NEWS: Task Force Created to Help Implement Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law in Alaska Will Meet Tuesday

Rep. Tarr and Erin Merryn

ANCHORAGE – The inaugural meeting of the task force created to help implement Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law in Alaska will be held Tuesday, October 13 at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. The task force was created to provide recommendations to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Bree’s Law mandates that teen dating violence education be taught in middle schools and high schools in Alaska. Erin’s Law requires school districts teach elementary and secondary school student’s personal body safety information. Erin’s Law, which was championed by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), also requires that school staff be trained on how to recognize the signs of child sexual abuse.

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NEWS: Rep. Tarr Renews Effort to Document the Backlog of Rape Kits in Alaska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 2015 Rep. Tarr Wants Alaska to Take Advantage of Federal Funding to Ensure Untested Rape Kits are Analyzed ANCHORAGE – Across the country thousands of rape kits, that could help identify perpetrators, are going untested. In Alaska, the exact number of untested rape kits is unknown. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) …

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Disappointed Legislative Council Fails to Withdraw Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit

ANCHORAGE – Earlier today, the Alaska State Legislature’s Republican-controlled Legislative Council failed to withdraw its ill-advised lawsuit against Governor Bill Walker over his decision to accept federal funds to expand eligibility for the Medicaid program in Alaska. The Legislative Council, which only includes one member of the minority in the House and Senate, met behind closed doors in Anchorage to discuss the Council’s lawsuit. At the conclusion of the meeting, the Council took no action. The result of this inaction is that the lawsuit will continue.

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NEWS: Democrats Disappointed GOP Leadership Bypassing Budget Savings

ANCHORAGE – Tuesday, the Chairman of the Alaska Legislative Council officially signed binding legal agreements with two law firms to continue a lawsuit against Alaska Governor Bill Walker over his decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid eligibility in Alaska. By signing the larger of the two contracts, the Alaska Legislature must immediately pay $100,000 to a Washington D.C. advocacy law firm.

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