REPRESENTATIVE GRIER HOPKINS

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An Act relating to voter preregistration for minors at least 16 years of age

With the implementation of automatic registration through the PFD application, Alaska took one step closer to ensuring comprehensive voter registration. Through House Bill 39 Alaskans who are at least 16 years of age will be able to pre-register to vote, taking that effort the next step.

HB 39 focuses on facilitating and developing future generations of eligible voters, into confident and active ones. Across the United States younger voters are becoming more engaged in our electoral processes, and it now falls to us in the legislature to continue to advocate and expand opportunities for young Alaskans to make their voices heard.

HB 39 allows these citizens to voluntarily pre-register and in accordance with existing Alaska statute, become eligible to be placed on voting rolls 90 days before their 18th birthday. Current statute allows Alaskans who are 17 years old to be able to register to vote within 90 days of their 18th birthday. By expanding the statute to include citizens who are 16 years old, we create a longer period of time where young Alaskans are aware of the rights they will gain upon turning 18 and can begin to develop the habits of informed and engaged voters.

Pre-registration is increasingly common across the nation, with 23 states and the District of Columbia offering some form of preregistration before an individual turns 18. The results in these places have shown increases in younger voter participation, which leads to lifelong voters. HB 39 empowers families, communities and educators to foster civic engagement from a younger age, while also adding an additional opportunity to ensure that every citizen in Alaska is registered to vote. This simple change to Alaska’s current voter eligibility requirements would afford an unique opportunity to young Alaskans to be engaged and informed about current events that they will soon be able to vote upon and thereby laying a strong foundation in civics.

As Alaskans we maintain one of the most unique and engaged political system across the country, and by ensuring early access to voter registration, materials and resources, we are ensuring greater participation from younger voters for generations to come.

Please join me in support of HB 39 and reach out to my office if you have any questions.


 
REPRESENTATIVE GRIER HOPKINS

SPONSOR STATEMENTS from Alaska House Majority Coalition

An Act relating to the Funter Bay marine park unit of the state park system; relating to protection of the social and historical significance of the Unangax cemetery located in Funter Bay and providing for the amendment of the management plan for the Funter Bay marine park unit; and providing for an effective date.

From the office of Representative Hannan


House Bill 104: Motor Fuels Tax

From the office of Representative Josephson


HB 110 – Electronic Smoking Products Excise Tax

From the office of Representative Hannan


House Bill 115 – Renewal or extension of aquatic farming and aquatic plant and shellfish hatchery site leases and requiring a report to the legislature.

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 123 – An Act Providing for State Recognition of Federally Recognized Tribes

From the office of Representative Zulkosky


Sectional Analysis HB 128 Version A

From the office of Representative Fields


HB 145: EXPAND PHARMACIST AUTHORITY

From the office of Representative Snyder


HB 149

From the office of Representative Fields


House Bill 155 – Court System Provide Visitors & Experts

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 162 – Fisheries Rehabilitation Permits

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 164 – Early Ed Programs; Reading; Virtual Ed

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 177 Revised Program: Appropriations

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 21 Sponsor Statement University of Alaska Faculty Regent

From the office of Representative Wool


House Bill 218 – “Smoke/Fire Dampers & Smoke Control Systems”

From the office of Representative Tuck


An Act relating to shared ownership; and relating to the sharing and sale of raw milk and raw milk products.

From the office of Representative Tarr


An Act relating to the Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska

From the office of Representative Hopkins


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 226

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act relating to municipal energy and resilience improvement assessment programs”

From the office of Representative Schrage


House Bill 234 – Version I

From the office of Representative Schrage


House Bill 246 Version A Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


An Act relating to public school funding for social and emotional learning; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Hopkins


House Bill 259 v. A

From the office of Representative Spohnholz


Sponsor Statement HB 26 version A

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 268, version B Sponsor Statement
“An Act relating to driver’s license renewal.”

From the office of Representative Merrick


Sponsor Statement HB 27 v. A
An Act naming the irene Webber Bridge.

From the office of Representative Stutes


“HB 272, An Act relating to education; increasing the base student allocation; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Story


"HB 273, An Act relating to education; increasing the base student allocation according to inflation; and providing for an effective date."

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 289 An Act establishing the Alaska marijuana industry task force

From the office of Representative Hopkins


HB 292: HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED WAIVER SERVICES

From the office of Representative Snyder


House Bill 297 – Military Member Child Protection Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Hopkins


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 30

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act modifying the boundary of Chugach State Park; directing the sale of land to the Eagle River Lions Club; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Merrick


House Bill 306 ver. A “Extending the termination date of the Board of Pharmacy.”

From the office of Representative Story


House Bill 309 Version W Sponsor Statement

From the office of Representative Kreiss-Tomkins


Observe Daylight Saving Time All Year

From the office of Representative Stutes


“An act relating to dress codes and natural hairstyles.”

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 331 – Self-Storage Units: Liens; Sales

From the office of Representative Tuck


HB 350 An Act relating to school bond debt reimbursement; and providing for an effective date

From the office of Representative Drummond


“An Act naming the Bragaw Street overcrossing of the Glenn Highway the Insook Baik Bridge.”

From the office of Representative Tarr


House Bill 358: Renewable Energy Grant Fund

From the office of Representative Edgmon


“An Act establishing the office of broadband; creating the broadband parity adjustment fund; establishing the Statewide Broadband Advisory Board; and providing for an effective date.”

From the office of Representative Edgmon


House Bill 364 Perm Leg Cmte Appts/Unorganized House

From the office of Representative Tuck


House Bill 372 – Eliminate Minimum Wage Exemption

From the office of Representative Tuck


An Act relating to voter preregistration for minors at least 16 years of age

From the office of Representative Hopkins


HB 392: EXPAND ADV. PRAC. REG. NURSE AUTHORITY Ver. B

From the office of Representative Snyder


Shellfish Enhancement Projects; Hatcheries; Fees

From the office of Representative Ortiz


Special Education Service Agency – Sunset Extension

From the office of Representative Story


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 45

From the office of Representative Josephson


House Bill 47– Renaming the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council as the Council for Alaska Native Languages; and relating to the Council for Alaska Native Languages

From the office of Representative Story


An Act relating to sexual abuse of a minor; relating to sexual assault; relating to the code of military justice; relating to consent; relating to the testing of sexual assault examination kits; and providing for an effective date.

From the office of Representative Tarr


An Act establishing the Alaska Invasive Species Council in the Department of Fish and Game; relating to management of invasive species; relating to invasive species management decals; and providing for an effective date.

From the office of Representative Tarr


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 55

From the office of Representative Josephson


Sponsor Statement for House Bill 57

From the office of Representative Josephson


“An Act relating to solemnization of marriage.”

From the office of Representative Claman


Sponsor Statement House Bill 63

From the office of Representative Stutes


An Act relating to regional fisheries development associations; and related to developing fishery management assessments

From the office of Representative Stutes


Elections, Voting, Ballots

From the office of Representative Tuck


Prohibition of Conversion Therapy on Youth and Vulnerable Adults

From the office of Representative Hannan


HB 9—The Education Funding Act

From the office of Representative Hannan


House Bill 90 Sponsor Statement Version A Rental vehicles; Vehicle rental networks; Vehicle rental taxes

From the office of Representative Wool


An Act relating to the State Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Board; relating to the practice of physical therapy; and relating to the practice of occupational therapy.

From the office of Representative Claman