The 2020 Census is upon us!
The Census is coming to Fairbanks in March. Alaska Counts is a nonpartisan education initiative to inform public, private, nonprofit, and Native entities representing the interests of people around the state about the 2020 Census.
The census is an important opportunity to be counted as an Alaskan. Getting an accurate count is crucial to receiving federal resources. Be counted!
“Census data is used as the basis for distributing more than $800 billion in federal funds annually to states, boroughs, and communities to support resources such as schools, hospitals, and fire departments. State legislative districts and local political boundaries are redrawn using census data, and these data also inform business decisions, policy, community initiatives, and consumer advocacy.
Local census takers, or enumerators, will start counting Alaskans in villages and rural Alaska communities in January 2020. Residents of Anchorage, Fairbanks and other large Alaska cities will respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or mail in mid-March.” –
Wondering how can you stay engaged during session? Here are some tips:
Watch Gavel Alaska on KUAC TV!- Unfortunately Gavel to Gavel is not available anymore, KUAC is currently the only station statewide that doesn’t broadcast 360 North over the air. Fairbanks has the highest rabbit ears percentage population in the country, many people have limited internet and need broadcast access. Please write or call to KUAC to restore broadcasting of 360 North’s Gavel Alaska. 474-7491
As Fairbanksans who want to remain engaged with Alaska public affairs, “Gavel Alaska” is the unedited live and tape-delayed coverage of state government activities, including the Alaska Legislature when it is in session. Most committee hearings are broadcast on Gavel Alaska at www.360north.org or through the Live Now tab on the legislature’s home page. House and Senate floor sessions are also available on Gavel Alaska.
Keep Track of Bills – Interested in tracking bills through the legislative process? You can follow along on BASIS: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Home/BillsandLaws. Just type a bill number (example: HB1) in the search bar at the top of the page, or go to the Sponsor Summary to focus on my bills
Bill Tracking Management Facility (BTMF) – Track the status of bills as they pass through the legislative process. BTMF will display the status of bills you are interested in and can also send you email updates as the bill's status changes. BTMF is a free service and only requires you to set up an account.
SMS Bill Tracking – Text a bill number to 559-245-2529 to enroll in text alerts. You will receive an enrollment confirmation and instructions on how to stop receiving the alerts.
Access Budget Materials – Both the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget website and the Legislative Finance Division website have helpful tools and presentations relating to the budget.
Chat with Legislative Information Staff – Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4pm you will find a new chat interface in the lower right corner of AKLeg.gov. The LIO staff can help answer questions about finding things on the legislature’s website, tracking legislation, and contacting legislators. Let us know how we can help you.
Visit the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office – The Fairbanks LIO is a non-partisan state office that helps inform citizens and facilitate communication between the Legislature and the public. Visit the LIO Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm, on the third floor of the Alaska USA Financial Center, located at 1292 Sadler Way Ste 308; or give them a call at 907-452-4448.
Facebook- like my page Rep. Adam Wool, Fairbanks District 5 for updates throughout the year.
Contact me with your questions, concerns, and ideas. You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and while we are in Juneau for the session call us at 907-465-4976. If you are in Juneau, come visit us on the 5th Floor of the State Capitol in Room 501.