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 Responds to Increased Vessel Traffic in the Bering Sea

Rep. Dean Westlake

Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska House of Representatives responded to increased vessel traffic in the Bering Sea by passing a resolution sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana). House Joint Resolution 19 urges the Governor of Alaska and the congressional delegation to include Arctic Marine Safety Agreements in international agreements with Alaska’s coastal neighbors. Arctic Marine Safety Agreements can include additional spill prevention measures and vessel monitoring requirements.

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NEWS: Alaska House Passes Legislation to Protect Arctic Caribou Herds

Rep. Dean Westlake

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation adding an additional restriction on nonresident hunters in an effort to protect arctic caribou herds. House Bill 211, sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana), requires nonresident hunters, without a second degree of kin in Alaska, to be accompanied by a licensed professional hunting guide when hunting caribou from the Western Arctic, Porcupine, or Central Arctic Caribou Herds.

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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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EVENT: Alaska House Majority Coalition Press Availability Scheduled for Tuesday

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning that will include House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Resources Committee Co-chair Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), House Energy Committee Chair Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), and House Health and Social Services Committee Chair Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage)

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