Representative ANDY JOSEPHSON http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson Alaska State Legislature House Majority Coalition Site for Rep. Andy Josephson Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:04:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 House Passes Bill to Eliminate an Unnecessary Regulatory Burden on Alaska’s Marijuana Businesses http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/04/13/house-passes-bill-to-eliminate-an-unnecessary-regulatory-burden-on-alaskas-marijuana-businesses/ Fri, 13 Apr 2018 23:38:36 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/04/13/house-passes-bill-to-eliminate-an-unnecessary-regulatory-burden-on-alaskas-marijuana-businesses

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation to ease an overly burdensome regulation that requires annual fingerprinting of those seeking to renew their marijuana establishment registration. House Bill 319 changes the fingerprinting requirement to once every six years.

“I believe that thoroughly vetting registrations for this new industry in Alaska is vital to protect public safety. It’s also essential in giving the public confidence that the marijuana industry is well regulated and entirely legal and above board,” said HB 319 sponsor Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage). “However, the current regulations requiring registration applicants to resubmit fingerprints every year are overly burdensome on these small business owners. Changing the requirement to once every six years still protects the public interest while showing our support for common-sense regulations that support small business owners and these hard-working entrepreneurs.”

The proposed change to submit fingerprints once every six years for marijuana businesses in Alaska is supported by both the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and the burgeoning marijuana industry in Alaska.

House Bill 319 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 38-0. The bill will be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.

 
(907) 465-4939 (800) 465-4939
www.repandyjosephson.com
rep.andrew.josephson@akleg.gov
CONTACT: Mike Mason (907) 444-0889

]]>
http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/04/13/1071/ Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:04:13 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/04/16/1071

2017 House Majority Session Press Generator

 

Alaska House Majority Coalition logoREPRESENTATIVE ANDREW JOSEPHSON

 
(907) 465-4939 (800) 465-4939
www.repandyjosephson.com
rep.andrew.josephson@akleg.gov
CONTACT: Mike Mason (907) 444-0889

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2018

 

House Supports Efforts to Protect Wild and Domestic Animals from Infectious Diseases and Foreign Pathogens

HCR 23 Urges State Departments to Work Cooperatively to Prevent the Spread of Diseases and Pathogens

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution urging increased work and cooperation to protect the health of animals in Alaska, both wild and domestic. House Concurrent Resolution 23 encourages state agencies to step up data collection on diseases and foreign pathogens to better facilitate science-based management decisions. The resolution also calls on the Departments of Fish and Game, Natural Resources, and Environmental Conservation to work to prevent the spread of diseases and pathogens that pose a serious risk to wildlife and domestic animals.

“The genesis of this resolution were concerns about the health of Alaska’s wild Dall sheep and goats from the Movi virus that has negatively impacted sheep and goat populations in the lower 48 states. The virus has recently been confirmed in Alaska, which has sparked a vigorous discussion about how to protect these animals,” said HCR 23 sponsor Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage). “I hope this resolution will result in a coordinated effort to monitor and protect Alaska’s tremendous wildlife resources. By working together, we can be proactive and ensure the survival of these amazing animals that are so integral to our vital hunting and tourism industries.”

The Movi virus, which has been documented in a small number of Dall sheep and mountain goats, has contributed to pneumonia outbreaks in lower 48 bighorn sheep that resulted in significant die-offs. The virus impacts animals by impairing their ability to clear harmful bacteria that can collect in the lungs and cause pneumonia. The Movi virus has been documented in Dall sheep and mountain goats in 7 Game Management Units in Alaska.

House Concurrent Resolution 23 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 36-3. The resolution will be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.

