Representative GERAN TARR http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr Alaska State Legislature House Majority Coalition Site for Rep. Geran Tarr Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:56:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 House Passes Legislation to Grow Agriculture Industry and Support “Alaska Grown” Product http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/12/house-passes-legislation-to-grow-agriculture-industry-and-support-alaska-grown-product/ Fri, 13 Apr 2018 03:56:43 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/12/house-passes-legislation-to-grow-agriculture-industry-and-support-alaska-grown-product

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2018

 

HB 217 Encourages the State and Municipalities to Buy More “Alaska Grown” Agricultural and Fisheries Products

Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to increase sales of “Alaska Grown” agricultural and fisheries products. House Bill 217 accomplishes three things; allows the Division of Agriculture to increase “Alaska Grown” marketing, supports farm touring in Alaska, and encourages the State of Alaska, school districts, and municipalities to buy more “Alaska Grown” agricultural and fisheries products.

“This bill opens up opportunities and additional markets for our small but thriving agriculture industry in Alaska by encouraging the government to buy locally produced food before going outside of Alaska for supplies,” said HB 217 sponsor Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). “I am also pleased that this bill eliminates obstacles to farm touring which allows our small agricultural producers to show off their products at the point of production without fear of liability for injuries and accidents.”

Currently, over 95 percent of the food consumed in Alaska is imported, which leaves Alaska vulnerable to shortages due to supply interruptions. HB 217 seeks to decrease Alaska’s dependence on imports by encouraging and facilitating the increased production of local products.

HB 217 also supports the work of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to manage the “Alaska Grown” label by allowing the Department to sell merchandise and charge fees associated with the label.

House Bill 217 passed the Alaska House of Representatives tonight by a vote of 37-2. The bill will be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.   

For more information, please contact Rep. Geran Tarr’s office at (907) 465-3424.

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CONTACT: Mike Mason (907) 444-0889

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Fighting for economic fairness, Go Blue Friday for child abuse prevention http://akhouse.org/tarr/041118_newsletter.htm Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:20:06 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/11/fighting-for-economic-fairness-go-blue-friday-for-child-abuse-prevention
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HCR2: Adverse Child Experiences http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/09/hcr2-adverse-child-experiences/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 21:37:48 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/?p=1220

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Rep Tarr on the PFD http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/09/1218/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 20:55:47 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/?p=1218

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House Encourages Congressional Action to Honor Promises Made to Hmong Soldiers During the Vietnam War http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/06/house-encourages-congressional-action-to-honor-promises-made-to-hmong-soldiers-during-the-vietnam-war/ Sat, 07 Apr 2018 04:05:11 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/07/house-encourages-congressional-action-to-honor-promises-made-to-hmong-soldiers-during-the-vietnam-war

2017 House Majority Session Press Generator

 

Alaska House Majority Coalition logoREPRESENTATIVE GERAN TARR

 
(907) 465-3424 (800) 303-2455
www.repgerantarr.com
rep.geran.tarr@akleg.gov
CONTACT: Drew Cason (907) 575-2068

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2018

 

House Encourages Congressional Action to Honor Promises Made to Hmong Soldiers During the Vietnam War

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 17 encouraging the U.S. Congress to honor promises made to Hmong soldiers that fought during the Vietnam War on the side of the United States.

“Hmong soldiers fought bravely during the Vietnam War. As part of their service to our country, these honorable soldiers, many of whom eventually immigrated to the United States, were promised many of the same benefits our soldiers receive,” said HJR 17 sponsor, Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). “I have sat with Hmong veterans as they recounted the hardships suffered by their people and the bravery of their comrades. In return for their service, they were promised citizenship and veterans status, but over 50 years later their service has not been fully recognized.”

