Representative Carrick (left) connected with Alaska Department of Health Commissioner Heidi Hedberg (center) and Alaska's Chief Medical Officer (and hero of the COVID-19 Pandemic) Dr. Anne Zink during a coffee break between meetings earlier this week.
Keeping Track of Bills
Every year the Legislature considerers hundreds of bills, and it can be a bit overwhelming for the public to keep track of specific legislation. Luckily there are several ways you can get notified when an action is taken on a bill including when it is scheduled for a committee hearing, when public testimony is scheduled, or when it moves out of committee. You can sign up for text alerts by texting the bill number (e.g. HB 17) to 559-245-2529. You can also sign up for email alerts with the Bill Tracking and Management Facility. If you would like a more personal touch, the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office can get you pretty much any information you need on any bill or resolution the Legislature is considering, or has considered. The Fairbanks LIO is located at 1292 Sadler Way third floor (across from Home Depot). Also, feel free to reach out to my office at any time to ask about the status of any bill or resolution moving through the Legislature, or about any issues, questions, comments, or concerns you may have with state government.
Affordable Connectivity Program
Internet connectivity is a big issue in both rural, urban, and semi-urban Alaska. There are many programs including the Affordable Connectivity Program and Lifeline Unlimited Wireless Program, in partnership with GCI, that provide low-cost internet and mobile phone plans to qualifying households. Eligible customers can receive up to a $79.99 credit every month toward internet or a 12-GB mobile phone plan for $1 a month. To find out if you qualify for low-cost internet, please go online and complete the application. For the mobile services application, visit here.
UAF Museum of the North Open House
If you are looking for a fun family adventure, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Museum of the North is holding an open house on Saturday, March 25 from noon to 4pm. Get an in-depth look behind the scenes, tour labs and galleries, meet staff and researchers, and enjoy hands-on activities. Admission is free. To find more information about the museum and current events, you can visit their webpage.
My Staff and I Are Here for You!
Please feel free to reach out to me and my office regarding any topics of interest or concern. We are always happy to help, and we are here for you!