|Things to Celebrate|
February is Black History Month, a time when we celebrate the rich history of African Americans in our nation and in our state. I would like to highlight a strong Alaskan African American who was so far ahead of her time in her accomplishments, former State Senator Bettye Davis. I first met SenatorDavis when I was five years old; she worked with my mother at the Division of Family and Youth Services serving foster children.
She was the first African-American woman elected to serve on the Anchorage School board, and in the Alaska State House of Representatives, and was the first African-American to serve in the Alaska State Senate. Davis has also served as president of the Anchorage School board, president of the National Association of Black School Board Members, and the president of the Alaska Black Leadership Conference. In 2010, Senator Davis was inducted in to the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame. Her lifelong dedication to youth, education, and the Anchorage community has inspired me throughout my life and my career.
Thank you for all of your service, Senator Davis.
On the floor this week we heard a bill to establish Indigenous People’s Day to honor the first people of our state and celebrate their cultural contributions. I was proud to vote for this bill, which now moves on to the Senate.
Things are also moving forward in committee. This week Military and Veterans Affairs moved two bills out of committee that provide greater job protections for veterans and National Guard Members. HB 80 was moved out of Energy Committee with the aim of helping commercial property owners increase their energy efficiency. In Health and Social Services we continue to hear departmental budget overviews. Additionally, we heard a wonderful presentation on treatment for people with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, delivered by some of our neighbors who serve on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education.
I have mentioned before how important your feedback is during this legislative session. As a big believer in open communication, I would like to share a few opportunities to weigh in on issues that affect you:
Please make sure to make your voice is heard!
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