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Blog Post for February 23, 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Constituent Meeting on Saturday the 24th!

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. our office will be hosting a Meet & Greet back in Anchorage! We will have donuts, coffee and an update on what’s been happening down here in Juneau! We’ll be gathering at Little Italy (2300 E. 88th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99507).

Please bring your questions, thoughts and ideas on how we can move our state forward, improve our community and finish our work in 90 days!

We hope to see you there!


Community Council

Our office wanted to take a minute to thank our Abbott Loop Community Council for letting us call in and provide a brief legislative update! We appreciate all you do for our community, and look forward to talking to you all again next month!

Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we are including this section into our weekly blog.


  • Joint Session at 11 a.m., Annual Address by Senator Dan Sullivan
  • House Resources at 1 p.m., Presentation on House Bill 367 Native Corp. Liability for Corporation


  • House Finance at 1:30 p.m., Operating Budget Subcommittee reports and amendments
  • House State Affairs at 3:15 p.m., HCR 22 April 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month and other bills


  • Senate Education at 8 a.m., House Bill 214 Bree’s Law
  • House Resources at 1 p.m., Presentation Alaska Minerals Commission


  • House Health & Social Services at 3 p.m., House Bill 336 Supportive Decision-Making Agreements


  • House Finance at 9 a.m., Public Testimony on Operating Budget


Service Sports

Coming off a busy week our Service teams have a relatively low-key week ahead.

Boys Basketball: On Monday the 26th the Boys will square off against Eagle River High (at Eagle River, 8701 Yosemite Dr., Eagle River, AK 99577) from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Then on Wednesday we face West High on our home court from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball: Our Girls face the same teams, Eagle River and West, on the same days and at the same locations as the Boys, but start both of their games at 6 p.m.

In Honor of Jim Balamaci

Today I gave a special order of business on the House Floor to honor the incredible life of Jim Balamaci, former President of Alaska Special Olympics. You can view that speech by clicking on the picture of Jim below.

Jim Balamaci, former President of Alaska Special Olympics, who recently passed away

Public Testimony on the Budget

Next week the operating budget will be before the House Finance Committee. From Thursday through Saturday the Finance Committee will be taking public testimony from Alaskans on the state’s budget that will be in place from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. For residents of District 25, your opportunity to testify on the budget will be on Saturday March 3rd from 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

You can provide testimony by calling: 907-563-9085 or send in written testimony to


February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Continued awareness and dialogue concerning issues of teen dating violence is so critical. As we begin a new month next week, let’s not forget to have those difficult but critically important discussions with our loved ones. Dating violence, no matter the age, is utterly unacceptable and as a society we must not tolerate it.

Please consider reviewing these valuable resources for more information on the issue of teen dating violence:

Bree’s Law:

Talk Now, Talk Often:

Our office is open and ready for you to share your questions, ideas and concerns! Please stay in touch this session and come visit us if you find yourself in Juneau. We are here to serve you!

Blog Post for February 2, 2018

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Session Update

This week has brought about a lot of work on the budget and other bills here in the Capitol. One of the major pieces of legislation on the move is a bill to separate funding for the Department of Education from the rest of the budget. This bill provides a stable level of funding for municipalities and districts to distribute to schools and allows communities to plan out their education spending for the coming fiscal year. While some debate exists over what account should be used to pay for the bill, general agreement exists that it will move through the process expediently.

Budget subcommittees, the small groups charged with taking the first look at each department’s budget, have been meeting for the past few weeks, and are hearing from the Executive Branch regarding successes and obstacles from the past year. Their goal is to send an updated draft of the budget by the middle of February, at which point the House Finance Committee will take a deeper dive into the budget’s details.

Our office will continue to keep you posted as important issues make their way through the legislative process. We hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts and ideas with us!

With our constituent Jennifer Aiste, who was in Juneau with the Alaska Pediatric Partnership!

Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we are including this section into our weekly blog.

