One of my top priorities is to extend the Disaster Declaration. The House has introduced HB 76, which is similar to the bill that is currently moving through the Senate. HB 76 will be heard in committees beginning next week. As I've said before, we need to quickly pass a disaster declaration bill that adequately meets Alaska's needs, and I look forward to working towards that.
HSS will also be hearing the Governor's Executive Order 119 (EO 119). EO 119 would separate the Department of Health & Social Services into the Department of Health and the Department of Family & Community Services. Similar to the Disaster Declaration, it is important that this change, if made, is done correctly and with Alaska’s best interests in mind. We’ll be exploring the motivations for, and the potential process and implications of, implementing EO 119 in HSS hearings. You can watch any bill hearings by going to akleg.gov or ktoo.org/gavel