Rep. Scott Kawasaki

February 2, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

Securing Education Budget Early

Rep. Kawasaki chairing the House Dept. of Public Safety Subcommittee

 My colleagues and I on the House Finance Committee have pushed hard to address one of the biggest parts of the state budget: K-12 education. Yesterday we voted to move the bill to the full House Floor.

 

HB 287 would fund our public schools in advance of the full state budget so that education is not put in jeopardy during the contentious end-of-session budget debates. Instead, HB 287 would allow school districts and local government to plan their level of state aid with complete certainty. Recently budget fights have forced teachers and staff to be laid off. Pink slips are no way to thank our educators who do so much to shape the future of our children.

 

This bill is a top priority for the Alaska House Majority Coalition. I am hopeful we can work with the Senate to fund education early to secure the future of Alaska’s children.

 

On top of the budget process continuing in my three subcommittees, five bills I have introduced are scheduled to receive hearings next week.

 

Rep. Kawasaki speaking on a panel during the Alaska Power Association Conference in Juneau

Protecting a Free and Open Internet: HB 277 and HJR 31

 

Along with Senator Begich and Senator Wielechowski, I have introduced a package of legislation to protect net neutrality in Alaska and urge Congress to overturn the Federal Communications Commission order reversing net neutrality protection across the United States. HJR 31, HB 277, SJR 12, and SB 160 would ensure the internet remains a free and open place for personal communications and commerce.

 

Click here to submit a letter to the Alaska Legislature with your comments on net neutrality. Your letter will be entered as public testimony so that your voice is heard by every Representative and Senator in the Alaska State Legislature. Public testimony like yours will reflect the importance of net neutrality to Alaskan citizens, families and businesses.

 

We will be taking public testimony for net neutrality next week! My bill, HB 277, will be heard in the House Labor & Commerce Committee on Feb. 9 and HJR 31 will be introduced in the State Affairs Committee on Feb. 6 and heard again on Feb. 8 for public testimony. If you would like to learn more and stay updated on the process, please contact my office.

 

Honoring Our Seniors in Need: HB 236

 

House Bill 236, which extends the Senior Benefits Program, will be heard in the House Health and Social Services Committee next Tuesday, February 6, and heard in the House Finance Committee the next day. The Senior Benefits Program provides nearly 12,000 low-income seniors with modest monthly cash assistance for help with everyday needs like medication, food and housing. We cannot deny the pioneers who built Alaska the resources they need to age with dignity. Read this Senior Benefits fact sheet for more information on this important program. Submit a letter of support to me at Rep.Scott.Kawasaki@akleg.gov.

 

Rep. Kawasaki greeting US. Army Alaska Commander MG O’Neil and his wife

Making Occupational Licensing Easier for Military Spouses (HB262) and Honoring Fallen Servicemembers (HCR 15)

 

HB 262, my bill regarding Military Spouse Occupational Licenses, will be heard on Tuesday, February 6. HB 262 improves the communication between the occupational licensing process and newly transplanted military spouses. It is my hope that spouses of servicemembers can integrate in our communities as they transfer their career to Alaska and contribute to our local economies.

 

It is my solemn privilege as Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee to carry the House version of the Decoration of Honor Resolution, HCR 15, which posthumously awards those Alaskan servicemembers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. HCR 15 and its Senate companion, SCR 14 by Sen. Mia Costello, will be heard in House Military and Veterans’ Affairs on Thursday, February 8.

 

As session continues, I appreciate your feedback as my bills progress in the legislative process. I also encourage you to reach out to me about any other bills or budget items important to you.

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,

[SIGNED]

Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks

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