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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain
May 26, 2017
In this issue:
• USS O'Kane Visits Juneau
• Approved Legislation
• Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, we celebrate Memorial Day and pause to honor and remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our nation.

U.S. Navy Destroyer USS O'Kane Visits Juneau

Recently, the USS O'Kane, an Arleigh Burke-class missile destroyer with its 281-person crew, visited Juneau. The O’Kane is in Alaska for Northern Edge 2017, a biennial joint military exercise conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex. The Pearl Harbored-based destroyer was commissioned in October 23rd, 1999, is 505 feet in length and can reach a speed of greater than 31 knots.

The USS O’Kane anchored in Juneau.
The USS O’Kane anchored in Juneau.

Members of the crew gave guided tours to legislators and legislative staff.

Representative Claman tours the USS O’Kane on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Representative Claman tours the USS O’Kane on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Approved Legislation

Before the end of the 121-day session, the legislature approved a number of important pieces of legislation:

House Bill 16 – Real ID

On the last day of extended session, the legislature passed Governor Walker's Real ID legislation. The legislation was rolled into House Bill 16, a bill creating police training standards and a voluntary license designation for individuals with disabilities. Passage of HB 16 allows Alaska to meet the requirements of the Federal Real ID Act, which we wrote about in April​. Without this legislation, Alaska's waiver from the Federal law would expire on June 6th and Alaskans would lose the ability to use their state driver's license or state identification cards to board airplanes and access military bases in January 2018.

Governor Walker signed HB 16 in Fairbanks last Friday. Now that Real ID is the law in Alaska, you can use your existing ID until January 2018—after that, you'll need to get a Real ID compliant card, or keep your non-compliant card anduse another form of Federal ID (such as a passport) to board airplanes.

Senate Bill 51 - Veterinary Examiners & Nail Technicians

The House added legislation related to the licensure of manicurists that passed the House last month into Senate Bill 51, a bill extending the sunset date for the Board of Veterinary Examiners. The combined bill passed the legislature on the last day of the 121-day session. Passage of SB 51 returns the regulation of manicurists to its status prior to legislation that added unreasonable licensing requirements for experienced and practicing manicurists. Returning to the prior safety training structure will keep hard working Alaskans employed and supporting their families.

Senate Bill 55 - Omnibus Crime/Corrections

Senate Bill 55 makes important technical revisions to the criminal justice reform measure that passed last year. The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission recommended the revisions as part of the continuing effort to improve the effectiveness of criminal justice reform in Alaska. Passage of SB 55 is the next step in a process that began four years ago when Alaska began actively reevaluating the way we handle crime. Along with technical updates, SB 55 reaffirms local jurisdictions' control over traffic and a variety of non-criminal violations, and clarifies the sentencing options for judges sentencing youthful, first-time, non-violent offenders.

SB 55 also amends Alaska law regarding recognition and enforcement of out-of-state protective orders. By no longer requiring registration of the out-of-state order in an Alaska court, the bill brings Alaska into compliance with the Federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The bill now goes to Governor Walker for his signature.

Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Anchorage Remembers - Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

The Municipality of Anchorage invites the public to a one-hour Memorial Day ceremony that includes patriotic music, spiritual words, distinguished speakers and the laying of wreaths to honor the fallen. 

Anchorage Remembers - Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

When: 10:00am to 11:00am, Monday, May 29th
Where: Delaney Park Strip, West 9th Avenue, Anchorage

For more information, contact MOA Military & Veterans Affairs Commission Chair Pam Beale, 907-720-3923, or

Community Councils

Turnagain Community Council 
When: Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 pm
 Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish

Spenard Community Council 
When: Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 pm 
Where: Spenard Recreation Center

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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