NEWS: Lawmakers Must Use the First Special Session to Focus on Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Juneau – The First Regular Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature ended tonight with clear differences between the Alaska House Majority Coalition and the Alaska Senate Majority on the need for a comprehensive fiscal plan to address the ongoing recession and the $2.7 billion budget gap. Both majority organizations wanted the ten-day extension allowed for in the Alaska Constitution, but the House Republican Caucus refused to provide enough votes in favor. In response, Governor Bill Walker is calling the Alaska Legislature into a Special Session to start on Thursday. 

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NEWS: Alaska House Approves Legislation Simplifying How Members of the Organized Militia are Paid

Rep. Chris Tuck

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to authorize the same pay and benefits for members of Alaska’s organized militia, whether they are called up for state active duty or federal active duty. House Bill 150, sponsored by the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, simplifies and clarifies the current payment system for militia members.

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NEWS: House Advances Legislation to Increase Voter Participation

Rep. Chris Tuck

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 1, sponsored by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), to make it easier for Alaskans to register to vote and participate in elections. Nearly half of Alaskans eligible to vote in 2014 failed to do so, and this legislation seeks to improve and clarify the voting process in an effort to increase the number of Alaskans having their voices heard in our elections.

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NEWS: Broad-Based Revenue Proposal Receives Public Support

Juneau – Last night over 100 Alaskans provided public testimony to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on the proposed Education Funding Act, one of the four pillars of the comprehensive fiscal plan put forward by the Alaska House Majority Coalition. A significant majority of those who testified spoke in favor of House Bill 115 and maintaining Alaska’s commitment to public education and the University of Alaska. HB 115 passed the Alaska House of Representatives earlier this month and is under consideration in the Alaska State Senate.

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