February 21, 2018
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Can’t Wait To See You This Weekend!
I’m really excited to be able to go home this weekend, along with Senator Begich, for our constituent pizza party. I can’t wait to check in with all of you, see how you and your family have been this winter, and answer any questions you might have. The meeting is at Clark Middle School at 10:30 am. We’ll have the meeting first, then have pizza for lunch. If you can’t make it, my office is always open, please don’t hesitate to call us at (907) 465-3424, or send an email voicing your concerns. If you don’t get my email newsletter, please send me an email at Rep.Geran.Tarr@akleg.gov to sign up.
Tools to Keep Track of Your Favorite Legislation:
“BASIS.” If you’ve ever called our office to ask for more information on a bill, or maybe just to see if the bill you’ve been thinking about sending in a letter of support for has made it out of committee, you’ve probably heard either myself or my staff mention BASIS. BASIS, or our Bill Action & Status Inquiry System can be found at akleg.gov, BASIS can be accessed by clicking on the Bills and Laws tab on the left side of the screen. Within the ‘Bills & Laws’ tab, there are a number of tools that can assist you with tracking legislation. the ‘Search’ feature is available on most BASIS screens and is an extremely helpful tool. Type a bill number, Statute Number or keyword in the Search field and click the Display button on the top of ANY screen in BASIS to display information regarding your search request. One really helpful section of BASIS is the Bill Tracking Management Facility. The BTMF is designed to allow users to track bills in their own folders. In order to create an account, you’ll need to use the Create a New Account field under the First Time Users section. This will allow you to get email alerts for your legislation. For text message updates, you can text a bill number (ex: HB217) to (559) 245-2529 to enroll in text alerts. Look out for the enrollment confirmation and the instructions on how to stop receiving the alerts! You’ll be updated on when the bill has moved out of committee, and you’ll be let know of any amendments that are up for consideration! You might also like to download the akleg app, on the app store and google play.
Come visit me in Juneau: Constituents, ASD, and more!
We’re so excited about all of the neighbors that have come to visit us this year in Juneau. I wanted to take the time to share some pictures from a few of the meetings we’ve had with constituents. Representatives from the Anchorage School District, Star Marsett and Tam Agosti-Gisler, stopped by to pay a visit along with young students who really brightened my week with their words of encouragement and energy! Alvin Amason, a local artist, won the Individual Artist Award from the Governor’s Arts and Humanities Awards- it was so exciting, and a great honor! I had a great time on the House Floor while Margaret Brodie, Medicaid Director, was watching from the Elizabeth Peratrovich Gallery, along with Kevin McGee, the NAACP president and an Airport Heights constituent, Cal Williams! Jesse Carlstrom stopped by, with some updates on the AK LNG Project, and later that day, a constituent stopped by while he was in town for the AFL-CIO annual meeting. I really value people stopping by to share their ideas and suggestions to make Alaska a better place to live.
Applications Available for Anchorage Youth!
The Anchorage Parks Foundation is partnering with the Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department for a summer of great opportunities for young people around the municipality! The Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) program takes Anchorage teens between the ages of 16-19 through one of the best first-job experiences ever. In this 10-week summer program, teens get to learn natural resource management skills by building trails and restoring stream banks- all while engaging in education, civic engagement, environmental awareness, and developing leadership skills. Let’s help these teens make friends, build their resumes, and have a fun, paid job in the outdoors. We need advocates for more public lands, and we also need to grow our outdoor recreation industry. If you know an interested teen, please feel free to contact the Anchorage Park Foundation, or you can click here for more information on how to apply for a position. Application deadlines differ from position to position, with some deadlines in February, and others in March, so apply soon! If you haven’t already, please follow Anchorage Park Foundation on facebook to get job postings.
My Bill Opposing GMO Salmon – Frankenfish - passed the Legislature!
I am pleased to report that the Senate unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 12, Opposing Genetically Engineered Salmon or “Frankenfish,” on Monday, February 19, 2018. This resolution urges the United States Congress to enact legislation that requires prominent labeling of genetically engineered salmon and denounces the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of AquaBounty’s, AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon. I sponsored this legislation to support our vibrant subsistence, commercial and sport salmon fisheries and the work Senator Murkowski is doing on the federal label to require labeling of genetically modified salmon. The commercial fishing industry is the largest private sector employer in Alaska and annual seafood exports are worth over $3.25 billion. This resolution will help ensure the sustainable commercial fishing industry and Alaskan way of life thrives in perpetuity.
Have you moved recently? Did you re-register to vote at your new address?!
Have you moved in the past year? If so, you may not get a ballot in the mail. March 2 is the last day to change your voter registration to your new address. Please take a minute to check your address at this location. If you need to update your address, or register for the first time, you can do so here. On March 3, the Anchorage Community Land Trust and the Alaska Center will have a Vote by Mail educational event. You can find more about it here. On March 17 there will be a Vote By Mail educational event in Russian Jack. You can get more information about it here.
Let us know if there is anything we can do for you. We love hearing from our neighbors.
All my best,
P.S. Hope to see you at the Anchorage Fur Rondy Festival this weekend!