###

 

Mike Mason
Press Secretary, Alaska House Majority Coalition
Phone: (907) 444-0889

akhouse.org
www.facebook.com/AKCoalition
www.twitter.com/AKCoalition

 

]]>
Josephson E-blast–April Edition http://akhouse.org/josephson/040618_newsletter.htm Fri, 06 Apr 2018 21:23:55 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/04/06/josephson-e-blast-april-edition
]]>
Rep. Josephson’s February 27th Newsletter: Your Voice in the Alaska House of Representatives http://akhouse.org/josephson/022718_newsletter.htm Wed, 28 Feb 2018 01:54:36 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/02/27/rep-josephsons-february-27th-newsletter-your-voice-in-the-alaska-house-of-representatives/
]]>
House Passes Resolution on Proposed Plan for Offshore Lease Sales http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/02/21/house-passes-resolution-on-proposed-plan-for-offshore-lease-sales/ Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:19:55 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/02/21/house-passes-resolution-on-proposed-plan-for-offshore-lease-sales/

2017 House Majority Session Press Generator

 

Alaska House Majority Coalition logoALASKA HOUSE
MAJORITY COALITION

AKHOUSE.ORG
CONTACT: Drew Cason (907) 575-2068
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2018

 

House Passes Resolution on Proposed Plan for Offshore Lease Sales

Alaska House Adds Voice to Congressional Delegation and Governor

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country).

“With this resolution, the Alaska House joins Alaska’s entire Congressional delegation, the Governor, and a number of tribes and other stakeholders who have requested that 11 of the 14 planning areas be removed from the draft proposed plan,” said Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) “The Chukchi and Beaufort Seas planning areas have far and away the greatest estimated recoverable reserves for oil and gas, and while the Cook Inlet Planning Area has more modest potential, it is a critical source of affordable energy for Alaska’s most populous region. Lease sales in other areas are unlikely to attract significant interest, would create tremendous controversy, and would wastefully expend State and Federal money on lease sales which would not lead to development.”

HR 6 was successfully amended on the floor by Representative John Lincoln (D-Kotzebue) to further request that the existing deferrals in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas be continued in future lease sales.

“My district is home to the world’s most productive zinc mine, and one of the world’s preeminent oil fields,” said Rep. Lincoln “But we also rely on subsistence and have preserved our way of life by keeping it in the forefront of our minds whenever we pursue economic development. My amendment simply asks that we keep intact decades of work between industry and local communities identifying and protecting a crucial migratory corridor for Bowhead whales and two modest subsistence hunting areas adjacent to the whaling communities of Kaktovik and Utqiaġvik.”

Originally introduced by the House Rules committee, Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) was added as the resolution’s primary sponsor on the House floor at the request of Minority Whip Mike Chenault (R-Nikiski) so that other members could add their names as co-sponsors.

“I am grateful that the House was able to move quickly and show overwhelming support for both economic development and respect for all stakeholders in that development,” said Speaker Edgmon, “I appreciate the Administration giving us the opportunity to speak to this issue, and hope they heed the combined voices of our Federal delegation, Governor, and State House.”

House Resolution 6 passed with strong bipartisan support, by a vote of 33-5. The resolution will be presented to Senator Murkowski after she makes her annual address to the Legislature on February 22nd.

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Deputy Press Secretary Drew Cason at (907) 575-2068.

### 

 

Drew Cason
Deputy Press Secretary, Alaska House Majority Coalition
Phone: (907) 575-2068
akhouse.org
www.facebook.com/AKCoalition
www.twitter.com/AKCoalition

 

]]>
Rep. Josephson’s January 24th Newsletter: Welcome back! http://akhouse.org/josephson/012418_newsletter.htm Thu, 25 Jan 2018 01:17:44 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/01/24/rep-josephsons-january-24th-newsletter-welcome-back/
]]>
NEWS: Fairness in Oil Taxes Bill Introduced http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/01/16/news-fairness-in-oil-taxes-bill-introduced/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:50:47 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2018/01/16/news-fairness-in-oil-taxes-bill-introduced/

2017 House Majority Session Press Generator

 

Alaska House Majority Coalition logo

REP. GERAN TARR

(907) 465-3424 | www.repgerantarr.com

 

REP. PAUL SEATON

(907) 465-2689 | www.reppaulseaton.com

 

REP. ANDREW JOSEPHSON

(907) 465-4939 | www.repandyjosephson.com

 

CONTACT: Mike Mason (907) 444-0889          akhouse.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2018

 

Fairness in Oil Taxes Bill Introduced

Juneau – Recognizing that Alaska’s fiscal gap can’t be reduced through budget cuts alone, members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition today introduced legislation to increase revenue to address Alaska’s $2.5 billion funding gap. House Bill 288 increases Alaska’s oil and gas minimum tax from four percent to seven percent, which would raise approximately $225 million.

