May 10th, 2016  
Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Representative David Guttenberg
David Guttenberg

Town Hall Meeting Tonight, Public Testimony Tomorrow!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last week, after dozens of hearings, the House passed SB 91, a bill relating to criminal justice reform.  I support this legislation and believe that SB 91 is smart on crime because it reduces recidivism, yet maintains that offenders are accountable for their actions.

The evidence reviewed by the Alaska’s Criminal Justice Commission and the Legislature shows that we need to reform Alaska’s criminal justice system.  Alaska’s prison population has grown by 27 percent.  Our prison costs will continue to increase without reform, including the potential cost of a new prison at $240 million or more—a number which is unsustainable for the state.

Rep. Guttenberg speaks on the Criminal Justice Reform bill
Rep. Guttenberg speaks on the Criminal Justice Reform bill

This piece of legislation intends to bring a long overdue improvement to a system that has repeatedly shown to be counterproductive in making our state a safe place for Alaskans.  It is my hope that we can consider a means of measuring its effectiveness as SB 91 begins to influence criminal justice, so that we can continue to make the right decisions as we explore this new approach.


The Alaska Veterans Affair healthcare system is hosting a community provider town hall meeting this evening. I encourage anyone who has concerns or suggestions to attend the listening session.

Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health-Community Care, Dr. Baligh Yehia, will be in attendance and hosting the event.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
WHERE: Margaret Murie Building at UAF
TIME: 5-6 p.m.

Oil and Gas Tax Credits Public Testimony

Additionally, the House Rules Committee will be hearing public testimony on HB 247, Oil and Gas Tax Credits this Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from4pm-6pm.

You can testify via teleconference at the Fairbanks LIO and you can watch the hearing live on Gavel Alaska. I look forward to hearing from you.

[signed] David Guttenberg

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