With the opening this week of the legislative session, it might not be a bad idea for all Alaskans to expand on the mayors' question and consider what they would do if they were a legislator or if they were in the governor's shoes. And then share their ideas with legislators and the governor. Who knows? Those ideas may be able to help the state a lot.
Keeping in touch with elected officials and elected officials keeping in touch with their constituents should be an ongoing process. The better the communication, the better government will be.
As part of their communication with those who put them in office, legislators who represent the Kenai Peninsula plan to have a constituent teleconference the first Thursday of every month beginning at 7 p.m. The first will be Feb. 5. People can participate at their nearest Legislative Information Office.
The state's LIOs are a wealth of information for those wanting to know what's happening in Juneau. Today's Internet technology also makes staying in touch easier than ever. Legislators are as close as an e-mail away; plus, bills can be followed through the Bill Action and Status Inquiry System on the Internet. In addition, daily legislative activity can be viewed on the "Gavel to Gavel" broadcast.
To help residents stay in touch, the following is the contact information for the peninsula Legislative Information Offices and the peninsula's legislative delegation, as well as some important Internet addresses.
Kenai LIO Alyson Stogsdill, information officer
Address: 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217, Kenai 99611
Homer LIO Charlene Ditton, information officer
Address: 345 West Sterling Highway, Suite 102A, Homer 99603-7524
Seward LIO Marianna Keil, information officer
Address: P.O. Box 1769, Seward 99664
Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai
Phone: (800) 964-5733 or 283-7996
Address: Room 427, State Capitol, Juneau 99801-1182
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak (district includes part of the Kenai Peninsula)
Phone: (800) 821-4925
Fax: (907) 465-3517
Address: Room 417, State Capitol, Juneau 99801-1182
Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski
Phone: (800) 469-3779
Fax: (907) 465-2833
Address: Room 502, State Capitol, Juneau 99801-1182
Rep. Kelly Wolf, R-Soldotna
Phone: (800) 463-2693 or 283-2690
Fax: (907) 465-3835
Address: Room 410, State Capitol, Juneau, 99801-1182
Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer
Phone: (800) 665-2689
Fax: (907) 465-3472
Address: Room 428, State Capitol, Juneau 99801-1182
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