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Rep. Les Gara

NEWS: Appeals Court: Old Texting While Driving Law Not Enough

2012 Gara-Thomas legislation prevents Alaska from being one of few states without prohibition

Alaska’s old law prohibiting the use of certain visual display screen devices while driving did not prohibit texting while driving, according to an Alaska Court of Appeals decision issued this week. The decision upholds Kenai Peninsula Magistrate Jennifer K. Wells’ action that called the law into question and inspired Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and former Representative Bill Thomas (R-Haines) to pass a law specifically outlawing texting while driving in Alaska.

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Rep. Andy Josephson

Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Want to discuss the Northern Access Road?

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I have heard from a great number of you regarding the Northern Access Road project, otherwise known as the Bragaw Bypass Extension. Now is your time to be heard by the State Department of Transportation, the Municipality of Anchorage, and the lead engineering firm on the project, DOWL HKM.

Please do not miss the first public meeting discussing the project this Tuesday August 27th, from 6 to 8pm at East High School (commons area)!

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Rep. Scott Kawasaki

Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Back to School Reminders!

Today marked the first day of school for our Fairbanks youth! The end of summer vacation comes too soon for most of us Alaskans. It’s a bittersweet time for the kids and parents alike who spent the last couple months enjoying quality family time outdoors. On the other hand, the start of the school year is an exciting time: children get to see old friends and start new classes, and parents themselves get a small break. During this week, please remember that traffic is increasing as people go back to school and work and different driving patterns are emerging.

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NEWS: City and Rep. Kawasaki to Hold Downtown Traffic Meeting

Fairbanks, AK – In conjunction with the City of Fairbanks, Representative Scott Kawasaki have coordinated a public meeting to discuss the possibility of installing speed humps on residential streets in the downtown area known as “Slaterville.” The meeting will take place Thursday, November 1st at 4:30pm and will be held in the City Council Chambers at 800 Cushman Street. The public is welcome to attend. Information will be provided on the impacts of adding speed humps to neighborhoods and there will be time for open discussion with the legislators and City of Fairbanks leadership.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Upcoming Joint In-State Gas Caucus Meeting and Other Important News

I hope you have been having a great summer this year and have been making the most of the recent sunny weather. I have put together the following list of upcoming events and other information that might be of interest to you. Please keep in touch, and do not hesitate to call or send me an email any time I can be of service.

Joint In-State Gas Caucus Meeting

On Monday, July 30, at 1:00 PM the Joint In-State Gas Caucus will be having an update on Alaska natural gas pipeline projects.

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Phone: 907-465-6791

State Capitol Room 208
Juneau AK, 99801