Representative Kito’s Newsletter: Community Needs

With the summer well upon us, I hope everyone is able to stay dry, warm and safe! I have been traveling around the district listening to and hearing from everyone as I go. I spent some time in Skagway hosting a constituent meeting and speaking before the Skagway Assembly. I also had an opportunity to host a constituent meeting here in Juneau with Senator Egan. I traveled to Gustavus for their Centennial Celebration and toured the Falls Creek Hydro facility and the Gustavus Disposal and Recycling Center.

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NEWS: House Democrats Congratulate Arctic Appointees

Alaska’s Democratic State Representatives today congratulated former Lieutenant Governor, Alaska Representative, University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor, and Juneau Mayor Fran Ulmer, along with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. (Ret.) on the announcement of their appointments to serve the United States on Arctic issues.

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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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