Show Your Support For Title IX!
This past Saturday marked the 46th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. This legislation inspired young women to get more active in sports and leveled the playing field for athletic programs across the country – making our schools more safe, accessible, & equitable for all.
I recently found a 6th grade book report I did on sex discrimination in sports where I talk about Billie Jean King, a strong advocate for passage of Title IX and the only female athlete to ever receive a presidential medal of freedom. This year I was reminded of her leadership after watching the movie Battle of the Sexes, and I convinced my colleagues in the legislature to pass a citation in her honor. We all need our (s)heroes, and Billie Jean King is one of mine. She is an advocate for women in sports, for LGBTQ rights and more. Title IX is so much more than athletics! It's a major tool to fight against campus sexual assault, harassment & bullying. You can count on me to work to protect this vital civil rights law. Get more information from the American Association of University Women at https://www.aauw.org/title-ix/
Oil and Gas Working Group meets July 10 and AKLNG Update July 11 – mark your calendar!
As the House Resources Committee Co-Chair, I helped negotiate the passage of HB 111, the deal to end the failed cash credit program for the oil and gas industry. This saved the state hundreds of millions of dollars that we were able to invest in education and other important programs this year – programs that had been cut severely in our economic crisis.
The Legislative Oil and Gas Fiscal System Working Group was set up through the passage of that legislation. The Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board, housed under the Alaska Department of Revenue, is an advisory group offering expertise to the working group, and we will hear from them at a public meeting to learn more about other ways to ensure Alaska’s oil and gas industry can remain competitive in the global economy.
The House Resources Committee will get an update the next day about the state’s efforts on the AKLNG Gasline Project. Mark your calendar and join us at these public meetings.
Oil and Gas Working Group Meeting
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 1 pm to 5 pm
House Resources Committee Meeting
Wednesday, July 11, 2018– 9 am
Legislative Information Office at 1500 W Benson Blvd.
Summer Activities for Families
With sunshine comes summer fun, and this summer be sure to check out these neighborhood groups and organizations for a list of events!
The Mountain View Library will be hosting youth programs while school is out of session, every week, for young people in the area. From magic shows and meditative story-telling, to 3-D printer design classes, I sure hope you’ll stop by and join the fun! Please click here for a full list of library events.
Over the next few weeks, remember that Kids Ride Free on Thursdays! From now until August 16th, People Mover will be allowing kids 5-18 to ride for free every Thursday. Please visit http://www.peoplemover.org/ to use the trip planner and start planning your summer activities using People Mover!
Remember that during the summer, our community council meetings take a break to enjoy the sunshine. Be sure to watch out for save-the-dates from me for the upcoming August meetings!