JUNEAU – The House of Representatives today passed legislation to streamline the successful Alaska Court Visitor Program. House Bill 155, which passed the House today by a vote of 38-2, will transfer the program from the Office of Public Advocacy to the Alaska Court System.
JUNEAU – The House of Representatives today passed a bill that allows the Department of Fish and Game to collect funds that are vital to the successful operation of Alaska's sportfish hatcheries and facilities.
The House passed its version of the budget over to the Senate on May 10th (legislative day 112). HB 69 passed by a vote of 23 – 16 and proposes to spend $4.2 billion dollars in unrestricted general funds (UGF).
The regular session of the 32nd Legislature will be moving toward adjournment on May 19, but a special session will immediately convene on May 20 to continue work on the FY22 budgets. The Governor has also called a second special session to convene in August to appropriate federal COVID-relief funds.
In this week's newsletter, a recap of a significant week: The House passed a our operating budget over to the Senate, the Governor announced two special sessions for this summer, and the legislature met in a joint session to take up the Governor's appointees to boards and commissions.
This week, the House passed an operating budget. House Bill 69 is a reflection of our values and takes important steps to protect essential services and provide stability as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the weekend, the House put in long hours working on amendments to House Bill 69 and House Bill 71, the operating and mental health budgets. We sent the bills back to the House Rules Committee and we will continue work on these bills next week.