Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Last night, Governor Mike Dunleavy issued a veto to Senate Bill 140 (SB140), the comprehensive and bipartisan education bill passed by the Legislature last month. While this action is disappointing and if allowed to stand would be detrimental to Alaska's students, educators, and families, the Legislature still has the opportunity to override this veto. 

Press release sent out March 14th by the Alaska House Coalition in response to the governor's veto of SB140. 

Senate Bill 140 Veto Override Vote

In response to Governor Dunleavy's veto of SB140, the House and Senate are scheduled to meet in a joint-session on Monday, March 18th at 2:15 pm. During this joint-session, legislators will vote on whether to override the governor's veto or allow it to stand. Unlike vetoes to appropriations, vetoes to legislation only require 2/3rds of the legislature (40 out of 60 members) in order to override. With 56 members voting in support of this legislation just last month, I am hopeful legislators will stand behind this bipartisan compromise bill which passed overwhelmingly and vote to override. The members of our Coalition and I stand ready to override this veto and stand up for Alaska's students, educators, parents, and future. 

Below are some additional resources for staying up-to-date and engaged:
Watch Committee Meetings – Most committee hearings are broadcast on Gavel Alaska at www.360north.org or through the Live Now tab on the AK Legislature’s home page. House and Senate floor sessions are also available on Gavel Alaska at www.ktoo.org/gavel

Access Budget Materials – The Office of Management and Budget website has many helpful tools and presentations relating to the state budget. You can find these resources, and more, at https://omb.alaska.gov.
 
Keep Track of Bills – Interested in tracking bills through the legislative process? You can follow along on BASIS: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Home/BillsandLaws. Just type in a bill number in the search bar (ex: HB 36) at the top of the page. You can also text a bill number (ex: HB 36) to 559-245-2529 to enroll in text alerts.

Use Your Legislative Information Office (LIO) – LIOs are a great local resource for navigating the legislative process. The staff at the LIO can help you research bills and issues, navigate the state computer system, and participate in hearings by providing public testimony. You can chat with LIO staff Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM through their new chat interface, located in the lower right corner of AKLeg.gov.

Contact the Anchorage LIO – You can reach the LIO by phone (907-269-0111) or email: LIO.Anchorage@akleg.gov. 

 
Warmly, 
Representative Schrage 
PS - I am honored to serve as your Representative. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our office anytime. 
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