Representative Christopher Kurka
Republican, District 7
State Representative 2021-present

Announced that he is running for Governor

 

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Kurka voted NO on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted NO  on HJR19, HB127,HB100, and YES on HB108, SJR8, and HB133.

 

In his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 and HB199 both of which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs while HB 199 was referred to the Judiciary Committee.   As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As one of six House members he voted against HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  

He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   

As one of four House members, he voted No for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting in concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings which was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Kurka voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  he voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. He voted NO on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, NO on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. He voted NO on House passage and NO on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Kevin McCabe
Republican, Formerly District 8
State Representative 2021-present

During the 2022 session, Representative McCabe was excused for the House budget vote and voted NO on the conference committee final budget vote.

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, HB127, was excused for HB229, and voted NO for HB322.

 

In 2022, he voted for HB114 sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative McCabe voted Do Pass as a member of the Community and Regional Committee and  voted for HB127.

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative McCabe was excused from the House vote where it passed 23-9.

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative McCabe voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative McCabe was excused from the vote.  The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative McCabe voted NO.

 

In his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs.  As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As a member of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee he voted Do Pass for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

2021 Operating Budget: Representative McCabe voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  he voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. He voted NO on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, NO on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. He voted NO on House passage and NO on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget.

 
Representative George Rauscher
Republican, Formerly District 9
State Representative 2017-present

Representative Rauscher’s support for UA was not visible.

During the 2022 session, Representative Rauscher voted NO for the House budget vote and voted NO on the conference committee final budget vote.

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, NO for HB127, was excused for HB229, and voted NO for HB322.

In 2022, voted for HB114 sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Rauscher voted against HB 127.

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Rauscher was excused from the House vote where it passed 23-9.

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Rauscher voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Rauscher voted against HB 281.  The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Rauscher voted NO.

In 2021, Representative Rauscher voted Do Pass in the Resource Committee for the University Land Grant Resolution. (SJR8) He was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs.  As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As one of six House members he voted against HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: Representative  voted NO on House Passage, NO on House CBR and NO on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  he voted NO  for House Adoption , NO on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. He voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. He voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Rauscher voted no. On March 28th, Representative Rauscher was excused from voting on the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

 

Representative Rauscher voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.   Representative Rauscher was the sponsor of HB282 which would create an Office of Public Policy Events at each UA campus.  HB282 was referred to the Education Committee and no action was taken.

 
Representative David Eastman
Republican, Formerly District 10
State Representative 2017-present

During the 2022 session, Representative Eastman voted NO for the House budget vote and voted NO on the conference committee final budget vote.

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted NO for HB114, HB127, HB229, and HB322.

 

In 2022, he voted against HB114 sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Eastman voted against HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Eastman voted against HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Eastman voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Eastman voted against HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Eastman voted NO.

In 2021, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 and HB199 both of which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs while HB 199 was referred to the Judiciary Committee.  As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   As one of six House members he voted against HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  

As one of four House members, he voted No for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee. 

 

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Eastman voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  he voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. He voted NO on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, NO on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. He voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Eastman voted no. On March 28th, Representative Eastman also voted against the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

 

Representative Eastman was the sponsor of HB295 which would require the universities to remain neutral on public policy matters.  HB295 was referred to the State Affairs Committee and no action was taken. Representative Eastman voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP. Representative Eastman voted no on HB268 which would expand the financing options for the UA system and increase the cap to $500m. HB268 was passed 33-4 by the House and referred to the Senate where no action was taken. Representative Eastman voted no on SB241 which provides federal COVID-19 funding for the universities and provides Good Samaritan protection for Alaska manufacturers working on increasing the supply of personal protection equipment. SB241 passed the House 34-1.

 
Representative DeLena Johnson
Republican, Formerly District 11
State Representative 2017-present

During the 2022 session, Representative Johnson voted for the House budget and then voted NO on the conference committee final budget vote.

