Representative Geran Tarr

MARCH 7, 2014  

Bills Inspired Locally

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

A number of the bills that I have proposed this session are based on comments I have received and concerns I have heard from residents of our neighborhoods.  I am now working with other Legislators to have the bills heard, and I encourage you to continue to send me suggestions to improve our neighborhood and our State.

H.B. 238:  Food Security

Alaskans spend $2.5 billion annually on food, and if Alaskan grown products were 30% of that market, local economies would grow by $750 million a year.  Yet, only 5% of Alaska’s food is grown in state, and 82% of farmers farm on less than 500 acres.  An important side effect of the small amount of production is that if transportation to Alaska is cut off, the State only has 3-5 days’ supply of many food items in our grocery store.  This bill increases the Alaska Grown purchase preference by municipalities, the state, and school districts.  The bill also requires the legislative audit division to conduct audits for the legislature regarding performance as relates to compliance with the purchasing requirement.

Rep. Tarr being interviewed by Pat with Alaska Robotics on Kuspuk Friday, a Capitol tradition you can read about here.
Rep. Tarr being interviewed by Pat with Alaska Robotics on Kuspuk Friday,
a Capitol tradition you can read about here.

H.B. 336: Alcohol Near Schools

Newly Appointed Rep. Sam Kito III, Rep. Geran Tarr, and House Democratic Leader Rep. Chris Tuck discussing legislation on the House Floor.
Newly Appointed Rep. Sam Kito III, Rep. Geran Tarr, and House Democratic Leader Rep. Chris Tuck discussing legislation on the House Floor.

For the students at Clark Middle School in Anchorage, the inappropriate behavior of inebriates around their school prompted them to call me up.  The middle school is located directly across the street from an establishment which sells alcohol, and some of the patrons consumed their purchases in the area around the school.  The students wanted to speak up and help prevent this from happening in other locations.  Currently, alcohol laws restrict sales to 200 feet or more away from the entrance to a school.  This bill would extend the restriction to 400 feet for future locations applying for liquor licenses and includes a grandfather clause which exempts existing locations with a liquor license.  There is no quick fix for the social symptoms of alcoholism.  This bill is just one small but helpful step in addressing alcoholism and the problems it causes.

H.B. 355: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Rep. Tarr and Rep. Tuck speaking at a Capitol press availability.
Rep. Tarr and Rep. Tuck speaking at a Capitol press availability.

Alaska has the highest suicide rate per capita in the country, at almost twice the national rate.  The rate of suicide for all Alaska youth ages 15-24 is nearly twice as high as the rate for adults over 25.  Notably, 90% of suicide victims have a diagnosable, treatable mental or substance abuse disorder.  This bill facilitates the creation of Mental Health First Aid courses, which teach people how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and how to provide initial aid before guiding a person toward appropriate professional help. 

People with untreated mental illnesses frequently consume fire and police department time, as well as emergency room costs.  By recognizing when mental health treatment is necessary for young Alaskans, a community can begin to take care of itself.

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Put This on Your Calendar!

Patient Information

April 11-12, 2013

Dena’ina Center, Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska Mission of Mercy is a large-scale dental clinic where dental treatment is provided at no cost to individuals who cannot access and/or afford dental care.  This event is completely volunteer driven and is possible because of the generous support of AKMOM partners.

Location

Dena’ina Center

600 W. 7th Avenue

Anchorage, AK 99502

Idlughet Exhibit Hall

Mission of Mercy AlaskaClick Here for more info.

Who Should Come

Adults and Children

If you do not have enough money to pay for dental care

If you do not have a regular dentist

Dates

Friday April 11 & Saturday April 12, 2014

Time - Come early!

• We’ll open the clinic doors at 4:30 am.

• Treatment will be performed from 6am – 6pm on both days.

• No appointments will be taken or are necessary.

• Patients are seen on a first come – first serve basis.

• The number of patients seen will be limited by clinic capacity.

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Help is offered 7 days a week, from noon until 2 in the morning!

Sincerely,

signed: Geran Tarr
Representative Geran Tarr

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CONTACT THE GOVERNOR

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Anchorage, AK 99501
T (907) 269-7450 F (907) 269-7461
EMAIL: Sean.parnell@alaska.gov

STATE of ALASKA
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  D.C. DELEGATION

Senator Mark Begich
510 L St, Ste 750
Anchorage, AK 99501
T (907) 271-5915 F (907) 258-9305
Toll-free (877) 501 - 6275
EMAIL: Sen. Mark Begich

Senator Lisa Murkowski
510 L Street, Suite 600
Anchorage, AK 99501
T (907) 271-3735 F (877) 857-0322
EMAIL: Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Congressman Don Young
4241 B Street, Suite 203
Anchorage, AK 99503
T (907) 271-5978 F (907) 271-5950
EMAIL: Rep. Don Young