Josephson’s Journal–Juneau Update

On a 21-18 vote, the House has elected Representative Bryce Edgmon to his second term as Speaker.
I am a member of the multi-partisan Majority, with a seat on the powerful Finance Committee and the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee.

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Rep. Andy Josephson’s Legislative News

Yesterday, Governor Dunleavy’s Office of Management and Budget Director, Donna Arduin and Budget Director, Lacey Sanders, presented a walk-through of the fiscal year 2019 supplemental budget bills. Click here to view a summary. Typically, supplemental budgets are used to address emergency expenses not otherwise covered by the budgets passed during the prior session. However, the Governor’s supplemental budget eliminates $20 million in one-time education funding that the Legislature approved last year.

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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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