Representative Carrick meeting with members from IBEW Local 1547 during the AFL-CIO legislative fly-in.
Faculty Regent Bill Update
Another bill that Rep Wool and I worked on for a number of years is House Bill 9.This bill would add a faculty member to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. Adding a faculty regent to the board would provide greater representation to this group and create a more inclusive space for dialogue as the Board of Regents deliberates the future of the University. This bill will have its first hearing in the House Education Committee on Monday (February 20th) at 8:00 a.m. I look forward to talking about this issue that I am passionate about, and which creates greater stakeholder representation for our university system.
Board of Regents Public Testimony
In other news related to the Board of Regents, the Board will be taking public testimony at its next full board meeting on Tuesday, February 21st from 4pm-5pm. With five new members of the board, this is a great opportunity to make your voice heard. To testify, call 1-888‑886-7786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (written testimony is accepted at any time). You can watch Board of Regents meetings live online and you can access meeting documents online too.
State of the University Address
University of Alaska President Pat Pitney will be giving her third State of the University address on February 21st at noon. Her speech will take place at the weekly Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce business luncheon. This luncheon will take place at the Westmark Hotel, Gold Room down on Noble and 10th. You can register to watch her speech in person for five dollars online, or you can watch online for free.
My Staff and I are Here for You!
If you have any questions about our state’s operating budget, legislation, or any other issues affecting District 35, please let us know. Do not hesitate to reach out to me and my office regarding any topics of interest or concern. We are happy to help however we can! It’s time to pull up my sleeves and dive in, and it’s exciting to hear from all of you.