Keeping up with the Legislature

The Alaska Legislature has wasted no time this session jumping in to a number of high-profile issues as well as some lower-profiles one. Many of those decisions will have significant impacts here on the Kenai Peninsula.

With that in mind, it’s crucial that Peninsula residents make a point of keeping in touch with the people we’ve elected to represent us in Juneau. With the Capitol many miles away, this may sound like it’s easier said than done. However, Peninsula residents have a number of tools available to keep tabs on what the Legislature is up to.

One of the best resources is the Legislative Information Office, located at 145 Main Street Loop, No. 217, in Kenai. LIO staff can connect people with information about the Legislature, session schedules, updates on legislation and contact information for lawmakers. The LIO also hosts numerous teleconferences throughout the session, allowing residents to listen and offer comment to legislators in person. To contact the LIO, call 907-283-2030, or email Kenai.LIO@akleg.gov.

More information on legislation can be found on the Legislature’s website, w3.legis.state.ak.us. Online streaming of hearings may be found at http://alaskalegislature.tv/.

Legislators also need to hear from you. The LIO hosts periodic constituent meetings with area lawmakers, and residents can talk can call or email during the session. The central Kenai Peninsula is repsresented by:

■ Sen. Cathy Giessel (District N): 1-800-892-4843, Senator.Cathy.Giessel@akleg.gov

■ Sen. Peter Micciche (District O): 1-800-964-5733, Senator.Peter.Micciche@akleg.gov

■ Rep. Mike Chenault, House Speaker (District 28): 1-800-469-3779, Rep.Mike.Chenault@akleg.gov

■ Rep. Kurt Olson (District 29): 1-800-463-2693, Rep.Kurt.Olson@akleg.gov

■ Rep. Paul Seaton (District 30): 1-800-665-2689, Rep.Paul.Seaton@akleg.gov

Remember, government of, by and for the people only works if the people participate. Stay informed and become a part of the process will shape our region for years to come.

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