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May 11: Presentation from Mayor Ward, details to come - on YouTube


May 25: Diversity & Inclusion Series, details to come - on YouTube

Jun 1: No Presentation

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Royal Caribbean Group Announces Cruise Support for Shop Local Alaska Program

Royal Caribbean Group has pledged its support for the Shop Local Alaska Program, an initiative by the BuyAlaska Program and Voyij.com, an online marketplace exclusively for Alaska businesses.

  • The Shop Local Alaska program directly generates revenue for port town businesses by marketing Alaska products to millions of people out of state
  • Shop Local Alaska was created as a response to the uncertainty of the 2021 cruise season
  • BuyAlaska and Voyij.com have partnered to help Alaska businesses survive the uncertainty of the 2021 summer season and to build economic resilience for the state

As small businesses in Alaska face another season crippled by the loss of 1.3 million visitors to the state by cruise lines, Royal Caribbean Group has agreed to raise awareness of Alaskan-owned businesses in port towns that are struggling to survive. In addition to Alaska’s spectacular scenery and wildlife, small businesses that give port-towns their unique character and charm have been a major draw for visitors.
Upcoming Committee Meetings

Please note that all committee meetings
will occur via videoconference until further notice.

May 4, 9:00-10:00 AM | Government Relations

May 6, 7:00-8:00 AM | Transportation & Infrastructure

May 7, 9:00-10:00 AM | Education & Workforce Development

May 11, 8:00-9:00 AM | Government Relations

May 12, 7:30-8:30 AM | Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Alliance Update
Rebecca Logan, The Alliance

May 13, 7:00-8:00 AM | Transportation & Infrastructure

May 14, 9:00-10:00 AM | Military Affairs

Contact us with any questions about our advocacy committees.
The Fairbanks Chamber tracks bills moving through the Alaska Legislature which may impact the business climate in the greater Fairbanks area. The presence of a bill on this list indicates only that we are monitoring its progress. Official stances of the Fairbanks Chamber can be found on the Advocacy Agenda and Advocacy Actions pages.

Any member of the Fairbanks Chamber may bring bills to our attention to be added to this list. They will be reviewed by the relevant committee.

Education and Workforce Development

Last Action: REFERRED TO STATE AFFAIRS (April 14, 2021)
Summary: An Act relating to the duties of the state Board of Education and Early Development; relating to statewide standards for instruction in social-emotional learning; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO EDUCATION (February 18, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Representative Andi Story (D)
Summary: An Act relating to eligibility for the Alaska performance scholarship program. 

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): KAWASAKI, GRAY-JACKSON (February 3, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Tom Begich (D)
Summary: An Act relating to early education programs provided by school districts; relating to school age eligibility; relating to funding for early education programs; establishing early education programs and a voluntary parent program; relating to the duties of the Department of Education and Early Development; relating to certification of teachers; establishing a reading intervention program for public school students enrolled in grades kindergarten through three; establishing a reading program in the Department of Education and Early Development; establishing a teacher retention working group; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (March 19, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: An Act relating to recognition of certificates of out-of-state teachers. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO EDUCATION (April 9, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: An Act establishing the Alaska middle college program for public school students; relating to the powers of the University of Alaska; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO LABOR & COMMERCE (January 25, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Jesse Kiehl (D)
Summary: An Act relating to restoration of tenure for certain disabled individuals; relating to the Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska and the teachers' retirement system; providing certain employees an opportunity to choose between the defined benefit and defined contribution plans of the Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska and the teachers' retirement system; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: RULES TO CALENDAR 4/19/2021 (April 16, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: Urging the Alaska delegation in Congress, the United States Department of the Interior, and the Governor to facilitate a land grant endowment to the University of Alaska; urging the Alaska delegation in Congress to reintroduce the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act; and urging the Department of Natural Resources to work with the University of Alaska to identify lands suitable for the land endowment. 

Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources

Last Action: REFERRED TO COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS (January 22, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Tom Begich (D)
Summary: An Act relating to oil and gas exploration, production, and pipeline transportation property taxes; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (April 14, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act authorizing the commissioner of natural resources to modify a net profit share lease. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (April 9, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act relating to surface use restrictions for oil and gas leases; relating to gas leases in Kachemak Bay; relating to the renewable energy grant fund; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO LABOR & COMMERCE (April 14, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Joshua Revak (R)
Summary: An Act extending an exemption from regulation as a public utility for plants and facilities generating electricity entirely from renewable energy resources; and providing for an effective date.
Government Relations

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): LEBON (March 25, 2021)
Summary: An Act providing immunity from liability and disciplinary action for occupational licensees for exposure of clients to COVID-19; providing immunity from liability for persons engaging in business and their employees for exposure of customers to COVID-19; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO STATE AFFAIRS (February 18, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Representative Sara Hannan (D)
Summary: An Act relating to the taxation of income of individuals, partners, shareholders in S corporations, trusts, and estates; relating to a payment against the individual income tax from the permanent fund dividend disbursement; repealing tax credits applied against the tax on individuals under the Alaska Net Income Tax Act; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): MCCABE (March 1, 2021)
Summary: An Act relating to licensure of nursing professionals; relating to a multistate nurse licensure compact; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): MCCABE (March 1, 2021)
Summary: An Act relating to occupational licensing; relating to temporary licenses and permits; relating to certification of teachers; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): STORY (April 16, 2021)
Summary: An Act adding to the powers and duties of the State Commission for Human Rights; and relating to and prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (April 7, 2021)
Summary: An Act relating to notice of workers' compensation death benefits; relating to the payment of workers' compensation benefits in the case of permanent partial impairment; relating to the payment of workers' compensation death benefits; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS (February 18, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Representative Adam Wool (D)
Summary: An Act relating to deposits into the dividend fund; relating to income of and appropriations from the earnings reserve account; relating to the taxation of income of individuals, partners, shareholders in S corporations, trusts, and estates; relating to a payment against the individual income tax from the permanent fund dividend disbursement; repealing tax credits applied against the tax on individuals under the Alaska Net Income Tax Act; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (March 20, 2021)
Summary: An Act relating to presumption of compensability for workers' compensation claims related to contagious diseases; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO RULES (April 16, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: HOUSE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act extending the January 15, 2021, governor's declaration of a public health disaster emergency in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; approving and ratifying declarations of a public health disaster emergency; providing for a financing plan; making temporary changes to state law in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the following areas: occupational and professional licensing, practice, and billing; telehealth; fingerprinting requirements for health care providers; charitable gaming and online ticket sales; access to federal stabilization funds; wills; unfair or deceptive trade practices; meetings of shareholders; and school operating funds; relating to informed consent for COVID-19 vaccines; relating to personal objections to the administration of COVID-19 vaccines; providing immunity from liability and disciplinary action for occupational licensees for exposure of clients to COVID-19; providing immunity from liability for persons engaging in business and their employees for exposure of customers to COVID-19; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (February 18, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: HOUSE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act relating to borrowing in anticipation of revenues; relating to revenue anticipation notes; relating to line of credit agreements; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO RESOURCES (March 10, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Representative Adam Wool (D)
Summary: An Act relating to exclusions from income, credits, and deductions against the Alaska net income tax; establishing an income tax on oil or gas business entities; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): SCHRAGE (April 14, 2021)
Summary: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the Alaska permanent fund and to appropriations from the Alaska permanent fund. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY (April 9, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Representative Chris Tuck (D)
Summary: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the Alaska permanent fund and establishing the earnings reserve account. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION (March 1, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Representative Dan Ortiz
Summary: Urging the United States Congress to exempt cruise ships from certain provisions of the Passenger Vessel Services Act and other applicable provisions of federal law for the period during which Canadian ports are closed to cruise ships carrying more than 100 people; and urging the President of the United States not to fine or take actions against cruise ships sailing to the state. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO STATE AFFAIRS (January 22, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Scott Kawasaki (D)
Summary: An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for military spouses; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO LABOR & COMMERCE (January 22, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Tom Begich (D)
Summary: An Act relating to the authority and procedures of the State Commission for Human Rights; requiring an annual report concerning the payment of equal pay for comparable work; increasing the minimum wage; relating to and prohibiting wage discrimination based on the sex of an employee; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (March 19, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: An Act relating to recognition of certificates of out-of-state teachers. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY (April 14, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Joshua Revak (R)
Summary: An Act relating to proposing and enacting laws by initiative. 

