The deadline to submit a policy position for consideration as part of the Alaska Chamber's advocacy in 2014 is just over a week away. Positions will be accepted until close of business Friday, August 2.
The Alaska Chamber’s annual Legislative Policy Forum will be held on October 16th in Fairbanks, AK after the Annual Fall Conference. The purpose of the policy forum is to the establish legislative priorities of the organization for the upcoming year based on proposals submitted by the general membership of the Alaska Chamber.
Positions for Consideration at Policy Forum
Prior to the forum, members submit legislative positions to the Legislative Affairs Committee for review and research. During this process the committee confirms that the necessary information required to make a recommendation (support, oppose, no position) on the position is available and then vets the proposed policy and makes a recommendation based on the information presented by the position proponent as well as opposition information that is available.
Policy Position Submission Deadline
In order for your legislative position to be considered it must be submitted by August 2nd through our online submission form available at AlaskaChamber.com under Priorities & Positions or the direct link below. Other forms of submission will not be accepted.
Important Information for 2013
New! Positions Adopted in 2012 Remain Positions
In an effort to solidify the Alaska Chamber’s credibility as an advocacy organization and to simplify the position formation process the Alaska Chamber’s Legislative Affairs Committee (LAC) proposed several changes to the position formation process. The Executive Committee endorsed the LAC’s recommendations for use in 2013 and beyond.
Instead of adopting an entirely new slate of positions each year during its Policy Forum, positions adopted just prior to the seating of a new Alaska Legislature will be maintained through the entire two-year legislative session. In the second year of a legislative session only new positions will be accepted for consideration.
Modifying or changing the slate of positions mid-legislative session is confusing for elected officials and erodes the Alaska Chamber’s credibility. Additionally, position formation is time consuming for Alaska Chamber members and staff. Read more here.
The Alaska Chamber is returning to its founding principles and will no longer take positions on specific capital projects. Instead, the general membership will be asked to adopt a generic capital position that states, “The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce supports state capital projects that facilitate resource and economic development in a cost effective manner.”
Supporting some projects over others without due diligence jeopardizes the Alaska Chamber’s credibility in Juneau diminishing advocacy success on the many issues upon which Alaska Chamber members are firmly united. Local chambers are best positioned to advocate for regional projects.
Not taking positions on capital projects is consistent with the Alaska Chamber’s long standing principles of “state unity”, “statewide action” and “local controversies” adopted in 1960. Read more here.