Adjournment Sine Die

After 10 hours of being on the floor, at 1:48 am on Sunday morning, the House adjourned Sine Die. We passed out the final operating and capital budgets along with other bills that make for a better Alaska.
The House added $28 million for Medicaid payments, $12 million to address substance abuse treatment and the nursing shortage at the Alaska Psychiatrist Institute. We also added a one-time increase of $20 million to k-12 education which is equivalent to a $78 base student allocation increase.

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Session update & a thank you

This week is expected to be our final week in session and we have passed out some key pieces of legislation. Below is a summary:

SB 26: Permanent Fund Protection Act:
We listened to and addressed much of the public’s concerns in the new version of SB 26 which passed out on Monday. This version of SB 26 limits the amount the Legislature could withdraw from the fund. The funds will be used to pay for both public services and Permanent Fund Dividends.

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Rep Guttengergs Day 95 Update!

Rep. Guttenberg's Legislative Report

Today marks day 95 of session and we are getting closer to adjourning. The State Operating Budget Conference Committee started to meet this week. This is where the House and Senate negotiate the differences in our respective budgets. They have been meeting every day and will continue working until we have a fully funded budget that satisfies both bodies.

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Rep Guttenberg April 14th Newsletter

Throughout the session I have sent you updates on HB 240: Pharmacy Benefits Managers. Yesterday, the House unanimously passed it out and we are now one step closer to lower pharmaceutical costs for Alaskans. I would like to thank the pharmacists who helped the legislature better understand this pressing issue and also to Senator Cathy Giessel for her work on advancing the bill in the Senate. HB 240 will be heard in Senate Finance and then forwarded to the Senate Floor for final passage. Below is the press release for more information:

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Rep Guttenberg Legislation & Senate Budget Newsletter

I am glad the Senate chose to support the University but I am disappointed in their cuts to public safety and Medicaid. These cuts directly harm Alaskans. Rising crime rates will be difficult to address without the necessary resources. The $70.45 million is equal to a 48% cut to Medicaid services. Thousands of Alaskans are on Medicaid and will experience a decline in their quality of services. Alaskans deserve better than this.

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Budget’s Final Passage

Today, the House passed out a budget that prioritized education, public safety, and included a $1600 PFD. This budget adjusts for inflation and restores critical public services. It includes a $19 million restoration to the University, $942 million to inflation-proof the Permanent Fund…..

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