NEWS: Legislation Pre-Filed to Require Mandatory Jail Time for Car Thieves

Anchorage – Today, Representative-elect Zack Fields (D-Anchorage), Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), and Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) announced they would pre-file legislation for the upcoming 31st Alaska State Legislature to address the significant increase in vehicle theft across Alaska. Last year the rate of vehicle theft spiked by nearly 40 percent compared to 2016. The pre-filed legislation will require mandatory minimum jail time of at least 120 days for vehicle theft, with lengthier sentences for aggravating factors.

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Tarr’s Times: Emergency Preparedness, Tour of JBER, Be SMART for Kids on Gun Violence

This week I had the opportunity to join Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs on a tour of the joint operations at JBER – the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Highlights included visiting the barracks of the 22-week Alaska Military Youth Academy, climbing in a helicopter with the National Guard, and watching the Homeland Security and Emergency Management teams in action responding to the 7.0 earthquake.

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NEWS: Food Freedom Bill Put Forward to Increase Food Security in Alaska

Anchorage – In the wake of the recent large earthquake in Alaska, Representative Gera Tarr (D-Anchorage) plans to pre-file legislation to increase access to locally produced food. Alaska is especially vulnerable to food shortages and supply interruptions because around 95 percent of food consumed originates from outside Alaska.

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