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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Bill to Early Fund Public Education in Alaska Signed Into Law

Juneau – Earlier today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker was joined by members of the Alaska Legislature and dozens of elementary school students for the official signing ceremony for legislation to early fund Alaska’s K-12 public education system. The signing ceremony for House Bill 287 was held at the Harborview Elementary School in Juneau. HB 287 authorizes the State of Alaska to spend $1.3 billion for K-12 education and student transportation. The bill was introduced at the beginning of the Second Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature by House Finance Committee Co-Chair Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer). HB 287 was co-sponsored by 22 State Representatives and 12 Senators.

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Alert: new draft SB 26 Permanent Fund bill

Today a new draft of SB 26 was adopted as a working document in the conference committee of which I am a member. For a summary of the changes made to the bill, refer to the below joint press release sent out today:

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From the Desk of Representative Seaton: April 30, 2018

Greetings from Juneau on this 105th day of the session. Spring has definitely come to the capital city and legislators are anxious to get back home but the most contentious decisions are now in negotiation. The conference committees for both the operating budget HB 286, and SB 26 Approp Limit & Permanent Fund: Dividend; Earnings are formed, other members and I have been discussing priorities for our respective majority and minority caucuses….

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From the Desk of Representative Seaton: April 23, 2018

Greetings from Juneau on this 98th day of the session. The conference committees for both the operating budget HB 286, and SB 26 Approp Limit & Permanent Fund Earnings have been meeting and I feel optimistic that we will finish our work soon. You can read more under the Budget section.

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