Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Public Safety Newsletter & Resources

Working together as a community for wise use of our public safety resources, we can continue to improve public safety and provide safer neighborhoods for Alaska’s families. In this newsletter, we have compiled a number of resources to keep you informed of public safety incidents, aware of ways to report crime, and involved in achieving better safety outcomes in our community.

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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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