Rep. Spohnholz’s June 8th Newsletter: Special Session Frustration on Day 21

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

It is day 21 of the Special Session focused on our fiscal situation and Alaskans are frustrated. The legislature has not gotten its work done and we continue to have fiscal uncertainty despite extending the regular session to 120 days and the Governor calling us back into a Special Session focused on a fiscal plan. As I sit here in my office in the Capitol, with no committee meetings on my schedule, I am frustrated too.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s May 24th Newsletter: Special Session Update

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

The regular session is over and we have begun a special session dedicated to a fiscal plan for Alaska and legislation addressing opioid addiction . While I wish we had been able to finish this work in the regular session, these issues are important enough to deserve the extra effort to resolve them. There is no more important job of the legislature than to pass a solid fiscal plan.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Summer Newsletter: Déjà vu all Over Again

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

The regular session is over and we have begun a special session dedicated to a fiscal plan for Alaska and legislation addressing opioid addiction . While I wish we had been able to finish this work in the regular session, these issues are important enough to deserve the extra effort to resolve them.

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NEWS: The House is Waiting for Progress in the State Senate

Juneau – The leadership of the Alaska House Majority Coalition has decided to hold a limited number of technical floor sessions for the remainder of the week to allow House members to travel back to their home districts for the Memorial Day Holiday. This will allow members to engage with constituents about the important issues under consideration during the Special Session called by Alaska Governor Bill Walker. Allowing lawmakers to go home also saves the state money since lawmakers will not be collecting per diem in their home districts.

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NEWS: Resources Committee Co-chairs will Lead Effort to Reform Unsustainable Oil Industry Subsidies

Juneau – On Monday, Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham) appointed House members to negotiate a compromise on legislation to reform Alaska’s unsustainable oil tax credit system that passed both the House and Senate. House Resources Committee Co-chairs Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) will represent the House Majority on the conference committee. The House Minority will be represented by Rep. Dave Talerico (R-Healy). The State Senate is expected to appoint their members to the conference committee on Wednesday.

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