Update for February 24th
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Welcome to our constituent newsletter! We are committed to providing all of you with the latest news and information on legislation, the budget, school events and community news each week from the state capitol. Today we want to tell you about our efforts to stop the scourge of opioid addiction that is destroying Alaskans caught in the trap of drug abuse, their families and our communities. We also have the schedule for March PTA meetings and lots more.
Fighting Opioid Addiction
This week our legislation, House Bill 24, which would criminalize the possession and sale of the incredibly dangerous opioid U-47700, was passed out of the House Finance Committee. If passed, this bill would give our law enforcement the tools to get more of this deadly drug off of our streets, and the ability to further punish those who continue to deal opioids. A key measure in solving the addiction crisis in our state is removing dangerous substances from our communities and giving people the opportunity to wrench themselves from their demons. House Bill 24 now heads to the House floor for a vote.
House Budget Subcommittees are wrapping up their process this year, and their recommendations are heading to the full Finance Committee for review. The new process established by the Finance Committee Chairs this year has been very limited and has mainly included high-level overviews of departments, instead of actual budget numbers and department evaluation. In spite of this obstacle, the House Republican Caucus has brought forward, and will continue to propose, reductions to our budget that draw down non-critical government spending. For example, within the Legislature’s budget our office brought forward cuts that would eliminate the Legislative Lounge and eliminate per diem for legislators who reside in Juneau during session. Both of these amendments were rejected by the subcommittee chair, and will unfortunately not be cut this year.
Our state can’t expect to get itself back on a stable path without limiting our expenditures, and cuts need to be made this year. We will keep you posted with more of our budget cutting amendments and how they fare in this budget.
March PTA Meetings
- Trailside Elementary PTA – Wednesday, March 1 @ 4:00 p.m.
- Abbott Loop Elementary PTO – Monday, March 6 @ 5:30 p.m.
- Hanshew PTA – Monday, March 6 @ 6:00 p.m.
- Kasuun Elementary PTA – Thursday, March 2 @ 4:30 p.m.
- Service High PTA – Tuesday, March 2 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Service High and Trailside Elementary PTA executive boards are actively recruiting new board members for the 2017-2018 school year. Serving on an executive board requires commitment and dedication to improving the educational experience for students with fundraisers and afterschool events while supporting and encouraging the hard work teachers, administrators and staff put in each and every school day. Please send an email to Service PTA President Mary Rosenfield at email@example.com or Trailside PTA President Jessica Maves at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
The big news this weekend is the 2017 ASAA Nordic Ski State Championships underway today and Saturday at Kincaid Park. The Cougars have a great team and skied really well at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships last weekend. We also want to extend a special congratulations to Gus Schumacher for winning the title of “Skimeister,” for clocking the fastest times among all the young men at the two day event.
Here is the weekly schedule for the basketball teams. The regular season is coming to a close so catch a game and support our young athletes. Home games are in CAPS.
Friday, February 24 (TONIGHT) – SOUTH VS. SERVICE @ 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 27 – Service vs. East @ 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1 – EAGLE RIVER VS. SERVICE @ 7:30 P.M.
Friday, February 24 (TONIGHT) – SOUTH VS. SERVICE @ 6:00 P.M.
Monday, February 27 – Service vs. East @ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 1 – EAGLE RIVER VS. SERVICE @ 6:00 P.M.
Living with Cancer
If you or a loved one are living with cancer there are many programs and services available from patient lodging, to classes to emotional support. The American Cancer Society offers these services, and much more, even for patient’s families. The information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
Stay in touch with us all session long and remember to write down our toll free number, 888-269-3879 for our constituents, friends and neighbors back home.
Last but not least, Fur Rondy kicks off this weekend, check out the schedule at http://www.furrondy.net/ and go have some fun this weekend.
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