 

Of bills favorable to UA, she voted NO for HB114, YES for HB127, NO for HB229, and voted NO for HB322.

 

During the 2022 session, was added as a co-sponsor for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program. SB32 did not pass the House.   In 2022, she voted against HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Johnson  voted Do Pass as a member of the Finance Committee and voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Johnson voted against HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Johnson voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Johnson  voted for HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Johnson voted NO.

 

In 2021, she was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   As one of nine House members, she voted No on HJR19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.

She was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor,

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Johnson voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Johnson voted no. On March 28th, Representative Johnson also voted against the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Johnson voted along with 34 of her colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  Representative Johnson voted do pass on HB155 which would add career and technical education to the Alaska Performance Scholarship program. HB155 was referred to House Finance and no action was taken.

 
Representative Cathy Tilton
Republican, Formerly District 12
State Representative 2015-present

During the 2022 session, Representative Tilton against the House budget and voted NO on the conference committee final budget vote.

Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, NO for HB229, and voted NO for HB322.

 

In 2022, she voted for HB114 sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Tilton   voted for HB 127.

 

 HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Tilton voted against HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Tilton voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Tilton voted against HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Tilton voted NO.

 

In 2021, she was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   As one of nine House members, she voted No on HJR19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.

She was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor,

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Tilton voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

In 2020, as a member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Tilton voted to remove the $10.5m for compensation increases for the universities which was approved by the university finance subcommittee.  The amendment removing the funding passed 9-2 with Representatives Josephson and Wool voting in opposition.

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Tilton voted no.  As a member of the Conference Committee Representative Tilton did not object to the Senate version of the operating budget for the UA system. However, on March 28th, Representative Tilton voted against the Conference Committee version of the operating  budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Tilton voted along with 34 of her colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  As a member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Tilton voted do pass on HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.

 
 
Representative Kevin McCarty
Republican, District 13
State Representative 2021-present

In his first year Representative McCarty showed promise in voting for bills favorable to UA. 

 During his second year, he demonstrated less support for UA.

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, NO for HB229, and voted NO for HB322.

 

In 2022, he voted for HB114 sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative McCarty voted Do Pass as a member of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee and later voted for HB 127.

 

 HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative McCarty voted against HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative McCarty voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative McCarty voted against HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative McCarty voted YES.

 

In 2021, in his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   As a member of the Community and Regional Affairs Community he voted Do Pass for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account. He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with  concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.   He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Representative McCarty voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

Representative Kelly Merrick
Republican, District 14
State Representative 2018-present

In 2021, Representative Merrick is to be commended for her joining the majority caucus which allowed for the House to begin its deliberations.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Merrick voted for the House operating budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted YES  for HB322.

 

In 2022, she voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Merrick voted no recommendation as a member of the Finance Committee and  later voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Merrick voted Do Pass as a member of the Finance Committee and later voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Merrick voted for the amendment and later voted for HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Merrick  voted for HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Merrick voted YES.

In 2021, as a member of the Finance Committee, she voted No Recommendation for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. As a member of the Finance Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.

She voted for HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

2021 Operating Budget: As a member of the University Subcommittee , she voted NO for the $15.7m increase for UA as directed by the committee leadership.

 

Representative Merrick voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

In 2020, as a member of the House Finance Committee Representative Merrick voted to remove the $10.5m for compensation increases for the universities which was approved by the university house subcommittee.  The amendment removing the funding passed 9-2 with Representatives Josephson and Wool voting in opposition.  On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Merrick voted no.  On March 28th, Representative Merrick was excused from voting on the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.  Representative Merrick was excused from the house vote on HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.

 
Representative David Nelson
Republican, Formerly District 15
State Representative 2021-present

During the 2022 session, Representative Nelson voted against the House operating budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted YES  for HB322.

 

During the 2022 session, he was added as a co-sponsor for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program. SB32 did not pass the House.  In 2022, he voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Nelson  voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Nelson voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Nelson voted for the amendment and later voted for HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Nelson  against HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Nelson voted YES.

