Category - Rep. Scott Kawasaki

Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Flawed Oil and Gas Bill, What’s Ahead for the PFD?

On Monday, the Conference Committee on HB 247, the Oil & Gas Tax Credit Reform bill, was advanced and passed by both the House and the Senate. As introduced by the Governor, the bill was originally an aggressive reform to scale back costly subsidies by $500 million. The bill was dramatically changed through the Republican-controlled committee process to strip away nearly all savings and continue the unsustainable oil industry subsidies.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: 120 Day Session Adjourns, Oil and Gas Update

The 29th Alaska State Legislature adjourned Wednesday night with many of the state’s most pressing issues still unresolved. Despite coming close to agreement on the state operating budget, the one thing the Legislature is constitutionally required to pass, the Legislature is still deadlocked on oil tax subsidies and education funding. In fact, the Republican-led Senate Majority gaveled out before the House could vote on an agreement to extend the session just before midnight. While it’s clear we are much closer to reaching an agreement, we still have miles to go.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Why are we Still Here? – Crime Bill Passes House, Congratulations UA Graduates

It’s Day 110 and many of us are still working in Juneau. Construction is underway at the Capitol so we moved in to a small rental near downtown. After 4 days of debate, the House voted on SB 91, the “Crimnibus” bill that overhauls the criminal justice system in a way Alaska has not seen since 1978. Below is an update about this legislation and why we’re still here.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Day 90 With no Budget Deal: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Ninety days have passed, and the legislature is now in overtime. Republican leadership has failed to work out a deal and the House Independent Democratic Coalition expect them to request a special session. There have been some good things to pass so far, but there is still work that is being held up by leadership. Here’s an update on the good, the bad and the ugly as we roll over into an extended session. As always, if you have any questions on a certain piece of legislation, please contact my office at (907) 456-7423.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Crunch time! Bills on the Move, Income Taxes, Scholarships at Risk

There are only 10 days left in regular session, but Republican leadership has already warned us about another special session. The Senate passed a resolution calling for a special session on the road system-which likely means Anchorage-over one week ago. Many of my Independent Democratic Coalition members and I have called on legislators to focus, work hard and get the job done within the 90-day voter-mandated deadline. During these last several days, the legislature is also under a shorter schedule to notify the public of important bills and public testimony. While this is supposed to be helpful for the legislature to complete the work on time, it has also been used, in my opinion, to undermine the public process and short circuit public input. If you have any questions on a certain piece of legislation, please contact my office at 907.456.7423.

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