|Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain|
|June 27, 2016
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On Monday, we celebrate Independence Day, a great day in our nation’s history. Below, I’ve listed a number of events you and your family can enjoy this holiday weekend.
Judge Rules House Majority Can’t Take Over Medicaid Lawsuit
Last month, the House Majority filed an appeal in the Alaska Supreme Court to overturn the Superior Court decision that authorized the Governor’s Medicaid expansion decision. The House Majority’s action in filing notice of the appeal contradicts the advice of the Legislature’s Legal Services Director, Doug Gardener. According to Mr. Gardner, the decision to appeal Judge Pfiffner’s decision requires a full House and Senate vote. But the House Majority did not allow the full House to vote on whether to appeal Judge Pfiffner’s decision. Judge Pfiffner has already rejected the Legislative Council’s arguments two times and the Alaska Supreme Court has rejected an earlier request for review. On Friday, Pfiffner said there was no evidence that the case had been transferred from the Legislative Council to the House and the House lacked authority to appeal the decision.
The legislature has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars pursuing a lawsuit that attempts to take federally-funded, affordable health care away from 40,000 low-income Alaskans. I have never supported this costly lawsuit and I will continue to support efforts to end the appeal of Judge Pfiffner’s decision.
Fourth of July Weekend Events
Talk on the Dock
Recurring weekly Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 29th – August 27th 6:30pm at The Lakefront Anchorage Hotel
“Talk on the Dock” offers an opportunity to meet a real Alaskan bush pilot and learn about flying in Alaska. Happening all summer long starting this Wednesday. Click here for more information.
San Diego Festival Chorus Joint Concert with the Midnight Sons
Saturday, July 2nd 7:30pm at the Anchorage Museum Auditorium
A free concert presenting the music of Richard Rogers, Irving Berlin, and arrangements of classic patriotic pieces. Click here for more information.
Anchorage July 4th Celebration Parade & Festival
Monday, July 4th 8am – 6pm Downtown Anchorage
A celebration with family-oriented events such as the pancake breakfast, parade, and festival with live music, games, and great food! Click here for more information.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Rep. Matt Claman
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