The Hmong people of Southeast Asia became embroiled in the Vietnam War when many of them were recruited in the 1960s by the CIA to help stop the spread of communism by fighting the North Vietnamese Army that invaded Laos. The wars in Southeast Asia resulted in the death of an estimated 100,000 Hmong people and the displacement of thousands more. Many of the Hmong people relocated to the United States, and Anchorage currently has a thriving Hmong population. Around 50,000 Hmong veterans reside in the United States and 150,000 Hmong and Laotian-born children have graduated from U.S. schools. 

“Hmong people fought bravely and selflessly alongside the United States during the Vietnam War. These individuals deserve every recognition for the sacrifices that they made, including having the privilege to be buried in national cemeteries, including Arlington National Cemetery, alongside other American patriots and heroes. It is high time we recognize the contributions of Hmong veterans not only within Alaska but across the nation,” said HJR 17 co-sponsor Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage).

Last month, the U.S. Congress passed the Hmong Veterans’ Service Recognition Act, which was included in the most recent appropriations law. The act extends military burial benefits to Hmong veterans, including the right to be buried in national cemeteries except for Arlington National Cemetery.

House Joint Resolution 17 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 36-0. The resolution will be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

For more information, please contact Diana Rhoades in Rep. Tarr’s office at (907) 465-3424.

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Mike Mason
Press Secretary, Alaska House Majority Coalition
Phone: (907) 444-0889

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House Urges a Coordinated, Statewide Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences in Alaska http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/06/house-urges-a-coordinated-statewide-response-to-adverse-childhood-experiences-in-alaska/ Sat, 07 Apr 2018 03:49:30 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/04/06/house-urges-a-coordinated-statewide-response-to-adverse-childhood-experiences-in-alaska


2017 House Majority Session Press Generator

 

Alaska House Majority Coalition logoREPRESENTATIVE GERAN TARR

 
(907) 465-3424 (800) 303-2455
www.repgerantarr.com
rep.geran.tarr@akleg.gov
CONTACT: Mike Mason (907) 444-0889

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2018

 

House Urges a Coordinated, Statewide Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences in Alaska

HCR 2 Acknowledges the Negative Social and Economic Impacts of Childhood Trauma and Calls for the Creation of a New Statewide Policy

Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution acknowledging the negative impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and pledging to consider the concepts of early adversity, toxic stress, and childhood trauma in future policy decisions. House Concurrent Resolution 2 encourages the Governor to work with the Alaska Legislature to create a new statewide policy and to identify funding for new ACEs research.

“The evidence is clear and overwhelming that Adverse Childhood Experiences impact people throughout their entire lives with a clear linkage to increased rates of depression, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and intimate partner violence,” said HCR 2 sponsor Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). “If we adopt an all-hands-on-deck commitment to early intervention policies, we can nurture and educate children instead of spending billions in prison and health care costs for adults.”

The initial ACESs research dates to 1998 when over 17,000 Americans were given a 10-question study to evaluate childhood traumatic experiences concerning abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. The limited ACESs research in Alaska found that childhood trauma is far more prevalent than expected and this trauma impacts Alaskans over the course of their lifetime. The research indicates that 67 percent of Alaska’s children have an ACESs score. 

“In learning about Adverse Childhood Experiences, I am reminded of the adage that prevention is the best cure. No one wants to see children abused, neglected, or traumatized but as policymakers, it would be irresponsible just to pretend it does not happen,” said HCR 2 co-sponsor Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage). “This resolution puts the Alaska House of Representatives on record as acknowledging that harm to children has negative impacts and expressing our commitment to doing the hard work, in conjunction with the Governor, to come up with effective and cost-effective solutions.”

House Concurrent Resolution 2 passed the Alaska House of Representatives tonight by a vote of 28-8. The resolution will now be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.  

For more information, please contact Alaska House Majority Coalition Deputy Press Secretary Drew Cason at (907) 465-6791.

