Josephson E-blast Early May Edition

The House and Senate, via HB 287, appropriated $1.32 billion for K-12 next school year, the same amount as this year. This allows school districts to budget and avoid most teacher layoffs, but flat-funding education means cutting education. Inflation has eroded $90 million in education funding since 2014, resulting in 500+ fewer teachers and support staff, increased class sizes, and reduced programming. In its version of the bill, the Senate added $1.32 billion for the school year that begins September 2019, plus $30 million in one-time grants to school districts, if the House passes the Permanent Fund Draw,

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House Votes to Strengthen Penalties for Spills of Oil and Other Hazardous Substances

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to give the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) additional tools to address spills of oil and hazardous substances in Alaska. House Bill 322 updates civil penalties that have been eroded over time due to inflation and provides administrative penalties that DEC can quickly levy to stop and prevent spills. Both penalties would be automatically adjusted for inflation every ten years. Additionally, HB 322 stipulates that trucking companies transporting oil share with DEC any spill plan they submit to the federal government.

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Legislature Wants Wild and Domestic Animals in Alaska Protected from Infectious Diseases

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed a resolution urging cooperation among state departments to protect the health of wild and domestic animals. House Concurrent Resolution 23 calls for increased data collection on diseases and foreign pathogens to better facilitate science-based management decisions. The resolution is a call to action for the Departments of Fish and Game, Natural Resources, and Environmental Conservation to cooperate on measures to prevent the spread of diseases and pathogens among Alaska’s wildlife and domestic animals.

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Alaskans, it’s time to comment on the Pebble mine

The Pebble Limited Partnership is continuing to advance its controversial mining project near Bristol Bay by forging ahead with its development plan, all while ignoring the voices of most Alaskans.
For more than a decade, Pebble has been trying to sell Bristol Bay on the idea of a major gold and copper mine at the headwaters of the world’s largest sockeye fishery. Each step of the way, scientific evidence has indicated that this risky project would be profoundly detrimental to commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries. Now, Pebble is trying to ride a wave of political and financial momentum to build its proposed mine. This, despite the overwhelming opposition from Bristol Bay residents and Alaskans from across the state. Each Alaskan has the right and responsibility to weigh in on projects that impact our lands and our residents.

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2017 House Majority Session Press Generator   REPRESENTATIVE ANDREW JOSEPHSON  (907) 465-4939 (800) 465-4939www.repandyjosephson.comrep.andrew.josephson@akleg.govCONTACT: Mike Mason (907) 444-0889   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 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 …

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