Last Action: EFFECTIVE DATE(S) OF LAW SEE CHAPTER (April 3, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator David Wilson (R)
Summary: An Act relating to holding corporate meetings by remote communication; allowing voting by remote communication at corporate meetings; making shareholder lists available electronically; relating to for-profit and nonprofit corporations; relating to business and industrial development corporations; relating to Native corporations; relating to the Alaska Banking Code; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO LABOR & COMMERCE (April 9, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator David Wilson (R)
Summary: An Act repealing the certificate of need program for health care facilities; making conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO LABOR & COMMERCE (January 25, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Jesse Kiehl (D)
Summary: An Act relating to restoration of tenure for certain disabled individuals; relating to the Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska and the teachers' retirement system; providing certain employees an opportunity to choose between the defined benefit and defined contribution plans of the Public Employees' Retirement System of Alaska and the teachers' retirement system; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (January 25, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act making supplemental appropriations; amending appropriations; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (January 25, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act making appropriations for the operating and loan program expenses of state government and for certain programs; capitalizing funds; amending appropriations; making reappropriations; making supplemental appropriations; making appropriations under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (January 25, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act making an appropriation from the earnings reserve account for the payment of permanent fund dividends; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY (February 24, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act relating to use of income of the Alaska permanent fund; relating to the amount of the permanent fund dividend; relating to the duties of the commissioner of revenue; relating to an advisory vote on the permanent fund; providing for an effective date by repealing the effective date of sec. 8, ch. 16, SLA 2018; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: MOTION TO DISCHARGE BILL FROM FIN COMMITTEE FAILED Y6 N11 E3 (February 12, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act extending the January 15, 2021, governor's declaration of a public health disaster emergency in response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic; providing for a financing plan; making temporary changes to state law in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in the following areas: occupational and professional licensing, practice, and billing; telehealth; fingerprinting requirements for health care providers; charitable gaming and online ticket sales; access to federal stabilization funds; wills; unfair or deceptive trade practices; and meetings of shareholders; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO LABOR & COMMERCE (April 14, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE LABOR & COMMERCE
Summary: An Act relating to charitable gaming online ticket sales and activities. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY (March 3, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Bill Wielechowski (D)
Summary: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the Alaska permanent fund and appropriations from the Alaska permanent fund. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY (February 24, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to an appropriation limit; and relating to the budget reserve fund. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO JUDICIARY (February 24, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: Proposing amendments to the Constitution of the State of Alaska relating to the Alaska permanent fund, appropriations from the permanent fund, and the permanent fund dividend. 

Last Action: RULES TO CALENDAR 4/19/2021 (April 16, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: Urging the Alaska delegation in Congress, the United States Department of the Interior, and the Governor to facilitate a land grant endowment to the University of Alaska; urging the Alaska delegation in Congress to reintroduce the University of Alaska Fiscal Foundation Act; and urging the Department of Natural Resources to work with the University of Alaska to identify lands suitable for the land endowment. 

Last Action: PERMANENTLY FILED 4/9 LEGIS RESOLVE 1 (April 14, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Jesse Kiehl (D)
Summary: Urging the United States Congress to exempt cruise ships from certain provisions of the Passenger Vessel Services Act and other applicable provisions of federal law for the period during which Canadian ports are closed to cruise ships carrying more than 100 people; and urging the President of the United States not to fine or take actions against cruise ships sailing to the state.
Military Affairs

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): MCCABE (March 1, 2021)
Summary: An Act relating to occupational licensing; relating to temporary licenses and permits; relating to certification of teachers; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO STATE AFFAIRS (January 22, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Scott Kawasaki (D)
Summary: An Act relating to temporary courtesy licenses for military spouses; and relating to the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. 
Transportation and Infrastructure

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (February 18, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: HOUSE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act providing for and relating to the issuance of general obligation bonds for the purpose of paying the cost of state infrastructure projects, including construction, communications, major maintenance, public safety, and transportation projects; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): SCHRAGE (March 19, 2021)
Summary: An Act relating to vehicle registration and registration fees; relating to the motor fuel tax; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO TRANSPORTATION (March 31, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: HOUSE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act relating to the state procurement code; establishing the construction manager general contractor procurement method; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (March 24, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act providing for and relating to the issuance of general obligation bonds for the purpose of paying the cost of state infrastructure projects, including construction, communications, major maintenance, public safety, and transportation projects; and providing for an effective date. 

Last Action: REFERRED TO COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS (April 14, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
SummarySupporting broadband deployment in the state; recognizing the benefits of broadband; urging facilitation of broadband deployment; urging engagement with stakeholders; urging the United States Congress to include broadband in 2021 federal infrastructure legislation; and urging the Alaska delegation in Congress to advocate for flexible broadband funding parameters.