In 2021, in his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass As one HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.   He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8)

He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Nelson voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. Excused on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, Excused on rescinding the failed effective date vote, Excused on effective date.  Voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Ivy Spohnholz
Democrat, District 16
State Representative 2016-present

Representative Spohnholz continues her outstanding support of UA.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Spohnholz voted YES on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on all of them.

In 2019 Representative Spohnholz was part of the bipartisan coalition and voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor. After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Spohnholz voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

Representative Spohnholz was instrumental in bringing the Anchorage Caucus to campus and she met with the UAA Faculty and Staff Association Executive Committee in September 2019.  After the legislature adjourned, Representative Spohnholz is to be given credit for cohosting a Town Hall meeting on the UA system.  She frequently mentions UAA in social media and in her newsletters.

 

During 2020, Representative Spohnholz had a student intern in her office in Juneau. On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Spohnholz voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Spohnholz also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

 

As Chair of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, Representative Spohnholz voted do pass on HB235 which reauthorized TVEP. Representative Spohnholz was a sponsor of HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.  Representative Spohnholz was a sponsor for HB180 which would add a faculty member to the UA Board of Regents.  HB180 was referred to the Education Committee and no action was taken.

 

In 2021, As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass for HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.   She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.   She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget :  Representative Spohnholz voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
 
Representative Andy Josephson
Democrat, Formerly District 17
State Representative 2013-present

Representative Josephson continues his outstanding support for UA.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Josephson voted for the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget.  It should be noted that Representative Josephson was a key supporter in establishing a separate fund and in restoring the Alaska Higher Education investment fund.  As a member of the House University subcommittee he was influential in passing a budget increase for UA.

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted YES  for HB322.

 

In 2022, he voted for HB114 sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Josephson voted No Recommendation as a member of the Finance Committee and later  voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. As a bill sponsor, Representative Josephson voted Do Pass as a member of the Finance Committee and later voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Josephson voted for the amendment and later voted for HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Josephson  voted for HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Josephson voted YES.

 

It should be noted that Representative Josephson was a key supporter in establishing a separate fund and in restoring the Alaska Higher Education investment fund.  As a member of the House University subcommittee he was influential in passing a budget increase for UA.

In 2021 Representative Josephson was a co-sponsor of the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  Representative Josephson pre-filed in 2022, HB229 which would address the ongoing funding issue with the Higher Education Investment Fund and the Alaska Student Loan Corporation.   As a member of the Finance Committee,  he voted No Recommendation for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. He later voted for HB 127 during the floor vote which passed 31-6.  HB 127 was then referred to the Senate.  He was a co-sponsor for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university and as a member of the Finance Committee he voted Do Pass.  He voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).   He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

As a member of the University Subcommittee, he voted for the $15.7m increase for UA.

 

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Josephson voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

Chaired by Representative Josephson in 2020, the House University of Alaska Finance Subcommittee effectively concluded its committee work by Feb. 14th. The committee held five hearings and adopted three amendments.  The amendments were in support of the universities and removed individual allocations (55% UAF, 38% UAA, and 7% Statewide) that were proposed by the governor and on the advice of the university combined the separate allocations for UAF organized research with the UAF main campus.  These two amendments would allow the Board of Regents more flexibility with budget planning and reductions.  At the recommendation of Representative Josephson, the committee also approved an amendment that would add $10.5m to the universities’ budgets for compensation increases.

 

During the House Finance Committee meeting, Representative Jennifer Johnston introduced an amendment to remove the $10.5m for compensation increases.  The amendment removing the funding passed 9-2 with Representatives Josephson and Wool voting in opposition.   On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Josephson voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Josephson also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Josephson voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  As a member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Josephson voted do pass on HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.

