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Capitol Report: Legislative session enters final week
Greetings from Juneau. There are just a few days left in this year’s legislative session, which is scheduled to adjourn Sunday, April 19. A lot will happen this week as lawmakers and the administration work on their priority legislation in hopes of completing the session within 90 days. The biggest item still unresolved is the operating budget. Earlier this month, the Senate approved a $4 billion budget for next y...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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House report: Looking for input
Greetings from Juneau! I’d appreciate if you could take a few minutes to share your experiences and opinions about a few issues currently being debated by the legislature. Your input, as my constituents, is important as I make decisions and cast votes. Here are three bills which are currently being debated and I’d love to know what you think: Senate Bill 6, “Eliminate Daylight Savings Time,” eliminates Daylight Sa...
Apr 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Look for sign at ComFish: Free beer tomorrow
Kodiak is all about fish and I’d like to begin this letter by sending a big congratulations to local angler Mike Olsen! Mike caught a 30.4-pound king to beat out 1,321 other anglers and win the top prize in the Homer Winter King Tournament. Speaking of fish, ComFish Alaska 2015 will be April 2-4 at the Kodiak Convention Center. There is a vendor meet and greet from 4-5 p.m. and free beer (while it lasts). Departme...
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capitol Report: Budget cuts will impact all agencies
Hello again. With three weeks left until the legislature’s scheduled adjournment on Sunday, April 19, the Capitol building is a busy place. While Senate and House committees continue their discussions on various bills, the Senate Finance Committee will be holding additional hearings on next year’s Operating Budget (HB 72) including public testimony early this week. A Senate floor vote on the budget is scheduled fo...
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization moves forward with Young at helm
Almost 40 years ago, without regard for the conservation of our fisheries or the needs of the Alaskan people, foreign fishing fleets dominated the waters off Alaska’s shores and took anything and everything in their reach. Ask anyone familiar with the times, deck lights of foreign vessels — dozens if not more — could be seen just miles off the coast of Kodiak and other coastal communities. Recognizing the need for...
Mar 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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House report: Halfway through the session
We are now over the halfway mark for this session and we had a late night in the House of Representatives. After weeks of financial review and committee deliberation, the House signed off on a historic $375 million reduction to the state’s operating budget. The operating budget funds state agencies, facilities, and service programs, such as fisheries management, education and day-to-day ferry operations. Alaska’s ...
Mar 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Capitol Report: Removing marijuana from controlled substances list
We are more than one-third of the way through our 90-day legislative session and, after a few weeks of department overviews at the beginning of the year, both legislative bodies have turned their attention to debate on various bills and resolutions, the operating budget, natural gas pipeline issues, federal government overreach, and other topics. One item moving forward is legalized marijuana regulation, which was...
Feb 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Natural gas projects in the works
I am very excited about Alaska’s prospects for finally getting our natural gas to Alaskans and the world market. We currently have two natural gas pipeline projects in the works – the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline (ASAP) and the large-volume Alaska LNG project (AK LNG). Only one of these projects will ultimately be built. The ASAP project is 100 percent owned by Alaska and was designed as a small-volume gasline to d...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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State of the Salmon
We are one third of the way through session and tackling some of the larger issues the legislature is facing this year like the operating budget and resource allocation. Fisheries The House Fisheries Committee heard and passed two bills. House Bill 41, “Sport Fishing Services,” raises the cost of sport fish guide licenses to cover the costs of administering and overseeing the sport fish program. This bill was wide...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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It’s not just fish business in Juneau
Hello from Juneau! As the newly elected representative for House District 32 it is a pleasure to be down here serving you. The first two weeks of the 29th Legislature flew past and we are down to getting some legislation seen in committees and, most importantly, working toward a sustainable budget given the tight economic times ahead. Committee assignments I am honored to hold down the chairmanship of the House Sp...
Feb 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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