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Governor’s bill extending disaster declaration in House

SB 241, by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, extending COVID-19 disaster emergency, is on the Alaska House of Representatives calendar for today. By law, the governor can declare a disaster for 30 days, and needs legislative approval to extend it. SB 241 contains these provisions:

  • Extends disaster declaration until Sept. 1
  • Gives Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink the authority to issue standing orders to deal with the virus
  • Expedites professional and occupational licensing
  • Expands telemedicine and telehealth
  • Creates options for elections by mail
  • Extends time allowed to apply for a Permanent Fund dividend to April 30
  • Extends deadline for state tax filings to July 15, same as federal deadline
  • Allows shareholder meetings to be held telephonically

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • No to vote by mail to easy for Fraud in voting. Just look at Absentee ballots from Ledoux controversy as a perfect example.

    • When Grandma dies from COVID-19 that she contracts at the polling station she’ll go from being a lifelong Republican to a Democrat.


      More than one kind of voter fraud.

      • No, she won’t. She’ll go to her grave knowing, she did the right thing, at the time. She voted Republican.

  • Just wondering how long the house majority is going to sit on our relief money. With Dillingham’s economy in ruins, no air travel, no fishing this summer…..what are they waiting on?

  • ……do Democrats get to Heaven?

    • Some do. Some go the worst places in hell to contemplate all the bad things they did to people and their PFD.

  • Sept. 1? No way! Our state HAS to get to work. Socialism coming your way!

  • Thank you Governor and President Trump for helping Alaskans when the house majority sits on our PFD money. My dad always told me to beware of the smiling snake.

    • Greg Forkner, I am starting to think you dislike the Speaker of the House? Smiling Snake?

      • He is a good man. Just a difference in opinion and policy. Nothing personal.

  • Remember the saying “You take my money, you wear my brand?” Okay, we are Alaskans, we wear the brand, now where is our money?

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