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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Vaping Can Be Dangerous

Health care providers across Alaska are watching out for possible cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping and e-cigarette products. Nationally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms there are 450 potential cases of the illness in 33 states. Four people have died from the illness. So far, no cases have been reported in Alaska. However, health care providers are being asked to report possible cases to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: A Partial PFD and a 3rd Special Session

Alaskans from Barrow to Ketchikan have been waiting to see what Governor Dunleavy would do with the partial Permanent Fund Dividend payment approved by the Alaska Legislature. The Governor announced today that he would allow the $1,600 payment to go forward. However, the Governor intends to call a 3rd Special Session for the fall where lawmakers will consider a bill paying out the remaining $1,400 to equal the PFD amount set out in state law.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Mourning a Great Lawmaker and Citizen

We lost a great Alaskan Wednesday with the passing of Senator Chris Birch. Chris and I were colleagues in the Alaska House of Representatives before he moved over to the Senate. Senator Birch will be remembered as a forceful advocate for his constituents and a man of principle. I will remember Chris for his sense of humor as we faced stressful political times. As Alaskans, we should grieve the loss of Senator Birch while cherishing his work and memory.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: We Need Better Choices

I am frustrated by the continued paralysis in Juneau that is threatening the jobs, education, healthcare, and safety of the people of Alaska. I hear every day from people that are anxious and scared. Frankly, I’m scared for the future of our institutions and economy if we don’t get Alaska back on track.

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