Representative Hannan’s Legislative Update

I hope this Update finds you doing well. I am amazed how quickly time goes by. With Thanksgiving coming up, the holiday season is upon us. I am currently attending a Women in Government Conference in our nations capitol for first time women lawmakers. I am very proud to be serving as one of 23 female Alaska Law Makers.

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Representative Hannan’s newsletter

Suicide is a sobering subject many people don’t like to think about, but it is a necessary subject that all of us need to talk about. Last week I attended the quarterly meeting of the State Suicide Prevention Council. This Council was established in statute in 2001 and has a diverse membership of 17, including 4 non-voting members from the Legislature. There are government officials as well as people with lived experience as survivors, providers, and clergy all sharing the goal to reduce Alaskan suicides.

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Rep Hannan’s legislative update

Happy PFD Day!! Beginning today, an estimated 631,000 Alaskans will receive their 2019 Permanent Fund Dividend in the amount of $1,606. The total distribution for this year’s dividend is $1,013,000,000. Alaskans can check the state’s website MyPFD to check the status of their PFD.

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Remembering 9-11

Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the World Trade Center attacks 18 years ago today. To many it feels like it was yesterday, but it was nearly a generation ago. Today’s high school students weren’t even born when the attack occurred. Take time today to remember what happened and to speak with young family members who were not yet born or were too young to understand it. 9-11 forever changed this country and plunged the United States into war in Iraq that is ongoing today.

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Rep Hannan newsletter 22 August

Temperatures are finally cooling off and the smell of fall is in the air, but it is not cooling off in the Capitol. I want to dedicate this Legislative Update to my thoughts on the budget, the PFD, and where we go from here. I’ve now been here for eight months and have seen a lot and I have been thinking about Alaska’s situation even more.

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