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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Child Abuse Prevention Efforts & Budget Update

I hope you wore blue yesterday. In the Capitol, and across the state, wearing blue meant that you support raising awareness and preventing child abuse in your community. We hosted a rally on the Capitol steps with Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Val Davidson as our speaker. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we are taking steps to raise awareness and enact policies that will prevent child abuse. Last year our focus was Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law, that passed last June, and is now being implemented.

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Rep. Andrew Josephson

Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Too Little, Too Late

Working late into the night Monday, the House had its long awaited debate on the education bill, House Bill 278. In January, the Governor introduced an omnibus education bill and deemed this session the “education session.” At the time, I did not believe the bill did enough for our public education system. After Monday night, I continue to believe we have not done enough for our children, teachers, and schools.

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Rep. Geran Tarr

Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: The Education Session

This week, my colleagues and I in the Alaska House worked late into the night to provide opportunities to our children by offering fixes to House Bill 278, the omnibus education bill, the major legislation of the year pertaining to our public education system.

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Rep. Sam Kito III

Rep. Sam Kito’s Newsletter: Bills on the Move

This week, the education debate has heated up with House Finance releasing a Committee Substitute and considering amendments to the omnibus Education bill (HB 278). The bill that finally came out of the committee included some troubling changes from the Education Committee version. I am especially concerned about the changes to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS), which could cause the insolvency or exhaustion of the trust fund in ten years. This would result in a pay-as-you-go plan that would make active teachers pay for retired teachers and significantly increase the required contribution by active teachers.

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Rep. Harriet Drummond

Rep. Drummond’s Dispatch: It’s Anchorage Caucus time!

Good news for my friends and neighbors in Anchorage: there are two important events coming up this Saturday, February 22nd. First, if there is an issue before the Alaska Legislature that you are concerned about or supportive of, please come and speak up to the Anchorage Caucus from 9:00am to 2:00pm in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library. I’ll be co-chairing the meeting.

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Rep. Scott Kawasaki

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Back in Fairbanks!, Education Rally, Bill Highlights

I will be returning home later this week to meet with my fellow Fairbanksans about priority issues for the Interior. This has been a busy legislative session and I look forward to hearing your questions, comments and concerns. Please join me Sunday, February 23 from 2-4pm at the Noel Wien Library Auditorium for a discussion about LNG, Flint Hills, air quality, energy prices, and any other topics of your choice.

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