Legislation Passes to Encourage Alaska’s Farm-to-Table Economy

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed a bill to increase economic opportunities for Alaska farmers, fishermen and the farm-to-table economy. House Bill 217, sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), encourages the State of Alaska, school districts, and municipalities to buy more “Alaska Grown” products. The bill also encourages the growing practice of farm touring and allows receipt authority for the Alaska Division of Agriculture to sell products with the Alaska Grown logo in support of Alaska farmers.

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Alaska House Passes Invasive Species Control Measure

Juneau – The Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 177, legislation introduced by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) to help the State respond to aquatic invasive species. Invasive plant and fish species are a threat to local ecosystems, commercially important endemic species (like salmon), and accessibility.

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Legislature Unanimously Passes Public Safety Bill to Address Sexual Assault

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature unanimously passed important public safety legislation introduced by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) that will ensure sexual assault victims have a victim-centered approach to reporting their assault, improve law enforcement handling of sexual assault crimes, and help the legislature address the backlog of untested kits by requiring an annual audit of progress on testing the kits.

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Important neighborhood events this weekend & quick Juneau update

Things are moving along quickly and we are getting close to adjournment of the 30th Alaska Legislature. I look forward to being home and visiting with many of you again soon. Below please find a quick update of what’s happening here, and a reminder of events happening in Anchorage this weekend. Next week we will include an update on personal legislation and other important bills.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Anchorage – Saturday, April 28th, is the 15th Annual National Drug Take-Back Day. This is your opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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House Passes Legislation to Grow Agriculture Industry and Support “Alaska Grown” Product

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.

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