Week of February 5-10th


  • House Finance at 1:30 p.m., bills on Worker’s Compensation and APOC Registration Fees on Lobbyists


  • Legislative Council at 7 a.m., Sexual and Other Workplace Harassment Subcommittee and Policy
  • House Fisheries at 11 a.m., Presentation on Permitting Process by ADF&G


  • Senate Finance at 9 a.m., Presentation on Alaska’s Debt
  • Joint Session at 11 a.m., State of the Judiciary, Address by Chief Justice Craig Stowers


  • Legislative Council at 7 a.m., Sexual and Other Workplace Harassment Subcommittee and Policy Review
  • House Community and Regional Affairs at 8 a.m., HB 269 Distillery Licensees and Service on Premise


  • Senate Finance 9 a.m., Operating Budget and Supplemental Budget for FY19


Hanshew Teacher Wins Prestigious Award!

Our office wishes to congratulate Leah Meyring for her incredible accomplishment! We have some amazing professionals and educators teaching our kids!


Visit our Schools Month

Did you know that every Tuesday in February our Anchorage School District neighborhood schools open their doors for public tours? Community members, businesses and parents are invited to visit any ASD school during the month of February to learn more about the community’s public schools. While schools welcome members of the public year-round, this coordinated effort provides parents and community members an opportunity to learn more about the many educational opportunities available. This is a great opportunity to check out what our amazing staff and students are up to!

For more information, visit


PTA Meetings!

Many of our PTAs are gearing up for their monthly meetings in the next week or two. See below for where and when they are gathering!

Abbott Loop Elementary: February 13th at 3:45 p.m. at the school

Polaris K-12: February 6th at 5:30 p.m., at the school

Trailside Elementary: February 6th at 3:45 p.m., in the library

Hanshew Middle School: February 6th at 6 p.m., in the library

Kasuun Elementary: February 14th at 4 p.m., in the library


Service Sports

Our Cougars have some big games and meets this week!

Boys Basketball: On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the boys’ varsity team faces off against rival South High on our home court!

Girls Basketball: Like the boys, the girls’ varsity team will face South High at home, but the game begins at 6:00 p.m.

Cross Country Skiing: The Ski Classic Relay is happening at Russian Jack Park on Saturday the 10th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Our office is open and ready for you to share your questions, ideas and concerns! Please stay in touch this session and come visit us if you find yourself in Juneau. We are here to serve you!

Update for January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Return of Friday Blog!

With constituent Arianna Cocallas


Happy to be in Juneau

Serving you is our office’s great honor. As we complete the first week of the 2nd Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature we want to let you know how grateful we are for your trust to represent your collective interests and vision for our great state. Though the last few years have been rather challenging for our entire state, we are truly optimistic and encouraged about what 2018 has in store.

Oil prices continue to rise – boosting state revenues and making projects more economical daily. Production through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System has increased two years in a row, and is set for a record third year of increase. Billions of barrels of new oil have been discovered on the North Slope, and many companies are planning extensive exploration programs this winter. The recession hopefully seems to be levelling off – with fewer jobs projected to be lost this year than in the previous two years. Our tourism industry smashed visitor records in 2017, and 2018 is projected to be even better. Mineral prices are up and the future for mining is shining bright like the many precious metals we have in Alaska. Fisherman from South East to Dutch Harbor are enjoying higher prices for their catch, and in Bristol Bay record numbers of wild sockeye salmon are returning.

However, not everything is bright and rosy. As too many of you have experienced first-hand, crime is out of control and a destructive opioid epidemic is sweeping across Alaska. State government still faces a multi-billion-dollar deficit, and our traditional savings accounts have been depleted as a result of our decrease in revenue.

For these reasons we are focused on increasing tools and support for our public safety and law enforcement community. Wise use of our state’s incredible assets, combined with targeted reductions in state government, will enable us to close the budget deficit this year and provide stability for the economy for years to come.


Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we will be incorporating a new section into our weekly blog focused on key meetings occurring the following week.

Week of January 22-26th


Senate Finance at 9 a.m., 2017 Fall Revenue Forecast Presentation

House Resources at 1 p.m., House Bill 288 – new oil tax legislation


Senate Finance at 9.m., Permanent Fund Corporation Overview

House Finance at 1:30 p.m., House Bill 286/285 – budget overview by Legislative Finance


House Education and Early Development at 8 a.m., K-12 education budget overview and funding for school districts

House Resources at 1 p.m., Alaska Gasline Development Corporation overview of the AKLNG Project


House Education at 12 p.m., Workforce Readiness Presentation by Microsoft

Senate Labor and Commerce at 1:30 p.m., How do we best train Alaskans for jobs – presentation by various industries


House Education and Early Development at 8 a.m., K-12 funding and K-12 support services

Senate Resources at 3:30 p.m., Alaska’s oil production forecast


Community Council

Next week our favorite community council in Anchorage, the Abbott Loop Community Council, is hosting its monthly meeting! On Thursday the 25th the community will gather at Abbott Loop Elementary School from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. An update from community leaders, along with a discussion of the proposed area wide solution to our roads, trails and drainage issues as described in the Hillside District Plan will occur.

