Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Traveling the District

Rep. Sam Kito III

With the end of session, I have been working on getting around the district. I have been attending meetings, and traveling to district communities outside of Juneau, meeting and listening to issues and concerns affecting residents in all parts of the district.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: 28th Legislative Session Ends

Rep. Sam Kito III

We have finally finished work in the 28th legislative session after ninety–five days. Our work continued beyond the statutory 90-day limit imposed by the voters in the 2006 election. I am grateful for all of the communication and support I have received from District 32 during my short time in this position. In addition to the Operating and Capital budgets we passed this year, there were several pieces of important legislation that were considered, passed, or left on the table.

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NEWS: Legislature Creates Dr. Walter Soboleff Day

AK State and Flag

Today, the Alaska state Senate voted unanimously to set aside November 14 of each year to honor the life and work of Dr. Walter A Soboleff, a revered Tlingit elder who passed away in 2011 at the age of 102. Late last month, the Alaska state House passed the measure which now goes to the governor for his signature.

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Rep. Sam Kito III’s Newsletter: Less Than Ten Days to Go

Rep. Sam Kito III

The pace here in the Legislature has picked up considerably with only a little over a week to go. With the passage of the operating budget from both houses, and establishment of the operating budget Conference Committee, we are now under the 24 hour rule which means committees can schedule bill hearings with 24 hour notice. We have also started having floor sessions into the evening, working our way through bills and resolutions. Some major pieces of the “end game” are in play including the capital budget, the education bill and the natural gas pipleline bill. There is still some question about whether we will be able to complete our work before the statutory session deadline of April 20th.

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Rep. Sam Kito’s Newsletter: Bills on the Move

Rep. Sam Kito III

This week, the education debate has heated up with House Finance releasing a Committee Substitute and considering amendments to the omnibus Education bill (HB 278). The bill that finally came out of the committee included some troubling changes from the Education Committee version. I am especially concerned about the changes to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS), which could cause the insolvency or exhaustion of the trust fund in ten years. This would result in a pay-as-you-go plan that would make active teachers pay for retired teachers and significantly increase the required contribution by active teachers.

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Rep. Sam Kito’s Newsletter: The Inaugural Issue

Rep. Sam Kito III

Welcome to my newsletter! Having started to serve you a few short weeks ago, I am happy to reach out and provide an update on the legislative session for District 32. If you know of anyone else that may be interested in receiving newsletters and other communications from my office, please forward this email. If you no longer wish to receive newsletters or communications, please click on “unsubscribe” in the banner below.

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NEWS: Alaska House Votes to Create Dr. Walter Soboleff Day

Alaska State Seal

Day honors Tlingit Elder, Minister, storyteller, scholar, businessman. Today, the Alaska state House of Representatives voted unanimously to set aside November 14 of each year to honor the life and work of Dr. Walter A Soboleff, a revered Tlingit elder who passed away in 2011 at the age of 102.

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