For Immediate Release: March 5th, 2014
Legislation Supporting Alaska National Guard Members Clears Committee Hurdle
JUNEAU – Senate Bill 141, sponsored by Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), passed out of the Senate State Affairs committee. The bill would authorize active members of the Alaska National Guard one waiver on a vehicle registration fee every two years.
“From fighting fires to rescuing Alaskans in emergencies, the men and women in the Guard help when times are tough. Providing free vehicle registration is one small thing we can do for them in return,” stated Senator Wielechowski.
Similar legislation exists in Hawaii, Tennessee, and New Mexico. This benefit would add to other benefits members of Alaska’s National Guard already receive, such as free hunting and fishing licenses, job training, low cost insurance, and tuition assistance and student loan repayment bonuses.
“Alaska National Guard members only receive base pay when called to state active duty, and do not receive housing or subsistence allowances. This bill would provide a state benefit to help compensate for the loss of income that soldiers and airmen take when leaving their civilian jobs to support our state directly. We are so thankful that our state legislators understand the Alaska National Guard and go to great lengths to support us. We also would like to thank Senator Wielechowski for sponsoring this bill for our members,” said Stephen Burris, President of the Alaska National Guard Enlisted Association.
For more information, contact Senator Wielechowski at (907) 465-2435.