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