It’s been quite the winter in Anchorage. Please know that I have been in constant contact with the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation to make sure that the state-owned roads in the neighborhood are plowed. I know that there has been a problem, but I was home recently and they looked somewhat better. Looks like the squeaky wheel does get “the grease.”
The House Resources Committee will be taking public testimony on HB 111 at 6pm today. This is your opportunity weigh in on oil and gas reform measures. Please testify from the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. You can also email comments to the Resources Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve been working with my colleagues in the House on a variety of bills. So far, the House has passed the following bills on to the Senate: HB3, HB16, HB71
Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) that extends a vital employment protection to Alaskans who serve in the National Guard of another state.
Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition commend Governor Walker for his decision to sign a disaster declaration for the worsening opioid epidemic in Alaska. The disaster declaration allows a statewide program under the direction of Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer to facilitate the distribution of the life-saving drug naloxone, which is used to revive overdose victims. Earlier today, Governor Walker signed an Administrative Order that sets up an Incident Command System and directs all state departments to apply for federal grants to respond to the opioid epidemic.
We gaveled into the 30th Legislature and are off to a busy start. I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges I will face in my new leadership role as House Rules Chair. Republican, Independent and Democrat legislators joined together to create the new Alaska House Majority Coalition. I am proud to report that this coalition represents all Alaskans, regardless of party affiliation or geographic location. We are working together to solve the State’s financial problems.
Juneau – As lawmakers grapple with how to fill a $3 billion budget gap, the Alaska House Majority Coalition has instituted several cost-saving measures within the Alaska House of Representatives. The largest such measure is to roll-back the level of staff pay that existed under the previous House Majority Caucus. The Legislative Affairs Agency anticipates savings of more than $270,000 compared to last year’s staff compensation.