Representative Dean Westlake

March 3, 2017

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Rep. Talerico, Myself, Lt. Governor Mallot, & Speaker Edgmon presenting HJR 5 to US Senator Dan Sullivan
Rep. Talerico, Myself, Lt. Governor Mallot, & Speaker Edgmon presenting HJR 5 to US Senator Dan Sullivan

Resolution to Open ANWR Passes Legislature

I am pleased to announce that my first piece of legislation, House Joint Resolution 5, has passed the legislature. Both bodies worked efficiently and swiftly to pass this important piece of legislation urging the US Congress to open the coastal plain of ANWR to exploration and development. I had the pleasure of presenting HJR 5 directly to Senator Sullivan himself to take back to his colleagues in D.C.

With the fiscal crisis our state is facing, the time is NOW to open this area for development.

Indigenous People’s Day Marches On!

Things are moving right along for House Bill 78, the Indigenous People’s Day Bill. It was heard in the Senate Community & Regional Affairs Committee this week and passed right away. It now goes to the Senate State Affairs Committee where it will hopefully have a hearing within the next week or two. I am very pleased with how supportive my colleagues in both bodies have been of this important piece of legislation.

Public Testimony for State Budget

The House Finance Committee has announced its upcoming schedule for hearing public testimony on the operating (House Bill 57) and mental health budgets (House Bill 59).

If you would like to testify, please go to your nearest  Legislative Information Office site. The schedule is as follows:

Barrow: Monday, 3/6 1:30-3:45pm
Kotzebue: Saturday 3/4, 9-10am, overflow: 3-5pm
For those who cannot make it to an LIO, your times are Friday 3/3, 5-6pm & Saturday 3/4,10-11am.

Public Testimony Instructions

Testify in person or on the phone: Limited to 2 minutes each.  Arrive (or call in) early to expedite the sign in process, and be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the end of the allotted time period or testimony may close early.  If you are a member of a group with the same message, in the interest of time, please select a spokesperson to testify for the entire group. If you are calling from a community without a legislative information office, i.e., an “Off Net” caller, only call during the designated Off Net time period on March 3rd and 4th; please call 465-4648 by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday to obtain the call-in phone number.  All Off Net callers are required to hang up immediately after your testimony is taken to keep as many lines open as possible for other callers.  Testifiers can continue to listen or watch the meeting online at hearing may also be televised on Gavel to Gavel, please check listings.

Email Testimony:  If you live in a community with a legislative information office, but are unable to access it during the specified time period, you may send your written testimony to the House Finance Committee via through 5:00 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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[signed] Dean Westlake
Dean Westlake