 
Representative Harriet Drummond
Democrat, Formerly District 18
State Representative 2013-present

Representative Drummond continues to be  very supportive of UA.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Drummond voted for the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted YES  for HB322.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Drummond voted Do Pass as Chair of the House Education Committee and was added as a co-sponsor for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program. SB32 did not pass the House.  As Chair of the House Education Committee, Representative Drummond voted Do Pass for SB36 which would specify voting requirements for the Board of Regents.  SB36 did not pass the House.  She also voted for HB21 which would add a faculty member to the UA Board of Regents.  During the committee meeting on HB21,  she spoke about the competency of university faculty. HB21 was referred to House Finance and not passed by the House.  In the Education Committee, Representative Drummond voted Do Pass on HB48, regarding eligibility for the Performance Scholarship.  HB48 was referred to the Finance committee and it did not pass the House. 

 

In 2022, she voted Do Pass in the Education Committee and later voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Drummond voted Do Pass as a member of the Community and Regional Committee and  voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. As a bill sponsor, Representative Drummond voted Do Pass as chair of the Education Committee and later voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Drummond voted for the amendment and later voted for HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Drummond voted for HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Drummond voted YES.

In 2021, Representative Drummond as a member of the Education Committee voted Do Pass on SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program. SB 32 was referred to the House State Affairs Committee.  Co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee. She voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  Representative Drummond was an outstanding  advocate for increased funding for Alaska’s libraries by introducing and passing $635K in the Education Committee which was referred to Finance and incorporated into the Operating Budget.  This funding was vetoed by the Governor.   She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Drummond voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

Representative Drummond met with the Executive Committee via Zoom.

 
Representative Geran Tarr
Democrat, District 19
State Representative 2013-present

Representative Tarr frequently highlights the university at meetings and in her communications.  She met with the Executive Committee via Zoom during the session.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Tarr voted for the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted YES  for HB322.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Tarr voted Do Pass in the House State Affairs Committee and was added as a co-sponsor for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program. SB32 did not pass the House.  Representative Tarr was a sponsor of HB48, regarding eligibility for the Performance Scholarship.  HB48 was referred to the Finance committee and it did not pass the House.   In 2022, she voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Tarr  voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. As a bill sponsor, Representative Tarr voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Tarr voted for the amendment and later voted for HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Tarr  voted for HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Tarr voted YES.

In 2021, she voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate.

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Tarr voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Tarr voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Tarr also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Tarr voted along with 34 of her colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.

 

In 2021, she voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate.

 
Representative Zack Fields
Democrat, Formerly District 20
State Representative 2018-present

Representative Fields continues to be very supportive of UA.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Fields voted for the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted YES  for HB322.

During the 2022 session, was added as a co-sponsor for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program. SB32 did not pass the House.   Representative Fields was a sponsor for HB21 which would add a faculty member to the UA Board of Regents.  HB21 was referred to House Finance and not passed by the House.  Representative Fields was a sponsor of HB48, regarding eligibility for the Performance Scholarship.  HB48 was referred to the Finance committee and it did not pass the House. 

 

In 2022, he voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Fields  voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Fields voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Fields voted for the amendment and later voted for HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Fields   voted for HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Fields voted YES.

In 2021, Representative Fields voted Do Pass in the Resource Committee for the University Land Grant Resolution. (SJR8). He was also a co-sponsor SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program.

As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.

As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.   He was the co-sponsor of HB 21 which would have added a faculty member to the BOR and HB 48 which addresses AK Performance Scholarship eligibility. Both bills were referred to the Education Committee.   He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 Returning to Juneau in 2020 as a member of the House Finance UA subcommittee, Representative Fields demonstrated his support for the universities by voting for three amendments as recommended by the committee chair, Representative Josephson.  The amendments were in support of the universities and removed individual allocations (55% UAF, 38% UAA, and 7% Statewide) that were proposed by the governor and on the advice of the UA system combined the separate allocations for UAF organized research with the UAF main campus.  These two amendments would allow the Board of Regents more flexibility with budget planning and reductions.  The committee also approved an amendment that would add $10.5m to the universities’ budgets for compensation increases.

