Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Great Bills Signed into Law

This week, Senate Bill 63 was signed into law, which will ban smoking tobacco, marijuana, and electronic cigarettes inside places of employment statewide. The bill mirrors local laws already in place in Anchorage and other cities. About half of Alaskans already live in communities that have chosen to prohibit indoor smoking in public, so this bill would extend to the rest of the state.

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Community Connection: Fiscal News & Independence Day Greetings

This week, my constituents should be receiving a copy of my State Budget & Fiscal Policy Newsletter in their mailboxes. You can find a PDF version here. This newsletter is an update on the state’s operating and capital budgets for the new fiscal year, which began on July 1, and fiscal policy legislation that passed this session, including the latest on your Permanent Fund Dividend. Please feel free to share your feedback and questions anytime.

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Honoring Memorial Day

Most of us think of Memorial Day weekend as a time to relax, work on the yard, throw a barbeque, or get out of town for the long weekend. But Memorial Day is of great historical significance for every American.

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Fighting to Keep the Dividend

I introduced amendment #1 to the operating budget to restore the full Permanent Fund Dividend to all Alaskans – and it passed 21 to 19.
Today, against my objections, my amendment was amended down to a smaller dividend amount. This is very disappointing.
I agree with former Governor Hammond’s arguments.

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Rep. Tuck’s March 11th Newsletter: Action Alert! Public Testimony Invitation: Protect the Dividend in the Constitution

Tomorrow, the House Finance Committee will be taking public testimony on a proposal to place the Permanent Fund Dividend into the Constitution. The committee meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 12, and public testimony will be taken following an explanation of the resolution. Depending on the amount of testimony, it may be continued in the evening and the following day.

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