FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13th, 2015
Anchorage Legislative Listening Session Announced
Senate Democrats and House Democratic Independent Coalition respond to constituent demand for increased transparency/public process during special session
ANCHORAGE – The Senate Democrats and House Democratic Independent Coalition announced plans for the first “Legislative Listening Session” in Anchorage on Thursday, May 14th from 5:30-7:30 pm.
“When the Majorities called a ‘vacation’ one of the reasons they gave was the need to go home and hear from the people. We find it unacceptable and disappointing then that the 12 day break has offered the public no opportunity for public testimony on the special session issues: the budget, Medicaid expansion, and reducing child sex abuse. We therefore invite the public to come share their thoughts with us, and we invite all our colleagues to come hear what the public has to say to us,” stated Senate Democratic Caucus Leader Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage).
WHAT: Legislative Listening Session, sponsored by the Senate Democrats and House Democratic Independent Coalition
WHEN: Thursday, May 14th, 5:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 716 W 4th Ave, Anchorage
For media unable to attend in person, teleconference is available. The number is 1-844-586-9085.
During the first 15 days of the first special session of the 29th Alaska Legislature the House and Senate majorities have completed one official action: passing the “vacation” resolution along majority/minority caucus lines authorizing a 12 day recess. All members of the Senate Democrats and the House Democratic Independent Coalition voted “NO” on the resolution.
The call for the special session includes consideration of a fully funded budget, Medicaid expansion, and Erin’s law. Expanding Medicaid would provide access to health care coverage for 40,000 working Alaskans, while saving the state $6.6 million in the first year alone. Erin’s Law hopes to assist in reducing Alaska’s shameful rates of child sexual abuse by providing school districts with educational curricula to talk to children about good touch/bad touch.
For more information contact Myer Hutchinson at (907) 957-8384.