The Governor Has Called A Special Session

Last week, we adjourned our regular session and the Governor immediately called the Legislature into a special session to focus on: crime reform legislation, education funding, and the operating and capital budgets. Below is a quick update on each of these items.

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House of Representatives votes to repeal and replace Senate Bill 91

House Bill 49, which passed 24-to-14, would enact changes that are tough on criminals and give police and prosecutors the tools they need to make Alaska safe. At the same time, the legislation helps victims receive justice and maintains a commitment to enacting policy changes based on objective information, data, and input from police officers, prosecutors, and public defenders.

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My Personal Legislation and Legislative Projects

The budget and our fiscal situation have been the biggest priorities to tackle this session, but I also have some legislation and other projects that I’ve been working on during the last few months. First, I’d like to update you on my personal legislation:

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The House Passed a Budget and Survey Results are in!

On Thursday, April 11th, the House passed a budget for the State of Alaska. We have spent the last month and a half digging into department budgets, asking critical questions, analyzing impacts of potential cuts, and taking amendments at all levels – in the Subcommittees, in the Full House Finance, and on the Floor. The budget now goes to the Senate. Below are some of the highlights of the passed budget (HB39).

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