NEWS: Thirty Day Countdown to End of Session – Where’s Erin’s Law?

Rep. Tarr and Erin Merryn

Juneau – Saturday may be the first day of spring, but it also marks just thirty days until the end of the First Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. While the legislature is sorting out many new issues, the legislation known as Erin’s Law still remains stalled. Erin’s Law was widely supported last session and is proven to prevent child sexual abuse. Erin’s Law would require public school districts statewide to offer child sexual abuse prevention curriculum.

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NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Unites in Opposition to Operating Budget that Harms Kids, Seniors and the Neediest of Alaskans

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Thursday night without the support of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition. All 13 members voted no because the budget harms seniors and children while protecting corporate interests and unaffordable projects. The Republican budget includes the total elimination of pre-k programs and a significant $32 million cut in funding for K-12 public education. Overall, the budget deficit still remains $3.5 billion. The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition proposed millions of dollars in spending cuts while supporting efforts to protect education, seniors and kids.

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