Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Equal Rights Ordinance Passes Assembly

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This morning, Anchorage woke up to snow on the ground and a new equal rights ordinance. Both events are exciting in their own way. The ordinance the Assembly passed late last night makes it illegal to discriminate over sexual orientation or gender identity. Supported by our business community, this ordinance is one of the many reasons Anchorage is such a great place to live, work, and play!

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future Forum and PFD Time

Claman's Alaska Matters

Last weekend, I attended the “Alaska’s Fiscal and Economic Future” forum about Alaska’s fiscal challenges and different options for moving forward with a long-term fiscal plan for Alaska. As public officials consider a long-term fiscal plan for Alaska, it is important to hear from diverse groups of Alaskans and consider all of our options. In the midst of back to school activities and winding down summer activities, I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful fall weather!

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: What’s in the news?

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In this week’s newsletter, I am sharing some news highlights from the last two weeks. Since the legislature adjourned, I have attended many community events, met with neighbors around our community, and am working to hear from as many West Anchorage residents as possible. If you have an event you would like me to attend, or would like to meet with me in person, please let us know!

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Governor Expands Medicaid and Community Events

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Last week, Governor Walker announced that he will use his executive authority to expand Medicaid and improve access to affordable healthcare to all Alaskans. While the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee now has 45 days to respond to the Governor’s decision, the Attorney General and the Legislature’s attorney agree that the Governor is within his Alaska Constitutional authority to accept Medicaid expansion. This decision is good for Alaska.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletters: Second Special Session Adjourns

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After weeks of negotiations, the House and Senate finally passed budget bills this afternoon that ended the second Special Session of the 29th Alaska State Legislature. Additionally, the Senate passed “Erin’s Law,” also known as the Alaska Safe Children’s Act, which I was pleased to support in the House. Throughout these challenging times, I have continued to prioritize: investing in public education, building a strong economy, honoring our commitments, and improving access to health care for all Alaskans.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Budget Negotiations Continue

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Budget negotiations continue to dominate the discussion as the Legislature works through its second Special Session of the year. Last Friday, the House Independent-Democratic Coalition and the House Republican Majority reached a compromise that passed the House by a 38-2 vote. Over the weekend, however, the Senate failed to agree with the House bipartisan budget, forcing further negotiations.

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