Alaska House Coalition applauds governor’s decision to deliver virtual State of the State

ALASKA HOUSE COALITION


PRESS RELEASE


‘The decision to hold a virtual State of the State address sends the right message to Alaskans and will protect the health of our colleagues and nonpartisan staffers’

 

JUNEAU – Governor Michael J. Dunleavy recently announced that he will deliver his State of the State speech virtually on Thursday at 7 p.m. rather than participating in a joint session of the Legislature.

 

Two members of the Alaska House Coalition released statements on the governor’s decision:

 

“I thank Governor Dunleavy for the common-sense decision to deliver a virtual State of the State address rather than convening a joint floor session that would have forced 60 lawmakers to sit shoulder-to-shoulder for hours. This is not a partisan issue. We have many legislators and staff over the age of 65 and vulnerable to COVID-19 because of pre-existing health conditions, a fact that hits close to home for me as a cancer survivor.”
Rep. Louise Stutes (R-Kodiak)

 

“Alaska is leading the way nationally in the rate of vaccinations against COVID-19. And while this gives us hope for the future, vaccination is just one tool to combat a deadly virus, and we must not get complacent in utilizing the protective measures we know work. The decision to hold a virtual State of the State address sends the right message to Alaskans and will protect the health of our colleagues and frontline essential staffers in the Capitol.”
Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel)

 

The speech will be broadcast this Thursday at 7 p.m. on Gavel Alaska and on the governor’s Facebook page.

 

The Alaska House Coalition is composed of 20 Democratic, Republican, and Independent lawmakers.

 

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CONTACT
Austin Baird
Communications Director
Alaska House Coalition
(907) 465-6791
Austin.Baird@akleg.gov

Phone
Phone: 907-465-4451
Fax: 907-465-3445

Address
State Capitol Room 208
Juneau AK, 99801