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April 25, 2022
 
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

This past Thursday a gathering was held in the Speaker’s Chambers at the Capitol to unveil a bronze bust of Alaska’s first state Governor Bill Egan. The sculpture was commissioned by the Legislature from artist Roy Peratrovich Jr., who is also the son of Roy and Elizabeth Peratrovich, Alaska Native rights pioneers.
 
The event featured remarks by Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak), who is an astute and charismatic historian; former Sen. John Coghill, who put in motion the commission for the sculpture several years ago; Sen. Jesse Kiehl, who before being elected to office was a long-time staffer to former Sen. Dennis Egan, son of the former governor; and finally, Dennis Egan himself, via teleconference. Roy Peratrovich Jr. was also in attendance via Zoom.
 
Bill Egan was the first of only two Alaska governors to have been born in Alaska, the other being Bill Walker. He began his political career in 1940, when he was elected to the Territorial House of Representatives, representing Valdez. He served four terms, which included simultaneous service during World War II as Valdez’s mayor.
 
In 1953, he was elected to the Territorial Senate. Two years later, when the legislature arranged for a constitutional convention in the effort to seek Congressional approval for statehood, Egan was selected to preside.
 
His leadership of the convention is widely credited as key to its success in the creation of among the most robust and admired state Constitutions in the U.S.  Many view this achievement as just as impressive as his many historic accomplishments as governor, which included the transition to statehood and leading Alaska’s response following the 1964 Good Friday earthquake.

Above: The new bronze bust and plaque on display in the Speaker's Chambers following the unveiling.
Below: Representative Hannan addressing the crowd during the event. 
HB 171—PFAS Legislation—to be Taken Up Wednesday in House Resources

My bill to establish stronger limits on allowable levels of PFAS chemicals in drinking water and require that safe drinking water is provided to people whose wells have been contaminated is scheduled for its third hearing in the House Resources Committee at 1:00 p.m. this coming Wednesday.
 
HB 171 would also prevent more of these forever chemicals from entering Alaskan environments by prohibiting the use of firefighting foams containing PFAS as soon as they are no longer required by federal law.
 
PFAS has already been found to have contaminated the water tables in several Alaska communities, including Gustavus, Dillingham, and Fairbanks, to name just a few. We need to take meaningful steps as soon as possible to confront and mitigate the harm these pollutants are causing in Alaska.
Application Period Extended for ARPA Small Business Grants

With more than $30 million still available for distribution, the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development has extended the application period for the Alaska ARPA Business Relief Program through the end of this month.  
 
I was in contact with many Southeast business owners last year who were frustrated with the overly rigid eligibility criteria for the first round of grants in this program.
 
Commerce assures me that those criteria have been revised for round two to make sure deserving small businesses will not be turned away again.
 
The new deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30th.
 
For more information, visit DCCED’s AK-ARPA Business Relief Program web pages.
Last Thursday Rep. Story, Sen. Kiehl, and I met with parents and students from the Raven Homeschool program. Here we are pictured in the Beltz Committee Room in the Thomas Stewart Building. 
Be well!
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Representative Sara Hannan
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120 4th St, Rm 204
Juneau, AK 99801
rep.sara.hannan@akleg.gov
(907) 465-4766


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