HB 288 was introduced by Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), the Democratic Co-Chairs of the House Resources Committee, along with Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer), a Republican who Co-Chairs the House Finance Committee. Rep. Tarr also Co-Chairs the bipartisan House and Senate Oil and Gas Tax Working Group, which will be looking at the overall oil and gas tax system in Alaska.

“The Senate’s unwillingness to consider new revenues has left Alaskans with limited choices for a sustainable budget future,” said Rep. Tarr. “This bill represents a modest, fair increase in oil taxes that benefit all of Alaska.”

Over the past year, oil prices have stabilized in the $60 per barrel range. Alaska Department of Revenue data indicates the state only receives approximately $2 per barrel of oil through the minimum production tax.

“Stability in oil taxes ensures that present and future Alaskans can share in the benefits of Alaska’s natural resource wealth,” said Rep. Josephson. “If we aren’t increasing the Permanent Fund, then we won’t have new revenues to share through the permanent fund dividend program. Even with all the increased oil exploration happening in existing and new locations, we can’t balance the budget with the existing revenue stream.”

HB 288 was introduced today and referred to the House Resources Committee and the House Finance Committee.

“The Alaska House Majority Coalition is committed to a vibrant and diversified future for Alaska where our kids can get a great education, our seniors and elders are cared for, and our economy works for all Alaskans,” said Rep. Seaton. “If the Senate refuses to address small steps to diversify revenue sources, then we must continue to rely on the oil and gas sector to fill the gap.”

The Alaska House Majority Coalition was formed in 2016 with a united focus on passing a full, comprehensive and sustainable fiscal plan for Alaska’s future.

“This slight but fair addition to the minimum tax will add a reasonable amount of money to the state’s revenue to help reduce the budget deficit,” said Tarr.

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Secretary Mike Mason at (907) 444-0889.

### 

 

Mike Mason
Press Secretary, Alaska House Majority Coalition
Phone: (907) 444-0889

akhouse.org
www.facebook.com/AKCoalition
www.twitter.com/AKCoalition

 

]]>
Rep. Josephson’s December 14th Newsletter: December E-Blast – Alaska is the new Oregon? http://akhouse.org/josephson/121417_newsletter.htm Thu, 14 Dec 2017 19:38:23 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2017/12/14/rep-josephsons-december-14th-newsletter-december-e-blast-alaska-is-the-new-oregon/
]]>
NEWS: House Resources Schedules Hearing on Alaska LNG Project http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2017/12/01/news-house-resources-schedules-hearing-on-alaska-lng-project/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:33:28 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2017/12/01/news-house-resources-schedules-hearing-on-alaska-lng-project/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 1, 2017

Anchorage – The House Resources Committee Co-Chairs, Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), have noticed a committee hearing on December 4th at 6 p.m. to get an update from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation on the Alaska LNG project.

“Considering the recent Alaska LNG project developments, we believe it is important for the legislature and members of the public to get an update before the end of the year,” said Rep. Josephson.  

“We chose to schedule the hearing in the evening, so members of the public can attend and learn more about the status of the Alaska LNG project,” said Representative Tarr. 

The public is invited to attend in-person or to listen via the Alaska Legislature’s website: www.akleg.gov

WHO: House Resources Committee
WHAT: Hearing on the status of the Alaska LNG project
WHERE: Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 2nd Floor Hearing Room, 1500 West Benson Boulevard, Anchorage, Alaska
WHEN: 6:00 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017
Live stream: http://akl.tv

For more information, please contact Rep. Tarr’s office at (907) 269-0144 or Rep. Josephson’s office at (907) 269-0265.

###

]]>
Rep. Josephson’s November 6th Newsletter: This special session has been intense and eventful http://akhouse.org/josephson/110617_newsletter.htm Tue, 07 Nov 2017 00:22:18 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_josephson/2017/11/06/rep-josephsons-november-6th-newsletter-this-special-session-has-been-intense-and-eventful/
]]>