Legislative Update: Alaska needs a fiscal solution to remain vibrant

Rep. Louise Stutes will attend Board of Fisheries meetings in Cordova next month.

Legislative Update: Work on budget is nowhere near complete

Alaskans deserve a consistent PFD, but any solution must also balance the diverse needs of the state's communities, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
Captain Brett Merrill commands the M/V Aurora during its final 2019 run out of Cordova. (Sept. 19, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Legislative Update: Weighing ferry service against the PFD

Rep. Louise Stutes delivers an update on legislative efforts to revitalize the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Legislative Update: Participate April 10 in public hearing on Board of Fisheries

Rep. Louise Stutes urges the public to participate in a Saturday, April 10 hearing regarding Gov. Mike Dunleavy's appointees to the Board of Fisheries.

Legislative Update: Fisheries Committee is hard at work

The House Fisheries Committee is considering bills to support Alaska's commercial fishermen and to manage invasive species, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.

Legislative Update: Cordova’s fishery, ferry priorities will stay at forefront

As Speaker of the House, Rep. Louise Stutes will continue to advocate on issues affecting Cordova, she writes.
The M/V Aurora departs the Cordova Ferry Terminal. (July 21, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Legislative Update: Bipartisan coalition needed to protect coastal communities

Implementing meaningful ferry system reform is one of the top priorities for this legislative session, writes Rep. Louise Stutes.
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Legislative Update: Apply now for seafood relief program, and look to CARES relief coming

There is newly available federal funding for fishermen negatively impacted by retaliatory tariffs the past few years. STRP, previously in place for lobstermen, was expanded on Sept. 14 to include Dungeness, king, snow and Tanner crab, as well as geoducks, herring, pacific cod, pollock, black cod, salmon, squid and tuna.

Legislature reconvenes on Monday, May 18

Rep. Louise Stutes: A lawsuit was filed against the state on Wednesday seeking an injunction on the CARES funding approved by the LB&A committee. The lawsuit, filed by a Juneau resident, asserts that the appropriations are invalid as they were not voted on by the full Legislature. A judge has been assigned to the case, but no action has been taken thus far.
The Alaska State Capitol Building. (Aug. 31, 2010) Photo courtesy of Jay Galvin/Wikimedia Commons

Legislative Update: LB&A approves $125 M in federal relief funding

The Alaska Legislature has recently approved packages of COVID-19 relief funding and unemployment insurance benefits.

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