Tarr’s Times: Last Week’s Events, HB 217 Bill Signing, and Save the Date: Constituent Meeting 9/22

Last week was very special for me, as progress was made on two issues I’ve been working on for a long time. I spent a whole day at a meeting with leaders from many state agencies discussing how to implement the state’s new trauma informed policy that passed in SB 105. Many thanks to the many groups involved with the Alaska Resilience Initiative for helping to make this lasting and systemic change in state government and delivery of services. We will now be more prevention focused!

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NEWS: “Alaska Grown” Bill Signing Wednesday at a Community Farm in Mountain View

Anchorage – Tomorrow, Alaska Governor Bill Walker will sign legislation designed to increase economic opportunities for Alaska farmers and fishermen and to grow Alaska’s farm-to-table economy. House Bill 217, sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), will be signed at noon on September 5 at the nonprofit community garden near the Mountain View Elementary School in Anchorage.

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Alaska Law Now Honors Hmong Veterans

Fairbanks – Yesterday, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation to honor Hmong and Laotian soldiers who fought as allies to the United States during the Vietnam War. Senate Bill 204, sponsored by Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau) was amended to include language introduced by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) to authorize use of the special veteran designation for Hmong and Laotian veterans on state-issued IDs and driver’s licenses.

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Meet Me For Coffee Tomorrow! 10-11am at Yes Bistro!

Please join me tomorrow, Saturday, July 20th from 10-11am at Yes Bistro, located in the district at 3801 DeBarr Road for a morning cup of coffee! I’ll be answering any questions you might have and addressing concerns from neighbors. I’m excited to see you there!

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Join me for coffee on Saturday! Also, Delta Farm Tour, AKLNG update and outdoor recreation

Please join me this Saturday from 10 to 11 am at Yes! Bistro, located in the district at 3801 Debarr Road, for a morning cup of coffee and conversation on issues important to you. It was fantastic to join my colleagues, Rep. George Rauscher, Rep. Harriet Drummond, Rep. Dave Talerico of the House Resources Food Security Subcommittee, along with federal Farm Service Agency Director Brian Scoresby, UAF Cooperative Extension’s Phil Kaspari, Alaska Div…..

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Governor Walker Signs Bill Supporting Victims of Violent Crimes

Anchorage – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) to improve how law enforcement agencies address and solve sexual assault cases. House Bill 31 requires an annual audit of untested sexual assault kits and implements a victim-centered approach to reporting sexual assault. The bill also requires 12 hours of sexual assault training for new police officers.

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