While the 2018 legislative session went longer than many would have liked, and resulted in a budget with few cuts in state spending, I still managed to move some legislation and complete work important to House District 9.
I am happy to report the successes for the district accomplished this year. I worked for our shared goals for reduced government spending, protecting the PFD, reducing burdensome regulations, and restoring faith and trust in our district seat.
I have just one vote in the process that include 40 House members and 20 Senators and I cast that vote with our districts common goals in mind throughout the session.
Jonesville Public Use Area legislation passed
Recent years have seen countless abandoned vehicles, wilding drinking and drug use, makeshift shooting ranges in what used to be a peaceful mountainside escape near Sutton. But that all is about to change.
This used to be a popular place for families to recreate. Now it is like the wild west and families don’t come to the area. It just wasn’t a safe place anymore.
The legislation, House Bill 6, passed the House and Senate unanimously and now awaits the governor’s signature to become a reality. Once signed work may begin on drafting a management plan.
The Jonesville area offers something for everyone. Excellent hiking, trails for horseback and ATV riding, fishing, camping, and even shooting will be allowed in designated areas.
Secure Rural School funding Resolution passed
House Joint Resolution 29 passed the legislature. The resolution calls on the US
Congress to permanently authorize revenue sharing to school districts located within or adjacent to the Chugach and Tongass National Forests.
The federal program distributes a portion of the revenue collected from the sale of Alaska timber by the federal government to 33 local school districts in Alaska, which sunset two years ago.
I’m happy to see education and district schools in Valdez, the Mat-Su and Whittier benefit once from the sale of Alaska Timber. We are a resource state, and that includes the timber industry that once thrived in Alaska and needs to return.
Participated in community town hall meetings to address crime and public safety in communities throughout the district with state trooper and Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth which will led to better legislation.
I recently joined Delta/Greely Schools Superintendent Laurel Jackson at the Alaska’s Heart Through Student Art Reception in Juneau.
As a member of the House Resources Committee I took my role seriously. Alaska is a resource state and we have a mandate in the Alaska Constitution to develop those resources for maximum use consistent with the public interest and on a sustained yield principle.
I fought to preserve public access, protect private property, and develop a working relationship with industry that will benefit Alaska for generations on the committee.
Resource development is key to Alaska’s future.
Working with others to make your lives better
Other personal Legislation presented during session
House Bills 65 & 66 – These bill combined would have reinstated the portion of the Permanent Fund Dividend that was either vetoed or reduced in 2016 and 2017. Referred to the State Affairs Committee.
House Bill 161 – Called for an Advisory vote of the people on whether or not the Permanent Fund earnings should be used to fun government. Referred to the State Affairs Committee.
House Bill 220— Would protect personal rights to defensively display a firearm when threatened without fear of criminal charges. Referred to the Judiciary Committee.
House Joint Resolution 2— The resolution would have amended the Alaska Constitution by resetting the spending limit for the operating budget to $4 billion. Referred to the State Affairs Committee.
I enjoyed a visit with the sixth grade class from Academy Charter School in Palmer along with fellow members of the Mat-Su legislative delegation. These fine young ladies and gentlemen are the future of Alaska, and I was impressed with their knowledge.