Happy Solstice!

This is the time of the year where we are outside more – whether that’s fishing, hiking, working in the yard, or just enjoying the views. This brings me some peace of mind in this time of uncertainty and stress and I hope you too find peace and comfort in our beautiful surroundings.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors

The coronavirus is disrupting nearly every aspect of day to day life in Alaska and across the nation. These are tough times for all of us. Please know that I, and government leaders at all levels, are working on legislation for health, safety, and economic supports.

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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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Your Advocacy Made A Difference

Fall appears to be upon us in the Capital City, and though we are not in session, I wanted to give you a short update on the the governor’s vetoes of programs and projects in House Bill 2001. HB2001 passed the legislature with a total of 40 (out of 60) votes, showing widespread and bipartisan legislative support.

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