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Update for April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Go Cougars!

A little soccer spotlight this week! District 25’ers should be celebrating our Service Lady Cougar Soccer Team, finishing last week’s games with a 10-1 win over Bartlett, a 4-1 win over East, and a tie-game with Dimond. We are beyond proud of these talented, motivated student athletes, and have a lot of hope for their continued success. They also have a great Twitter page, which you can use to stay up to date on games and schedules – follow @SHS_WSOC. Good luck ladies!

 

Budget Update

Here in Juneau, we are still waiting on the House Majority to name their conference committee members to begin the budget negotiation process. If you aren’t familiar with conference committees, they are committees comprised of members from the House and Senate that meet to go over differences and strike compromise when the two bodies have passed different versions of a certain bill.

In this case, the House and Senate both passed different budgets, and thus will have to work together to find common ground that both bodies can agree upon. For a conference committee on the budget to begin, House leadership must name their members. For 13 days we have been waiting for the House Majority to appoint representatives, and are hopeful action will be taken soon. Passing a budget is the Legislature’s one constitutionally mandated duty, and Alaskans are relying on us to provide essential services to protect safety and health.

 

Public Testimony on Income Taxes

The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee is holding public testimony on House Bill 115 – the income tax bill supported by the House Majority and Governor. Public testimony is slated for 5:00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Below is the information on how to make your voice heard!

Senate LABOR & COMMERCE Committee  

Apr 25, 26, 27 at 5:00 PM

HB 115 INCOME TAX; PFD PAYMENT/CREDIT

Statewide Public Testimony —   — Public Testimony Limited to 2 Minutes   

  Please Sign-in at Your Local LIO No Later Than 6:30pm

Contact by Phone: 907-465-4968

From my perspective, implementing an income tax is premature and unnecessary when we know the budget can be balanced and a stable revenue stream can be used without taxing Alaskans and hurting our already struggling economy. As policymakers, we have been told time and time again that tipping the scale too much and implementing too many changes this year could drive our state further into a recession. I believe we need to have a thoughtful approach – balanced spending reductions, asset restructuring and a tighter spending cap. An income tax is just too heavy a burden on Alaskans and businesses this year.

 

House Bill 111 – Oil Taxes and Credits

Last week, the Senate Resources Committee held public testimony for the first time on the version of HB 111 that passed the House. Alaskans spoke loud and clear: they do not want taxes changed or raised on our state’s most vital industry that has been in a downturn since 2015 due to low oil prices. 47 Alaskans spoke against HB 111, while 11 spoke in favor of it. Many commented on the fact that SB 21 is clearly working (even with low prices): if trends hold – production through TAPS will have increased two years in a row (something that hasn’t happened since the 1980s), new fields have been discovered, and major investments have occurred since 2013. The picture below is from ConocoPhillips, showing the activities that company has engaged in following the passage of SB 21.

Consultants testified that raising taxes at low prices – a large piece of HB 111 – would negatively impact investment levels, production and jobs for Alaskans. Oil from new fields, such as those discovered by Caelus, ConocoPhillips and Repsol costs $10-20 more per barrel to develop, than oil from legacy fields like Prudhoe Bay. Increasing government take (which accounts for all taxes/royalties a company pays) as HB 111 envisions at all prices between $50- 110 per barrel, will only make it harder for companies to bring new production online.

Projects like Smith Bay, Pikka, Willow and Nuna would increase production by hundreds of thousands of barrels, create thousands of high paying jobs, and generate billions of dollars in new revenue for the State. SB 21 has helped make these projects viable, while HB 111 threatens to undercut or outright stop them. I believe Alaska should keep our competitive tax structure in place, and do all we can to increase production – not focus on short term cash grabs by changing our tax regime again.

 

School Happenings

This week, students from both Trailside and Kasuun Elementary will be participating in spring cleanup days. The Knights will be tackling their campus clean up on Friday, while the Timberwolves will be coming in on Saturday to spiff up their school. It’s great to hear about active, engaged and thoughtful students who care about the well-being of their schools!

Also, at Trailside it’s Staff Appreciation Week! Our deepest gratitude goes out to the hard working teachers, support staff and administrators who make Trailside the great school it is. You all do an amazing job and make our district a wonderful place. Go Timberwolves!

