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State of Alaska

District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak spoke with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson on Tuesday, about the State of Alaska's budget, the fate of the PFD and the first meeting of the new bi-partisan legislative work group in this Legislative Update.

Senator Gary Stevens

Representatives from both houses of the Alaska State Legislature are in the first of what will be two special sessions trying to complete and pass a  budget. If they can not deliver a budget that Governor Dunleavey is willing to sign by the end of this month, 14,000 State employees will be laid off.


In the Alaska Legislature, the first special session of the summer is underway. Governor Mike Dunleavy called the session beginning May 21  to address his fiscal plan for the State.


District 31 Representative Sarah Vance's office has not responded to repeated attempts to schedule a Legislative Update with KBBI. This report is taken from KTOO's live coverage of the Alaska House of Representatives on Gavel Alaska.
and from the Alaska State Legislature website.

In the Alaska House of Representatives this week, House Bill  169  passed. The bill seeks to fund the State's school districts before the rest of the budget is complete. 


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly held their regular meeting on Tuesday night. Click on the audio file below to hear a recap from KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson.


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meets tonight at 6 p.m. at the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna.

KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson met, remotely, with District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak on Tuesday to talk about extending Alaska's Emergency Declaration, about a bill that would allow crab hatcheries to bring back depleted stocks, and the ongoing work on the Senate’s version of the budget.

City of Homer

At Monday night's meeting of the Committee of the Whole, City Manager Rob Dumouchel and Jan Keiser, Director of the Department of Public Works presented their Road Maintenance Financial Plan.  The plan details a method for assessing and authorizing City road improvements through the Homer Accelerated Road & Trails Fund. 


House Bill 137, requiring the State of Alaska to maintain and operate a State run Department of Motor Vehicles in communities larger that 850, passed out of the Alaska House State Affairs Committee last Monday. The bill, sponsored by Representative Zach Fields of Anchorage is designed keep the State from closing DMVs in several cities across Alaska, including Homer. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has this look at last week in the Alaska State House.




At Monday night's meeting, when asked her opinion on House Bill 137, a bill to require the State to fund DMVs in communities of 850 or more, Vance told the group that she would not be at Tuesday's legislative meetings. That turned out to be false. Vance did make it back in time for Tuesday's meeting of the House State Affairs Committee and spoke in opposition to the bill.


On Friday, March 26, 2021, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 76, which provides for an extension of  the State of Alaska and Governor Mike Duleavy's public health disaster emergency declaration in response to the  COVID-19 pandemic.

KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has this report on District 31 Representative Sarah Vance of Homer's votes on the declaration and it's amendments.

Senator Stevens

On Tuesday afternoon, before his Senate State Affairs Committee meeting, District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak spoke to KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update.

Alaska Public Radio Network

Two months in to the three month legislative session, the Alaska House of Representatives is still struggling to organize itself and agree upon their rules of operation.

State of Alaska

KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak on Thursday afternoon. The Senator was in his office in the capitol in Juneau. He'd just come from a  remote meeting with Homer's city manager and harbormaster where he said he discussed port expansion and the Homer DMV.  


Three Kenai Peninsula legislators released a statement on Monday afternoon, calling on Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy to join Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's suit asking the U.S Supreme Court to order state legislatures in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to refuse to honor certified election results in their states and choose new presidential electors.

The Texas suit alleges that judicial changes made to voting procedures in the interest of public safety during the coronavirus pandemic were unlawful.