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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau
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DENNIS EGAN

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Volume 7: Issue 5 February 27th, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Legislative Highlights

Daylight Saving TimeThe Senate Finance Committee will take public testimony Tuesday March 3 at 9:00 – If you want to save Daylight Saving Time this will be a chance to share your thoughts with the Committee.  You can testify in person or if you’re not in Juneau, call in at  844-586-9085

Senate Transportation Committee-This week we heard from DOT and members of the Alaska Truckers about the Dalton Highway.  It’s a 400+ mile stretch of rough, narrow road that gets equipment to and from the state’s biggest oil fields. The Dalton is critical infrastructure, and it’s not getting the maintenance it needs.  It’s the same thing with our Marine Highway System, and Alaska can’t afford to ignore either one!

Public Hearing on Operating Budget-The House Finance Committee takes public testimony on the operating budget next week.  On Tuesday, March 3rd Juneau folks can comment in room 519 of the Capitol building from 1:00-3:30.  Haines, Skagway, and Gustavus testimony is 4:00-5:30 on Wednesday, March 4 – you can call 844-586-9085.  Please arrive or call in 15 minutes early and don’t talk for more than two minutes. 

Senate Bill 63-I am pleased to share with you all my most recent bill, SB 63.  It will name the state library, archives, and museum building after Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff.  Reps. Munoz, Kito, and I worked closely with State agencies to find the right fit. Fr. Kashevaroff was influential in preserving our state’s history and artifacts as the first curator of the territorial historic collection.

Haines-Even with record low snowfall and warm temperatures, Haines’ annual Winter Games will go on, but with minor alterations.  Organizers are trying to track down the summer dog team sleds that run on wheels for the I-Kid-A-Rod event since there is no snow. I’m looking forward to hearing what the alternative is for hockey, though. The games will be held Saturday February 28th, at the fairgrounds.  I hope they have a wonderful turnout for the event.

Oil Spill-DEC responded to a report of oil sheen at Auke Bay last week.  The cause is still unknown but it looks as though it was there most of a day before anyone called it in.  Spills are easier and cheaper to clean up when they’re reported in a timely manner. If you see signs of a spill please call it in as soon as possible. For spills in our region the number to call is (907) 465-5340 and the after-hours number is (800) 478-9300

Summer Putman is President of the JDHS I.G.N.I.T.E. club. (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology and Engineering) She came by to pick up a full set of plans for the state library, archives and museum.
Summer Putman is President of the JDHS I.G.N.I.T.E. club. (Inspiring Girls Now In Technology and Engineering) She came by to pick up a full set of plans for the state library, archives and museum.

Sage and McKenna came by with tickets to the Juneau String Ensembles concert this Sunday night at 7 at Northern Light Church.
Sage and McKenna came by with tickets to the Juneau String Ensembles concert this Sunday night at 7 at Northern Light Church.

Kudos from Juneau

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

Kudos to the Juneau Douglas High School Drama Team- Congratulations to Michaela Moore and Cricket Curtain, who coach the 2015 JDHS drama team. They won the state championship this past weekend in Anchorage. The team includes: Lydia Smith, Matthew Woodland, Keely Ewing, Brita Fagerstrom, Ashleigh Watt, Bethany Bibb, Liam Porter-Bell, Liana Porter-Bell, Selma Houck and Kyle Short.  They’ve been working hard since October competing around Southeast to win enough points for a spot on the team that went to State. A big round of applause to a group of great local students!

Pictured is the JDHS Drama, Debate and Forensics team.
Pictured is the JDHS Drama, Debate and Forensics team.

Kudos to the Filipino Community, Inc.- It was my pleasure to attend the annual legislative reception the Filipino Community hosted this past weekend. Great food, great company and an all-around wonderful time!

Remote Lifesaving – An Anchorage air traffic controller is getting an award for noticing a Piper Comanche veering off course on approach to Juneau International Airport last summer.  Parker Corts kept his cool and relayed information through another pilot to get the Comanche on the ground safely despite malfunctioning equipment.  Well done, Mr. Corts!

 

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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