Rep. Scott Kawasaki

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Special Session, Quick Survey and Memorial Day Events

Dear Neighbors,

Special Session Begins

Rep. Kawasaki speaks on HB 159 this week
Rep. Kawasaki speaks on HB 159 this week

On May 18, Governor Walker called the Legislature into a special session the day after the 121st Constitutional legislative session.  Below are the 8 items on the agenda for the 30-day special session, which must end on June 16, along with a brief status update and links to more information:

  • HB 159 or SB 79: Prescription of opioids, the controlled substance prescription database, and Voluntary Nonopioid Directive Act.
    • This bill passed the House on May 22 by a vote of 25-8. The Senate is expected to take it up this week.
  • HB 57: Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which begins on July 1, 2017
    • conference committee was appointed on May 10 to work out the differences between the House and Senate operating budgets.
  • HB 59: Mental Health Budget for Fiscal Year 2018
    • This constitutionally mandated budget is worked at the same time as the operating budget in the same conference committee.
  • SB 23: Capital Budget for Fiscal Year 2018
    • The Senate passed this budget to the House on May 12 and the House Finance Committee is working on a new version.
  • HB 60 or SB 25: Motor Fuel Tax and Transportation Maintenance Fund
    • The House Finance Committee and Senate Finance Committee heard these identical bills earlier this session with some concern over how the tax may impact rural versus urban airports.
  • HB 111: Credits against Oil and Gas Production Taxes
    • The House appointed its members of the conference committee on May 22 to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
  • SB 26: Restructure of the Permanent Fund
    • conference committee was appointed on April 26 to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
  • “An act or acts to increase an existing tax or to establish a new broad-based tax for the purpose of generating new revenues for the State.”
    • After the Education Funding Act failed in the Senate, the Governor put a generic request for a broad-based tax on the special session agenda.

I am disappointed the legislature is forced for a third year in a row to go into overtime. The Alaska House Majority Coalition put together a complete fiscal package and sent it to the Senate in a timely manner just to see Senate leadership make harmful cuts to K-12 Education, University of Alaska, Pioneer Homes and drain $288 million savings account to subsidize oil companies.

It’s not fair to Alaskans to treat education, capital budget and Pioneer Homes as bargaining chips. Alaskans need leaders, not partisan obstructionists. Being part of a bipartisan coalition that came together to fix this historical fiscal crisis means we are ready to lead and present solutions, which is what we did. I am hopeful the whole Legislature can come together as Alaskans to find a solution that preserves quality education, public safety and plugs this fiscal gap that builds Alaska for years to come.

I encourage you to take a quick 3-minute survey regarding YOUR thoughts on what’s still at stake in this historical year for Alaska. Please Click HERE for the survey. Click HERE to learn more about the House’s Complete Fiscal Package sent to the Senate.

Remember, you are part of the public process and I encourage you to reach out to me and other Representatives and Senators about your concerns, questions and comments about these important issues facing Alaska today. Please feel free to reach out to me any time by e-mail, phone, postal mail or social media contact, listed below.

Memorial Day in Fairbanks

Rep. Kawasaki, second from right, and other members and staff tour the Navy’s USS O’Kane in Juneau
Rep. Kawasaki, second from right, and other members and staff tour the Navy’s USS O’Kane in Juneau

Memorial Day is Monday, May 29, to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Be sure to say thank you to those who have put themselves in harm’s way in the effort to defend the U.S. Constitution and our way of life, and of course to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Big thanks to all service members and veterans in our community of Fairbanks.

Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer. Here are a few great events going on in town this weekend:

Pioneer Park’s 50th Anniversary
Pioneer Park (or what many of us still call Alaskaland) celebrates 50 years in the Fairbanks Community. Presentations be on Saturday, May 27, from Noon to 2pm and more festivities will go until 5pm in the park. See the recent News-Miner story here for details.

Large Animal Research Station (LARS) Birthday and Season Kickoff
The LARS at UAF is celebrating another birthday and the arrival of new calves! Bring the family to this free event to celebrate its years of world-class research and education. LARS is located at 2220 Yankovich Road and the event is on Saturday, May 27, from Noon to 4:00pm. Click here for more info.

Annual Memorial Day Plant Sale at Calypso Farms
Calypso Farms is again offering a sale to start your home garden of vegetables, herbs, flowers and more. The sale is on Memorial Day, May 29, from 9am to Noon, located at 4780 Old Nenana Highway.

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,


Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks

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As your Representative,
I am here to listen and help. Contact me anytime.
Phone: (907) 465-3466
FAX: (907) 465-2937
State Capitol Building
Juneau, AK 99801

Phone: (907) 456-7423
1292 Sadler Way
(AlaskaUSA Credit Building)
Fairbanks, AK 99701
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Voice your opinions!
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Write a Letter to the Editor - submit up to a 350 word letter to the Fairbanks News Miner via their website:

Contact the Governor
Governor Walker's Fairbanks office may be reached at 451-2920, or e-mail him. You can also visit the state website at

Contact your
Congressional Delegation

Senator Dan Sullivan
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 328
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 456-0261 or Email

Congressman Don Young
100 Cushman St., #307
Key Bank Building
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
(907) 456-0210 or Email

Senator Lisa Murkowski
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 329
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-456-0233 or Email