 

As a member of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, Representative Fields voted do pass on HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  Representative Fields was also the sponsor of HB196 which would increase the amount of the Alaska Performance Scholarship.  HB196 was referred to the Education Committee and no action was taken. Co-sponsor of HB 129 which would provide funding for the Alaska Performance Scholarship. HB 129 was referred to the Education Committee.

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Fields voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Fields also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

 
Representative Matt Claman
Democrat, District 21
State Representative 2015-present

While Representative Claman does not highlight the university during meetings or with his communication he is supportive of UA.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Claman voted for the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted YES  for HB322.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Claman voted Do Pass as a member of the House State Affairs Committee for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program. SB32 did not pass the House.   In 2022, he voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Claman  voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Claman voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Claman voted for the amendment and later voted for HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Claman  voted for HB 281.  The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Claman voted YES.

 

In 2021, he voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA. He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.   He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

 2021 Operating Budget: Representative Claman voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Claman voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Claman also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Claman voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  As a member of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee, Representative Claman voted do pass on HB193 which would add a second verse to the Alaska’s State Song that is held in trust by the UA Foundation. HB193 was referred to State Affairs and no action was taken.

 
Representative Sara Rasmussen
Independent, Formerly District 22
State Representative 2018-present

In 2021, Representative Rasmussen’s support for the university was more visible.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Rasmussen voted YES or was excused for all of them.  Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on all of them.

 

During 2019, Representative Rasmussen demonstrated little support for the universities. As a member of the minority caucus, she voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  During the floor debate, Representative Rasmussen introduced an amendment that directed the Board of Regents to study transitioning UA from three accredited universities to a single accredited institution.  The amendment was adopted by a vote of 25-13.  After the governor’s veto of HB39, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Rasmussen was excused from voting on HB2001 and on SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

Representative Rasmussen met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association in October 2019.  Given Representative Rasmussen’s sponsorship of WWAMI faculty commendations, it is hoped that her support of the UA system will be more visible in the future.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Rasmussen voted no.  On March 28th, Representative Rasmussen was excused for the vote for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

As a member of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, Representative Rasmussen voted no recommendation for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  She was later excused from the House vote on HB235 which was approved 34-1.  Representative Rasmussen was a sponsor of HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.

 

In 2021, she was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  Representation Rasmussen was a co-sponsor of HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. As a member of the Finance Committee, she voted Do Pass for HB 127.

She was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As a member of the Finance Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  She was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.  She voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.   She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

As a member of the University Subcommittee, she voted NO for the $15.7m increase for UA.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Rasmussen voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   Excused  for House Adoption , Excused on House CBR, and Excused on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and was Excused on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Chris Tuck
Democrat, Formerly District 23
State Representative 2003-present

Representative Tuck remains supportive of UA. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Tuck voted YES on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on all of them.

 

In 2019 Representative Tuck was part of the bipartisan coalition and voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.   After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Tuck voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Tuck voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Tuck also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities.  While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Tuck voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.

 

In 2021, He was a co-sponsor for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university. He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee. He voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  He was excused for vote for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Tuck voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Tom McKay
Republican, Formerly District 24
State Representative 2021-present

During the 2022 session, Representative McKay voted against the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, excused  for HB229, and voted NO for HB322.

In 2022, he voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative McKay  voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative McKay was excused from the House vote where the bill passed 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative McKay voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative McKay   voted against HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative McKay voted YES.

 

In this first term, Representative McKay voted Do Pass in the Resource Committee for the University Land Grant Resolution. (SJR8) He was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee. He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee. He voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.   He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was passed by the governor.

 

2021 Operating Budget: Representative McKay voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and No on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 to bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted No on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Calvin Schrage
Republican, Formerly District 25
State Representative 2021-present

In his first two years, Representative Schrage was very supportive of UA.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Schrage voted for the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted YES  for HB322.

