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Former Member, Community And Regional Affairs Committee, Alaska State House of Representatives
Former Member, Economic Development, Tourism and Arctic Policy, Alaska State House of Representatives
Former Member, Fisheries Committee, Alaska State House of Representatives
Former Member, Joint Legislative Council, Alaska State House of Representatives
Former Member, Minority Caucus Committee, Alaska State House of Representatives
Former Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Facilities, Alaska State House of Representatives
Former Member, Transportation Committee, Alaska State House of Representatives
Member, Finance Committee
Member, Special Committee on Tribal Affairs
Chair, Subcommittee on Education and Early Development
Chair, Subcommittee on Environmental Conservation
Chair, Subcommittee on Fish and Game
Member, Task Force on Civics Education
Our Visitor Industry is growing, and our laws need to keep up with our ever changing economy. If re-elected, I will continue to pass legislation and budgets that reflect my support of our visitor industry. I was excited to sponsor and pass legislation allowing the Ketchikan Chamber to obtain a race classic gaming permit for Race to Alaska. We will be the Nenana Ice Classic equivalent of Southern Southeast! I also helped secure an additional $3 million for tourism marketing funding. We need to be able to market ourselves to the world in order to get engaged and excited visitors. Lastly, I sponsored a bill allowing locally-owned ATMs to collect fair international fees. Currently, those owners cannot receive fees from the thousands of international tourists that come through our district each year. The bill is simply updating a gap in law and was passed unanimously in the House. If re-elected, I hope to continue working on this bill and passing it through both the House and the Senate.
I understand the importance of the Alaskan fishing industry and will continue to fight to protect and enhance our vital industry. I am the Chair of Fish & Game Finance Subcommittee, which means I lead the creation of the Fish & Game agency budget. Although the entire State of Alaska operating budget has been cut significantly over the past four years, I have worked hard to maintain funding since taking over the Chair position in 2016. This past year, I was able to add eleven new management projects throughout the state in order to increase fishing opportunities for all fishermen. I also included funding for juvenile King salmon research, which is especially important in light of our most recent King salmon fishing seasons. I have also sponsored and passed three bills pertaining directly to our fishing industry:HB56 gives greater loan access to fishermen to buy or repair equipment, and purchase IFQ shares. I hope this bill gives more financial opportunity to younger fishermen as we avoid the graying of the fleet. HB76 expands access Mariculture Revolving Loan Fund for shellfish and marine plant hatcheries. These funds will be used to develop seed supply, which is a critical part of our growing mariculture industry. HB354 updates the self-assessment process for the Southeast Regional Dive Fisheries Association (SARDFA). This allows permit holders actively participating in the fisheries to have more control over their self-assessed tax. Lastly, I have worked with the Walker Administration and our entire Federal Delegation - Senators Murkowski and Sullivan and Representative Young - to fight for protection of our transboundary waters from potentially disastrous Canadian mines.
During the current fiscal crisis, legislators should lead by example by cutting their own per diem. I n my first term, I pre-filed legislation to stop irresponsible legislative spending, specifically on expensive meals and hotels. Meal reimbursements during session will be capped at a certain, frugal price per meal ($8 for breakfast and lunch, $12 for dinner), which contrasts sharply with the $40 dinners enjoyed by a few legislators previously. This legislation will also prevent legislators from pocketing per diem while they are at home. I have also voted on other measures throughout my time in the legislature to cut legislator per diem. Legislators should be held to a high standard of fiscal responsibility.
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