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Drew Cason
Deputy Press Secretary, Alaska House Majority Coalition
Phone: (907) 575-2068
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Rep. Tarr March 21st Newsletter: Operating budget, Rape Kit Reform, Brown Jug Closures & Students Standing Up Against Gun Violence http://akhouse.org/tarr/032118_newsletter.htm Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:22:08 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/03/21/rep-tarr-march-21st-newsletter-operating-budget-rape-kit-reform-brown-jug-closures-students-standing-up-against-gun-violence/
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Rep. Tarr’s March 13th Newsletter: Thank You For Coming To Anchorage Caucus & Growing Our Adventure Recreation Economy http://akhouse.org/tarr/031318_newsletter.htm Thu, 15 Mar 2018 01:05:57 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/03/14/rep-tarrs-march-13th-newsletter-thank-you-for-coming-to-anchorage-caucus-growing-our-adventure-recreation-economy/
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Rep. Tarr’s March 1st Newsletter: Thanks for attending our constituent meeting! http://akhouse.org/tarr/030118_newsletter.htm Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:22:53 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/03/01/rep-tarrs-march-1st-newsletter-thanks-for-attending-our-constituent-meeting/
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Legislation Introduced to Create the Alaska Commission for Women and Girls http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/02/22/legislation-introduced-to-create-the-alaska-commission-for-women-and-girls/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:37:31 +0000 http://akhouse.org/rep_tarr/2018/02/22/legislation-introduced-to-create-the-alaska-commission-for-women-and-girls/

2017 House Majority Session Press Generator

 

Alaska House Majority Coalition logoREPRESENTATIVE GERAN TARR

 
(907) 465-3424 (800) 303-2455
www.repgerantarr.com
rep.geran.tarr@akleg.gov
CONTACT: Mike Mason (907) 444-0889

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2018

 

Legislation Introduced to Create the Alaska Commission for Women and Girls

HB 392 Seeks Economic and Legal Justice for Women in Alaska

Juneau – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation this week to create a Commission for Women and Girls to identify legal problems that prevent women from earning equal pay for equal work in Alaska. The commission will also work to determine best practices to promote economic, social, legal, and political justice for women. House Bill 392 calls for the commission to create a report to be presented to the Alaska Governor and the Alaska Legislature every two years with policy recommendations and a plan of action with achievable goals.

Women earn an average of 68 cents for every dollar a man makes in Alaska for doing the same work, according to a March 2017 report from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. A similar report from 30 years ago showed women earned 62 cents on the dollar when doing the same work. The study found this to be true in 80 of Alaska’s occupations and at every age and educational level, even though men and women participate in the workforce at nearly equal rates.

“Six cents growth over 30 years is unacceptable,” said Rep. Tarr. “We know that discrimination is a huge factor in these statistics, and we need a serious investigation of the laws and regulations that prevent Alaska women from reaching their full economic potential.”

Last month, Rep. Tarr sponsored an event in the State Capitol Building in Juneau to call attention to workplace inequity and the need for a more focused approach to get women into leadership positions in Alaska. Among the attendees was Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage).

“We know that women’s work is every bit as valuable as men’s work, but women continue to be paid less for comparable work – even when all other factors like education, seniority, profession, and job category are controlled,” said Rep. Spohnholz. “It’s time we work to develop solutions to this problem that affects every family with a woman in it.”

The 16-member Commission for Women and Girls called for in HB 392 would be made up of 12 members appointed by the Governor and four members of the Alaska Legislature. The 12 public members would have expertise in law, pay equity, victim advocacy, workforce development, labor, and social justice.

Currently, only 18 of the 60 seats in the Alaska Legislature are held by women. This disparity shows the need to encourage and facilitate more women participating in the legislative process in Alaska.

House Bill 392 was introduced on Wednesday and was referred to the House State Affairs Committee.

For more information, please contact Diana Rhoades in Rep. Tarr’s office at (907) 465-3424 or email Diana.Rhoades@akleg.gov.

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Mike Mason
Press Secretary, Alaska House Majority Coalition
Phone: (907) 444-0889

akhouse.org
www.facebook.com/AKCoalition
www.twitter.com/AKCoalition

 

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