From Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson <[email protected]>
Subject Elvi's Updates- May Newsletter 2021
Date May 1, 2021 10:40 PM
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From Juneau to You! Dear friends, Thank you so much for filling out my survey regarding the various issues currently in front of the Legislature. There was an overwhelming response from my constituency, and I will be taking the time to review the results more extensively. I look forward to continuing to serve the district. Here are the results from the survey: Follow Me on Facebook Follow Me on Twitter Virtual Constituent Meeting On April 10th, I held my first virtual constituent meeting of the session. It was great to see so many constituents on the call! I am very thankful to everyone who attended the meeting. My staff has taken notes on the various topics discussed during the Zoom, and I have reached out to everyone who attended the meeting and requested a follow-up call. If you were unable to attend and have questions or concerns, please contact my office using the contact information found at the bottom of this email. Additionally, you can watch a recording of the meeting by clicking on the link below. Watch The Virtual Constituent Meeting Emergency Declaration On March 26th, the House passed House Bill 76 (HB76). This legislation seeks to continue the necessary public funding for testing, vaccinations, and grants to re-open our economy safely. Additionally, HB 76 protects access to millions of dollars in vital federal funding. The bill passed the Senate on the evening of April 28th with minor amendments. Later that evening, the House voted 25-15 to accept the Senate's changes and send the bill to the Governor's desk. As of yesterday, at 1:00 p.m., it was reported that the Governor signed HB76 but ended the emergency declaration. HB 76 provisions: Allows Alaska to operate airport testing sites for out-of-state travelers. Gives healthcare providers the ability to offer off-site testing and vaccination clinics. Provides waivers for the continued use of expanded telehealth services. Secures an additional $8 million a month in federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Turns federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans into grants. Legislation Updates Senate Bill 1 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on May 6th Senate Bill 2 was first heard on March 25th and is awaiting a second hearing in Senate State Affairs Senate Bill 3 is awaiting a scheduled hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee Senate Bill 4 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on May 6th Senate Bill 5 is awaiting a scheduled hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee Senate Bill 7 has been heard and moved out of Senate State Affairs and is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Senate Bill 46 is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Community and Regional Affairs Committee on May 4th Senate Bill 47 passed the Senate and is scheduled for a hearing in the House State Affairs Committee on May 6th Senate Bill 80 has been heard in both the Senate Education and Health and Social Services Committees and is awaiting a hearing in Senate Finance. Now is a great time to express your support: Consider submitting a letter or, if you have a flexible schedule, providing testimony during committee hearings. If you're interested in providing a letter of support for any of the bills or testifying, please email my staff: [email protected] and [email protected] Check the akleg website for updates on committee hearing dates and times. To be listed as a testifier, call your local LIO on the date of the hearing. If you have any questions about the bills or the various ways in which you can support these bills, please contact my office using the information at the end of this email. Additionally, you can watch live and recorded committee hearings by watching 360 North on cable (channel 18) or visiting the Alaska legislative website. For recordings of previous committee hearings, visit Gavel Alaska. Is the content of this email relevant to you? Yes Select No Select If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to my office at any time: L. Keith Bauguess Legislative Policy Aide 907.465.4930 Besse Odom Legislative Policy Aide 907.465.4068 Send us an Email I’m Senator Elvi, always..... "Listening and Representing Your Interests!” Alaska Senate Democrats | Capitol Building, 4th Avenue & Main Street, Juneau, AK 99801 Unsubscribe [email protected] Update Profile | Constant Contact Data Notice Sent by [email protected]
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