Volume 9: Issue 6                               March 11, 2017 

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 
Don't Forget to "Spring Forward" Sunday!
Traffic Stops and Safety   
 
Traffic stops are simultaneously among the most routine and dangerous moments in the day-to-day work of a police officer.  My bill, SB 69, takes Alaska's commonsense rule that we need to tell an officer who stops us about a concealed gun under a jacket and applies it to a concealed gun with us in the car.  A little information goes a long way in calming what can otherwise be tense moments.  The bill is up for its first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
Haines Heavy Hitters
 
Haines Mayor Jan Hill and Interim Borough Manager Brad Ryan met with me this past week.  We're working together on Haines' top priorities, and the issues that affect all of Southeast Alaska.
Poetry Out Loud Brings the Talent
 
Poetry Out Loud brings together high school students for a poetry performance competition. From 3,700 Alaska students in grades 9-12, it comes down to a few.  This year Madeline Andriesen, a senior at Haines High School was one of the 12 finalists.  She came by my office and I got to introduce her on the Senate floor.  Thanks to the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council for bringing together these talented young Alaskans. 
Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer 
Moments like this don't come around often enough.  This week I got to catch up with former Juneau Mayor Fran Ulmer (she may also have done some other less important stuff, like serve in the House and as Lt. Governor.)  She was in town with the Senior Arctic Officials meeting of the Arctic Council.
To Ken Leghorn
 
Remember  last week's "Kudos" to Ken Leghorn?  Skip Gray shared his photo of me presenting a Legislative Citation to Ken at the Governor's Mansion.  Thanks to the governor for hosting and the hundreds who joined us to honor Ken!

 
Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast a great place to live!
  • Can't Beat the Beat - I'm more a rock 'n roll guy than hip-hop. But I like Mary Folletti's rap about Elizabeth Peratrovich.  Catching up on the Chilkat Valley News, I saw that school kids are performing it at Peratrovich Day celebrations across more and more of the state. That includes Anchorage, Kake, and this year in Haines.  They even performed it at the Innovation Summit here in Juneau - the kids were a big hit! Mary wrote it when she lived in Haines, and it's teaching kids all over the state!
  • Two New Creations - Tlingit and Inupiaq Juneau poet Ishmael Hope wrote his second book of poetry, and singer-songwriter Marian Call put out her 10th original album this week.  Man, this is a creative town.  Kudos to both of them for making it even cooler.
  • Looking Up - The Alaska Association of School Librarians gives an award each year to the top library staff person in the state who's not a certified librarian.  The 2017 Alaska School Library Staff of the Year Award went to Leigh Horner of Haines.  The Valley of the Eagles is lucky to have her!
  • Welcome Baskets - Congrats to all the girls' and boys' basketball teams from all over Southeast here in the capital city for the High School basketball tournament at Juneau Douglas High School. Best of luck to all participants and fans. It's a pleasure having you here!
     
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,
 
 
 
Dennis Egan
Alaska State Senator
District Q
Sen. Dennis Egan, State Capitol, 4th Avenue & Main Street, Juneau, AK 99801