NEWS: Rep. Tarr Introduces Mental Health First Aid Legislation

State and Rep Tarr

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) proposed legislation (HB355) to authorize the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services to administer a Youth Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training program and accompanying grants. Youth Mental Health First Aid training teaches trainees to detect mental illnesses and substance abuse issues and how to respond effectively to them.

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NEWS: Democratic Legislators Welcome Potential for F-35s to Come to Alaska

Alaska State and Flag

JUNEAU – Today, Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), and Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) welcomed the Pentagon’s announcement that Eielson Air Force Base outside Fairbanks and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) in Anchorage are two of the five Pacific military bases the Air Force is considering to station the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

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NEWS: Rep. Tarr Introduces Legislation to Bring Public Process into 21st Century

State and Rep Tarr

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Geran Tarr introduced legislation to bring voter participation into the 21st Century through a simple online system.  Under the proposal, voters could sign in to the existing Legislative information database, BASIS, using their social and professional media accounts.  From there, Alaskans could respectfully comment on bills, vote bills up or down, and share their ideas for new legislation or amendments.

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