|Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain|
|February 18, 2016
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Please join us this Saturday, February 20th from 4 – 5pm at West High (Room C252 in the new add-on building) for a constituent town hall meeting with Senator Costello, Greg Razo (Chair of the Criminal Justice Commission), and me!
This week has been a somber one in the Legislature. On Sunday, I learned that a dear colleague and friend, Representative Max Gruenberg had passed away. Max worked tirelessly for Alaska and Alaskans and I will miss him.
Constituent Town Hall Meeting:
Please join Senator Costello and me for a Constituent Town Hall Meeting this Saturday, February 20th from 4pm to 5pm at West High School (the new CTE add on building, Room C252). We are here to listen to your questions and concerns about the budget or any other issue related to the legislative session. We’ll also learn more about the Criminal Justice Reform Bill, which will improve public safety and reduce the costs for corrections.
As the budget discussions continue, it is critical that while we address cost savings, we look at new revenues. Looking only at current spending levels does not close the $3.8 billion deficit that is currently facing Alaska. I look forward to hearing your thoughts concerning the budget on Saturday or any time by contacting my office.
Additionally, we have asked the Chair of the Criminal Justice Reform Commission, Greg Razo, to join us to discuss Senate Bill 91, the criminal justice reform bill. Over the past several months, the Commission has proposed 21 recommendations to the Legislature that will reduce corrections costs and reduce recidivism rates. Several key components to those recommendations in the bill, include:
In Loving Memory of Representative Gruenberg:
It is with a heavy heart that I acknowledge my friend and colleague, Representative Max Gruenberg is no longer with us. Although I am a new member to the Legislature, he and I worked closely together on the Judiciary Committee. Max’s passion for law and his unwavering dedication to doing what was right for Alaska and Alaskans is inspiring. I hope that through my membership of the Judiciary Committee, I am able to honor Max’s memory and he can rest in peace. His spirit remains strong in the Capital.
There are two services being planned for Representative Gruenberg. In lieu of flowers, his family is asking people to send donations to charities for victims of domestic violence, animal abuse, children in need, or Alaska Legal Services.
WHEN: Sunday, February 21, 3 p.m. in Juneau
In last week’s newsletter, I committed to keeping you informed about opportunities for public testimony on issues relating to the state’s fiscal outlook. Below are the opportunities in the next week for public testimony. Please contact my office if you have any questions.
p.s. Don’t forget to complete our [repmattclaman.com/survey] Constituent Survey!
Rep. Matt Claman
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