 

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REPRESENTATIVE MILLETT THANKS U.S. SENATOR MURKOWSKI FOR WORK TO CLEAN-UP TRAVESTY WELLS

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Interior Bill will prioritize clean-up of long polluted wells

Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Juneau, Alaska –House Majority Leader Charisse Millett applauded the leadership of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski in introducing the Fiscal Year  2017 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, which addresses a wide range of challenges, needs, and opportunities in Alaska. This bill places importance on cleaning up dozens of exploration wells and core tests that were drilled decades ago that remain abandoned in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, among many other important issues to Alaskans. Along with Murkowski, Millett has worked throughout her time in office to force the federal government to take responsibility for the clean-up of these wells, including sponsoring resolutions passed in 2012 and 2013, as well as testifying before the U.S. Congress.

“It’s outrageous, first off, that the wells have been pushed from the government’s conscious for this long,” Millett, R-Anchorage, said. “We’ve asked, legislatively, through unanimous resolutions, for the Bureau of Land Management to do its job and clean up and shut in these wells properly. I am proud that Alaska’s Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has continued to show leadership on this issue and is asking the federal government to commit resources to fixing this problem.”

Murkowski’s bill doubles the requested funding for legacy well cleanup in Fiscal Year 2017, and further directs the Bureau of Land Management to craft a long-term funding plan to complete the clean-up of the wells. This bill’s commitment of funds for future planning and important repairs to the lingering problem of the unplugged and environmentally harmful wells makes enormous strides towards getting the federal government to adhere to the state’s environmental standards and appropriate the money and workers to solve this massive ecological problem.

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Update for December 4th

Friday, December 4th, 2015

 

Hello everyone,

We hope your Thanksgiving was a great as ours. This week we have the latest on the proposed Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Pipeline project, and as always, the latest on our schools.

AK LNG Project

The AK LNG project took a solid step in the right direction this week, with all parties approving the coming year’s work plan and budget. During the most recent special session, the Legislature impressed upon the Governor and his gas team how crucial moving forward with this gasline is to Alaska’s future. We are relieved to see that he heeded our advice. As a state, we should be encouraged not only that our own gas team approved this plan for 2016, but perhaps most significantly, that our industry partners evaluated all of their global prospects, and deemed AK LNG worthy of their investment and support. This points to economic viability of this project and added economic strength to our state.

What happens now? The AKLNG team, comprised of representatives from all four partners and outside experts, will continue conducting fieldwork and assessments necessary for major federal and state permits, proceed with engineering and design work, and establish the fiscal regime that will keep this project on track. Alaskans can expect even more infrastructure investment from industry, and the creation and support of jobs in engineering, construction, and numerous other arenas. This is exciting progress, and we look forward to keeping you posted on this project’s growing momentum.

 

Get Involved in Education

The Abbott Loop PTA will meet on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. This PTA could really use some additional members so if you have a child attending the school please consider getting involved.

For more information, contact PTA President Marjie Wegg at drewandmarjie@gmail.com

The December edition of the Kasuun Elementary School Knights is out. Click here to read it.

Additionally, all schools in Anchorage will be seeing website re-vamps in the coming weeks, so be sure to check out your child’s school site for updated content!

Anchorage Assembly

The Anchorage Assembly will conduct its first regular meeting for December at the Loussac Library, Tuesday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Here are a few highlights:

  • A ballot proposition to amend the Anchorage Municipal Charter to require, for purposes of the tax increase limitation set out in the section, that the “total amount [of municipal tax] approved by the Assembly for the preceding year” shall be the total amount of tax approved by the Assembly for collection in the preceding year. If passed, the tax change will be placed on the April 5, 2016 municipal election ballot for voter approval.

 

  • A resolution of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly appropriating a federal grant for the continuation of the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

 

  • A resolution directing the Municipal Clerk’s Office to explore implementing Vote by Mail Elections in Anchorage

To read the entire agenda, click on this hyperlink: http://publicdocs.muni.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=983&doctype=agenda

Remembering Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk

Alaska lost one of its leaders when Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk passed away earlier this week. Mayor Fisk was elected just weeks ago and had a vision for what he wanted Juneau to become while at the helm of the state’s second largest city.

