Rep. Josephson’s E-Blast, Early June Edition

Immediately following adjournment, I had the honor of joining prominent business leaders in our state and Governor Walker on his trade mission to China. While I appreciated the opportunity to participate in efforts to cultivate a positive trade relationship with China, network with leaders in Alaskan business, and work towards a more diverse, vibrant economy, it is great to be home.

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Rep. Josephson’s E-Blast, Early June Edition

Immediately following adjournment, I had the honor of joining prominent business leaders in our state and Governor Walker on his trade mission to China. While I appreciated the opportunity to participate in efforts to cultivate a positive trade relationship with China, network with leaders in Alaskan business, and work towards a more diverse, vibrant economy, it is great to be home.

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Legislature Addresses Medical Licensing, Regulation, and Family Therapy

Juneau – In a bipartisan effort to improve health care, the Alaska Legislature acted to streamline medical licensing and addressed regulatory issues in the medical field on the final day of session. House Bill 280, an extension for the Board of Marital and Family Therapy sponsored by Representative Andy Josephson (D—Anchorage), was amended to include portions Senate Bill 108 sponsored by Senator Giessel (R—Anchorage), which dealt with reforms requested by the state Medical Board.

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Coalition Members Reflect on the 30th Alaska Legislature

Juneau – After a flurry of legislative action, the Alaska House of Representatives joined the Alaska Senate in adjourning the Second Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature sine die early Sunday morning. Members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition reflected on the legislative achievements of the session.

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Budget Deal Reached; State Operating Budget Passes the Alaska Legislature

Juneau – A compromise budget agreement between the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate was reached today, resulting in the passage of the fiscal year 2019 operating budget for the State of Alaska. Today’s budget deal prevents any disruption in essential public services as the State of Alaska enters the busy summer tourism and fishing seasons. House Bill 286 features total General Fund spending of $6.27 billion. The budget includes Alaska House Majority Coalition priorities such as $942 million to inflation-proof the value of the $65 billion Alaska Permanent Fund, $1.02 billion to pay for $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividends for each eligible Alaskan, a $10 million investment in the University of Alaska above the Governor’s proposal, and multiple measures to improve public safety and law enforcement in Alaska.

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