Senator David Wilson
Republican, District N (Formerly D)
State Senator 2017-present

Senator Wilson has been consistently supportive of UA over the last 3 years.

 

The Senator voted for the operating budget .

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for SB32, YES on HB114, YES on HB127 and YES on HB 322.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Wilson joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  

 

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Wilson also introduced an amendment adding intent language to the UA budget.  The intent language would require UA to limit the indirect costs for federal grants billed to the Future Farmers of America Program, which is managed by the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. The amendment was adopted by a Senate vote of 10-9 and later adopted by the Conference Committee.  The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

During the 2021 semester, Senator Wilson was a member of several committees including Finance, the University of Alaska, and Community & Regional Affairs.   Senator Wilson was a co-sponsor for SB136 which would remove firearms restrictions during a disaster.  SB136 was referred to the State Affairs Committee.  As a member of the Finance Committee he voted No Recommendation on SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  He voted Do Not Pass on SB10 which would provide tuition to essential and laid-off workers  and voted No during the floor vote on SB 10. SB 10 passed the Senate and was referred to the House Education Committee.  As a member of the Finance Committee he voted Do Pass on SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program.  

Along with most of the Senate, he voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. He voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  He also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

 

As a member of the UA subcommittee, Senator Wilson voted for the $10m increase for UA.

 

2021 Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Senate adoption 1st attempt voted YES, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted YES, Second attempt (passed) voted YES. Conference Committee HB69, voted YES, Effective date, voted YES.    Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

During the 2022 session, Senator Wilson voted with all 20 senators for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program.   SB32 did not pass in the House.  He voted with all 20 senators for SB36 which would specify reporting requirements for the Board of Regents. SB36 did not pass the House.

 

SB140 would biologically determine participation in school sports including post-secondary schools.  In 2022, SB140 was tabled in the Senate by a vote of 11 for and 8 against.  Senator voted against tabling the bill. 

In 2022, he voted No recommendation and later voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the Senate with 19 votes and 1 excused.  HB 114 was signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  Senator Wilson voted no recommendation as a member of the Senate Community and Regional Committee. The bill later passed the Senate 16-1 with 3 absences. The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Senator Wilson voted for HB127.

 

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 and later passed on a floor vote of 25 to 15.  After passing the House the bill was referred to the Senate.  While Senator Wilson voted No Recommendation as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, he later voted for HB322 when the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 14 to 4.  It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

 The Senate voted 19 to 1 in passing the state’s budget which included a modest $12.3 million increase in UA’s operating budget.  Senator Wilson voted in favor.

 
Senator Mike Shower
Republican, District O (Formerly E)
State Senator 2018-present

Senator Shower’s support of UA was not consistent.

 

The Senator voted for the operating budget .

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for SB32, YES on HB114, NO on HB127 and NO on HB 322.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Shower joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Shower sponsored SJR 19 which recommended that the chancellors would report directly to the UA Board of Regents.  SJR 19 was referred to committee and did not pass. Senator Shower was the sole sponsor of SB 127 which would require UA to operate all of its satellite campuses online.  The bill referred to committee and did not pass. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

In 2021 as a member of the transportation committee, Senator Shower introduced an amendment to remove funding and voted Do Not Pass on SB74 which proposed a GO Bond which if passed would provide $29m to UA for deferred maintenance. ($10m to UAA for building upgrades and $428,000 for CPISB).  SB74 was referred to the finance committee.  Voted no on SB10 which would provide tuition to essential and laid-off workers.

 

He was excused for the vote on University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). Along with most of the Senate, he voted for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. He voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  He also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

 

 2021 Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Senate adoption 1st attempt Excused, Senate adoption rescind prior,  Excused, Second attempt (passed)  Excused. Conference Committee HB69,  Excused, Effective date, Excused.    Voted YES on Senate passage and was Excused on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

During the 2022 session, Senator Shower voted with all 20 senators for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program.   SB32 did not pass in the House. He voted with all 20 senators for SB36 which would specify reporting requirements for the Board of Regents. SB36 did not pass the House.