We join all Alaskans in mourning his passing and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

 

That’s a wrap for this week. If you have any ideas for our blog page, or know someone who deserves to be in our Community Spotlight please send them to rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov or give us a call at 269-0222.

Have a great weekend!

 

Charisse

 

Update for November 13th

Friday, November 13th, 2015

 

Hello friends and neighbors,

We hope you and your family had a great week. Here is some information about how you can voice your opinion on the proposed AKLNG project, our Constituent Spotlight and a few more items.

Constituent Spotlight: Deanna McCreary

We always encourage people to get involved in education, but there are some people who set an example for all of us to follow.

Deanna McCreary is a fixture in our schools as a volunteer, PTA member and all around great parent! She participates in every school her children attend from Kasuun Elementary, to Hanshew Middle School to Service High School. Today she serves on the Service PTA and manages the school store, the Cougar Cache.

Deanna and her family love the Abbott Loop area and they have called it home for many years. She tells us she will remain involved for many more years because her three-year-old daughter will start attending Kasuun before long. Kudos to Deanna for her sincere commitment to education.

Get Involved in Education

By the way, Deanna also says the Cougar Cache at Service High School needs volunteers. The Cougar Cache is the official school store selling all kinds of school spirit items like t-shirts, sweatshirts and more.

Volunteers keep the overhead to a minimum and all profits go to the Service PTA. For more information on volunteering send Deanna an email at Deanna_McCreary@yahoo.com

The Anchorage School Board will conduct its regular meeting on Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m. at ASD Headquarters, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.

Here are a few highlights:

 

  • Resolution in Support of Principal Appreciation Day
  • Resolution in Recognition of American Education Week for All Employees
  • Addition to School Board Policy: #366 Conduct of Graduation Ceremonies (First Reading)
  • Awarding a contract for student transportation services
  • ASD Personnel Report

Here is a link if you wish to see the entire agenda: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/asdk12/board.nsf/Public#

Special Education Service Agency

If you have a child, or know a child with a disability, there is a place to go for information and advice about early intervention and education.

The Special Education Service Agency (SESA) provides assistance to school districts statewide with early intervention programs for disabled children. It also has a library with educational materials, including assistive devices, available to anyone in Alaska.

For more information check out the SESA website at http://www.sesa.org/ and to read its 3rd quarter newsletter click here.

 

Courtesy: Center for Liquefied Natural Gas

Courtesy: Center for Liquefied Natural Gas

AKLNG Hearing next Thursday

Before we go, a quick reminder to attend the public hearing on Thursday, November 19, 6:00 p.m., at the Dena’ina Center on the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline project. The hearing is hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its purpose is to gather comments on the potential environmental impact of the gas liquefaction plant and marine terminal.

Expect a big crowd at the Dena’ina Center. So get there a little early and sign up to testify.

For more details go to http://www.ferc.gov/

 

That is all for now. It is going to be a COLD weekend with temperatures dipping into the single digits so bundle up!

 

Warmly,

 

Charisse

 

Update for October 30, Halloween Edition

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Representative Millett at this morning's House floor session.

Representative Millett at this morning’s House floor session.

Happy Halloween everyone,

The Legislature is meeting now in Juneau, and it is Day Six of the special session. We have an update on how legislative events are unfolding here in the capitol building and some really good community news to share with all of you.

Special Session Update:

As the Legislature continues to meet down in Juneau, we’ll hear from more members of the Governor’s “Gasline Team”, consultants, and our producer partners regarding the state of the AK LNG project and the Governor’s proposals.

There have been many arguments made both for the retention and dissolution of our partnership with pipeline services company, TransCanada, and we’re keeping ourselves open to whatever appears to make the most business sense. In addition to hearings regarding the gasline, legislators have taken advantage of being together in the Capital to hold meetings of the House Health and Social Services Committee, Resources Committee, and soon the Judiciary Committee.

Our office has really appreciated all of the messages and ideas we have received from constituents thus far. Please keep them coming! Your input is critical in helping to guiding our decisions moving forward.

