Capitol Brief by Senator Bill Wielechowski

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Representing Northeast Anchorage Neighborhoods and Elmendorf AFB

March 8, 2016
Senator Bill Wielechowski
Bill Wielechowski

716 W 4th Suite 409
Anchorage, AK 99501
fax  269.0122


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Juneau, AK 99801
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THIS WEEK: Public Meeting on JBER Drawdown & Budget Testimony

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Last July, the US Army announced it would be downsizing the 4-25 Brigade Combat Team at JBER by 2,631 active duty soldiers.  While we recently received good news that this action may be on hold, this loss could have a huge impact on our military families, as well as our East Anchorage community as a whole.

To better understand the potential impact, the Municipality of Anchorage secured a grant to conduct an economic assessment of the proposed troop reduction’s effect on our neighborhoods, schools and local businesses.

Please join me tonight for a public meeting as we discuss this important topic:

  • What: Public Meeting on JBER Drawdown Impacts
  • When: Tuesday, March 8th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Where: Begich Middle School (7440 Creekside Center Dr.)

Whether you have comments to share or just want to learn more, I hope to see you there!

Testify on the Budget Tomorrow

As we face a major budget deficit, many Alaskans have an opinion on the budget.  In addition to sharing your ideas and concerns with me, testifying to the Senate Finance Committee is a very powerful way to raise your voice.

Tomorrow, Anchorage residents will be given a chance to openly share what they think about the state budget and general budget priorities.

  • What: Public Testimony on the State Budget (SB 139)
  • When: Wednesday, March 9th, 9:00am – 10:45am
  • Where: Anchorage LIO (716 W 4th Ave., 1st Floor)
  • Parking: Passes can be picked up at the security desk or the front office on the 1st floor of the LIO building (limited quantity available)

Can’t make it?  Consider putting your testimony in writing and email it to

It was great getting back home and seeing everyone who came out to the mid-session town hall on February 27th.
It was great getting back home and seeing everyone who came out to the mid-session town hall on February 27th.  Thanks for sharing your ideas!

The Right To Try

While our main focus this session has certainly been the budget, I also continue to work for Alaskans in other ways. 

In April of 2015, I introduced Senate Bill 113, also known as the “Right to Try.” SB 113 would allow terminally ill patients who have exhausted all available treatments and do not qualify for clinical trials to gain faster access to safe, but experimental drugs in an effort to save their own lives. 

More than 1 million Americans die from a terminal illness every year. Many spend years searching for a potential cure, or struggle in vain to get accepted into a clinical trial. Unfortunately, FDA red tape and government regulations can often restrict access to promising new treatments, and sometimes for those who do get access, it’s too late.  

My staff, Brooke Ivy, joined me in presenting SB 113 to the
My staff, Brooke Ivy, joined me in presenting SB 113 to the
Senate Health and Social Services Committee.

SB 113 received its first bill hearing in the Senate Health and Social Services Committee last month, and I am hopeful this legislation will continue moving forward. 

Similar legislation has now passed in 24 states with strong, often unanimous, bi-partisan support.  It’s clear this is a human issue and one that goes beyond state and party lines. 

If you are interested in supporting SB 113 through the legislative process, please contact my office and we will make sure to contact you before the next bill hearing.

You are always welcome to contact me directly with thoughts, ideas and concerns. I am here to represent you!



Bill Wielechowski
Alaska State Senator
District H - Anchorage