Never.

I strongly oppose recently introduced legislation to criminalize women’s reproductive health care. It is repugnant to suggest that women’s basic reproductive health care should be criminalized. Several of my neighbors have already asked me whether this bill will pass and my answer is never, as long as reasonable people continue to constitute the House Majority.

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Operating budget passes the House, Constituent Coffee in the morning

Great news: We have passed an operating budget through the House, which now will head over to the Senate. I am honored to participate in this process alongside colleagues and friends on both sides of the aisle. All members participated in this budget process, and the budget that passed contains changes from Finance Subcommittees, full House Finance, and the House floor. Here are some highlights:

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Join Me at the Second Anchorage Caucus

Please join me at the second Anchorage Caucus town hall this Saturday, March 2nd from 2-4:30pm at East High School. This is an opportunity to share your views with Anchorage legislators, and is the second of two town halls we’re hosting to provide public input opportunities in Anchorage.

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Join Me at Anchorage Caucus

After the longest stalemate in state history, we voted to elect Representative Bryce Edgmon as Speaker, with a shared leadership team and caucus membership that includes Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I was honored to cast a vote in support of Speaker Edgmon, and am looking forward to fulfilling our job of developing and passing a state budget. As one of my colleagues said in supporting Speaker Edgmon, “To hell with politics—let’s do what’s right for Alaska.”

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Medicaid and Alaska’s Economy

Medicaid has never been more important for our economy and for the safety of our communities. A new study finds that eliminating Medicaid Expansion in Alaska would cost Alaska’s economy nearly 3,700 jobs, $267 million in annual labor income, and $566 million in annual total economic output under State Fiscal Year 2018 conditions.

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Start of the 31st Legislature

I have heard from many of you with concerns about some of Governor Dunleavy’s appointees, particularly those who have made violent and vulgar statements. I share your concerns and appreciate you writing to share your views. Unfortunately, the nomination of people like this distracts from other credible nominations. I’ve met with

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