District 25 Constituent Andy Clary

District 25 Constituent Andy Clary

Constituent Spotlight: Andy Clary

 

This week we want to tell you about longtime District 25 constituent Andy Clary. Andy and his wife Stephanie have lived in the Abbott Loop area for 12 years and share their home with three foster children, two of which they are preparing to adopt.

In Andy’s professional life he is Manager of Application Development at Southcentral Foundation and still makes time in his busy schedule to contribute back to the community. He was just appointed to the Board of Directors at Akeela Inc. The organization is most known for operating Akeela House, a residential treatment program for Alaskans struggling with substance abuse. Akeela Inc. also provides a range of other social services from domestic violence prevention training to stopping young people from using tobacco.

We applaud Andy for his commitment to assisting Alaskans caught in the downward spiral of addiction, preventing domestic violence and other social ills, and his generosity and willingness to care for children in need of a safe and caring home.

 

Get Involved in Education

 

Enriching our schools to provide a better experience for our kids is everyone’s responsibility. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can get involved.

Four PTA meetings are scheduled next week and you do not have to have a child attending the school to join in.

 

Wednesday, November 4:

  • Polaris School Parent Teacher Organization, 4:30 p.m., in the library

 

Thursday, November 5:

  • Trailside Elementary School PTA, 3:45 p.m., in the library
  • Kasuun Elementary School PTA, 6:30 p.m., in the library
  • Abbott Loop Elementary School PTA, 6:00 p.m., room 10

 

Attend the Anchorage School Board meeting this Monday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Here are a few highlights from the agenda:

  • Resolution in Support of Alaska Native/American Indian Heritage Month
  • Acceptance of Grant Awards: 2016 McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Grant, Verizon Foundation Grant to Central Middle School of Science, Good Sports Donation to Mears Middle School
  • Awarding a contract for student transportation services
  • Superintendent’s Report: Student Nutrition Update

 

Board meetings are held at ASD Headquarters, 5530 East Northern Lights Blvd. For the entire agenda click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ak/asdk12/board.nsf/Public

Participants love to dress up in outrageous costumes for the Polar Plunge event at Goose Lake.

Participants love to dress up in outrageous costumes for the Polar Plunge event at Goose Lake. (Courtesy: Special Olympics Alaska)

Freezin’ for a Reason!

What do you get when you combine swim wear, an ice covered lake and a worthy cause? The 2015 Polar Plunge Drive for Special Olympics Alaska!

On Saturday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alaskans will line up at Goose Lake and “take the plunge” into freezing water and raise money for Special Olympics athlete training and competitive events.

Everyone who signs up is guaranteed to have a memorable experience and the satisfaction of knowing they are helping out a great non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disabled Alaskans through athletic competition.

For more information and sign up forms go to: http://specialolympicsalaska.org/polar-plunge/

Before we go, tomorrow is Halloween, so be on the lookout for hordes of little ghosts and ghouls if you are driving in and around neighborhood streets. If you have a little goblin of your own, temperatures are expected to dip well below freezing so make sure they are dressed for the weather.

 

Have a warm and safe Halloween!

 

 

Charisse

 

 

 

Update for October 23rd

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Hello friends and neighbors,

 

While our office is busy preparing for the start of the special session we wanted to bring you up to date on our schools and some really important community events.

Special Session

Legislators are getting ready for the special session to convene down in Juneau this Saturday, and with that comes settling back into offices (at least the ones not under major construction), and readying ourselves to evaluate proposals regarding the AK LNG Project. While we have not yet received any concrete legislation from the Governor, the Legislature has announced hearings beginning right after gaveling in on Saturday. We will hold hearings in both the Finance and Resources Committees in the House and Senate seven days a week as we continue through this special session.

Just as during regular session, you can follow our work on the Legislature’s website, www.akleg.gov or by tuning into 360 North on television.

Illustration of roposed AK LNG gas treatment plant. (Courtesy arcticgas.gov)

Illustration of proposed AK LNG gas treatment plant. (Courtesy arcticgas.gov)

FERC Hearing for AK LNG

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is coming to Alaska to hold 12 public hearings over the next few weeks on the proposed Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline project. The commissioners are interested in what you think about the pipeline and LNG plant’s potential environmental effects. Keep in mind that the more specific your comments are, the more useful they will be.

