Welcome to the seventeenth edition of The Carrick Capitol Connection! With only a few days left in the regular session, the House has been holding a Floor session every day to finish work on legislation. Meanwhile, the Senate continues to hold the operating and capital budgets and have not yet passed either back over to the House for concurrence.
JUNEAU – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Ashley Carrick that will define e-bikes in statute cleared its final hurdle and passed the Legislature. Back in April, House Bill 8 passed the House with bipartisan support on a vote of 39-1. On Monday, HB 8 passed the Senate on a vote of 18-1 and yesterday the House agreed to the Senate’s changes to the bill.
JUNEAU – Legislation by Fairbanks Rep. Ashley Carrick defining electric-assisted bicycles (E-Bikes) in Alaska statute and specifying that E-Bikes be regulated as bicycles passed the House yesterday with bipartisan support on a vote of 39-1.
Welcome to the tenth edition of The Carrick Capitol Connection! As the snow begins to melt and the daylight hours grow longer, work continues down here in Juneau in the Alaska State House. This week could have been labeled “public testimony week,” as we have taken significant amounts of testimony on important issues including increasing the Base Student Allocation (HB 65), fixing our broken retirement system (SB 88), adding LGBTQ anti-discrimination protections to state law (HB 99), and the operating budget (HB 39/HB 40).
JUNEAU – Today, a group of Republican, Democratic, and Independent legislators announced the introduction of a constitutional amendment to fully protect the Alaska Permanent Fund in the Constitution.