The Legislature Returns to Our Welcoming Capital City

The Capitol is buzzing again and I am certainly feeling the energy and excitement of the upcoming session (it starts on Tuesday, January 21). I’m looking forward to working with all of my colleagues from around the state to strengthen and improve the economy, create a sustainable state budget, make our neighborhoods safer, and educate our children.

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An October Update

Seasons are changing! We waved goodbye to the last cruise ship of the season on Wednesday, and temperatures are getting cooler. Luckily, our rain levels are helping out reservoirs.

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February Officially Recognized as Black History Month

It has been a busy week! I was in Sitka for Southeast Conference and then went to Anchorage for the bill signing ceremony of Senate Bill 40, a bill establishing Black History Month in statute. My first bill signing took place at the Martin Luther King memorial. I appreciate this bill establishing every February as Black History month; it is educational and celebrates our diversity. Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson’s words touched me. Here are some of her remarks:

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Override the Vetoes for Our Health and Safety

I was very sorry to see the governor veto programs that keep Alaskans healthy. One of these programs is the Medicaid Adult Preventative Dental, which provides dental benefits to over 30,000 Alaskans. If you or someone you know are eligible and need dental care, I encourage you to seek out care immediately as the program expires September 30.

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