I have sponsored or co-sponsored bills to close loopholes related to prosecution of sexual assault, including the infamous "Schneider loophole," and to strengthen penalties for vehicle theft. I'm working on draft legislation related to protecting the Permanent Fund, and energy efficiency and cost savings for consumers.
Swearing in at the Alaska State Capitol.
Inlet View Elementary School:
Many of our neighbors were concerned to learn that there was an Anchorage School Board agenda item to study "consolidation" of Inlet View Elementary School, which would mean closure of the school and relocation of students to Central Middle School. Senator Begich and I wrote to Superintendent Bishop and the School Board urging investment in Inlet View, and to reject any proposals for closure. I was pleased that the Superintendent wrote back and clearly stated the administration's support for keeping the school open and investing in maintenance upgrades. Thank you to volunteers on the PTA who continue to work with us on this critical district and local issue.
Safe, Pro-Business Streets:
The Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Partnership, and all our Community Councils have asked for safer street designs that reduce traffic speeds in our neighborhoods and improve access for pedestrians, people using wheelchairs or walkers, and bicyclists. Senator Begich and I met with state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Staff and community organizations to advocate for these priorities, including for the forthcoming Midtown Congestion Relief project.