News from the Alaska State Legislature, the Office of Senator Coghill
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2019

Bill Introduced to Repeal Rules Restricting Speech, Process

Coghill_stamp.jpgSenator John Coghill   Web Site    Send Email

JUNEAU – Today, a bill was introduced in the Alaska Senate to repeal provisions of a new law found to be too restrictive of Alaska’s citizen legislature.

Senate Bill 89, sponsored by the Senate Rules Committee, repeals provisions of a law passed in 2018 intended to strengthen the ethics rules governing the legislature. Under certain circumstances, however, it was discovered that the provisions went too far, barring members of the public from speaking with their representatives and undermining Alaska’s citizen legislature.  

“We have a duty to protect Alaskans’ fundamental rights and the legislative process,” said Senator John Coghill, R-North Pole, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. “This bill narrowly targets provisions of a law enacted last year that conflicted with the First Amendment and created uncertainty around the legislative process.”

As the state senator representing the district encompassing Alaska’s largest airport, aviation issues are critical to Senate Majority Leader Mia Costello, R-Anchorage. The existing rules, however, prevent her from sponsoring legislation or even speaking with constituents on issues related to aviation because her family member works as a commercial pilot.

“We need to make sure our laws allow us to effectively represent the friends and neighbors who sent us here,” said Sen. Costello. “As a pilot, and as someone who represents a district with the state’s largest airport, my constituents count on me to be their voice and ensure we have sensible laws on the books governing aviation. Currently, I am unable to do that.”

SB 89 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

For more information, contact Senate Majority Communications Director Daniel McDonald at (907) 465-4066.


Share this on Twitter Tweet icon-facebook.png Share

News & Videos more >

Senator David Wilson

Proposal Would Allow PFD Donations to General Fund

JUNEAU – A bill was introduced in the Alaska Senate this week to give Alaskans the option of donating all or a portion of their Permanent Fund dividends (PFDs) directly to the state’s...  Full Story >>

Senator John Coghill

Bill Introduced to Repeal Rules Restricting Speech, Process

JUNEAU – Today, a bill was introduced in the Alaska Senate to repeal provisions of a new law found to be too restrictive of Alaska’s citizen legislature.  Full Story >>

Senator Mia Costello

Early Funding for Education Guaranteed under New Proposal

JUNEAU – Today, a constitutional amendment was introduced in the Alaska Senate to require early-funding for Alaska’s K-12 public education system.  Full Story >>

Senator Chris Birch

Alaska Senate Backs Development in ANWR

JUNEAU – The Alaska State Senate today passed a resolution supporting responsible development in a small area of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).  Full Story >>

Senator John Coghill

Statement from Sen. Coghill on Passing of his Father, Jack Coghill

JUNEAU – John Bruce “Jack” Coghill passed away this morning at the age of 93 of natural causes.  Full Story >>

Senator Bert Stedman

Co-Chairs of Senate Finance Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal

JUNEAU – Today, the co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Bert Stedman (R-Sitka) and Senator Natasha von Imhof (R-Anchorage), commented on Governor Michael J....  Full Story >>

Senator Click Bishop

Bishop introduces bill to re-establish education head tax

With many in Juneau anticipating budget cuts Wednesday from the governor, a legislator has introduced a bill to establish a $30 education head tax to help raise money for school...  Full Story >>

Senator David Wilson

Statement from Sen. Wilson on Dunleavy Admin’s API Decision

JUNEAU –Today, Senator David Wilson (R-Wasilla), chairman of the Senate Health and Social Services Committee, released the following statement in response to the Dunleavy...  Full Story >>

Senator Cathy Giessel

Senate Majority Focused on Crime, Budget & Protecting Permanent Fund

JUNEAU – The 31st Alaska Legislature convened today, and with it a new 14-member Senate Majority laid out its vision for Alaska: A government that responsibly budgets, prioritizes...  Full Story >>

Senator Peter Micciche

Sen. Micciche Bill Closes “Schneider Loopholes” for Sexual Assault

JUNEAU — Today, Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) filed Senate Bill 12 to eliminate the “Schneider Loopholes” in Alaska’s criminal code. The case of Justin Schneider, the man...  Full Story >>

Find your Senator full map