NEWS: Alaska House Passes Time-Sensitive Legislation to Help School Districts

Rep. Dean Westlake

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 135, sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana). HB 135 will specifically affect appropriations made under the Educational Facilities Maintenance and Construction Fund, where current law allows school districts three years to identify and secure their portion of matching funds.

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Rep. Westlake’s March 31st Newsletter

Rep. Dean Westlake

Indigenous People’s Day – Previously, HB 78 Indigenous Peoples Day passed out of the House Community & Regional Affairs and then the House floor by a vote of 31-7. The bill was then introduced to the Senate for the first reading and referred to the Community & Regional Affairs and State Affairs committees. HB 78 passed quickly through its first committee of referral in the Senate and was heard and held this week in State Affairs.

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NEWS: Responsible Budget Passes the Alaska House of Representatives

JUNEAU – The Alaska House of Representatives today formally passed a fully funded operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that ensures the delivery of essential services and protects the Alaska economy. The $5.1 billion General Fund operating budget reduces spending on agency and statewide operations by a net of $82.5 million compared to the 2017 budget, even after Governor Bill Walker’s vetoes.

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NEWS: Congratulations to Musher Mitch Seavey on a Record-Breaking Iditarod Victory

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition congratulate Mitch Seavey and his dog team on their record-breaking Iditarod victory today. Seavey arrived in Nome at 3:40 this afternoon with an official time of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 13 seconds. He shattered the old speed record set last year by his son Dallas Seavey, who is a four time Iditarod champion.

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Rep. Westlake’s March 3rd Newsletter: Resolution to Open ANWR Passes Legislature

Rep. Dean Westlake

I am pleased to announce that my first piece of legislation, House Joint Resolution 5, has passed the legislature. Both bodies worked efficiently and swiftly to pass this important piece of legislation urging the US Congress to open the coastal plain of ANWR to exploration and development. I had the pleasure of presenting HJR 5 directly to Senator Sullivan himself to take back to his colleagues in D.C.

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EVENT: Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Edgmon, Tarr, Josephson, and Westlake

Rep. Dean Westlake

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), Rep. Dean Westlake (D-Kotzebue), and Resources Committee Co-Chairs Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage).

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