John Coghill

Representing Fairbanks & North Pole

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Senate Reaffirms Commitment to Alaska’s Statehood Rights

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today reaffirmed its commitment to supporting Alaska’s statehood rights.  Full Story >>

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Senate Streamlines Alaska Railroad Land Sales

JUNEAU – The Alaska Senate today passed a bill to streamline the process for the Alaska Railroad Corporation to sell or lease surplus land.  Full Story >>

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Is the PFD a Constitutional Right?

Should the dividend be enshrined in the constitution? Not in my view. Should we elevate the right to a cash payment from our sovereign wealth to the same level as freedom of speech or the right to keep and bear arms? I think that would be a huge mistake.  Full Story >>

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Senators Disappointed by 9th Circuit’s Decision in Water Rights Case

ANCHORAGE – Members of the Alaska Senate Majority today expressed disappointment with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Sturgeon v. Masica, a case centered on Alaskans’ right to manage their navigable waterways.  Full Story >>

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REAL ID Bill Passes Senate

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate passed a bill today allowing the state to issue both Real ID compliant and noncompliant identification cards and driver’s licenses.  Full Story >>

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Senate Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Alaska Purchase

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously approved a resolution today commemorating the 150th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska.  Full Story >>

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Senate Provides Health Insurance for Families of Fallen Officers

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate unanimously passed a bill today that provides for medical insurance coverage for surviving dependents of peace officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.  Full Story >>

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Criminal Justice Reform Unfairly Attacked

The bill reduces spending on things that the research shows don’t reduce crime, and reinvests $85 million of those savings over the next six years into things that are proven to reduce crime.  Full Story >>

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Alaska crime bill debate reveals values...

Sometimes the Legislature works. That’s what’s happening in the tough, detailed debate on a bill that would transform the criminal justice system.  Full Story >>

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John Coghill

District B, Republican

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I am a third-generation Alaskan. I was born in Fairbanks and raised in Nenana. During my first semester at UAF, I received my draft notice and enlisted in the Air Force. After I served five years in the Air Force, I went back home and worked with Dad at Nenana Fuel Co. After I met my wife Luann, we married and moved to Fairbanks. Together, we built our log cabin and raised our children. We are both very active in our faith. Through our church, I have served in jail ministries, worked as a biblical family counselor, taught adult classes to strengthen families, and served as the Pastor’s Administrative Assistant. I am a Constitutionalist and a Conservative Republican.


Juneau: 907.465.3719
Fairbanks: 907.451.2157

State Capitol Room 119
Juneau, AK 99801

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SB 86 ~ Alaska Railroad Land Sales  Bill Text

SB 86 repeals the current requirement for legislative approval prior to an Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) land sale or land lease for more than 95 years and enables the ARRC to react much more quickly and efficiently...


SB 116 ~ Education Tax Credit Extension  Bill Text

Education tax credits encourage private businesses to make charitable contributions to certain educational institutions and programs in Alaska, including contributions to the University of Alaska Senate Bill 116...


SB 106 ~ Municipal Tax Exemptions  Bill Text

As the current budget deficit limits the State’s ability to invest in economic development initiatives, municipalities will need to rely more on their own means to facilitate those projects This legislation would...


SB 9 ~ An Act Relating to Military Facility Zones  Bill Text

A military facility zone is a vehicle to obtain and administer funds for business development related to military activities The zone is established by the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs (DMVA) in...


SB 54 ~ Omnibus Crime/Corrections  Bill Text

Senate Bill 54 makes substantive revisions to the criminal justice reform package passed by the legislature in 2016, pursuant to recommendations made by the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission The three major areas to...


SB 48 ~ Insurance for Dependents of Deceased Fire/Police  Bill Text

Senate Bill 48 provides for medical insurance coverage for eligible surviving dependents of a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty The bill establishes a fund to be administered by the...


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