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Senator Charlie HugginsLegislature Passes Bill Boosting Big Game Hunting

JUNEAU-Today, the Alaska State Legislature passed Senate Bill 190, sponsored by Senator Charlie Huggins (R-Wasilla), which allows registered guide-outfitters to hire and pay certain unlicensed workers to pack meat, hides and other gear from the field as well perform other basic camp chores.  Full Story >>

Senator Anna FaircloughLegislature Fixes Oversight Denying Vehicle Registration Fee Exemption to Certain Senior Citizens

JUNEAU-Today, the Alaska State Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 132, sponsored by Senator Anna Fairclough (R-East Anchorage/Eagle River), fixing an oversight in the State’s motor vehicle laws which denied certain senior citizens an exemption from motor vehicle registration fees.  Full Story >>

Senator Lesil McGuireWeb Survey Reveals Alaskans Overwhelmingly Support Arctic Development, Alaska LNG Project

JUNEAU-A web survey just wrapped up by Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) shows the Legislature is moving in the right direction on several major issues including Arctic policy, the LNG pipeline, infrastructure priorities and issues with the National Security Agency (NSA).  Full Story >>

Senator Lesil McGuireLegislation to Grow Southeast Alaska Economy Moves Forward

JUNEAU-The House Labor and Commerce Committee has moved Senate Bill 99, sponsored by Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage), which would give the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) the ability to issue bonds for two multi-mineral mining projects in Southeast Alaska while also making technical amendments to the Sustainable Energy Transmission and Supply (SETS) Fund within AIDEA.  Full Story >>

Senator Peter MiccicheBill Promoting Family Outdoor Traditions by Expanding Youth Hunting Opportunities Passes Legislature

JUNEAU-The Alaska State Legislature has unanimously passed a bill aimed to promote responsible hunting with youth in Alaska. Senate Bill 77, sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna), which will give the Board of Game more flexibility to establish youth hunts by removing language which used to require youth seasons to be held before school starts.  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.