NEWS: Legislation Signed to Help the Military and National Guard in Alaska

Anchorage – Today, a series bills to further modernize Alaska’s military code were signed into law during a ceremony in Anchorage. Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) worked cooperatively with the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Department of Defense on the much-needed statutory changes to support and protect Alaska’s service members.

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Bill Signed to Expand Military Hiring Preference to Private Businesses in Alaska

Fairbanks – A bill to expand job opportunities for veterans and members of the National Guard was signed into law today during a signing ceremony in Fairbanks. House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) sponsored House Bill 2 at the request of the United States Department of Defense, which has made it a priority to get legislation passed in all 50 states allowing private businesses to offer a military hiring preference.

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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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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Families United

In the last week, we have heard an outcry from Americans across the nation, including Alaska, in passionate opposition to the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance policy for people attempting to enter the U.S. from the southern border to seek asylum.

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Alaska Lawmakers Oppose Any Federal Policy Separating Children from Parents at the Southern Border

Anchorage – Today, 21 members of the Alaska State Legislature sent a letter to President Donald Trump thanking him for responding to the wishes of the American people by pledging to end the practice of separating children from families that illegally cross the southern border of the United States. The President has confirmed that he will use his executive order authority to stop the practice, which his administration implemented earlier this year. The lead author of the letter is long-time State Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) who notes that the policy was an inappropriate and ineffective use of government resources and taxpayer dollars.

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