I hear you Alaska. I have heard from thousands of Alaskans asking me to override the vetoes. You can count on me to do just that.Read more
The Bicameral Permanent Fund Working Group – Friday, June 28th at 10:00 am
Second Saturday Constituent Coffee – July 13th at 10:00 am
On Tuesday, the House passed my bill on insurance coverage for telehealth with bipartisan support! House Bill 29 requires private insurers, primarily Premera, Aetna, Moda, and United Health, to cover health care services performed by providers licensed in Alaska and delivered via telehealth.Read more
The House Finance Committee has been hearing HB 49 for the last few days. This bill is designed to address some of the community concerns about crime and addresses issues including a lack of tools to fight drug crime, mandatory parole and pretrial release.Read more
The Department of Health & Social Services just announced that it is opening up the contract to administer API to competitive bid. This is an important first step to restoring public trust. This is now being done the way it should have been done in the first place.Read more
On Thursday the House passed the FY20 Operating Budget. The House took a hard look at the budget this year–continuing work that has been done for years to reduce the budget.
Our FY19 operating budget is $838 million smaller (in real dollars) than it was in FY12. The FY20 budget we just passed was another ~$200 million smaller than last year’s.
This is the week that House finance sub-committees will close out and funding reports will go to the full Finance Committee. In sub-committee, we have been going line by line, examining the governor’s budget proposals. Once we have examined the budget in detail and made recommendations, each subcommittee will…Read more
Some of the highlights of this past week include meeting with Elizabeth Larson and Haley Kniceley from Close Up, David Banks of the Alaska Behavioral Health Association, and Tammy Satterfield and Dirk Shumaker of Kids Corp. Inc. Elizabeth, David, and Tammy live in District 16.Read more