Rep. Edgmon’s December 13th End of Year Newsletter

It was my great honor in January to be selected as the first Alaska Native Speaker of the House in the history of the state. Since then I have been leading the bi-partisan Alaska House Majority Coalition—a group of legislators who have consistently worked for the best interests of rural and urban Alaskans alike.

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Speaker Edgmon’s October 27th Newsletter: In 4th Special Session, House Hard at Work on Criminal Justice Fixes

After the 4th special legislative session gaveled in Monday, the House Judiciary Committee immediately took up SB 54, a bill to modify some provisions of criminal justice reform policy enacted with 2016’s SB 91. The committee took many hours of public testimony on Monday and Tuesday evenings and also consulted with experts from the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Law, and the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission.

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Speaker Edgmon’s June 23rd Newsletter: House and Senate Pass Compromise Budget, Preventing Government Shutdown

Last night, both the House and the Senate agreed on a package of funding compromises for the Operating Budget following weeks of negotiations. The primary catalyst for the success of our recent talks was lawmakers’ shared determination to avoid the government shutdown That would have occurred if we had failed to pass the budget by July 1st.

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Speaker Edgmon’s May 12th Newsletter: With Day 121 Approaching, Legislature Likely to Require More Time

With just five days left before we hit the May 17 endpoint of the Constitutionally authorized 121-day legislative session, and with several major pieces of legislation still the subject of hearings or conference committee negotiations, it is clear that work in Juneau will continue into another stage of overtime.

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Speaker Edgmon’s April 28th Newsletter: Our Personal Investment in Our Communities, Our State, and Alaska’s Next Generation

On Tuesday evening the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee took public testimony on HB 115—the Education Funding Act—and afterward much was made of the fact that a majority of the more than 100 people who called in were in favor of this tax for schools. The testimony went on until after 10:00 p.m., and many people waited hours to put their views on the record.

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