[BILL] HB11: Colonoscopy Coverage for Retirees

  Sponsor Statement HB 11 – Colonoscopy Coverage for Retirees      House Bill 11 fills an important hole in cancer-related insurance coverage that is available to those with private and state insurance, but not to retired public employees.      The legislation would extend coverage for colorectal cancer screening to retirees receiving health benefits …

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[BILL] HB33: Stability and Opportunity for Foster Youth

SPONSOR STATEMENT HB33: Stability and Opportunity for Foster Youth   House Bill 33 aims to make a few modest fixes to the current rules used by the Office of Children's Services (OCS) to provide opportunity for success to our 2,000 foster youth. The Legislature came together to make significant changes in this regard last year. …

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Democrats to introduce bill protecting schools from inflation

  Costs rise. Our children shouldn’t have to make up the difference.   JUNEAU – Today Representative Pete Petersen announced he will introduce legislation to protect Alaska schools from the rising costs of inflation. For the next budget year, Petersen’s proposal would increase the base student allocation $158.00, the exact amount required to offset inflation. …

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Foster Youth Mentorship Program Launching This Week

  Today the state approved a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Covenant House and Facing Foster Care in Alaska to implement a mentorship program to help foster youth build lasting support relationships with adults that will last beyond their time in foster care. The groups will launch the project this week.   Today 40 …

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Note from Rep. Les Gara: AmeriCorps Breakthrough, and My Book of Iraqi-Jewish-Alaskan State Records

I’m writing to brag on a recent success. I was recently recognized as the Iraqi-Jew who ate a cup of instant lentil soup further north of the Arctic Circle than any other Iraqi-Jew. Ever. Oh, wait. Wrong brag. That was in 1990. Though, someday ask me about the list of Iraqi-Jewish-Alaska firsts I think I’ve performed (top 10 Iraqi-Jewish basketball players in the state; first Iraqi- Jew to only catch four fish in 13 days on the Noatak River.)

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