NEWS: Alaska House Majority Coalition Supports Disaster Declaration for Opioid Epidemic

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition commend Governor Walker for his decision to sign a disaster declaration for the worsening opioid epidemic in Alaska. The disaster declaration allows a statewide program under the direction of Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer to facilitate the distribution of the life-saving drug naloxone, which is used to revive overdose victims. Earlier today, Governor Walker signed an Administrative Order that sets up an Incident Command System and directs all state departments to apply for federal grants to respond to the opioid epidemic.

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NEWS: Legislation Introduced to Fix Alaska’s Flawed Oil Tax Credit System

Rep. Andy Josephson

Juneau – The co-chairs of the House Resources Committee, Reps. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), have introduced House Bill 111 to fix Alaska’s current system of oil and gas subsidies in the form of tax credits. The bill fixes many of the flaws remaining in the current oil tax credit system after passage of House Bill 247 last year.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Weekly Update

It’s been another great and exciting week here in the Capitol. We continue to work hard to find solutions to our fiscal crisis while keeping our state going in a positive direction. At this point in the session we’re seeing some of our ideas gaining traction. Our bills are advancing through the committee process on their way to the floor. Being a member of the new majority, I’m proud to see a number of my own bills moving forward.

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NEWS: Sen. Gardner and Rep. Josephson Introduce Companion Bills Requiring Disclosure of Oil Tax Subsidy Information

Rep. Andy Josephson

JUNEAU – Today, Senate Democratic Leader Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage), and House Resources Committee Co-Chair Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) introduced SB44 and HB99, allowing the state to release to the public critical information about our investments in the form of oil tax credits. With passage of the legislation, companies filing for credits would provide a basic description, overall purpose, and general location of these expenses as a condition of participation in our generous credit program.

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