Reps. Gara and Drummond to Push Needed Increase in School Support

Juneau – Today, Representatives Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation to increase the Base Student Allocation (BSA) in Alaska by $100. The BSA is the amount provided to school districts each year for each student enrolled. Funding for public education in Alaska is roughly $25 million less today than compared to 2015, according to the non-partisan Legislative Finance Division. The loss is even greater, $90 million if you consider the effects of inflation.

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NEWS: Marijuana Legalization Prompts Bill to Seal Public Records of Past Convictions

Juneau – Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) has introduced legislation to protect the ability for Alaskans to go to work despite past convictions for marijuana possession. House Bill 316 seeks to seal public records related to marijuana possession in the wake of voter approval of legalization in Alaska in November of 2014. The bill also calls for the Alaska CourtView system to be wiped clean of all marijuana convictions classified as a VIA misdemeanor. The citizens initiative allowed the sale and consumption of recreational marijuana but failed to address how to deal with those previously convicted of marijuana possession.

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EVENT: Midtown Legislators Want to Hear from You

Rep. Harriet Drummond

ANCHORAGE – Legislators from Midtown Anchorage have scheduled a town hall meeting on Monday, October 16, to discuss legislative priorities with constituents before the delegation heads to Juneau for the fourth special session. Governor Walker has put a revenue generating head tax, and a fix to Senate Bill 91 (SB 91), the omnibus crime bill, on the call. Your legislators recognize the urgency of tackling both these issues and are ready to discuss and listen.

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