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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau
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DENNIS EGAN

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Volume 7: Issue 4 February 21st, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Legislative News!

Daylight Savings Time-A bill to eliminate DST would make Southeast Alaska not the land of the midnight sun, but the land of the 9:00 PM sunset and the 3:00 AM sunrise.  Southeast Alaskans feel strongly about this.  In 1980 there was a CBJ charter amendment to keep the Pacific Time Zone, but U.S. DOT decided to make one time zone for virtually all of Alaska.  Taking our state off DST would be an extreme disruption to the lives of Southeast Alaskans.  My office alone has received over 80 constituent calls and emails in opposition.  One major concern is coordinating with financial markets-without DST the Juneauites who manage $99 billion in investments would be 5 hours behind the East coast for much of the year.  Tourism businesses would have fewer hours for flightseeing and serving visitors, and other businesses would face confusion in their dealings with customers and suppliers in the Lower 48.  I’m working to stop this bill.

Our legislative delegation: myself, Rep. Munoz and Rep. Kito
Our legislative delegation: myself, Rep. Munoz and Rep. Kito

Key Campaign-I got to meet with the Key Campaign today! This group of disability advocates does a truly inspiring job every year of education the legislature on what it means to live well with a disability.  Sometimes a little help is all it takes for families and people with disabilities to remain independent.  The Key Campaigners do a great job of bringing reality to an issue that you just can’t understand if you’re only looking at the numbers.

Alaska Close Up Program-Juneauite Pat Bock, from SERRC, is the coordinator for the All-Alaska Academy. Every year they bring a group of 7th-12th grade students, from across the state,  to Juneau for a week long hands-on experience at the Capitol to learn how the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches work to govern Alaska. It is always such a pleasure to see our state’s youth engaged with their government.

Pictured above left to right are Alaska Close Up Program students McaKay Pile, my UAS legislative intern Heather Haven Evoy, Karen Edmund and Khrysalynn Howard.
Pictured above left to right are Alaska Close Up Program students McaKay Pile, my UAS legislative intern Heather Haven Evoy, Karen Edmund and Khrysalynn Howard.

Chilkat Indian Village-I had the pleasure of meeting with Lani Hotch, John Bower, and Jones Hotch, Jr. from Klukwan. We talked about projects and issues in their part of the Haines Borough. They work really hard for Klukwan and I couldn’t be happier they came to visit.

Marcelo Quinto, Bill Martin and Ozzie Sheakley visited my office this week before testifying on a bill in committee.
Marcelo Quinto, Bill Martin and Ozzie Sheakley visited my office this week before testifying on a bill in committee.

Kudos from Juneau

Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast
a great place to live!

Juneau Mountain Rescue Receives Award-The first Mel Nading Award of Exemplary Search and Rescue Practice was presented last week to Juneau Mountain Rescue and its President, Pat Dryer.  The award was created in memory of Alaska State Trooper Helo I pilot Mel Nading after a fatal 2013 helicopter crash.  President Dryer and JMR received this award in recognition for successfully rescuing the lone survivor of an aircraft crash near Petersburg in June of 2013.  Dryer’s lead his team under hazardous circumstances and in very difficult terrain, and the whole team came home safely.  

Haines’ Great Spellers-Kudos to Aurora Alten-Huber, who won the 2015 Haines spelling bee.  She dueled three solid rounds with fellow seventh-grader and second-place speller Syerus Davis after all the other competitors were eliminated from the contest.

A True Public Servant-The Capitol says ‘see ya’ to a former Attorney General and Juneau Mayor Bruce Bothelho, who has been deeply involved with Gov. Walker’s transition team.  In exchange for his long hours, Bruce took home a whopping $10 per day.  That’s barely enough to pay for the gas both ways across the Douglas bridge.

Thanks for reading Legislative Corner.  I hope you'll always feel welcome to contact my office, just call, write, or use one of the links in this newsletter.

Sincerely,
[signed] Dennis Egan

Dennis Egan
Alaska State Senator
District Q

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