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|Volume 8: Issue 7
||March 22nd, 2016
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Better Late than Never Edition
SB 23 Becomes Law!
My office should have put this newsletter out days ago! But then, we should have passed SB 23 last year. That’s OK, Governor Walker signed it into law last week. The bill makes it easier for people to get naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid overdoses. As a proud cosponsor I would like to thank all those who lead this effort including Kara Nelson, Michele Morgan, Gov. Walker, Sen. Ellis and many of my colleagues. This life saving effort required lots of leadership to save lives during our opioid epidemic.
Difficult Budget Vote
I voted no on the Senate version of the Operating Budget. Simply put, it cuts too much. Before my vote, I offered two amendments. One was to stabilize Revenue Sharing to communities and funding to the Marine Highway system – a move to keep essential services in place. I got bipartisan support, but not quite enough votes on the floor. I’ll work with the conference committee that smooths out differences in the Senate and House versions to get funding for the essentials.
Special Committee on Energy Hears Legislation
Senators Egan and Stedman hearing SB 192 and SB 193
Southeast has a whole lot of clean, renewable hydroelectric power, and even more potential. This week we heard a private sector proposal to build more in the Juneau area, and use it to lower heating costs with a heat pump powered district heating plan. SB 192 would let the Alaska Industrial Development & Export Authority take part in the financing using state bonds if their board of directors approves.
Young People Working for Young People
Sen. Egan with Slade Martin, Jamie Yaletchko and Paige Hughes
Young advocates with “Facing Foster Care in Alaska” visited my office last week. These brave young Alaskans are trying to reduce the wait time for foster children to get into permanent homes. They’re also working to get more Alaskan foster parents, make sure youth are prepared to leave foster care, and improve collaboration among service providers.
The League of Women voters brought Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School students to the Capitol, where I got to welcome them, and their former teacher Joyce Thoresen.
|Kudos from Juneau
Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast a great place to live!
Welcome Gold Medal – The Mendenhall Lions Club’s 70th annual Gold Medal Basketball tournament is going on, and it’s a great time! Teams from all over Southeast are playing this week. You can get the latest scores here.
Scoring High – Matthew Seymour used to play basketball for Thunder Mountain High School. He had an amazing season Whatcom Community College this year, with high scores of 28, 29, and 31 points! Scores like that helped take the team to the title game of the NWAC Championship Tournament. Way to play, Matthew.
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