If you need more information, or can’t make the meeting but want to review what occurred we suggest you contact Bruce Roberts ( the President of the Council, or check out their website found here!


Service Sports

Cougar athletes have a busy week ahead of them! From basketball to hockey it is going to be an exciting week! Here’s the schedule for our Varsity teams:

Boys Hockey:

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. vs West High, located at Ben Boeke Indoor Ice Arenas, 534 E 16th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

Boys Basketball:

Monday at 7:30 p.m. vs Dimond High, located at Dimond High School, 2909 W 88th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99502

Girls Basketball:

Monday at 6 p.m. vs Dimond High, located at Dimond High School, 2909 W 88th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99502

Cross Country Skiing:

Saturday at 11 a.m., Skiathlon Relay, located at Kincaid Park, 9401 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502


With Girdwood born, Canadian Olympic Figure Skater, Keegan Messing


As we mentioned in our brief update earlier this week, our office is open and ready for you to share your questions, ideas and concerns! Please stay in touch this session, and come visit us if you find yourself in Juneau. We are here to serve you!

Welcome to Juneau Update

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Welcome to Juneau Update

Good morning from rainy Juneau! We hope you and your family had a wonderful New Year and safe holiday season. Our office has officially settled into the Capitol city and today marks the start of 2nd Regular Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature.

This year, our office is looking forward to digging into our state’s budget for the coming year, and finding ways to streamline state services and operate more efficiently. Additional priorities include increasing tools for those providing public safety services, supporting growth in our private sector, and helping our economy rebound from the state’s recession. We are optimistic that with our bond rating increasing, rising oil prices and increasing development and exploration, Alaska will come back stronger than ever after this period of economic struggle. We will keep you posted as these issues are discussed during this session.

Here’s a quick reminder of the team working in the Millett Office:

Grace, our Chief of Staff

Hans, our Policy Aide

Sarrah, our Office Manager

All three are returning staff, and are here to serve you!

As the legislative session gets underway, we want to ensure you have the right resources to stay in touch with us. Our session contact is as follows:

Phone: 907-465-3879


Address: State Capitol Room 404 Juneau AK, 99801

You can follow us along on social media as usual!




Likewise, below are some helpful bits of information on how to get around the Legislature’s site, ways to participate in public testimony and more!

How to use BASIS

How bill becomes law

Public testimony opportunities

Getting started with AKLEG

Guide to using INFOBASES

We will be resuming our regular weekly blog this Friday so look for that in your inbox! As always, please reach out to us if you have questions or concerns!

Christmas Greeting!

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

This week, my office would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and extend our warmest holiday greetings to you in this season of joy, hope and love. We hope that you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Have a blessed weekend, and may your Christmas be a memorable one!

All my best,

December 15 Update: Lower Hillside Town Hall Tomorrow!

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Our update this week is rather short. We simply want to invite you to our Lower Hillside Town Hall, which we are hosting with Representative Chris Birch and Senator Kevin Meyer, tomorrow morning!

Please drive safe on your way home this evening and throughout the weekend. We hope to see you in the morning!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update! We really appreciate your engagement.

Our office number in Anchorage is 907-269-0222, and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are listening.


Update for December 8, 2017

Friday, December 8th, 2017

We hope you’ve had a great week, and are staying safe on these icy roads. Take some time this weekend to spread some salt or gravel and tread carefully on slick and dangerous paths. Let’s all hope for some more temperate weather!


Lower Hillside Town Hall Meeting

As we all start thinking about what we want to see change and improve in the coming year, our office, along with Senator Kevin Meyer and Representative Chris Birch, is hosting a town hall meeting.

WHERE: Hanshew Middle School

WHEN: Saturday, December 16th at 9:30am

We want to hear your ideas for the upcoming legislative session, as well as your priorities for our community, city and state. Your input is critical as we all work towards a healthier and happier Alaska, and we hope you’ll stop by!

