Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Today is the 53rd anniversary of the Good Friday Earthquake, when 139 Alaskans lost their lives. It was the second largest earthquake in recorded history. Beyond those who lost their lives, countless Alaska families lost everything they owned. But it also led us to pull together as a young state, and as Alaskans. We could stand to pull together like that right now - just without the natural disaster.
Ridesharing Companies Bill
I voted against a bill on the floor last week to exempt 'ride-share' companies like Uber and Lyft from most Alaska laws, and really any local control. I've used these 'tranportation network companies' Outside. As long as they compete on an even playing field, I think they could do a good job in Alaska. I just can't vote to give them an unfair advantage over everyone else. Or to gut local government's role in making local transportation work. I hope the House fixes the bill.
Seward's Day Today
Nearly 150 years ago the United States purchased Alaska from Russia. We will celebrate that landmark later this year. Today in particular, we honor the memory of U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward who signed the Alaska Treaty of Cession on March 30, 1867.
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