Sen. Gary Stevens
Hello from Juneau. The gavel fell on the second session of the 32nd Alaska State Legislature on Wednesday, May 18, after a flurry of activity on adjournment day. Among the final hours’ business was passage of the Fiscal Year 2023 budget and numerous bills, including some of my personal legislation.
With just a few weeks left in the 2022 session, I am continuing to work on getting my personal legislation through the legislative process. One of my bills, SB 45, took a step forward when it passed the Senate on Tuesday, April 19. The goal of the bill is to align state law with federal law by bringing the minimum age to sell or possess tobacco and electronic smoking products (ESPs) from 19 to 21.
Although much work remains before adjournment, we are making steady progress on the budget and other key issues.
Hello again from Juneau. The legislative session is approaching the two-month mark and we are seeing many bills progressing through committees in both bodies, the most important being the 2023 Fiscal Year budget bill (House Bill-281).
Sen. Gary Stevens: With the legislative session now in its sixth week, there is a lot happening in the Capitol. Of course, the major item on our agenda is the Fiscal Year 2023 budget. Although it is too early to say what it will look like, the Finance Committees in both legislative bodies are meeting with the governor’s finance experts and commissioners to gather information that will be used in the budget process.
Sen. Gary Stevens: With the session well-underway and the Senate Committees working diligently on numerous bills and, of course, the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget, I am pleased to report some progress on my personal legislation.
Sen. Gary Stevens writes: Hello friends and neighbors. With the second session of the 32nd Alaska State Legislature underway, lawmakers are back at the Capitol to work on the budget and numerous other matters that will come before us this year.
The Legislature still has work to do to ensure that necessary programs are funded, writes Sen. Gary Stevens.
The 32nd Alaska Legislature is currently in special session. On the agenda for the special session are the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget and Mental Health Budget, as well as Governor Dunleavy’s proposed constitutional amendments regarding the Permanent Fund.
It's too early to say what the budget will look like when it passes the Legislature, but lawmakers are committed to getting the work done as quickly as possible, writes Sen. Gary Stevens.