NEWS: Legislature Approves Craft Distillery Local Sales

Rep. Chris Tuck JUNEAU – Tonight, the Alaska Legislature approved House Democratic Leader Chris Tuck’s bill to allow craft distillers in Alaska to promote their product in much the same way Alaska’s microbreweries and wineries already do. The Alaska state Senate passed the bill unanimously tonight.
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NEWS: Legislature Passes Gruenberg Bill to Simplify Property Transfers

Rep. Max Gruenberg JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska state Senate unanimously passed Representative Max Gruenberg’s legislation to allow Alaskans an inexpensive and efficient way to transfer property upon a person’s death without going through the long and cumbersome court probate process. The legislation now goes to the governor for his signature.
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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

Rep. Andrew Josephson The past week has likely been the most interesting I have experienced during my time serving in the Alaska Legislature. In my last newsletter I wrote about a bill that did too much bad and not enough good for public education. Voting against the bill was extremely challenging. House Bill 278 included a slight increase to the Base Student Allocation (BSA), but it was far from fully funding public education and included too many ill-advised changes, like allowing public dollars to go to private schools and creating an unfair teacher tenure system. Taken together, the bad outweighed the good, which led to my “No” vote.
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NEWS: House Passes Rep. Tuck Amendment to Help Military Families

Rep. Chris Tuck JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska state House of Representatives accepted an amendment from House Democratic Leader Chris Tuck to help Alaska’s military families save time, money, and aggravation upon returning from a deployment. The amendment to SB 145 allows military families with special needs children who qualify for Home and Community Based Services under Medicaid to continue to receive those services when they return from a deployment without having to go through a lengthy re-application process.
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