Alaska House Majority Coalition Remains Committed to Improving Public Safety and Protecting Property

Juneau – Today, the Alaska legislature passed legislation sponsored by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) to improve public safety and provide safer neighborhoods and communities for Alaska’s families.

House Bill 312 increases protections for medical providers and addresses the greatest public safety priorities in Governor Walker’s Public Safety Action Plan: consideration of out-of-state criminal history, improved pre-trial supervision, and stronger tools for police and prosecutors to fight the sale of illegal drugs.

“After hearing the concerns expressed by my constituents and Alaskans from around the state, I worked to amend this legislation to give practitioners, judges, and law enforcement the tools they need to address our common public safety needs,” said Rep. Claman.

“HB 312 goes hand-in-hand with our operating budget’s increased funding to fight crime and make our communities safer,” said Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham). “This bill ensures criminals will face serious consequences for their actions, and it provides the right level of authority for our courts to keep dangerous people off the street.”

House Bill 312 addresses several public safety concerns:

  • Ensures consideration of a defendant’s out-of-state criminal history in pre-trial release decisions;
  • Strengthens the pre-trial release assessment for those charged with vehicle theft and other crimes;
  • Gives Alaska’s Attorney General the authority to criminalize dangerous new controlled substances;
  • Increases surcharges imposed for felonies, misdemeanors, and violations and puts the increased revenue back into public safety funding; and
  • Provides much-needed tools to help police and prosecutors reduce crimes against our doctors and nurses.

Representative Claman worked closely with Representative Chuck Kopp (R-Anchorage) to craft this bipartisan solution.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues in the House for supporting this legislation. I was especially pleased to work with Rep. Kopp on House Bill 312, and I look forward to continuing our efforts to improve public safety,” said Rep. Claman.

House Bill 312 will now be sent to Alaska Governor Bill Walker for his signature.

For more information, please contact Lizzie Kubitz in Rep. Claman’s office at (907) 465-4904.

Drew Cason
Deputy Press Secretary, Alaska House Majority Coalition
Phone: (907) 575-2068
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