Senate Bill 91 is the first bill Governor Walker signed into law in 2017. It allows the State of Alaska to use federal funds for distributing naloxone. Also, two mushers from this year’s Iditarod sled dog race brought attention to the opioid epidemic by carrying opioid overdose rescue kits in their sleds along the trail.
Some highlights of the legislation include giving patients the ability to refuse opioids for any reason while in medical care, limiting an initial prescription of opioids to a seven-day supply for outpatient use, and requiring further education for medical providers on the topics of pain management and opioid addiction.
The ACU rated Alaska legislators at 53% in the House and 47% in the Senate for their votes’ consistency with ideals described by the U.S. Constitution. House Rep. Steve Thompson will receive an ACU Ratings Award this year.
Water and sewer infrastructure in rural Alaska will soon be under review by a new state advisory committee. House Bill 209, sponsored by Nome Representative Neal Foster, was signed into law on July 28th.
Emmonak’s city manager has sent the disaster declaration to Gov. Bill Walker and the Alaska State Legislature, requesting $750,000.
Nome Public Schools has drafted a $14.6 million budget. The district will finalize the budget on April 12, the same day lawmakers are set to gavel out.
“Things look promising — as best as they could,” said Superintendent Shawn Arnold. “As it is right now, education spending is fairly intact.”
Over the last five years, donations have kept JROTC afloat. But the district can’t sustain the program any longer — especially as they expect cuts in education funding.
The closure would save more than a million dollars outright, but some say it would come at the expense of kids who live in western Alaska.
With Alaska’s deficit nearing $4 billion, Foster says cuts are coming and they’ll have major repercussions for the Bering Strait Region.