Rep. Scott Kawasaki

July 19, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

Rep. Kawasaki presenting 70th Anniversary of Fairbanks Concert Association citation

Golden Days, WEIO and FSAF: Fun for all!

Join me this weekend at the 2018 Golden Days festival and experience all the summer fun Fairbanks has to offer! Starting on Saturday, bring your family and friends to the Grand Parade starting at the Carlson Center, down the traditional route to Gaffney/Airport. Then head over to the Street Fair at Golden Heart Plaza. And of course, the annual Rubber Ducky Race will start at 3pm. I hope to see you in the heart of the district!

 

The World Eskimo Indian Olympics are also taking place this week at the Carlson Center. This is a great opportunity to witness some truly talented competitors from the circumpolar region of the world compete in games of strength and endurance. The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is also continuing through July 29. Check out this list of FSAF events that are free or available for ticket purchase.

 

Strengthening Emergency Services

Reps. Kawasaki & Wool attend HB 176 bill signing at the Ester Volunteer Fire Department

HB 176 was recently signed into law in Fairbanks. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Adam Wool, gives local Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers who operate emergency medical transportation a new way to receive reimbursement for their services. Previously, public EMS providers, like the Fairbanks Fire Department, were not fully reimbursed by the Federal government for transporting Medicaid patients. This legislation strengthened our public EMS services by unlocking enhanced federal funding for emergency air, ground and water medical transportation services, and I was proud to cosponsor.

 

Here are some more bills I cosponsored that were signed into law this summer, plus others that will be signed soon:

  • HB 44: Increase transparency and accountability within state government, update ethics and voting conflicts for elected officials, and limit legislators’ per diem. Read more here.
  • SB 125: extends the allowable time for the Alaska Industrial Development and Energy Authority (AIDEA) to issue bonds for the Interior Energy Project (IEP) until 2023. This was passed in HB 119.
  • HB 374: allows a utility to create on-bill financing or on-bill repayment program to help customers finance energy improvements. This is especially important as the IEP expands its reach and more Fairbanksans choose to convert to natural gas to heat their homes.
  • SB 63: prohibits smoking in places of employment statewide, effective October 1, 2018.
  • HB 216: Strengthens provisions for an existing fund that provides court-ordered restitution payments to eligible victims of violent crimes. Read more about this and HB 312 here.

Rep. Kawasaki, Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee, attending Change of Command ceremony at Ft. Wainwright this month

 

  • HB 312: Improves pretrial supervision, strengthens tools for police and prosecutors to fight the sale of illegal drugs, adds consideration of out-of-state criminal history to pretrial assessments, returns discretion to judges, and increases protections for medical providers.
  • HB 3: Closes a loophole for some Alaskans serving in the National Guard who do not have employment protections when called to duty.
  • HB 151: New caseworkers will receive six weeks of quality training and be given lower, nationally recommended caseload levels so they can work to get youth back with their original families or into a permanent loving home faster, with less trauma.
  • HB 43: Allows terminally ill patients to try new experimental drugs that could save their lives. I carried this bill in prior legislatures.

 

E-News Blackout Begins!

This will be my last E-News for several months due to election year ethics, but my office will remain open to serve you. As always, please feel free to contact my legislative office with any questions or concerns relating to state business at 456-7423 or email me at rep.scott.kawasaki@akleg.gov. Have a great summer and see you around town!

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,

[SIGNED]

Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks

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