Per Alaska’s Constitution, the Alaska State Legislature gaveled in the second regular session of the 32nd Legislature on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Both the Senate and House of Representatives are organized and will begin their work right away. I am hopeful that this will allow for a regular process that will see the Legislature adjourn on or before 120 days.

This year, I am serving as a Co-Chair for the Senate Finance Committee for the 10th year in this role. Co-Chair Senator Click Bishop and I have set a busy agenda for the committee. We will start by receiving our standard overviews from the Governor’s Administration and the Legislature’s Division of Finance on the proposed budget, the revenue forecast, the oil production forecast, and the state’s fiscal position to name a few. The Senate Finance Committee will also start off by holding two meetings per day. The morning committee meetings will focus on the budget and the afternoon meetings will consist of legislation.

For those interested in the Governor’s proposed budget, details can be found on the website of the Governor’s Office of Management & Budget. The Legislative Fiscal Analyst reviews the Governor’s proposed budget and that can be found on the website of the Division of Legislative Finance. Legislators and staff rely heavily on these two documents to pass a budget to be signed into law.

My staff and I are focused on working for you in Juneau at the Alaska State Capitol. It is important that I know your opinions and concerns on the issues facing our communities so that I can better advocate for you and our communities. Please call my office at (907) 465-3873 or toll free at (877) 463-3873 or email my office at If you would like to contact any of my staff directly their emails can be found here or visit my website at Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The session is 18 weeks long. My intent is to release a brief update at the end of every week, so please check back every Friday!


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