NEWS: Alaska House Majority Coalition Leadership Calls on Rep. Dean Westlake to Resign

Anchorage – Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), on behalf of House Leadership, released the following statement in response to new allegations of sexual harassment by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana).

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NEWS: Chairs Announce Working Group Members, Formation of Advisory Group

Anchorage – The co-chairs of the legislative working group created by House Bill 111, Sen. Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) and Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), announced today the working group’s membership, along with the formation of an advisory group.

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NEWS: Special Session Compromise; End Cash Credits Now

Anchorage – The Alaska House Majority Coalition has communicated a proposed compromise to the Alaska Senate Majority to address oil tax credit reform, which is the subject of the ongoing Second Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Coalition members support changes to House Bill 111 to end the practice of paying oil companies cash subsidies for certain tax credits. This is expected to save the State of Alaska an estimated $1.5 billion over the next ten years.

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NEWS: House Moves to Prevent Government Shutdown with Passage of Combined Operating and Capital Budgets

Juneau – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.

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NEWS: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Protect Arctic Caribou Herds

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation adding an additional restriction on nonresident hunters in an effort to protect arctic caribou herds. House Bill 211, sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana), requires nonresident hunters, without a second degree of kin in Alaska, to be accompanied by a licensed professional hunting guide when hunting caribou from the Western Arctic, Porcupine, or Central Arctic Caribou Herds.

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NEWS: Celebrate Earth Day Saturday Across Alaska

Juneau – Alaskans are encouraged to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday by working to safeguard achievements in protecting the natural environment of Alaska. Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and events are planned for communities across the state, including Homer, Fairbanks, Palmer, Anchorage, Juneau, Dillingham, Seward, and Ketchikan.

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