Alaska Lawmakers Oppose Any Federal Policy Separating Children from Parents at the Southern Border

Anchorage – Today, 21 members of the Alaska State Legislature sent a letter to President Donald Trump thanking him for responding to the wishes of the American people by pledging to end the practice of separating children from families that illegally cross the southern border of the United States. The President has confirmed that he will use his executive order authority to stop the practice, which his administration implemented earlier this year. The lead author of the letter is long-time State Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) who notes that the policy was an inappropriate and ineffective use of government resources and taxpayer dollars.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Governor Walker Signs Crime Bill

Yesterday, Governor Walker signed House Bill 312, legislation I sponsored that gives practitioners, judges, and law enforcement the tools they need to address our greatest public safety needs and to protect our doctors and nurses.
Thank you to the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory for hosting the bill signing

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Rep Claman’s End of Session Newsletter

For the first time in four years, we finished the second regular session of the 30th State Legislature in less than 121 days, and the Governor has no plans to call a special session. Thank you to everyone who contacted me during the session. Your emails, letters, phone calls, messages, and visits to Juneau and Anchorage helped me effectively represent the priorities and values our West Anchorage community.

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Rep. Claman’s Alaska Matters: Happy Memorial Day!

On Monday, we pause from our busy summer schedules to honor the men and women of our armed forces who bravely served our country and sacrificed their lives to uphold our nation’s values and defend our freedom. As we observe this day, we remember our fallen service members and pay tribute to all they have given.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: 30th Legislature Adjourns After Approval of Operating Budget

Early Sunday morning, the legislature adjourned after passage of the FY19 operating budget, which prioritizes public safety, public education, economic growth, and includes a $1,600 PFD. The FY19 state operating budget, House Bill 286, totals $6.27 billion in General Fund (GF) dollars (including Permanent Fund Dividends). This is about $1.87 billion less than FY15, or a 23% reduction. The budget incorporates…

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Coalition Members Reflect on the 30th Alaska Legislature

Juneau – After a flurry of legislative action, the Alaska House of Representatives joined the Alaska Senate in adjourning the Second Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature sine die early Sunday morning. Members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition reflected on the legislative achievements of the session.

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Coalition Members Will Take Questions After Adjourning the Session Sine Die

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability tonight to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. The press availability will be held 15 minutes after the Alaska House of Representatives adjourns the Second Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature sine die.

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Budget Deal Reached; State Operating Budget Passes the Alaska Legislature

Juneau – A compromise budget agreement between the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate was reached today, resulting in the passage of the fiscal year 2019 operating budget for the State of Alaska. Today’s budget deal prevents any disruption in essential public services as the State of Alaska enters the busy summer tourism and fishing seasons. House Bill 286 features total General Fund spending of $6.27 billion. The budget includes Alaska House Majority Coalition priorities such as $942 million to inflation-proof the value of the $65 billion Alaska Permanent Fund, $1.02 billion to pay for $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividends for each eligible Alaskan, a $10 million investment in the University of Alaska above the Governor’s proposal, and multiple measures to improve public safety and law enforcement in Alaska.

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