Come Visit & Participate

I'd like to welcome you to an in-person town hall, the first of the session. Senator Kawasaki and I are holding a joint meeting at the Fairbanks Legislative Office (LIO), 1292 Sadler Way on the third floor of the Global Building (kitty corner from Home Depot). Please feel free to stop by and visit this Saturday, Feb 10, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm with light refreshments provided. I will also return to Fairbanks for meetings and informal gatherings next weekend (Feb 16,17,18) as well. Watch my social media channels for specific opportunities to visit with me and share your ideas next weekend as well as this Saturday.

A Few Quick Legislative Updates:

Education Legislation Yet to Move

SB 140, the bill that has been transformed into an omnibus education package that currently includes a greatly reduced BSA ($300) as well as a series of loosely related education initiatives emanating from the Governor and the House Majority has yet to be brought to the House Floor. It appears the House Majority does not yet have the votes to pass the education "turducken" as it stands. It's likely that negotiations regarding this legislation are now ongoing (within the House Membership and between the House and Senate). If the bill does make it to the House Floor in some form, it will hopefully contain a substantially increased BSA number that will reduce the need for dramatic cuts to our schools across the state. I will continue to advocate tirelessly for a BSA as close as possible to the $1413 school districts have told us they need just to keep up with inflation and to keep class sizes reasonable. Decades of flat funding are finally catching up to schools and they are approaching a breaking point. Without substantial permanent increases in school funding, families are faced with the disheartening reality of losing their best teachers, larger and larger class sizes, less and less elective and extracurricular choices, and neighborhood schools without the specialists, counselors, and nurses they need and deserve. I will make every effort to work with the Governor and this Legislature to figure out a way to get schools the funds they need to thrive.

Rep. Dibert joined a large group of other representatives, senators, community leaders, and close to 200 Alaskans on the Capitol steps last week. The assembled group was letting their voices be heard that it is long past time to adequately fund our public school system with a substantial increase in the Base Student Allocation (above & below).

HB 147 Hearing

Last week my staff and I described a bill I am sponsoring, HB 147, to the House Labor and Commerce Committee during a bill hearing. We explained the details of the proposed legislation that aims to incentivize retired teachers serving as long term substitutes in our schools. The bill waives the fee for a lifetime certificate for qualified retired teachers and extends the consecutive days limit for such long term substitutes to 165 days. We are hoping HB 147 will be passed out of committee next week.

Rep. Dibert shown here with her staff, Tammy Smith presenting information to the House Labor and Commerce Committee on her bill, HB 147. Representatives Prax, Fields, and Carrick (committee members) also shown (at the dais).

Representatives Galvin, Josephson, Dibert, Stutes, and Schrage participating in the ACSA panel and addressing the assembled education leaders (above). Rep. Dibert with Shawna Henderson, Grant Guy, and Robin Taylor (below).

ACSA Education Panel

Last Sunday, February 5th, I joined colleagues in participating on an education panel held by the Alaska Council of School Administrators (ACSA). The legislators on the panel discussed the state of legislative action (yet to reach the House Floor) regarding education policy and funding. I reiterated my top priorities of providing schools with adequate resources to maintain reasonable class sizes and to recruit and retain the brightest and best educators to work in our schools. It is very clear that without a substantial increase in the Base Student Allocation (BSA) districts will be forced to cut teachers, cut programs, and close schools in some places including Fairbanks. I attempted to convey a message of hope, letting listeners know that a majority of legislators are committed to the future of our state and to the youth who are educated here.

Office Visits Provide Opportunities to Listen and Discuss Priorities

My office continues to meet with constituents as well as representatives from non-profit organizations, department heads, utilities, businesses large and small, advocacy groups, and more. My goal is to listen to people and to use their input to guide and inform my work. I look forward to my Fairbanks visits over the next two weekends. This will be an opportunity to speak with constituents directly in District 31.

Rep. Dibert with visitors from the Alaska Prenatal Alcohol Partnership; Michael Jeffery, Teri Tibbet, Janice Weiss, and Gina Schumaker.

Representative Dibert with Nick Clark Firefighter and Paramedic at Fairbanks Fire Department

Representative Dibert with Dan Polta, Superintendent of the Denali School District.

Rep. Dibert with Francine Cachucha and Aliya Maiden of the Fairbanks Native Association. Discussing Headstart and Early Headstart.

Rep. Dibert with Patricia Relay and Ashley Bivin with Museums Alaska

Representative Dibert with Joe Usibelli and Lorali Simon.

Rep. Dibert with Gary Evans co-owner Grass-Station 49 and Sam Hachey, owner of Tanana Herb Company.

Representative Dibert with Savannah Fletcher, Presiding Officer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Representative Dibert with Anna Stewman and Ty Tigner with Alaska Association of Homes for Children

Representative Dibert with representatives from GVEA including, COO Travis Million, CEO John Burns, and Ashley Bradish, Director of External Affairs

Representative Dibert withTammy Dodd- Superintendent, Mark Vink CFO, and Annie Weyiouanna from Bering Straits School District.

Representative Dibert with Kai Sims after the ENSTAR Natural Gas Company presentation to the Joint House and Senate Resources Committee Meeting on Feb 7.

The 33rd Legislature in Action

If you are interested in what's going on during session, you can read about and watch all the action in Juneau. You can watch every single floor session, hearing, and committee meeting live or on an archived basis at Gavel Alaska. See below for useful links for citizens to track what's happening:

If you need something specific and you can not locate it, let my office know and we would be glad to assist.

Thank you. We hope to see you at the Feb 10 town hall in Fairbanks!

Fairbanks Warming Shelter, HopeLink, is now open. Fairbanks HopeLink, located at 317 Wendell Ave, is an overnight warming center, open 7 nights a week, "meeting people where they are and keeping them warm, safe, and connected to community resources." The shelter is committed to providing a low-barrier environment for individuals experiencing homelessness during cold winter nights. If you know of anyone needing warm shelter, please pass the word. If you would like to get involved and help out, please contact them or visit the shelter.

Have you applied for the PFD Yet?

The 2024 PFD filing season is well underway. The application period is open until 11:59 PM Sunday, March 31, 2024. You can get more information and apply on line HERE.

Select Job Opportunities

List of current positions for:

-Fairbanks Pioneer Home

-State of Alaska positions in Fairbanks

-Fairbanks School District - Job Openings

-UAF Job Openings

Alaska’s Job Centers

* Job seekers:

* Employers:

Thanks for staying engaged! I hope to see you in Fairbanks at the town hall Saturday, February 10, 11:30am to 1:30pm at the LIO.

Please feel welcome to visit my office in person or to give us a call anytime. We are here to help.

In humble service to the People of Fairbanks,

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