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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Alaska’s Vital Senior Benefits Program Extended to 2024

Juneau – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker put his signature on a significant piece of legislation to extend Alaska’s Senior Benefits Program through June of 2024. House Bill 236, sponsored by Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), was officially signed into law in Fairbanks during the Annual Senior Citizen Recognition Day event organized by the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The bill passed the Alaska Legislature this year nearly unanimously.

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Alaska House Passes Legislation to Help More Military Spouses Work in Alaska

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to evaluate regulations which allow military spouses with occupational licenses from other states to obtain expiated courtesy occupational licenses in Alaska. House Bill 262 requires the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development to provide a report to the Alaska Legislature on the progress of implementing the regulations. HB 262 requires the Department to track how temporary courtesy occupational licenses are used and to document that the occupational boards in Alaska know and understand the legislative mandate to provide courtesy licenses to military spouses.

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