Representative Sarah Vance


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. 


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.

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.

'Sense of the House' Unanimously Approved

Mar 5, 2021
Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Alaska State House of Representatives today unanimously passed a “Sense of the House” measure aimed at restoring mutual respect and decency in the legislature.

Introduced by Rep. Sarah Vance of Homer, the Sense of the House declared that “no member should be objectivized on the House Floor, and that such comments should never again be uttered on the House floor by any member.”

Rep. Vance decries rioters' attack on Capitol

Jan 8, 2021
State of Alaska

Elected officials across the nation have been weighing in on the attempted coup by supporters of President Trump in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. While District 31 Representative Sarah Vance declined to comment for a story by public radio KDLL Kenai, she was asked about the riot during a work session with the Homer City Council Thursday afternoon.
    The question came from Councilmember Rachel Lord.


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.

Shahla Farzan/KBBI


   The latest results for House District 31 from the State of Alaska Division of Elections show Rep. Sarah Vance with a solid 2,200 vote lead over challenger Kelly Cooper. With nine of nine precincts reporting, Vance has 3,711 votes, or 70 percent, to Cooper’s 1,571, or 30 percent. 


Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, and Homer Fire and EMS Chief Mark Kirko discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions every Thursday at 9 a.m. If you have questions for the panel, email them to


Part I

Rep. Sarah Vance

District 31 Representative Sarah Vance called from Juneau earlier this week. She spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update.

Vance’s amendment to the Operating Budget Bill to put $100k in the Abandoned Vehicle Fund, passed this week. Follow the link to House Bill 275.

State of Alaska

District 31 Representative Sarah Vance held public meetings last week in  Ninilchik, at McNeil Canyon School, at the Anchor Point VFW and at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. 

HERC and the City of Homer

Aug 28, 2019
City of Homer

For decades, Homer has debated what to do with the 1950s-era former high school building sitting on more than four acres of real estate at the entrance to town. The HERC building, with its small gymnasium and connected classrooms, has been used by the Kachemak Bay Campus and the Homer Boys and Girls Club, and was examined more recently as space that could be renovated to serve as storage associated with a proposed new home for the Homer Police Department.