With a new year comes a new legislative session, and the calendar is beginning to fill with meetings in advance of the Jan. 21 convening of the second regular session of the 31st Legislature in Juneau:
Monday, Jan. 6, 1 pm: Anchorage Caucus meets in the Anchorage Legislative Information Offices large conference room. The topic is homelessness and a program led by the Municipality of Anchorage, with invited testimony from members of various Anchorage Community Councils.
Thursday, Jan. 9, 9 am: VPSO Working Group (House and Senate) meets in the Anchorage LIO Foraker Room. They will review a draft report. Invited participants are: Aleutian Pribiloff Islands Association, Alaska Village Council Presidents, Bristol Bay Native Association, Tlingit & Haida, Chugachmiut, Copper River Native Association, Kodiak Area Native Association, Kawerak, Northwest Arctic Borough, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and Dept. of Public Safety. Will be teleconferenced.
Thursday, Jan. 9, 3 pm: House Health and Social Services Committee will hear updates on reform from Senate Bill 74 (2016) and other Medicaid cost containments. Participants are Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Behavioral Health Association, Alaska Primary Care Association, Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. The meeting takes place in the Anchorage LIO large conference room and will be teleconferenced.
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 3:30 pm: In the Capitol Butrovich Room 205, Senate State Affairs was the first “regular session” meeting scheduled for Day One of the session. The topic was the future of the Citizens Advisory Commission on Federal Areas, but as of now that meeting appears to have been cancelled. No word on if it is being rescheduled.
Friday, Jan. 24, 3:30 pm: A special Senate Committee on the Railbelt Electric System will meet to conduct a hearing on SB 123. The hearings will continue Monday, Jan. 27 at 3:30 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 3:30 pm, and Friday, Jan. 31, at 3:30 pm. All meetings will be in the Butrovich Room 205, and will be teleconferenced. Details here.