Legislature Expands Hiring Preference for Veterans and National Guard Members

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed legislation to expand job opportunities for veterans and members of the National Guard. House Bill 2, sponsored by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), is supported by the United States Department of Defense and the National Federation of Independent Businesses-Alaska. The bill gives private businesses in Alaska the ability to offer a hiring preference to veterans of the armed services and members of the National Guard.

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Coalition Members Will Take Questions After Adjourning the Session Sine Die

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability tonight to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. The press availability will be held 15 minutes after the Alaska House of Representatives adjourns the Second Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature sine die.

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Budget Deal Reached; State Operating Budget Passes the Alaska Legislature

Juneau – A compromise budget agreement between the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate was reached today, resulting in the passage of the fiscal year 2019 operating budget for the State of Alaska. Today’s budget deal prevents any disruption in essential public services as the State of Alaska enters the busy summer tourism and fishing seasons. House Bill 286 features total General Fund spending of $6.27 billion. The budget includes Alaska House Majority Coalition priorities such as $942 million to inflation-proof the value of the $65 billion Alaska Permanent Fund, $1.02 billion to pay for $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividends for each eligible Alaskan, a $10 million investment in the University of Alaska above the Governor’s proposal, and multiple measures to improve public safety and law enforcement in Alaska.

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Alaska Legislature Votes to Update Alaska’s Code of Military Justice

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature unanimously passed a bill to update Alaska’s Code of Military Justice (ACMJ) to mirror recent updates to the Federal Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. House Bill 307 builds on the 2016 ACMJ update, which was the first major update to the code since it was created in 1955. HB 307 was sponsored by House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage).

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Alaska Legislature Extends Workers’ Compensation to the Organized Militia

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature unanimously approved a bill to extend workers’ compensation coverage to members of Alaska’s organized militia. Members of the Alaska State Defense Force are covered by workers’ compensation when ordered into active state service. However, that protection does not extend during training exercises. House Bill 126 fixes that discrepancy by extending workers compensation to cover injuries incurred during training.

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