House Passes Bill Fixing Flaw in Laws Governing ATMs

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that allows the owners of automatic teller machines (ATMs) to charge a fee for transactions made by international bank card holders. Currently, independently owned ATMs cannot charge a fee for use by international cardholders because the state law only pertains to ATMs owned by state-sponsored banks or credit unions. House Bill 350, sponsored by Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan), seeks to level the playing field between the varied owners of ATMs in Alaska.

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House Calls for a “Linguistic Emergency” Declaration to Protect Alaska Native Languages

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 19, sponsored by Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan), urging Alaska Governor Bill Walker to declare a “linguistic emergency” to help ensure the survival of Native language in Alaska. House Concurrent Resolution 19 calls on state agencies, the Alaska State Legislature, Alaska Native organizations, and others to work to strengthen policies to prioritize the continued use of Alaska Native languages.

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Rep. Ortiz’s February 28th Newsletter

When I took office in 2014, I had the opportunity to sit on the House Transportation Committee. Because of my current position on the House Finance Committee, I am no longer on the Transportation Committee, but transportation issues are still a top priority for me.

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House Passes Resolution on Proposed Plan for Offshore Lease Sales

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6, weighing in on the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposed Program. The current draft program calls for lease sales in 14 of the 15 planning areas in Alaska (there are a total of 26 planning areas across the country).

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Resolution Introduced to Help Preserve Alaska’s Vital Native Languages

Juneau – Earlier today, Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) introduced a resolution to help ensure the survival of native languages in Alaska. House Concurrent Resolution 19 urges Alaska Governor Bill Walker to issue an administrative order recognizing that a “linguistic emergency” exists in Alaska. The resolution calls on state agencies, the Alaska State Legislature, Alaska Native organizations, and others to work to strengthen policies to ensure the survival of Alaska Native languages, many of which are on the verge of extinction.

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Rep. Ortiz’s February 9th Newsletter

Funding for Alaska’s schools is one of the most important pieces of our state budget. Yet, each year, school funding gets caught in the cross fire of budget debates and ends up being one of the last measures passed by the Alaska Legislature.

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Rep. Ortiz’s February 3rd Newsletter: Friends and Neighbors

We are nearing Day 20 of the Legislative Session, and our discussion has revolved around our fiscal situation and the FY2019 budget. We have begun to tackle the Governor’s Proposed Budget, which I’ve outlined below. This newsletter is not acting as a comment of support or opposition of the proposal, but instead a general relaying of information.

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