House Passes Bill to Increase Cooperation Between Lawmakers

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives took a step towards returning to the tradition of allowing lawmakers from different parties and caucuses to jointly sponsor bills and resolutions. House Bill 41 reinstates a long-time practice of allowing members to work together as lead sponsors of important legislation.

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House Passes Resolution on Proposed Plan for Offshore Lease Sales

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country).

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$500-700 Million Loss to Alaskans: Fair Oil Tax Reforms Passed by the House Could Erase Major Portion of $2.5 Billion State Deficit

Juneau – A recent report from the Department of Revenue shows the state is losing more than a half billion dollars in annual revenue by not enacting the modest 25% tax on oil company profits passed by the House last year. Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) released the following statement regarding the role oil taxes play in Alaska’s multi-billion-dollar deficit.

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

Alaska state and flag

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: “Laptops For Foster Youth” Drive: Help Bring In A New Year of Success For Alaska’s 3,000+ Foster Youth

Rep. Les Gara

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska founder Amanda Metivier are launching their holiday drive to bring more laptops to foster youth so they can succeed in school and life. Rep. Gara and Metivier, both former foster youth, founded the Laptops for Foster Youth effort at the suggestion of many youth who faced barriers to success, including the lack of computers and internet access needed for schoolwork.

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