APRIL 4, 2014
Erin’s Visit & More
The past couple of weeks have been very busy! We had hearings on five bills and a resolution while our special guest, Erin Merryn, was in town to testify on H.B. 233, Erin’s Law, in the House Education Committee.
This week has been focused on the gasline bill, the enabling legislation necessary for advancing an Alaska liquid natural gas (AK LNG) project. As a member of the House Resources Committee, I’ve been working hard to learn as much as possible about this proposal. We’re considering amendments and next week’s report will have a full update.
H.C.R. 21, a “Resolution to Declare April Child Abuse Prevention Month”, passed both bodies and is awaiting the Governor’s Signature! This is a perfect complement to today’s Go Blue Friday, spearheaded by the Alaska Children’s Trust to raise awareness about child abuse.
I also requested the Governor issue a proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. I was please he responded to the request – his proclamation can be found here.
H.B. 238, a bill to increase food security by adjusting the procurement preference for Alaska Grown agricultural and fisheries products, moved out of Community & Regional Affairs and is waiting to be heard by the House Finance Committee.
H.B. 233, “Erin’s Law”, was unanimously passed out of the Education Committee and is waiting for a hearing by the House Finance Committee. We had an amazing outpouring of support for the bill and for our amazing special guest, Ms. Erin herself. Check out some of our week’s activities below, and go to my Facebook page to see the rest of our photos.
We received quite a bit of press coverage on H.B. 233 during Erin’s visit to Alaska,
Check out her stories below:
Alaska Dispatch: Meet the Woman Behind ‘Erin’s Law’ – Giving Voice to Sexual Abuse Survivors
Alaska Daily News: Alaska House committee advances 'Erin's Law' to counter child sexual abuse
Juneau Empire: House Education moves 'Erin's Law'
Fairbanks Daily News Miner 'Erin's Law' advances in Alaska House
KTOO: Alaska Legislature Forwards Erin’s Law
KDLG: Erin’s Law Proposed for Alaska
KTUU: House Panel Advances Erin’s Law (video interview)