Upcoming Weekly Business Presentation


Jun 15: John Burns, GVEA - on YouTube

Jun 22: Diversity & Inclusion Series, details to come - on YouTube

Jun 29: UAF eCampus Update - on YouTube

Interested in sponsoring a presentation? It's only $250 and benefits can be found HERE.
Email Jackie if you're interested!
Visit From Governor Dunleavy
Join us! Governor Dunleavy will visit Fairbanks Thursday, June 10th to discuss the State's current fiscal situation and take questions about his budget proposal.

This event will be held in-person at the Westmark Hotel and Convention Center's Gold Room from 1:00 - 2:00 PM (Check-in begins at 12:45 PM. Program begins promptly at 1:00 PM).

Admission will be $10.
COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Initiative: Gift Card Request Form

The Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce received a grant to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in our region. So far, we've purchased over 1,200 twenty-dollar gift cards (and are still purchasing!) for local vaccine clinics to thank people getting vaccinated.

And we want to share the love. If you are a healthcare provider, or are hosting a pop-up clinic, fill out the form below to request gift cards to distribute to participants.
*If you are a site host for a pop-up clinic, please ask the vaccination provider to make the request*

This grant money has provided us with the opportunity to stimulate our local economy, help member businesses after a trying year, and encourage the Golden Heart Community to get back to business
Interested in hosting a mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic?

Linked is an electronic request form available to anyone who would like to request a mobile COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at their place of business or at a community event. This is a great opportunity to make the vaccine easily accessible to your employees and customers. Sleeves up, Alaska!
Doyon Foundation Awards $65,000 in Our Language Grants
Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce its 2021 Our Language grant recipients. A total of $65,000 will be awarded to 13 organizations to support language revitalization projects across the Doyon region. Read the full press release to see the full list of the 2021 Our Language grant recipients.

Doyon Foundation, with support from Doyon, Limited, awards Our Language grants annually, in a continuing effort to revitalize the endangered Native languages of the Doyon region. Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers were eligible to apply.
 
The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered. These languages are Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), Deg Xinag, Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross), Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Hän, Holikachuk, Inupiaq and Nee'aanèegn' (Upper Tanana). Through the Doyon Foundation language revitalization program, efforts are underway to help ensure these languages will survive and thrive for future generations.
"All Americans should have the opportunity to earn their success, rise on their merit, and live their own American Dream."

Join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT for the second annual National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, Moving from Conversations to Real Action. Hear leaders across the private and public sectors discuss challenges, share successes, highlight best practices, and chart paths forward to ensure equality of opportunity for all.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative unites the business community around private and public sector solutions to some of the underlying challenges driving inequality of opportunity for Black Americans and other people of color in six critical areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, health, and wealth.
Upcoming Committee Meetings

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

Jun 8, 9:00-10:00 AM | Government Relations

Jun 9, 7:30-8:30 AM | Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
Air Quality Issues
Chad Schumacher, Aurora Energy Solutions

Jun 10, 7:00-8:00 AM | Transportation & Infrastructure
Scott McMurren, Alaska Travelgram

Jun 11, 9:00-10:00 AM | Military Affairs

Jun 15, 9:00-10:00 AM | Government Relations

Jun 17, 7:00-8:00 AM | Transportation & Infrastructure
Golden Heart Utilities

Jun 18, 9:00-10:00 AM | Education & Workforce Development
Work Session


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: COSPONSOR(S): STORY (May 19, 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)
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: CROSS SPONSOR(S): STORY (May 19, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: An Act relating to teaching certificates for teachers holding out-of-state certificates.

Last Action: CROSS SPONSOR(S): VANCE (May 15, 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: AWAITING TRANSMITTAL TO GOV (April 21, 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 FINANCE (May 4, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: HOUSE RULES BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR
Summary: An Act establishing the Alaska energy independence program and the Alaska energy independence fund in the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority; and providing for an effective date.

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: AWAITING TRANSMITTAL TO GOV (May 10, 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)
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): FIELDS (May 18, 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 STATE AFFAIRS (May 19, 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: AM TO AM 3 ADOPTED UC (May 4, 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: emergency powers of the governor; emergency powers of the commissioner of health and social services; occupational and professional licensing, practice, and billing; telehealth; charitable gaming and online ticket sales; access to federal stabilization funds; wills; unfair or deceptive trade practices; school operating funds; workers' compensation; program execution; civil liability; immunity from liability and disciplinary action for occupational licensees for exposure of clients to COVID-19; immunity from liability for persons engaging in business and their employees for exposure of customers to COVID-19; abortion funding; and personal objections to the administration of COVID-19 vaccines; and providing for an effective date.

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (May 10, 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 short-term borrowing; 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: REFERRED TO LABOR & COMMERCE (May 18, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: HOUSE LABOR & COMMERCE
Summary: An Act relating to unemployment benefits; and providing for an effective date.

Last Action: MANIFEST ERROR(S) (May 28, 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: AWAITING TRANSMITTAL TO GOV (May 18, 2021)
Summary: An Act extending the termination date of the Alaska regional economic assistance program; and providing for an effective date.

Last Action: COSPONSOR(S): STORY (May 19, 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)
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: AWAITING TRANSMITTAL TO GOV (May 19, 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: CROSS SPONSOR(S): STORY (May 19, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: Senator Gary Stevens (R)
Summary: An Act relating to teaching certificates for teachers holding out-of-state certificates.

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: FIRST SPECIAL SESSION BILL (May 20, 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: WITHDRAWN BY SPONSOR (April 28, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE LABOR & COMMERCE
Summary: An Act relating to charitable gaming online ticket sales and activities.

Last Action: REFERRED TO FINANCE (April 19, 2021)
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 FINANCE (May 10, 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: FIRST SPECIAL SESSION BILL (May 20, 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: AWAITING TRANSMITTAL TO GOV (April 21, 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: AWAITING TRANSMITTAL TO GOV (May 19, 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: MANIFEST ERROR(S) (May 28, 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 RULES (May 14, 2021)
Primary Sponsor: SENATE COMMUNITY & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Summary: Supporting broadband deployment in the state; recognizing the benefits of broadband; urging facilitation of broadband deployment; urging engagement with stakeholders; urging the development of a temporary centralized, technology-neutral broadband and Internet access working group in the state; urging the United States Congress to include broadband in 2021 federal infrastructure legislation; urging broadband providers to use savings from federal infrastructure legislation to provide broadband service at a reduced rate to the state and its political subdivisions; and urging the Alaska delegation in Congress to advocate for flexible broadband funding parameters.