Can’t make it? We still want to add your voice to the conversation! Give our office a call or email with your thoughts.


Timberwolves Lending a Hand

At Trailside Elementary School, holiday spirit is running high, along with a passion for giving to others. We are so proud of the Trailside Student Council, who have been leading the effort to collect new and unwrapped presents for children in need in our community as a part of their “Lend a Helping Hand” drive. Last year they collected over 300 gifts, and this year we can already see the incredible altruism that this school exemplifies continuing.

If you are interested in bringing in a gift and participating in Lend a Helping Hand, they are accepting donations until December 12th! Thank you so much to these generous students, families and faculty!


Workplace Harassment Subcommittee

This November, the Legislative Council formed a subcommittee tasked with establishing an improved set of policies for ensuring safety and best practices in our workplace, particularly focusing on Workplace Harassment. We know that harassment can take place in every workplace, regardless of industry or sector, and we want to make sure that all Alaskans know that their Legislature is protecting citizens and employees at all levels who interact with their government. Our office is glad to be able to serve on this subcommittee.

Yesterday, the subcommittee held its first meeting where our organization was established and the Legislature’s current policies were reviewed. Our goal is to have recommendations for policy improvements by January. Do you have ideas or best practices to share from your workplace? We’d love to hear from you! We know that this conversation should be continuous, and that no one’s work is ever done in making improvements to safety procedures and workplace culture. We need to all look out for one another and make sure that it is clear that we will not tolerate abuse of anyone in any space.

We will be sure to share progress made by this subcommittee as our work continues.


Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Inductees


Next year, three amazing and talented Alaskan athletes will be inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Established in 2006, the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization founded on the belief that Alaskans need an institution that shines a light on all that is positive about sports in Alaska.

The Class of 2018 will now include:

  • Holly Brooks, a talented skier and inspirational coach, who has participated in both the World Cup and Winter Olympics with incredible success.
  • Dolly LeFever, who made mountaineering history in 1993 when she reached the top of Australia’s Mount Kosciuszko to become the first American woman and third woman ever to conquer the famed Seven Summits.
  • Virgil Hooe, a record-setting volleyball coach and the founder of the Midnight Sun Volleyball club team.

We are so incredibly proud of these athletes, and are grateful for their ongoing commitment to helping our community and next generation maintain a passion for athletics and a healthy life. We can’t wait to celebrate with them in the coming year.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update! We really appreciate your engagement.

Our office number in Anchorage is 907-269-0222, and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are listening.


Update for December 1, 2017

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Happy Friday! Our office sincerely hopes you and your family had a wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving!

PTA Meetings

As our schools begin to wind down for 2017, we hope that students do well on their final exams, and that parents and teachers will soon be relaxing! Next week, however, will be a busy week for the hardworking parents and teachers involved in various Parent Teacher Associations.

Abbott Loop PTA: meeting on Monday December 4th, at 3:45 p.m. in the school Library.

Polaris K-12 PTA: gathering at 4:00 p.m. in the Library, on Tuesday December 5th.

Trailside Elementary PTA: will hold their meeting also at 4:00 p.m. on December 5th.

Hanshew Middle School PTA: begins their meeting at 6:00 p.m., likewise on December 5th.

Kassoon Elementary PTA: the PTA will meet at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday the 6th in the school Library

Alaska Youth Advocates Annual Warm Hearts Silent Auction

Alaska Youth Advocates (AYA), are hosting their 3rd Annual Warm Hearts Silent Auction on December 7th, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the 49th State Brewing Co. (717 W. 3rd Avenue).

AYA is an excellent organization with a vision that Alaska is a place where all youth have access to basic needs and the resources to successfully navigate the path to adulthood.  Their mission is to advocate and foster the well-being of at-risk youth, so they may lead productive lives.

AYA offers the chance for a healthier life to young people who have little or no family support, often are no longer in school, may suffer from abuse or addiction, or have no place to go but the streets.

To learn more about AYA and the work they do click here! 

Proposed Aircraft Registration and Fee

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has proposed the creation of a state mandated aircraft registration and associated fee. Currently, the State does not require aircraft owners to register (and pay registration fees) their aircraft with the state. Personal and commercial aircraft owners register their aircraft with the FAA, and pay associated fees. DOT&PF is proposing a yearly registration fee of $150 for non-commercial aircraft, and $250 for a commercial aircraft.

