The U.S. Senate last week unanimously passed the Save Our Seas (SOS) Act, legislation introduced by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to address the global marine debris crisis. The bill would boost the federal government’s domestic and international response to ocean waste, and allow the NOAA Administrator to declare severe marine debris events and authorize additional funds to states, like Alaska, for cleanup and response efforts.
U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, spoke yesterday at the national Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) headquarters to celebrate the Senate’s unanimous passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, legislation co-sponsored by Sullivan, alongside Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA), that would eliminate the 15-year expiration date for veterans to use their G.I. benefits and expand eligibility to more veterans, service members and their dependents.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple reached the Northwest Passage Thursday during their historic voyage accompanied by the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier and crew underway in the Amundsen Gulf, Canada.
The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today warned tax professionals to be alert to a new phishing email scam impersonating tax software providers and attempting to steal usernames and passwords.
The Anchorage Police Department recently issued 2,092 traffic citations using Click it or Ticket overtime funds. Citations ranged from speeding tickets, failure to wear a seatbelt and running red lights.
The Department of Natural Resources has issued a decision on ConocoPhillips’ proposed 5th expansion of the Colville River Unit focused on responsible development of oil on state and Arctic Slope Regional Corp. jointly-owned lands. The decision contains key provisions related to commitments to drill and creating jobs for Alaskans.
Tokyo Gas President Michiaki Hirose and Tokyo Gas America President Shunjiro Yamashita spent several days in Juneau this week, and held meetings with Governor Bill Walker, Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott and members of the governor’s oil and gas team—Alaska Gasline Development Corporation President Keith Meyer, Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack and Chief Oil and Gas Advisor John Hendrix.
Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker signed legislation to update Alaska’s probate laws to improve fiduciary access to digital assets. House Bill 108 was introduced by Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage). The Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 16, was introduced by Senator Shelley Hughes (R-Wasilla). HB 108 passed both the Alaska House of Representatives and Alaska Senate with strong bipartisan support in April.
Governor Bill Walker today signed two pieces of legislation to update laws designed to protect Alaskans and their assets. Senate Bill 83 allows state agencies responsible for vulnerable seniors to work together more efficiently and effectively, while House Bill 108 updates Alaska’s fiduciary law by adapting it to today’s internet age. Both bills were signed in Anchorage.