Representative Genevieve Mina

Alaska State Legislature House District 19 (East Anchorage) E-Newsletter

Proudly serving Airport Heights, Mountain View, and Russian Jack

Rep. Mina (center) rallying in support of defined benefits with Rep. Alyse Galvin (left) and Rep. Dan Ortiz (right) on the Capitol steps.

May 3, 2024


It's the final month of session, and Day 120 is slated to be on Wednesday, May 15th. We must pass an operating budget, Mental Health budget, and capital budget before we adjourn the 33rd Legislature sine die. However, other significant bipartisan priorities, such as education funding and correspondence programs, defined benefits for public employees, and the Southcentral energy crisis have yet to be fully addressed. As I focus on getting my priority legislation across the finish line, our House Minority Coalition is strategizing all of our options to tackle these important issues.


Additionally, I want to provide a quick update on correspondence and allotments. Yesterday, the Alaska Superior Court granted a limited stay on the decision ruling correspondence student allotments as unconstitutional. This stay means that correspondence households will continue receiving allotments until June 30. There are two pathways to ensure the continuation of constitutional allotments: passing a legislative fix or issuing emergency regulations via the Department of Education and Early Development. The House Education Committee has had multiple hearings on HB 400, which is one bill to ensure continuation of correspondence programs without violating the constitution. Please reach out to my office on thoughts or concerns you have on correspondence as we work on addressing this issue and supporting all of our children in public education.


One last thing: happy Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Last week I saw friends with Make Us Visible Alaska, an Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) advocacy group supporting AAPI history in schools - specifically, Sen. Gray-Jackson’s bill SB 131, which would require schools to educate about the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Love seeing my fellow Alaskans fight for our community and recognize long-forgotten AAPI history.

ICYMI: The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) expired this week.


If you’re losing your subsidy, you can:


Sign up for Lifeline, another federal subsidy for broadband. The eligibility slightly differs from the ACP requirements - Lifeline requires income at or below 135% of federal poverty standards, whereas ACP required income at or below 200% of federal poverty standards. Certain public assistance programs may also qualify you for Lifeline. The maximum subsidy amount through Lifeline is $9.25 a month, or up to $32.25 if you are on tribal lands.


Or reach out to your broadband provider for their ACP wind down options! 


Learn more about Lifeline here!

Sincerely,

P.S. Vote vote vote! Ballots for the Anchorage Mayoral Runoff Elections were mailed out and must be submitted by Tuesday, May 7th. Call 907-243-VOTE or email elections@anchorageak.gov for help! Chugach Electric elections are also ongoing until May 17th and contact 866-909-3549 or support@directvote.net for voting assistance.

House District 19 Issues Survey


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Please complete this short 5-10 minute survey so that I can best serve you. You may choose to keep your responses anonymous, however there is an option to provide your contact information and/or indicate which neighborhood you live in at the end of the survey.

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Legislative Update

Rep. Mina at Rep. Galvin's (right) Education Listening Session.

Today, the Senate's version of the operating budget was sent over to the House side for concurrence. Their operating budget kept the $175 million one-time education funding increase and had multiple changes, including:


The House unanimously voted no on concurrence, which is a normal part of the legislative process in order for House and Senate leaders to continue negotiating the budget in conference committee. Next week, the conference committee will meet to address the operating budget while the capital budget works its way through the House. We will also meet in Joint Session on Tuesday to vote on confirmations to various boards and commissions.

HB 325 - Business License Fees


HB 325 passed the House Labor and Commerce Committee without a hitch. As a reminder, this bill seeks to waive business license fees for sole proprietors receiving public benefits. The House Labor & Commerce Committee opted to take up committee substitute of the bill, which incorporates HB 314, a Governor bill that changes the way that investigation fees under occupational licensing are regulated. If there is another hearing of CSHB 325, it will be in House Finance Committee.


HB 355 - Statewide Public & Community Transit Plan


HB 355 is my bill that would require the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilites (DOTP&F) to look at public transit in both urban and rural areas as a part of their long-term statewide planning. This legislation is wholly steeped in the work of the Alaska Mobility Coalition, who brought this legislation before me. We had three testifiers who spoke in support of this bill: Michele Girault, CEO of Hope Community Resources, Patrick Reinhart, Executive Director of the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education, and Millie Ryan, Board President of the Alaska Mobility Coalition. Thank you for all who testified and thank you to the Alaska Mobility Coalition for putting in all the work!

Rep. Mina and her staff Katy Giorgio presenting HB 196 in House Finance Committee

HB 191 – Major Medical Emergencies


HB 191 was successfully passed out of the House Health and Social Services committee! This legislation would allow the Department of Health to develop a more robust and efficient pre-hospital system of care for those suffering time-sensitive emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes. The next committee of referral is House Finance, and we are hopeful the bill will be scheduled for a hearing soon.


HB 196 – Food Stamp Eligibility


HB 196 had two hearings in House Finance committee this week. This legislation would direct the Division of Public Assistance to adopt broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) for Alaska’s SNAP program. Along with DPA Director Deb Etheridge, I fielded questions from committee members related to the provisions in the bill that would increase the income eligibility levels from 130% of the Alaska poverty standard to 200%. HB 196 would also eliminate the asset test for SNAP applicants, allowing families to have modest savings without losing their food assistance. HB 196 is expected to be taken up by the Finance Committee again next week.

Affordable Connectivity Program

Community Council Meetings


Airport Heights Community Council

Hybrid meeting every third Thursday at 7:00PM.

7:00PM Thursday, May 16th

Airport Heights Elementary School Library (1510 Alder Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508)

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Mountain View Community Council

Hybrid meeting every fourth Wednesday at 6:00PM.

6:00PM Wednesday, May 22nd



Mountain View Library (120 Bragaw St, Anchorage, AK 99508)

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Russian Jack Community Council

Hybrid meeting every second Wednesday at 6:30PM.

6:30PM Wednesday, May 8th

Zion Lutheran Church (2100 Boniface Parkway, Anchorage, Alaska 99504)

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Community Events and Resources


Russian Jack Park Clean-up

Saturday, May 4th, 10am-12pm, Russian Jack Springs Park

Join Russian Jack Community Council, the Anchorage Park Foundation, and Anchorage Parks and Recreation in cleaning up Russian Jack Springs Park. Meet at the polar bear, and cleaning supplies, snacks, and food will be provided!


55th Annual Walk & Roll for Hope

Saturday, May 4th, Across Anchorage

Hope Community Resources is hosting the 55th Annual Walk & Roll! Their goal is raise $60,000 for Alaskans who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, and mental health challenges.


Alaska Sustainable Energy Conference

Tuesday, May 21st through Thursday, May 23rd, Dena'ina Center

Join national and international sustainable energy leaders at this multi-day symposium.


Pacific Island Cultural Flag Day

Saturday, May 25th, 12-6pm at Delaney Park Strip

Celebrate with the Polynesian Association of Alaska and I and expect lots of food, cultural dance groups, and activities for all ages!


City Nerd Nite: Transportation Talk

Thursday, May 30th, 6-8pm, King Street Brewing Company

Representative Genevieve Mina

House District 19


rep.genevieve.mina@akleg.gov

(907) 465-3424



Session: Alaska State Capitol, Room 420,

Juneau, Alaska 99801


Interim: Anchorage Legislative Office, Room 218,

1500 Benson Blvd, Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Katy Giorgio

Legislative Aide

katy.giorgio@akleg.gov

(907) 465-4926

Remington Purnell

Legislative Aide

remington.purnell@akleg.gov

(907) 465-4926


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