Our office received the following from DOT&PF concerning the proposal:

“The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is proposing new regulations to implement Aircraft Registration and related fees, and has published a “Supplemental Notice” regarding an additional Public Hearing to be held on December 9, 2017 in Anchorage. 

DOT&PF is having an extended comment period of 60 days instead of the required minimum of 30 days, and are taking written comments until January 5, 2018.  To date there have been three public hearings to take oral testimony and written comments in Juneau on November 9th, Fairbanks on November 14th, and Anchorage on November 20th.”

Our office encourages those affected to attend the Anchorage meeting on December 9th to voice their opinions and learn more about the proposed regulations.

If you are unable to attend that meeting, you may submit written comments to DOT&PF. To submit comments or contact DOT&PF regarding this matter click here.


Community Messiah Performance

For those looking for events or performances to attend this weekend, our office recommends the following performance by the Anchorage Concert Chorus!

2017 marks the 71st year the Anchorage Concert Chorus has performed George Frideric Handel’s famous Messiah. The performance is an incredible display of musical and vocal talent, and is always well attended. Tickets are purchased at the door for cash or check.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update! We really appreciate your engagement.

Our toll free number is 888-269-3879, and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Thanksgiving Update!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Good afternoon,

We hope you had a wonderful, albeit chilly, weekend and are looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our office will be closed in observance of the holiday, and hope that you get time to surround yourself with loved ones.

Special Session Adjourns

Today, the 4th Special Session adjourned, and the Legislature returned to interim status. During this special session, the Legislature considered and passed one of the items on the Governor’s agenda, the criminal justice bill, and did not pass the remaining item, a payroll tax.
As we’ve detailed in previous updates, the criminal justice bill, Senate Bill 54, passed both the House and the Senate and now awaits the Governor’s signature before it can become law. While some concerns about certain provisions of the bill arose before the bill’s passage, it appears that the Department of Law has reached a solution moving forward.
The next time the Legislature convenes will be for the regular session on January 16th, 2018.

Lend a Hand This Thanksgiving

Are you and your loved ones looking for ways to share the blessings of this holiday with those in need? Here are a few opportunities for you to participate in around town:

  • Beans Cafe: Drop off items like store bought pies, whipped topping (in cans), marshmallows, canned vegetables and breakfast meats. Please deliver directly to Bean’s Cafe at 1101 E. 3rd Avenue.
  • Food Bank of Alaska: Always accepting food items at their location on 2121 Spar Avenue in Anchorage
  • AWAIC: Consider donating gifts for women and children experiencing abuse. Email for more information.
  • Salvation Army of Alaska: Help prepare and deliver meals to Older Alaskans on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for more information.

Heading into this holiday season, many opportunities exist for you to donate your time and resources. We will keep you posted in the coming weeks!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update! We really appreciate your engagement.

Our toll free number is 888-269-3879, and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Veterans Day Update

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Honoring Our Veterans

This week’s update is short and simply focused on those men and women who have sacrificed, sometimes it all, for us as Americans. Saturday, November 11, 2017, marks the 63rd anniversary of Veterans Day. However, before the day was called Veterans Day, November 11th in the U.S. was recognized as Armistice Day – which formally recognized the end of World War I.

As Alaskans, we have a deep and special appreciation for the men and women of our Armed Forces. Veterans make up slightly more than 10% of Alaska’s total population, which allows our state to proudly boast the title of having the most veterans per capita of any state.

This weekend our office encourages you to sincerely thank the veterans of our country. Thank them for their tremendous sacrifice. Thank them for being willing to face unimaginable dangers so we don’t have to. Thank them for defending our precious freedoms from enemies who seek to take them away. Especially thank our disabled veterans and their families for having incredible courage and strength to live vibrant lives while battling injuries that many times stay with them forever.

If you are looking to attend events that further honor our veterans, below are two that might be of interest to you and your family.



Special Session Update

Look for an update early next week regarding the 4th Special Session and changes made by the House to Senate Bill 54!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update! We truly appreciate your engagement.

Our toll free number is 888-269-3879, and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Send me an email at if you have any questions or concerns!