NEWS: Independent and Democratic Lawmakers Call for a Halt to Illegal Lawsuit Challenging Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Juneau – Today, the members of Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition sent a letter to the high-priced Washington D.C. law firm of Bancroft, PLLC asking them to not move forward on an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court of a lawsuit challenging the expansion of Medicaid in Alaska. The authority to move forward with an appeal has not been granted by the full membership of the Alaska House of Representatives as is required by law. Last week, a notice of appeal was illegally filed with the Alaska Supreme Court on behalf of the Alaska Legislative Council and the Alaska House of Representatives. This is despite a clear legal opinion from the Alaska Division of Legal and Research Services that such an appeal must be authorized by a vote of the full Alaska Legislature, which it was not.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Public Testimony on Oil & Gas Tax Credits

Rep. Tuck Newsletter

The House Rules Committee, of which I am a member, will be hearing House Bill 247, the oil & gas tax credits bill, starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday. Public testimony will be taken this Wednesday, May 11, 2016, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. You can testify via teleconference at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office and you can watch the hearing live on Gavel Alaska. I look forward to hearing from you.

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NEWS: House Republican Leadership Illegally Appeals Lawsuit to Stop Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Juneau – The Republican-controlled leadership in the Alaska House of Representatives has filed an appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court of a lawsuit challenging Medicaid expansion in Alaska without approval of the full Alaska Legislature as required by law. The ill-advised lawsuit was dismissed in March by a Superior Court Judge after finding that the Social Security Act allowed the Governor to initiate Medicaid expansion and that existing state law required Governor Walker to provide Medicaid to the group of Alaskans eligible for expansion.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Special Edition Fiscal Crisis Newsletter

Rep. Tuck Newsletter

As you are probably aware, the Legislature has extended beyond its standard 90 day limit as lawmakers work to come to agreement on fixing Alaska’s fiscal crisis.

It is regrettable that we are in this position, but I intend to work as long as is necessary to come up with a responsible plan that is fair to regular Alaskans.

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NEWS: Rep. Tuck Applauds Unanimous Approval of a New Code of Military Justice for the Alaska National Guard

Rep. Chris Tuck

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate voted unanimously Sunday night in favor of House Bill 126 to reform the Alaska National Guard by creating a Code of Military Justice based on the federal Uniform Code of Military Justice. The code has not been updated since 1955, and most Guard members did not know a Code of Military Justice existed. HB 126 passed the Alaska House of Representatives in February, also by a unanimous vote. The new Code of Military Justice lays out the process to deal with members of the Alaska National Guard who violate military rules and orders.

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VIDEO: Joint AIDC Senate Dems Press Availability

Juneau – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) and Alaska Senate Democrats joint press availability from April 19th at 10:00 a.m. Participants include AIDC Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage), Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), and House Minority Whip Rep. Sam Kito (D-Juneau).

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