By ANCHORAGE DAILY PLANET
Excuse us for asking, but how is it that two Alaska legislators appear to each be holding two state positions at the same time – something barred by the Alaska Constitution? Where is the news media?
Reported only by MustReadAlaska.com, Democrat Rep. Liz Snyder, District 27, is a member of the Alaska House of Representatives since last year and is advertising for enrollment for a class she will teach this fall at the University of Alaska Anchorage under her aka name, Elizabeth Hodges.
Snyder’s public official financial disclosure shows she was paid up to $100,000 last year by the University of Alaska, the website reported.
Democrat Rep. Geran Tarr, District 19, lists herself as adjunct faculty member at UAA. Her financial disclosure shows she made between $2,000 and $5,000 last year for classes at UAA, while she was a legislator, the website reports. She’s been teaching classes there since 1999, and has been a legislator since 2013.
Here, in part is what the constitution says: No legislator may hold any other office or position of profit under the United States or the state.
Kaboom! Seems clear to us.
What is not so clear is why the mainstream news media in this state is so deeply asleep that lawmakers can flout the constitution under their noses. It leaves us to wonder: What else is going on?