Capitol Brief by Senator Bill Wielechowski

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Representing Northeast Anchorage Neighborhoods and Elmendorf AFB

February 23, 2015
Senator Bill Wielechowski
Bill Wielechowski

733 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
fax  269.0122


State Capitol, Rm 419
Juneau, AK 99801
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The legislative session is a third of the way over and I’m coming back to Anchorage to hear from you! Join me, Rep. Gruenberg and Rep. LeDoux for a town hall meeting next Saturday, February 28th, 10am-11:30am in the Begich Middle School multipurpose room. I’ll provide the coffee and snacks – you can bring your ideas, suggestions or concerns.

Speak Up at Anchorage Caucus

Following our town hall gathering on the 28th, Anchorage legislators are hosting a public forum in the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library from 1pm-5pm. This is a great opportunity to speak directly to all of the legislators who represent a district in Anchorage. If you’d like to testify, come early to sign up!

I look forward to the annual Key Coalition fly-in and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with them last week 
I look forward to the annual Key Coalition fly-in and enjoyed the opportunity to meet with them last week 

Army Reductions Cause Serious Concern

By 2017, the U.S. Army is required under federal law to reduce total troop size by 120,000 soldiers. As a result, Anchorage is at risk of losing 5,300 military personnel at JBER, plus the families they support.

This would be a significant loss to our state and national security. Before a decision is made, the Army is seeking feedback at 30 military installations across the United States (including Anchorage), to help them evaluate potential reduction locations.

Today, Monday, February 23rd there will be a Rally for the Troops from 5-6pm at the Dena’ina Center. Then, beginning at 6pm at the Dena’ina Center, I’ll be testifying with other community leaders at a listening session to defend JBER from these troop reductions. I encourage all members of the community to attend and show support for these men and women who honorably serve.

Members of the Alaska Nurses Association came to visit and share their priorities for this session 
Members of the Alaska Nurses Association came to visit and share their priorities for this session 

Regulating Marijuana Safely

The ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana goes into effect tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th. Ahead of that date, my colleagues and I have worked to refine our state laws, while honoring the intent of Alaskan voters, to ensure the safest possible implementation of legal marijuana.

Beginning tomorrow, possession and use of 1 ounce or less of marijuana is legal for adults 21 years of age or older. However, public use of marijuana remains illegal and the provision allowing commercial cultivation and sale has not yet gone into effect. Until it does in May 2016, acquiring marijuana through a monetary transaction remains illegal, similar to the plight medical marijuana patients in Alaska have faced for years.

Whether or not you choose to use marijuana, I would encourage you to become familiar with these new laws. Senate Bill 30 is the Legislature’s first bill to regulate legal marijuana and is expected to pass very soon. Our intent was to regulate marijuana like alcohol to the extent possible, while providing legal clarity to law enforcement and Alaskans generally.  Please call or email me with any questions and I will work to answer them as best as I can.

Remember to Apply for your PFD

It’s that time again! Permanent Fund Dividend applications are due March 31st. Click here for more information or to apply for your PFD today.

When you apply, please consider joining the thousands of Alaskans who choose to Pick.Click.Give. Your contribution of $25 or more helps enrich our community by supporting local non-profit organizations.

As always, feel free to contact me with your ideas and suggestions. I am here for you!



Bill Wielechowski
Alaska State Senator
District H - Anchorage