From the Desk of Representative Seaton: May 14, 2018

Greetings from Juneau on the day after the end of the second session of the 30th Alaska Legislature. The House adjourned Sine Die at 1:48 am on Sunday, the 118th day of session. We were pleased to beat the constitutional 121-day session length.

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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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Coalition Members Will Take Questions After Adjourning the Session Sine Die

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability tonight to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. The press availability will be held 15 minutes after the Alaska House of Representatives adjourns the Second Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature sine die.

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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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From the Desk of Representative Seaton: May 7, 2018

Greetings from Juneau on this 112th day of the session. Primary components for reaching an adjournment agreement are getting closer as progress was made on several key pieces this week. I was honored to attend the signing of my bill, HB 287- Early K-12 Education Funding and Student Transportation last week with the Governor, students, and fellow lawmakers. The bill signing occurred here in Juneau at Harborview Elementary School.

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