Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Mental & Physical Health

State and Rep Tarr

In your life, you are more likely to see a person having a panic attack than you are to see someone having a heart attack. Though many of us know how to properly respond to a heart attack, few of us know what to do when confronted with someone having mental or emotional crises. A community based model called Mental Health First Aid is being used across the nation and world to teach people how to address a person in crisis by training a person a five step process for response. Mental Health First Aid does not replace emergency care; instead it is intended to be used by a first responder before medical care arrives.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Public Safety & Corrections

State and Rep Tarr

On May 9, 2014, the Anchorage Police gathered with Troopers, the Coast Guard, local firefighters, and members of the public to commemorate Alaska Police Memorial Day. The ceremony honored the 65 men and women who have died in the line of service in Alaska, and a program was handed out so that those who gathered could learn about the departed. I attended this beautiful ceremony at the Alaska Police Memorial off of Tudor, along with Senator Hollis French and representatives from the police department, the fire department, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: More Session Wrap-Up

State and Rep Tarr

This session presented a number of challenges for Legislators, including the gasline bill, the omnibus education bill, and bills affecting ballot initiatives. Though there are clearly glaring exceptions to considering this session a perfect success, for a number of reasons I share below, I believe that the 2014 session was very successful.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: End of Session

The Legislature adjourned today, five days after the 90-day statutory limit. We went into overtime to try and get it right on education. The omnibus education bill passed and I am extremely disappointed that the final bill will result in cuts for the Anchorage School District.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Health and the Environment

House Bill 215, by Rep. Tarr, supports Alaskans’ right to know what’s in their food by requiring labeling on products consisting of or made with genetically modified ingredients. 76% of corn crops and 93% of soybean crops grown in the U.S. have been genetically modified. These crops are main ingredients in the vast majority of processed food products distributed in the United States. As individuals, everyone should have the right to choose whether or not they consume these products. However, in order to make such a decision, they must have the information necessary to make the choice. Labeling ensures that Alaskans maintain the right to know what is in their food.

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