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Senator John CoghillNew Resolution Fights to Lower Shipping Costs to Alaska

JUNEAU - Under Alaska Statute 44.19.035, the governor shall use his “best efforts” and “all appropriate means” to persuade the United States Congress to repeal the Jones Act (an Act responsible for increased shipping costs to Alaska). To assist with that effort, Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 17. SJR17 is the product of a continual, cooperative effort with officials in Hawaii. The joint resolution urges Congress and the federal government to exempt Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam from the Jones Act.  Full Story >>

Senator Peter MiccicheSenate Unanimously Passes Bill to Strengthen Victims’ Rights

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate unanimously passed legislation this week to protect families and businesses from property and income losses associated with crime by strengthening Alaska’s restitution laws. Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) helps restore crime victims to a pre-offense condition. The bill protects the rights of law-abiding Alaskans by requiring criminals to provide compensation for loss of income, as well as at the actual market value of a stolen item.  Full Story >>

Senator John CoghillMajor Initiative Saves Money While Reducing Crime

JUNEAU-Today, Senate Majority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, introduced Senate Bill 91, which reduces expensive prison time for non-violent offenders while incentivizing good behavior. SB91 continues a bipartisan multi-year effort to reform Alaska’s criminal justice and corrections systems and builds on the work accomplished last year through another crime omnibus bill, Senate Bill 64.  Full Story >>

Senator Anna MacKinnonSenate Passes Major Measure to Control State Debt

JUNEAU-Today, the Alaska State Senate passed a bill aimed at taking control of one of the state’s largest cost drivers: debt service. Senate Bill 64, sponsored by the Senate Finance Committee, would sunset Alaska statutes relating to state reimbursement for costs of local school construction and major maintenance debt for five years.  Full Story >>

Senator Anna MacKinnonAlaska Senate Passes Bill to Eliminate Daylight Saving Time

JUNEAU-The Alaska State Senate has passed Senate Bill 6, which would repeal daylight saving time in Alaska. SB6, sponsored by Senate Finance Co-Chair Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, would allow Alaska to stay on standard time throughout the year.  Full Story >>

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