The 28th session of the Alaska State Legislature is underway.
Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell gaveled in the House of Representatives and the Senate on Tuesday then administered the oath of office to 59 House and Senate members. Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan did not have to stand for re-election after redistricting. Twelve legislators have not previously served.
The first day of the 90-day session is largely ceremonial. And Treadwell took time to note a one-hundredth year milestone for Alaska.
“Come March 3 of this year, it will be a century that the Alaska Legislature, beginning in territorial times, has convened to carry out the democratic ideal of protecting the liberty, promoting the health, welfare, safety, education and prosperity of Alaskans. You, the group just sworn in, are the centennial class of the Alaska Legislature.”
Some committees begin their work on Wednesday, but the big event is Gov. Sean Parnell’s State of the State speech at 7 p.m.
Parnell will address a joint session of the House and the Senate for the fourth time as governor. Gavel Alaska and KTOO Radio will provide live coverage of the speech.
On the way to the governor’s speech, don’t forget Juneau’s 28th Annual Legislative Welcome Reception from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall.
It’s a chance for Juneau residents to greet new and returning legislators, family and staff.
The Alaska Committee, Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, City and Borough and many local businesses and individuals contribute to the event.
- Gov. Bill Walker has signed legislation he says will provide more timber for Alaska’s mills. But it probably won’t be that much of an increase.
- The state department of Health and Social Services announced the first known case of the Zika virus in the state July 22, belonging to a patient treated at SEARHC’s Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital in Sitka.
- Bristol Bay is home to the largest sockeye salmon fishery in the world. The 2 billionth salmon was landed sometime, by someone, on July 6, 2016.
- The Alaska Supreme Court overturned the state’s parental notification law for minors who are seeking abortions.