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Senator Fred DysonLegislature Votes to Protect Privacy and Due Process Rights

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Legislature passed Senate Bill 108 today, which strengthens privacy and due process rights for Alaskans by keeping certain court records confidential when criminal charges are dismissed or the accused is acquitted.  Full Story >>

Senator Cathy GiesselSenator Cathy Giessel Welcomes News About BP Sale of Assets to Hilcorp

JUNEAU-Tonight, Senator Cathy Giessel, (R-Anchorage Hillside/Turnagain/N. Kenai) welcomed news about the sale of BP Assets to Hilcorp.  Full Story >>

Senator Lesil McGuireLegislature Approves Arctic Infrastructure Package

JUNEAU - Today, the Alaska State Legislature passed Senate Bill 140 which is designed to boost infrastructure development in the Arctic. SB140 creates incentives to attract private investment to build much needed ports, roads, emergency and telecommunications projects in the Alaskan Arctic.  Full Story >>

Senator Anna FaircloughLegislature Unanimously Passes Bill to Improve State Student Loans

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 195, which improves student loans in Alaska by substantially changing state laws regarding the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and the Alaska Student Loan Corporation.  Full Story >>

Senator John CoghillLegislature Unanimously Passes Bill to Improve Investigations of Child Abuse

JUNEAU-Today, the Alaska State Legislature passed a bill aimed at improving child abuse investigations in Alaska. Senate Bill 171, sponsored by Senator John Coghill (R-North Pole), broadens the authority of Multidisciplinary Child Protection Teams (MDTs) when handling child abuse cases.  Full Story >>

Our Policy Priorities

Education:

chalkboard.jpgSenate 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.   The Senate is currently considering the Governor's range of educational reforms and enhancements.

natural_gas_sm.jpgAlaska 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. 

Budget:

budget_sign.jpgSustainable 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.