The Anchorage hearing will be held on Thursday, November 19, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dena’ina Convention Center. Public testimony will be taken until everyone has had the opportunity to speak or until 9:00 p.m., whichever comes first. FERC staff will be available to answer questions an hour before the hearing begins.

This is a very important meeting and a big crowd is expected, so if you wish to testify in person, arrive early and get your name on the public testimony list. Written comments can be mailed to Kimberly D. Rose, Secretary; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St., NE, Room 1A; Washington, DC 20426.

 

For more information go to the FERC website at www.ferc.gov  or call 202-502-8258.

 

Constituent Spotlight: Marjie Wegg

Running a PTA board means committing many hours a week preparing for monthly meetings, organizing volunteers for school events and attending statewide PTA forums. For that reason, we really like to shine our constituent spotlight on the men and women who selflessly volunteer their time to make our schools better by taking charge of a PTA.

Abbott Loop Elementary started the school year without a functioning PTA – that is until Marjie Wegg heard the school needed help and became PTA President for the 2015-2016 school year. She told us that someone needed to step up for the school and get the board back up and running. Marjie says she has no plans of leaving anytime soon and will remain on the PTA board for the next few years to vigorously recruit new members.

We join the students, parents, teachers and administration at Abbott Loop in thanking Marjie for her commitment to public education because she is a great example of a parent getting involved when it matters most.

Cougar QB Julia Miknich is one of eight Cougars named to the 2015 All Cook Inlet Conference Team. (Courtesy ADN)

Cougar QB Julia Miknich is one of eight Cougars named to the 2015 All Cook Inlet Conference Team. (Courtesy ADN)

Go Cougars!

The Service High Flag Football Team placed eight players on the 2015 All-Cook Inlet Conference Team! Julia Miknich, quarterback; Tavie Parker, running back; Autumn Straub, wide receiver; Carolyn Kinzie, defensive back; Courtney LaPointe, wide receiver; Alexandria Parran, wide receiver; Alyssa Leon, defensive back and Trysten Bailey, defensive back, earned top honors for their outstanding level of play throughout the season.

Joining the lady cougars on the All-CIC team is Will Fomai, named Assistant Coach of the Year for his awesome leadership and mentoring skills. Let’s all congratulate Coach Fomai and his players for another memorable season.

Kasuun Knights Newsletter

Kasuun Elementary School produces a monthly newsletter for anyone who wants to be up to date on what the Knights are up to. Click Here to read the October Issue.

Anchorage Assembly

The 11 members of the Anchorage Assembly will hold a regular meeting Tuesday night (10/27) at 5:00 p.m.

Here are a few highlights from the agenda:

 

  • Memorandum to approve the appointment of Christopher G. Tolley, Anchorage Police Chief
  • A resolution recognizing the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • An omnibus ordinance to modify existing, and include additional, fees, fines and penalties
  • An ordinance repealing and re-enacting Anchorage Municipal Code Section 8.35.500, illicit synthetic drugs, including substantial changes to the penalty section, and amending the minor offense fine schedule and misdemeanor penalty reference table. This ordinance is intended to reduce the alarming number of spice related overdoses in Anchorage

 

For the entire agenda click here: http://www.muni.org/Residents/Pages/MuniMeetings.aspx

Meetings are held at the Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street. Questions can be answered by the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 343-4311.

 

That is all for this week. We hope you and yours are happy and safe!

 

 

Warmly,

 

Charisse

NAGEAK, MILLETT APPLAUD VICTORY FOR SHELL ARCTIC DRILLING

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

White House approval means summer program may proceed

 

Monday, May 11, 2015, Barrow, Alaska – Alaska House Resources Co-Chair Ben Nageak thanked the president and U.S. Dept. of the Interior for their conditional approval allowing Shell’s summer drilling program in the Arctic to proceed.

 “It’s about time they recognized that we in the Arctic will do all we can, as a people and a state, to uphold our rigorous conservation and land protection standards,” said Nageak, D-Barrow. “The Big Environmental lobby has fought for decades to deny my people the economic and societal opportunity that responsible and well-managed exploration and development will bring. We are thankful for the decision and look forward to the company complying with all permit provisions and will welcome them back to the Chukchi.”

