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


July 3, 2018

In this issue:

•  Happy 4th of July

•  Governor Walker Signs Auto Dealer Franchise Bill

•  Thanks for Attending Ice Cream in the Park

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy 4th of July!

Yesterday, Governor Walker signed House Bill 136, legislation I sponsored to improve the franchise agreements between auto dealers and auto manufacturers and create protections for Alaska consumers.


Happy 4th of July!

Tomorrow we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence that proclaimed our separation from Great Britain. The Declaration states:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."

These words ring just as true today as they did in 1776. Tomorrow, may we all take a moment to reflect on the meaning of these words and the meaning of being an American.


Governor Walker Signs Auto Dealer Franchise Bill

As part of my effort to support local businesses and Alaska consumers, I sponsored legislation improving Alaska’s auto dealer franchise agreement statutes. House Bill 136 amends the statutes relating to warranty repair work and it improves warranty repair policies to be more consumer friendly. The bill provides new warranty repair work options for consumers who are 100 miles or more away from a dealership. The bill also updates the provisions and terms for transferring or selling a dealership.

HB 136 is a product of extensive negotiations between the Alaska Automobile Dealers Association and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. Their work resulted in a bill that clarifies their individual responsibilities and strengthens protections for Alaskans. The bill passed the legislature with bi-partisan support in both the House (36-3) and the Senate (19-0) and was signed into law yesterday by Governor Walker. Thanks to Continental Nissan for hosting the bill signing.


Rep. Claman, Governor Walker and guests at the HB 136 signing at Continental Nissan in Anchorage.


Thanks for Attending Ice Cream in the Park

Thank you to all those who were able to join me for Ice Cream in the Park last month. It was a beautiful evening to chat with our friends and neighbors. We always welcome the opportunity to hear your thoughts and ideas about the Legislature and our community.


Rep. Claman talks with neighbors at Lynn Ary Park.


Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:


Anchorage July 4th Celebration

Bring the whole family to the annual downtown 4th of July Parade. The day starts with a pancake breakfast, followed by the community and veterans parade. The festivities will continue all day with vendors, amusement rides, and live music.  For a detailed list of events, check out the parade’s website.

Participants walk in the annual Anchorage July 4th Celebration.

When Wednesday, July 4th from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Parade starts at 9th Ave and G Street.


Independence Day and Mount Marathon in Seward

Every year on Independence Day the population of Seward swells from around 2,500 to 30,000. Main Street is completely blocked off to traffic and the streets fill with people. Most come to run in or watch the Mt. Marathon Race, while others come to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and take part in the festivities. Independence Day events kick off with fireworks at 12:01 AM and continue all day. Watch the junior’s, men’s, and women’s Mount Marathon races or spend the day exploring local vendors and watching the parade.

Watchers wait for the Mount Marathon Race to begin.

When: Wednesday, July 4th, all day long. The races kick-off throughout the day: Juniors at 9:00 AM, Men’s at 11:00 AM, and Women’s at 2:00 PM.
Where: Main Street, Seward.


Girdwood’s 43rd Annual Forest Fair

The Girdwood Forest Fair is a family-friendly fair that features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods, and entertainers from all over Alaska. The Forest Fair was founded by a group of local artists in 1975 and it’s been held in the same location ever since. There’s music, art, and a wide a range of performances, from a tightrope walker to fire throwers. Join the locals on Saturday morning as the Forest Fair Parade rolls through town. There is no admission fee. Limited parking is available at the Alyeska Resort Day Lodge with Shuttle service provided. Car-pooling is encouraged!

When: Friday – Sunday, July 6th – 8th from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Where: Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway in the community park area next to the Girdwood Fire Station.


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

State Info (907) 269-5111

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