February 23, 2018
Rep. Kawasaki meeting with Fairbanks area Fire Chiefs
It was great to visit with so many Fairbanks neighbors and friends this week in Juneau as they advocated for their priorities, including early education, local government support, smoke-free workplaces and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Between meetings, I have been working to ensure that we get our goals accomplished and adjourn on time.
Keeping Our Streets Safe and Secure
I am chairman of the finance subcommittees on Corrections and Public Safety. For many years, cuts have left these two agencies challenged to meet their constitutional promise of keeping the public safe from harm.
As we have seen, crime has had a chance to once again gain hold in Fairbanks and other communities across Alaska. Governor Walker introduced his Public Safety Action Plan to address the issue and I was happy to shepherd these changes through my subcommittees. The next stop will be the full House Finance Committee and then the House Floor. I am hopeful my colleagues will also consider public safety a top priority in our state budget.
Now it is YOUR turn!
The House Finance Committee will hold public testimony for the operating budget next week, which is a valuable opportunity to make your voice heard. Here are the dates, times and locations and how to participate at your local Legislative Information Office. You can also submit your written testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org now through Saturday, March 3, to be included in the public record.
Rep. Kawasaki meeting with fellow UAF Alumni
Thursday, March 1 (remember to sign in or call 30 minutes in advance!)
- 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su & Seward
- 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Utqiagvik, Dillingham & Fairbanks
- 4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Off Net sites (locations without an LIO) – call 907-465-4648
Friday, March 2:
- 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Juneau
- 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Sitka, Petersburg, Delta Junction, Unalaska, Glennallen & Tok
- 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Nome, Valdez, Wrangell
- 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Off Net sites – call 907-465-4648
Saturday, March 3:
- 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Off Net sites – call 907-465-4648
- 10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Anchorage
- 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Off Net sites – call 907-465-4648
Net Neutrality Bill Update
On Tuesday Feb. 20, the Federal Communications Commission officially took the next step in handing the keys to the internet over to broadband providers by publishing the Destroying Internet Freedom Order in the Federal Register. This disappointing development means that Congress only has 60 days until the regulation takes effect and the internet ceases from being free and open. My resolution HJR 31 would urge Congress to reverse the FCC’s anti-consumer, anti-First amendment, anti-small business regulative order.
My bill implementing net neutrality regulations in Alaska, HB 277, will have a second hearing next Wednesday, Feb 28 at 3:15 p.m. in House Labor & Commerce Committee. I hope the bill moves from that committee to the House Finance Committee. If you are interested in voicing your support for net neutrality, please reach out to Senator Murkowski, Senator Sullivan and Congressman Young to share your support for net neutrality before it is too late. You can also send your comments online here and here to Alaska legislators.
Take My Survey!
It is very important to me to hear what you think about issues the legislature is addressing here in Juneau. Please take just a couple minutes to fill out my online survey found here. Your responses will provide valuable guidance and help me to better represent you.
Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,
Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks
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