 The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s decision is predicated on Shell’s ability to gain a series of remaining drilling permits for the project, originally slated for summer 2012.

 “I’m encouraged that the President and Interior Department have finally awakened to the reality that Shell will follow the law and do right by the State of Alaska, indigenous peoples and federal regulators,” said Alaska House Majority Leader Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage. “We hope this signals a change in the federal government’s attitude toward their own permitting system and Outside environmental interests, who don’t have the Alaskan people in mind. We’re the nation’s Arctic. We’re the nation’s energy future. It’s time for the Obama administration to let us unleash our potential and build on our decades of energy production expertise. Today is a good day.”

 

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Update for March 9th

Monday, March 9th, 2015

This Legacy Well site is unplugged and littered with trash. Environmental groups have used this photo on fundraising materials claiming it was done by a private oil and gas company.

This Travesty Well site is unplugged and littered with trash. The federal government is finally taking responsibility for cleaning up these sites.

 

Travesty Wells

 

Several recent announcements from the federal government have brought bad news for Alaska’s natural resources based economy. This week we got some good news for a change.

 

This month remediation work will begin on several Travesty Wells in the Umiat area located in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Old oil and gas exploration wells will be plugged and the wellheads removed.

 

Who left this mess behind? A private oil and gas company? No, the federal government.

 

That is right. The feds drilled dozens of exploration wells across the arctic from the 1940’s up to the early 1980’s and left the wells unplugged and the sites covered with trash and pollution. We and Senator Lisa Murkowski have been pushing BLM to accept responsibility and start mitigating the sites for the past three years. Thanks to Senator Murkowski’s leadership $50 million in federal funding was secured to accelerate the cleanup.

 

Remediating every Travesty Well will take years and a lot of pressure from elected officials and Alaskans to keep BLM officials doing their job.

 

The Kuspuk Caucus posed for a group photo in the house chambers. Every Friday legislators wear a kuspuk to honor native culture.

The Kuspuk Caucus posed for a group photo in the house chambers. Every Friday legislators wear a kuspuk to honor Alaska Native culture.

 

Bills on the Move

 

House Bill 76, which clarifies the mission of the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, passed out of the House Health and Social Services Committee yesterday. Next up, the House floor and then hopefully the Senate!

 

Operating Budget Testimony

 

A sincere thank you to everyone who called in and showed up to testify on the operating budget this week. Your thoughts and sentiments really do help as we work through this difficult budget cycle. We also truly appreciate the emails, calls to our office, and conversations in person. Every day is public testimony day in our office, and we are available throughout the year to hear your opinions and ideas regarding this budget.

 

Just to reiterate what we posted last week, this is the first step in a long, constructive budget process. In the coming week, the House Finance Committee will be weighing potential amendments to the budget, which will result in a new draft of the bill that we as a full body will hear on the House floor. At that point all members of the House will have the ability to weigh the budget, and amend the bill as they see fit. The budget will then be considered in the Senate, and the House will be tracking their process closely. This is all to say, we are far from done with the budget, and there are many discussions, further reductions, and opportunities for testimony, to come.

 

April Municipal Election

 

The April 7th Municipal election is just four weeks away. If you want to vote absentee your absentee application needs to be received at the Municipal Clerks Office by 5:00 p.m. March 31st.

 

The form is available online. Click on this link www.muni.org/elections

 

For all elections questions, please call Amanda Moser, Deputy Clerk – Elections at 907-343-4314 or at 243-VOTE (8683).

 

We need to hear from you so please keep your emails and phone calls coming.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Charisse

Update for June 13th

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Executive Summary of 2013 Arctic Energy Conference Released

Arctic Energy Summit

Last year thousands of participants from Arctic nations around the world gathered in Iceland to collaborate on issues affecting all countries in this important region. Some of the key questions that continue to be pursued after the conference include how to have sustainable, affordable energy to communities in the Arctic, the development of Arctic infrastructure, and developing strategies that respond to potential spills and disasters on the seas and coastlines.
The executive summary of the conference was just released. It does an excellent job of illustrating the unique challenges that come with transmitting power to isolated areas, the lack of economies of scale, and the need for innovative solutions. What is perhaps the most important takeaway is that, even though Arctic nations have similar climates, and often similar indigenous cultures, the solutions to these challenges are not one size fits all answers. What works for Iceland and Norway may not be optimal for the U.S. and Alaska specifically. However, we certainly can learn much from those individual processes, and glean valuable information so we are not duplicating our efforts.
The executive summary link is below. If you wish to learn more about Alaska’s role as the United States’ Arctic representation, contact us at Rep.Charisse.Millett@akleg.gov

https://www.dropbox.com/s/sdabguyywdnhtzv/Executive%20Summary1_webm.pdf

 

