Rep. Andy Josephson’s Legislative News

I will work very hard on many issues this session, but some of my top priorities include reforming our criminal and judicial systems, improving benefits for workers, defending our public schools, and above all else, establishing a sustainable budget.

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NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Improve Alaska’s Worker’s Compensation System

Juneau – Today, Representative Andy Josephson pre-filed legislation to make vital improvements to Alaska’s Workers Compensation system. House Bill 30 features several improvements including adjusting benefits for inflation for those receiving Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) and death benefits. These benefits have not been adjusted for inflation for approximately 20 and 50 years, respectively. The bill increases the PPI index from $177,000 to $255,506 and requires annual updates to account for inflation. The bill also adjusts the death benefit for financial dependents up to $100,000 from the current level of $20,000 set in 1968.

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NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Require Mandatory Jail Time for Car Thieves

Anchorage – Today, Representative-elect Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) announced they would pre-file legislation for the upcoming 31st Alaska State Legislature to address the significant increase in vehicle theft across Alaska. Last year the rate of vehicle theft spiked by nearly 40 percent compared to 2016. The pre-filed legislation will require mandatory minimum jail time of at least 120 days for vehicle theft, with lengthier sentences for aggravating factors.

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Rep. Josephson E-Blast, Late September Edition

n 2001, the USDA Forest Service enacted the “Roadless Rule”, prohibiting road construction for the purposes of logging in pristine National Forests and Grasslands. The federal regulation protects national treasures and clean drinking water for future generations, as 35% of our nation’s drinking water comes from National Forests.

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FW: E-Blast, Early September Edition

Last Tuesday the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 to ban the use of plastic bags by retailers, making Anchorage the 23rd community in the state of Alaska to take practical action in protecting our environment and keeping our cities clean. The ban will be effective this upcoming March. Alternative paper bags will be available at checkout for 10-50 cents each. Personally, I recommend purchasing re-usable bags to be

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