NEWS: Responsible Budget Passes the Alaska House of Representatives

JUNEAU – The Alaska House of Representatives today formally passed a fully funded operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that ensures the delivery of essential services and protects the Alaska economy. The $5.1 billion General Fund operating budget reduces spending on agency and statewide operations by a net of $82.5 million compared to the 2017 budget, even after Governor Bill Walker’s vetoes.

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NEWS: Legislation Advances from the House Resources Committee to Protect Wolves Adjacent to the Denali National Park

Rep. Andy Josephson

Juneau – Earlier today, legislation to protect the ability of visitors to the Denali National Park to see wolves in the wild was advanced out of the House Resources Committee. House Bill 105, sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), seeks to create an area along the eastern border of the Denali National Park that is closed to the hunting and trapping of wolves.

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NEWS: Legislation Filed to Respond to Climate Change in Alaska

Rep. Andy Josephson

Juneau – The Co-chairs of the House Resources Committee, Reps. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) and Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), have filed legislation to respond to climate change in Alaska. House Bill 173 would create a new commission made up of elected city and borough officials from across Alaska and several state department commissioners. A primary duty of the Climate Change Response Commission would be to assist rural communities and non-government organizations to secure funding to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. The Commission would also be tasked with seeking out grants and other forms of financing.

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NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Prevent Alaska’s Participation in Unconstitutional Registry of Undocumented Persons or Muslims

Rep. Andy Josephson

Rep. Josephson’s Bill Stipulates No State Cooperation With Efforts to Register Alaskans Based on Race and Religion FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 9, 2017 Juneau – Today, Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) pre-filed legislation to address the potential of a federal registry of alleged undocumented persons or those who practice the religion of Islam.  Rep. Josephson opposes …

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NEWS: Conference Committee Advances Flawed Oil Tax Credit Subsidy Bill

Juneau – Today, the Conference Committee created to work out the differences between the House and Senate versions of House Bill 247 advanced a new version that continues unsustainable subsidies to the oil and gas industry that will cost Alaska hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The only member of the Minority on the Conference Committee is Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). She objected to the new version of HB 247 and voted no on advancing the bill out of the committee.

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NEWS: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Roll-Back Many Unsustainable Oil Industry Subsidies

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives approved House Bill 247 to significantly reform Alaska’s unsustainable oil tax credit subsidy system. The members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) cautiously supported the legislation after participating in a bipartisan effort to amend the bill to dramatically increase savings and fix flaws included in previous versions of the bill.

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