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Governor Signs Legislation Making Alaska an “Employment First” State


Creates More Job Opportunities for Alaskans with Disabilities

May 29, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today signed legislation to create more job opportunities for Alaskans with disabilities. By making Alaska an “Employment First” state, House Bill 211 (HB 211) ensures that state agencies and school districts prioritize employment as a first option for individuals with disabilities.

“This legislation opens doors to our fellow Alaskans to meaningful jobs,” Governor Parnell said. “It ensures Alaskans with disabilities have a right to contribute their talents in our workplaces. All Alaskans will benefit as a result of Alaska becoming an ‘Employment First’ state. I appreciate Representative Millett for working to pass this important legislation.”

HB 211 was sponsored by Representative Charisse Millett. Senator Lesil McGuire sponsored companion legislation, Senate Bill 163.  

The governor signed HB 211 at the Beneficiary Employment Initiative Summit, sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Disabilities, where he was joined by Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur, Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dianne Blumer, Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt, and Administration Commissioner Curtis Thayer.

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