JUNEAU-Today, the Senate Judiciary committee passed Senate Bill 128, which would criminalize cyberbullying of minors.
WASHINGTON, DC-This week, the Co-Chairs of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission (AAPC), Senator Lesil McGuire and Representative Bob Herron, met with several high-level federal officials, including Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, in Washington, DC to promote Alaska’s vision of the Arctic.
Legislature Passes Bill Excluding Homer’s Port and Harbor from the Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat Area
JUNEAU-This week, the Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 148, sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna), which clarifies state law to exclude the Port and Harbor of Homer from the Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat Area (KBCHA). The bill was the first to pass the Legislature in 2014.
JUNEAU – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it is taking the first steps toward preventing development in southwest Alaska. Unprecedented action has been taken by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy under the Clean Water Act to stop the proposed Pebble Mine.
JUNEAU – Today, following weeks of deliberation, expert testimony, reviews by state departments, public testimony and involved companies, the Senate Resources Committee passed out Senate Bill 138, the Alaska LNG Project legislation.
Senate Education Task Force: Senate Finance Subcommittee meetings held during the interim to explore the total cost of K-12 education and gather recommendations for the upcoming legislative session; and,
Senate Joint Resolution 9: Would allow voters to decide whether to maintain or abolish the restrictions on the use of public dollars for the education of children. Currently, the Alaska Constitution prohibits the use of public funds for the direct benefit of any private education institution.
Alaska LNG Gasline:
Fiscal Terms: Create and establish a durable gas fiscal regime to make Alaska globally competitive while insuring Alaskans receive their fair share of revenues from an LNG Pipeline.
Sustainable Budgets: Year 2 of 5 year plan to reduce the cost of government and contain the annual growth to a sustainable level for our future. Last year $1.1 billion in general funds were eliminated from the budget.
PERS/TRS Unfunded Liability: $12 billion in unfunded liability, work continues on balancing the best interests of the state and the retiree obligations.