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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: SUMMER 2002

Senator Loren Leman
Senate Majority Leader
Anchorage AK
August 9, 2002

SUMMER 2002 LEGISLATIVE REPORT:
My summer newsletter is out, and you can view it on my Web.

SALMON TASK FORCE GOES TO WORK:
The Joint Legislative Salmon Industry Task Force met July 22 and created subcommittees to gather the data and ideas necessary to head off the crisis facing Alaska’s salmon industry.

Created by the Legislature last session, the Task Force will consider information from previous salmon summits and bring in new ideas to create a long-term vision for our salmon industry. The five areas that will be addressed by subcommittees are: Marketing; Quality Issues; Production Methods; Governance, which will address issues such as habitat, conservation and education concerns; and Finance to address the issues of banking and commercial lending.

Subcommittees will be reporting at the next meeting of the Task Force at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 17 in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office, Second Floor Conference Room. If you would like to listen by teleconference, contact Chairman Senator Ben Stevens’ office at 269-0200.

For updates on this Task Force, click here

SECRETARY TOMMY THOMPSON VISITS ALASKA:
I met with U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson in Fairbanks last Friday. While in Alaska, Secretary Thompson, a key member of President Bush's Cabinet, announced several grants for health care projects, including alcohol and substance abuse. Tommy Thompson became well known as the longtime Governor of Wisconsin who led that state in welfare reform. The federal government and many states, including Alaska, have followed Wisconsin's lead. I am pleased that our welfare caseload is now about half of what it was five years ago.

GLENN GODFREY MEMORIAL:
I was saddened by the death of former Public Safety Commissioner Glenn Godfrey on August 3. Glenn, who like me has ancestral roots in Kodiak, was a friend and I offer condolences and prayer support to his family. His wife Patti is still recovering from her wounds. A memorial service for Glenn will be held at the Anchorage Baptist Temple at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 16.

ELECTION DAY, AUGUST 27:
I urge you to exercise your right to vote in the primary election on Tuesday, August 27. We Alaskans have important decisions to make about our future and this election is an important step in choosing our leadership. Take the time to go to the polls, or obtain an absentee ballot from the Division of Elections.


If you know of others who would like to receive my reports by email, please contact me at Senator_Loren_Leman@legis.state.ak.us or 269-0240

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