Constituent Town Hall this Thursday
 
The House District 20 monthly town hall is happening this Thursday, 4/11, from 5:30-6:15 PM on Zoom. We will be updating everyone on the progress on our sponsored legislation, some of the amendments we have attempted to pass on the floor, and talking about the budget that is up for consideration on the floor this week. Please come with any questions you have and we will do our best to answer.

Link to Zoom Here
Rep. Gray in the News
With handwritten amendment, Alaska House votes to raise state’s age of consent
The Alaska Beacon wrote about my handwritten amendment to raise the age of consent in Alaska to 18. This amendment passed the House by a wide margin, but unfortunately the underlying bill was tabled.
 
Bill would require Alaska beverage sellers to post warning signs about alcohol-related cancer risks
The Alaska Beacon wrote about House Bill 298, which would require warning signs at the point of sale informing consumers about the causal link between alcohol consumption and cancer.
 
Read the article here 
HB 298 was also mentioned in the New York Times.
Read the article here
Alaska House rejects universal health care proposal from Anchorage Democrat
The Alaska Beacon wrote about my amendment to create a single-payer health care system in Alaska. This would have revolutionized how Alaska does health care, removing the fear of medical bankruptcy from thousands of Alaskans. Unfortunately, this amendment did not go to a vote.
 
The Purpose of Rep. Andrew Gray's Office
 
As an Alaska State Representative, I have sought to make our state a better place for everyone, especially those who have been marginalized. 
The purpose of my office this session is to affect positive change on the following issues, and to do and say whatever I can to achieve those goals:
  1. Protect Foster Care Youth: 
    -We introduced
    HB 363, which ensures that foster youth placed in acute psychiatric hospitals receive timely court hearings. Currently, these youth are sometimes forced to wait up to a month for a court hearing.  
    -We introduced
    HB 320, the Foster Care Sibling Act. This bill would enshrine into law that siblings of an adopted child would NOT have their legal relationship terminated. It would maintain a lifelong connection for adopted youth with their siblings.
  2. Reduce Domestic Child Abuse/Suicide:
    -We also introduced an
    amendment to HB 264 to raise the age of consent in Alaska to 18. 
    -We have a bill,
    HB 364, which would also raise the age of consent to 18. 
  3. Help Renters/Increase Housing Availability: 
    -We introduced
    HB 184, which would create a registry of short-term rentals (like Airbnb and Vrbo), and incentivize creation of long-term housing units. 
    -We are also working on amendments to incentivize converting short-term rentals to long-term rentals.
  4. Improve Health and Reduce Healthcare Costs:
    -We introduced an amendment to
    establish a single-payer healthcare system, which would have lowered healthcare costs for Alaskans and eliminated medical bankruptcy in our state. 
    -We introduced
    an amendment to require all providers in Alaska to accept Medicaid/Medicare patients - including high-paying specialties like dermatology.
    -We introduced
    HB 298, which helps Alaskans make more informed decisions about alcohol consumption via warning signage. Similar measures have reduced alcohol consumption, which in turn reduces rates of domestic/child abuse and suicide.
  5. Improve Election Transparency: 
    -We introduced
    HB 225, which would require the Division of Elections to release full ranking data with unofficial results on the day after Election Day. This would reduce confusion and increase transparency in ranked-choice voting. 
  6. Help Mobile Home Owners:
    -We held a statewide
    mobile home town hall with Alaska Legal Services, where we heard from mobile home owners and the issues that they are facing. 
    -We are working on amendments to existing legislation that would incentivize improvements to mobile home parks.
  7. Help Seasonal Workers:
    -We are working on amendments to existing legislation that would help seasonal workers who are stranded in Alaska after they travel here for work.
  8. Raise State Revenue:
    -Alaska has had structural deficits for years and our state requires reliable annual revenues. I introduced
    HB 220, which establishes a statewide bed tax. This would generate nearly $60 million in revenue from the millions of tourists who visit annually.  
  9. Humanize Politics: 
    -I have done a weekly podcast throughout the year with politicians and community figures called the
    East Anchorage Book Club. I have spoken to people from across the political spectrum to learn more about their lives and address the polarization that we see in our society. 
East Anchorage Book Club Podcast

Last week, I spoke with Reggie Joule, former Alaska State House Representative and the former Northwest Arctic Borough Mayor. He is listed in the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame as: “the greatest practitioner of the blanket toss in the long history of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics.” His skill in that Alaska Native sport led to his appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson twice. He ran for the Alaska State House the first time in 1988, but he lost. Eight years later he ran and won and represented the North Slope in the state house for 15 years before running for mayor. 
 
 
House District 20 Community Council Meetings

University Area Community Council
May 1, 2024
7-9 PM

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84804536087

Russian Jack Community Council
April 10, 2024 
6:30 pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82732072693?pwd=SlJQbEtKT01iTUlBVkFrVG4zMGpFUT09

Campbell Park Community Council

April 18, 2024
7 PM

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87088852421?pwd=RUtkTW5RUGpSSWdyQWZ3bGM0RlRZQT09
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