In this issue:
  • Online with Ivy - Saturday March 13th
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update
  • Sobriety Awareness Month
  • Reorganization of Dept. of Health and Social Services - Update
  • Women's History Month
  • IRS Tax Support
  • PFD deadline March 31st
  • 36th Avenue Interchange Project Team - Open House on March 16
Online with Ivy this Saturday at 10:00AM
Join me Saturday, March 13th at 10:00am on my official legislative Facebook page for a live update. This month I'll be covering the withdrawal of the DHSS reorganization, extension of the state Public Health Emergency, COVID-19 vaccine rollout and resources available to schedule your appointment, the Copper River Seafoods case, and local Anchorage updates. I will also be available to answer questions you may have.

You can RSVP to the event here or share it on Facebook.
Don't forget to Vote!
As a reminder, the Municipality of Anchorage elections are coming up on Tuesday, April 6. Ballot packages will be mailed to qualified Anchorage voters on Monday, March 15. To receive your ballot package at an address other than your Voter Registration mailing address, please fill out an Application to Vote at a Temporary Address.
If you have any questions about the upcoming Anchorage election, you can call 907-343-VOTE (8683) or head to

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Alaska is the first state to expand eligibility to everyone ages 16 and older!
Anyone who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to be immunized against COVID-19. I want to especially thank our Tribal partners, first responders and health care workers for making this possible.

The Pfizer vaccine is an option for ages 16 and up. The Moderna vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine are options for people ages 18 and up. All available vaccines are safe options and have been shown to prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19.

Call the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services at 1-907-646-3322 to schedule your vaccine appointment. The phone line operates from Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Sat-Sun: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Language interpretation services are available. Appointments may fill up, but more will be added. More appointments are often added on Thursdays.
Sobriety Awareness Month
Each March in Alaska we celebrate Sobriety Awareness Month. I've been sober for nearly 20 years and am proud to celebrate with organizations like Recover Alaska to encourage health, wellness, and recovery. If you would like to share your own story about sobriety, you can share your story with Recover Alaska.

If you are interested in starting your own path to sobriety, here are a couple resources to start on your journey.
  • Learn about treatment options available in Alaska by visiting:  
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Recover Alaska: (907) 249-6645 or visit
  • Careline- Alaska Suicide Prevention & Someone to Talk to Line: 1-877-266-HELP (4357) or visit

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will also be sharing stories of sobriety and providing resources throughout Sobriety Awareness Month: "Every Friday in March, the Consortium is sharing a video series featuring five individuals who are living sober. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to hear their stories of recovery, how culture has played a positive role in their lives and how they are thriving in sobriety."
Health and Social Services - Reorganization Update
You may have heard about the Governor's proposed split of the Department of Health and Social Services through Executive Order 119. On Thursday, March 11, Governor Dunleavy rescinded Executive Order 119,ending the Administration's proposed split of the Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS). The withdrawal comes after the House Health and Social Services Committee passed HSCR 1 by a vote of 6-1, which would have blocked the Governor's split.

The legislature played a critical oversight role here. The way we do the things we do is just as important as what we do. In Health and Social Services Committee hearings, we heard many concerns from our legal counsel about constitutional and legal flaws in the executive order, and from health care and social services leaders about the rushed timeline and lack of engagement of those who provide actually services funded by DHSS. Even if this reorganization was a good idea, the EO process does not allow the legislature to amend the policy to correct its significant flaws.

Our job as lawmakers is to carefully deliberate on crucial legislation that impacts our kids, families, and our most vulnerable Alaskans. If this reorganization is a good idea, it will still be a good idea outside of this short timeline, and we can revisit it at a later date with quality input from stakeholders.
Happy Women's History Month!
From left to right: Rep. DeLena Johnson, Rep. Andi Story, Rep. Kelly Merrick, Rep. Sara Rasmussen, Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky, Rep. Geran Tarr, Speaker Louise Stutes, Rep. Liz Snyder, Rep. Sara Hannan, Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, Rep. Harriet Drummond, Rep. Sarah Vance, Rep. Cathy Tilton.
The women of the Alaska State House got together for International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8th. I am so proud to serve with this diverse group of Democrats and Republicans from across the state! Alaska has a long history of amazing women leaders, including Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit leader, who passed the first anti-discrimination law in the United States in 1945.

I want to acknowledge the long history of women in Alaska government who have paved the way for myself, and other women in government who I am honored to serve with.
  • Thelma Buchholdt, who in 1974, was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives. She served four terms, becoming the first female Filipina American legislator in the U.S.
  • Bettye Davis who was the first African American woman elected to the state house in 1990 and the first African-American to be elected as a State Senator in 2000. Last year, East High School was formally renamed to the Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School to honor her service to public schools.
  • Georgianna Lincoln, former State Senator and former chair of the board of Doyon.
  • Fran Ulmer, first woman elected to statewide Alaskan office as Lt. Governor from 1994-2002, and former chair of the US Arctic Research Commission.
  • Arliss Sturgulewski, first woman in Alaska to receive her party’s nomination for governor.
  • Sarah Palin, first woman elected as Governor of Alaska.
  • Former Speakers of the House Ramona Barnes, Gail Phillips and now of course our current speaker, Speaker of the House, Louise Stutes, who is making history every day.
  • Jan Faiks, the first woman elected as Senate President in the Alaska Legislature. Other women who have served as Senate President include Drue Pearce, (1995 and 1999), Lyda Green (2008-2009) and most recently, Cathy Giessel (2019-2020).

Finally, I want to honor Katie Hurley, Constitutional Convention Secretary and former House Representative, who just passed away last month, a few days short of her 100th birthday.

Numerous leaders serve as role models to women and girls today, including Dr. Rosita Kaahani Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute; former Lt. Governor Valerie Davidson, who broke ground as the first Indigenous woman to serve in a statewide office, and currently serves as President of Alaska Pacific University; and Tara Sweeney, former Assistant Secretary of the Interior. Leaders in business like Betsy Lawer and Eleanor Andrews. Amazing mushers like Susan Butcher, Libby Riddles and Aliy Zirkle. Leaders in the court system like Dana Fabe who was elected as the first female Chief Justice in 2000, and Karen Hunt who was the first woman from Anchorage appointed to serve as a Superior Court Judge from 1984-2000.

Sometimes we think of women's history as separate from history as a whole, but in Alaska – women's history is Alaska history. 
IRS Tax Support
Taxes are due next month on April 15th. I know that calculating one's tax return is never an enjoyable process. That is why I'd like to share the IRS's free tax return calculator. The IRS Free File Program is a public-private partnership that allows taxpayers for file their taxes for free. You can file your taxes using their free tax preparation and filing options on their IRS partner websites, or directly fill out their electronic federal tax forms online. Learn more about IRS Free File and head to to file your taxes now.
PFD Applications due on March 31st
Make sure you and your loved ones have filed your PFD applications! The deadline is 11:59PM on March 31, 2021.

You can easily file electronically using a myAlaska account to electronically sign, which only takes a couple minutes. For more information, go to If you file online requesting direct deposit, you will be eligible to receive your 2021 payment in the first disbursement at the start of October. If you file online requesting payment by check, or by submitting a paper application, you will be eligible to receive your 2021 payment in the second disbursement at the end of October.
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