Increasing Access and Involvement with Legislative Session
A Proposal to Move Legislative Sessions to Anchorage
Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard
Friday, March 17, 2017, Juneau, Alaska – In an effort to provide Alaskans with greater access to state government Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard (R-Wasilla) has proposed a bill to move the legislative session to the state's largest city.
"I would love looking back in the galley to see my community members watching the passage of bills and budgets. Things that impact everyone in the state," said Rep. Sullivan-Leonard. "Holding legislative session in Anchorage will allow a more open, transparent and inclusive process because the majority of our state's population live along the road system."
Moving legislators and staff to Juneau cost the state more than $485,000 in 2016. It's not just the state racking up a bill but also Alaskans who want to be part of the legislative process and must pay their own way.
"While Juneau is a beautiful city rich with state history I want to see greater involvement in state government. That can be achieved by moving legislative sessions within the Municipality of Anchorage," says Rep. Sullivan-Leonard.
HB185 has been referred to State Affairs and Finance Committees.