Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Crime Bills on the Move

I remain committed as your representative to taking positive steps to improve public safety and making wise use of our public safety resources. I am working in the legislature to find common ground for an approach that will make sure Alaskans are working together to address public safety concerns.

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House of Representatives votes to repeal and replace Senate Bill 91

House Bill 49, which passed 24-to-14, would enact changes that are tough on criminals and give police and prosecutors the tools they need to make Alaska safe. At the same time, the legislation helps victims receive justice and maintains a commitment to enacting policy changes based on objective information, data, and input from police officers, prosecutors, and public defenders.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Operating Budget Passes the Senate

On Wednesday, the Senate passed its version of the operating budget. Now that the Senate has passed its version of the operating budget, a conference committee will likely be appointed to resolve differences that remain between the budgets passed by the two bodies. The budget will then go to the Governor for final approval.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Consideration of Governor’s Appointees

Last week, the House passed the operating budget, House Bill 39, and identified over $200 million in cuts, such as: $72.9 million in Medicaid efficiencies, $13 million in the Department of Corrections (efficiencies were based on encouraging the use of electronic monitoring and halfway houses in an effort to keep prisoners in-state while saving money), and $14.5 million to the Department of Transportation.

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