor Signs House Bill 104
• Approved Legislation
• Muni Working to Address Waste
• Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Providing love and support to our families is the some of the most important work we can do. This weekend, we take time to say thank you: Happy Mother's Day to the women who, each and every day, help raise, love, and do right by our children and families.

Governor Walker Signs Repeal of Collection of Civil Settlement Information

Representative Claman, Representative LeDoux, Governor Walker, and Senator Coghill at the House Bill 104 Bill Signing at the Governor’s Mansion.
Representative Claman, Representative LeDoux, Governor Walker, and Senator Coghill

at the House Bill 104 Bill Signing at the Governor’s Mansion.
(Photo Credit: Office of the Governor)

Approved Legislation

House Bill 137 - State Council on the Arts

To help the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) continue its work with self-employed Alaskan artists and art businesses, the Legislature approved a bill to restructure the ASCA as a public corporation. As a public corporation, the ASCA can now leverage funds from non-governmental contributors, allowing them to seek a greater funding base during challenging fiscal times. It also allows the ASCA to increase their operating efficiency by privatizing their operations. With the restructure, the ASCA’s operating budget remains under the Executive Budget Act to maintain transparency. The passage of House Bill 137 has the potential to expand the donor base for the ASCA as well as reduce its reliance on state funds. The bill passed both bodies and is transmitted to Governor Walker for his signature. 

Senate Bill 9 - Military Facility Zones

​Senate Bill 9 makes it easier for the Department of Military of Veterans' Affairs (DMVA) to designate “military facility zones” in Alaska. These zones enable communities to create tax incentives for business development related to military activities and, in turn, boost local economic development. Under Senate Bill 9, the DMVA can consider applications for military facility zones if requests are consistent with local zoning ordinances—streamlining the process. The bill passed both bodies and Governor Walker signed the bill into law on April 28th.

Municipality of Anchorage Working to Effectively Address Waste

Citywide Cleanup Saw Increased Participation 

Last weekend, we joined the Citywide Cleanup effort by participating in a clean-up event sponsored by the TurnagainCommunity Council. It was great to volunteer with friends and neighbors to maintain the cleanliness and beauty of our West Anchorage community. According to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Citywide Cleanup saw a 50 percent increase in participation compared to last year. Thank you to all who helped!

Representative Claman and staff Lizzie Kubitz and Sara Perman join TCC to cleanup Earthquake Park.
Representative Claman and staff Lizzie Kubitz and Sara Perman join TCC to cleanup Earthquake Park.

Solid Waste Services Expanding Curbside Recycling

In February, MOA announced that residents in both the Solid Waste Services and Alaska Waste pickup areas can now recycle all #1 plastics in their curbside bins​. Those items now include clamshell containers, such as hinged containers for apples, clear strawberry or blueberry cartons, and clear plastic cups in addition to plastic bottles and other #1 plastics.

Last year about 5,965 tons were recycled through the curbside pickup—up only 239 tons from the previous year. I’m hopeful that with the expansion in the types of recyclable materials collected, residential recycling in Anchorage will continue to grow.

Community Events

Mark your calendar for this upcoming event:

Bike to Work Day

In an effort to encourage healthy, active lifestyles, and promote improved air quality and traffic congestion, the Anchorage Municipality is hosting its annual Bike to Work Day. This year, nearly 50 businesses and organizations are joining in to host treat stations. Check out the map for this year’s stations!

When: 6:00am to 9:00am, 4:00pm to 6:00pm, Wednesday, May 17th

Bike to Work Day

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

Sincerely,

signed: Matt Claman

    Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919

Rep.Matt.Claman@akleg.gov

State Capitol Bldg. Rm 405
Juneau, Alaska 99801

www.repmattclaman.com

Contact the Governor

550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1700
Anchorage, AK 99501
T (907) 269-7450 F (907) 269-7461
EMAIL: Governor Bill Walker

STATE of ALASKA
http://alaska.gov/

State Info (907) 269-5111

Serving the Anchorage Neighborhoods of
Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain

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