Rep. Tarr and Erin Merryn

Governor Walker to Sign Alaska Safe Children’s Act This Evening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2015

ANCHORAGE – Later today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker will sign the Alaska Safe Children’s Act during a ceremony as part of the 2015 Alaska Flag Day Celebration in Anchorage.  HB 44 includes Erin’s Law, which requires school districts across the state to teach children how to recognize and report sexual abuse.  Erin’s Law was championed in Alaska by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) who helped guide the law through multiple legislative sessions all the way to final passage on July 11, 2015.

“Child sexual abuse is very real in Alaska.  Just look at the statistics and listen to the first-hand accounts of abuse given as public testimony in support of Erin’s Law over the last two years,” said Rep. Tarr.  “This law will give children, parents, and educators the tools to recognize abuse and, especially children, the vocabulary to report that abuse.”

Rep. Tarr will participate in today’s bill signing ceremony for HB 44.

Event Details:

What: Governor Walker’s Bill Signing Ceremony for the Alaska Safe Children’s Act

When:  Thursday, July 09, 2015

2015 Alaska Flag Day Celebration: 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

HB 44 “Alaska Safe Children’s Act” Bill Signing: 6:25 pm

Where: Alaska Child and family Offices, 4600 Abbott Road, Anchorage, AK

Due to limited parking space, please park at Service High School, 5577 Abbott Road

There will be shuttles to the Alaska Child and Family Offices

Cost: The Alaska Flag Day Celebration costs $20.00 per family or $5.00 per individual

(Includes live music, barbecue, face painting, games, and ice cream. The proceeds from this event benefit the Mike MacDonald Partnership in Treatment Fund. The program ensures that children in need of Alaska Child and Family services will not be turned away due to an inability to pay. Alaska Child & Family helps troubled youth through a broad range of mental health services.)

For more information contact Rep. Tarr’s office at (907) 269-0144.

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