Father’s Day Baseball Supporting Special Olympics

Come Father's Day to support Special Olympics Alaska and root for the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium.

Come Father’s Day to support Special Olympics Alaska and root for the Anchorage Bucs at Mulcahy Stadium.

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and the Anchorage Bucs and Special Olympics Alaska have a wonderful event planned. For Sunday’s game against the Mat-Su Miners, fathers who go to the game with their kids pay no admission fees. Children to the age of 6 can get in for free as well, and children to the age of 12 pay half-priced admission. Admission is 5 dollars for bleacher seating and 7 dollars for box seats. Active and retired military members with identification are also honored.
In addition to a large part of the game’s proceeds going to Special Olympics Alaska, the Bucs will also be hosting auction and raffle items that go to supporting our local Special Olympians. Items include signed baseballs and bats from former Bucs who are now playing in Major League Baseball, as well as Bucs paraphernalia. The Bucs and Special Olympics have been doing this for several years and it has been a great success. With good weather, hot dogs and baseball, it is hard to find a more quintessential summer activity with the family.
The game will be held at Mulcahy Stadium at 2:00pm this Sunday. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful event, please contact the Anchorage Bucs office at 561-2827.

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Session Update
Bills Up for Hearings Next Week

Great visit from fried Dewey Hoffman and some brilliant students.

Great visit from fried Dewey Hoffman and some brilliant students.

We’ve got a busy week coming up. With the end of the session weeks away, every office is trying their very best to get their legislation through both bodies before the clock runs out. Next Monday, the House Finance Committee will hear House Bill 210. This bill would put statewide definitions and rules of restraint and seclusion of children in school. It would also adopt the policies and procedures school districts such as Anchorage, the Mat-Su, Kenai and others have in place to protect students.
House Bill 211 will be heard next Tuesday in the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. We have over the course of this session written about Employment First. Getting individuals with disabilities employed in an integrated workplace is essential to lowering health costs, bettering the quality of life for those individuals and fostering healthy communities. The Labor and Commerce Committee is the last committee of referral.
House Bill 362 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee next Wednesday. This bill builds on the initiative of Anchorage in combating the sale and distribution of Spice in our communities. Since manufacturers of these dangerous drugs easily changed the chemical composition to skirt the laws, House Bill 362 will go after the packaging of the product, and prohibit the false advertising sellers employ. Spice and its other components are harmful to our community. With Senator Meyer and his Senate bill 173, we are trying to contend with a modern, nimble drug market that law enforcement to which law enforcement is constantly playing catch up.
We are also working hard to have House Bill 116 brought into law. Peace officers and firefighters who were under the old pension system could purchase up to five years of their benefits in order to retire early. Unfortunately that purchase did not include medical benefits. What House Bill 116 does is allow that peace officer or firefighter who is under that old pension system to purchase up to five years of medical time as well. This could lead to an earlier retirement for the brave women and men who work in a young person’s career, reduce the medical costs associated with treating those injuries, and bring young first responders into the ranks. The bill is currently in the House Labor and Commerce Committee.

District 24 News
Service High Basketball

The Cougar boys have begun their state championship hopes with gusto when they eliminated West Valley yesterday 54-45. Tonight, Service will play in the semi-finals against cross-town rivals East at 8:45pm in the Sullivan Arena. Bring your Green and Gold!

Service Cougar wins Player of the Year Award in Basketball
Big congratulations to Reece Robinson, who is the Alaska 4A Basketball Player of the year. Reece also was named to the 4A First Team Roster. Congratulations are also in order for Ihro Raguindin, who was named to the 4A Second Team. With talent like this on the floor, Service has a great shot at the state title.