 

In 2022, Representative Schrage was a sponsor of HB48, regarding eligibility for the Performance Scholarship.  HB48 was referred to the Finance committee and it did not pass the House. In 2020, he voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Schrage was a sponsor for HB127 and  voted for HB 127 on the House floor.

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. As a bill sponsor, Representative Schrage voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Schrage voted for the amendment and later voted for HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Schrage  voted for HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Schrage voted YES.

In this first term, Representative Schrage voted Do Pass in the Resource Committee for the University Land Grant Resolution. (SJR8) As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass As one HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   Representative Schrage was a co-sponsor for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university. 

 

He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and signed by the governor.

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Schrage voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

Representative Laddie Shaw
Republican, Formerly District 26
State Representative 2018-present

During the 2022 session, Representative Shaw voted against the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, excused for HB229, and voted NO  for HB322.

 

In 2022, he voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative  Shaw  voted for HB 127.

 

HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Shaw was excused from the vote when HB229 was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

 HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Shaw voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Shaw voted against HB 281.   The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Shaw voted YES.

In 2021, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee. He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee. He voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

2021 Operating Budget: Representative Shaw voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and No on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted No on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

 As a member of the House UA subcommittee, Representative Shaw voted to restore the funding for the universities by opposing the governor’s plan to cut the budget by $134m. However, as a member of the minority caucus, Representative Shaw voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor. After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19. 

Representative Shaw voted against HB2001 and was excused from voting on SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, Representative Shaw was not present at the House Finance UA subcommittee to vote on any of the amendments recommended by the committee chair, Representative Josephson.  On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Shaw voted no.  On March 28th, Representative Shaw also voted against the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Shaw voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.

 
Representative Liz Snyder
Republican, Formerly District 27 State Representative 2021-present

In her first year, Representative Snyder was very supportive of UA. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Snyder voted YES on all of them. Of nine bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on all of them.

In 2021 in her first term, as a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass As one HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   Representative Snyder was a co-sponsor for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.  She was the sponsor of HB 147 relating to Rural Teacher Education.  HB 147 was referred to the House Education Committee.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  She was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.  She voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Snyder voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

Met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association via Zoom in 2021.

 
 
Representative James Kaufman
Republican, Formerly District 28 State Representative 2021-present

Representative Kaufman support of UA was minimum.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Kaufman voted against the House budget and later voted YES on the conference committee final budget. 

 

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for HB114, YES for HB127, YES for HB229, and voted NO  for HB322.

 

During the 2022 session, Representative Kaufman voted Do Pass as a member of the House State Affairs Committee and was added as a co-sponsor for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program. SB32 did not pass the House.  In 2022, voted for HB114 sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the House 35 to 3 and signed into law on July 15, 2022.

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the House 31-6  with 3 representatives excused.  The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Representative Kaufman  voted for HB 127.

 

 HB229 related to the Alaska Higher education investment fund. Representative Kaufman voted for HB229 which was passed by the House, 23-9. 

 

HB322 originated with the House Transportation Committee for funding for the Alaska marine highway system fund.  It was then amended to include separate funding for the Alaska Higher Education investment fund for student scholarships and loans. The amendment was passed by the House, 23 to 16.  Representative Kaufman voted against the amendment and later voted against HB322  when the House passed the bill 25 to 15. It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Kaufman against for HB 281.  The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Kaufman voted YES.

 

He met with the Executive Committee via Zoom during the session.  He attended the UA Board of Regents reception at the Consortium Library in June 2022.

In 2021, in his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As one of four House members, he voted No for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  He was excused for the vote on the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee. 

  

Operating Budget: Representative Kaufman voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and No on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted No on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

The House  vote on the operating budget was 25 for and 14 against.  Representative Kaufman against for HB 281.  The final House vote for the conference committee budget was 33-7. Representative Kaufman voted YES.