Legislature Votes Unanimously to Support Alaska’s EMS Providers

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature unanimously passed a bill to allow emergency medical services (EMS) providers to recover additional costs for transporting Medicaid patients in Alaska. House Bill 176 makes a change in state law that will help EMS providers recover supplemental reimbursements from the Medicaid program, which currently serves over 200,000 Alaskans.

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Adam Wool Enews Update: Coffee Talk this Saturday, April 21

It’s Day 95 of session, and it’s probably no surprise that legislators are still in Juneau. This has been a long, busy, and productive session, with many important pieces of legislation passing that will improve government efficiency and prioritize essential services.

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Legislature Approves Increased Benefits for Those Displaced by Federal Construction Projects in Alaska

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed legislation to increase the maximum relocation benefits available to those displaced by federally funded construction projects. House Bill 131 brings Alaska statutes in line with federal laws that were changed in 2012 with the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. Prior to passage of the act, federal relocation benefit rates had not been changed in 30-years. HB 131 was sponsored by the House Transportation Committee under the leadership of Co-Chairs Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak) and Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks).

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House Approves On-Bill Financing for Energy Upgrades

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation allowing utilities to create financing programs to help customers finance energy efficiency improvements. House Bill 374 paves the way for low-interest loans that take advantage of the existing relationship between utilities and customers by adding loan payments to existing utility bills.

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Adam Wool Enews: Dividends, Distilleries, and Other Capitol News

On Monday, after two weeks of debate, the House voted 21-19 to pass the State’s operating budget. This comes after more than 80 amendments on the House Floor were presented by the House Minority, and after extensive debate on the Permanent Fund payouts last week. Overall, this budget spends $4.46 billion of the State’s Undesignated General Fund (UGF,) and with federal money coming in and the PFD payments to Alaskans, the budget totals $10.1 billion. I support this budget, and I believe it provides for the needs of Alaskans.

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House Passes Legislation to Grandfather In Alaska’s Historic Roadhouses

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to allow Alaska’s historic roadhouses to operate as they have for decades. House Bill 301, sponsored by Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks), grandfather’s in over a hundred hospitality businesses and allows them to continue operating with a tourism beverage dispensary license.

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Constituent Meeting this Friday, March 2nd

This Friday, I will be hosting a constituent meeting from 4-6pm at the Legislative Information Office (LIO) In Fairbanks. The LIO is located at 1292 Sadler Way, which is across from Home Depot on the 3rd Floor of the Alaska USA building. It’s where all the Interior Delegation legislators’ offices are located.

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