August 3rd, 2015  
Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Representative David Guttenberg
Representative
David Guttenberg

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last month the Anchorage Bucs traveled to Fairbanks to take on the Goldpanners and I was honored to be asked to throw out the first pitch of the game.  After an amazing pitch that flew right into the catcher’s glove, I was all but asked to be on the team.  I was also delighted to accept an invitation to attend the opening ceremonies of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, where I was able to be part of such a unique and important event that celebrates Alaskan Native diversity, heritage and culture

Rep. Guttenberg preparing to pitch at the Goldpanners game.
Rep. Guttenberg preparing to pitch at the Goldpanners game.

Peonies

Last session, I sponsored a citation proclaiming June and July as peony months, and have continued to promote the industry since then.  Most recently I was able to take part in the annual Peony Tour with some of the lead peony growers in the state along with those involved with the cut flower industry nationally.  This is an exciting time for this newly emerging industry in our community. There is more that the State can be doing to help the peony industry and I look forward to working toward solutions.

Rep. Guttenberg and Ron Illingworth speaking at the annual Peony Tour.
Rep. Guttenberg and Ron Illingworth speaking at the annual Peony Tour.

Medicaid

Recently Governor Walker announced that, by executive order, he was bypassing the legislature to expand Medicaid. I support this move. A small group of legislators stood in the way and dragged the legislature though an expensive overtime session for something that would have passed if it was ever brought for a vote. I applaud the Governor in using every tool possible to bring millions of dollars in federal funding, and providing 40,000 more Alaskans with easily accessible and more efficient health care, thus creating more jobs and strengthening an economy much in need. 

Marijuana Control Board

With the recent legalization of marijuana we have been able to explore the benefits that regulating it will have throughout Alaska’s communities.  The newly appointed marijuana control board is working hard to ensure that the will of the people be fulfilled.  Currently the second set of draft regulations concerning licensing is up for public comment.  I encourage the public to use their voice and take advantage of their influence.  A copy of the written regulation draft can be found at the ABC board’s website at http://commerce.state.ak.us/dnn/abc/Home.aspx

Written comments can be submitted to John Calder, Marijuana Board at 550 W. 7th  Ave, in Anchorage.  Additionally the Marijuana Control Board will be accepting comments by electronic mail to john.calder@alaska.gov. Comments may also be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System.  All comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on August 8, 2015.  Please call 451-2030 for any further questions.


Thank you for reading and please feel free to call my office and share your ideas.

[signed] David Guttenberg

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