Lawmakers Prepare for Sessions

Tomorrow kicks off an exciting time in our state capital, a new legislative session is set to begin, and Your Alaska Link’s Trill Gates will be reporting from Juneau all week.

Tonight, she has a preview of what we can expect and what some Alaskans want from their elected officials.

Lawmakers are here in Juneau ready to get to work. They’ll consider hundreds of bills over the next 180 days as the 33rd Alaska State legislature gets underway tomorrow. Every year, lawmakers introduce all kinds of bills, but of course, not all of them become law this year. There’s a lot at stake. Everything from election reform to the cost of college textbooks. One bill would eliminate ranked choice voting and the open primary and return elections to the way they were before last year. Another bill would forbid transgender girls from participating on girls sports teams. Lawmakers will also consider a proposal to reduce the cost of college textbooks and materials. There’s certainly a lot on the minds of lawmakers, but what do Alaskans want to see from the legislature this session. We hit the streets to find out.

“Education is the be all and end all. We’re losing too many teachers around the state and we need better education. So the base allotment for funding for each student is my first priority.”

“Save money and be reasonable about the PFD Don’t you know? Let’s not spend today what we can’t afford to spend.”

“Also, our homelessness situation needs to be addressed. We like that and we need more housing for Alaskans because Alaskans are homes, because we don’t have enough apartments and little use available to low income families that really actually need it.”

While lawmakers began debating the issues important to Alaskans, I’ll be reporting from the state capitol all week. I’ll catch up with some of our state leaders, including the governor, to find out what’s ahead for Alaskans.

Trill Gates Your Alaska Link.

“For me, education is the be all and end all. We’re losing too many teachers around the state. And we need better education, so the base allotment for funding for each student is my first priority.”

“Our homelessness situation needs to be addressed. we’d like that. we need more housing for Alaskans. Alaskans are homeless because we don’t have enough apartments and rental units available to low income families that actually really need it.” 

“Save money and be reasonable about the PFD. Let’s not spend today what we can’t afford to spend. I’m one that thinks we should save for tomorrow I guess.”