 

SB140 would biologically determine participation in school sports including post-secondary schools.  In 2022, SB140 was tabled in the Senate by a vote of 11 for and 8 against.  Senator voted against tabling the bill.

 

He voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the Senate with 19 votes and 1 excused.  HB 114 was signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the Senate 16-1 with 3 absences. The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. Senator Shower voted against HB127.

 

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 and later passed on a floor vote of 25 to 15.  After passing the House the bill was referred to the Senate.  Senator Shower voted against HB322 when the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 14 to 4.

It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The Senate voted 19 to 1 in passing the state’s budget which included a modest $12.3 million increase in UA’s operating budget.  Senator Shower voted in favor.

 
Senator Shelley Hughes
Republican, District M (Formerly F)
State Senator 2017-present

The Senator voted for the operating budget .

Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES for SB32, YES on HB114, YES on HB127 and NO on HB 322.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Hughes joined her colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Hughes sponsored a resolution supporting federal legislation to create the Arctic Department of Defense Regional Center for Security Studies. Senator Hughes’ office also hosted a student intern from UAF. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

In 2021 Senator Hughes was a co-sponsor for SB140 which would biologically determine participation in school sports including post-secondary schools.  The bill was referred to the Education Committee.  She was also a co-sponsor of the University Land Resolution (SJR8). She was also a co-sponsor of SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  As a member of the education committee, she voted Do Pass on SB 36. As a member of the education committee, she voted Do Pass on SB 94 which would provide education and supplemental loans. SB 94 was referred to the finance committee. She voted no on SB10 which would provide tuition to essential and laid-off workers.  As a member of the Education Committee she voted Do Pass on SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program.   As a member of the Education Committee, she voted Do Not Pass on SB 6 which would provide a retirement incentive plan for state workers. 

Along with most of the Senate, she voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. She voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  She also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor. 


2021 Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR .   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted NO, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted NO, Second attempt (passed) voted NO. Conference Committee HB69, voted NO, Effective date, voted YES.    Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

During the 2022 session, Senator Hughes voted with all 20 senators for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program.   SB32 did not pass in the House.  She voted with all 20 senators for SB36 which would specify reporting requirements for the Board of Regents. SB36 did not pass the House.

 

In 2021 Senator Hughes was a co-sponsor for SB140 which would biologically determine participation in school sports including post-secondary schools.  In 2022, SB140 was tabled in the Senate by a vote of 11 for and 8 against.  Senator Hughes voted against tabling the bill.

 

She voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the Senate with 19 votes and 1 excused.  HB 114 was signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  Senator Hughes was a sponsor of HB127 and voted Do Pass as a member of the Senate Community and Regional Committee. It passed the Senate 16-1 with 3 absences. The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. The Senator voted for HB127.

 

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 and later passed on a floor vote of 25 to 15.  After passing the House the bill was referred to the Senate.  Senator Hughes voted against HB322 when the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 14 to 4.   It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The Senate voted 19 to 1 in passing the state’s budget which included a modest $12.3 million increase in UA’s operating budget.  Senator Hughes voted in favor.

 
Senator Lora Reinbold
Republican, District L (Formerly G)
State Representative 2013-2022

Senator Reinbold’s support of UA was minimum and failed to support the operating budget votes.

Of the nine operating budget votes, Senator Wilson voted YES  for three of them.  Of  bills favorable to UA, she voted YES for SJR8, SB36, SB32, HB100 and NO on SB10.

 

In 2019 with a vote of 19-1, Senator Reinbold joined her colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Reinbold also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting.  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.   Senator Reinbold was the only senator who voted against HB2001 while voting for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

As a member of the State Affairs Committee, Senator Reinbold is to be given credit for attending the Committee hearing on the UA system at the UAA campus.  Her increasing engagement this year is seen as promising for her future support of the universities.

 

In 2020, Senator Reinbold was the sole negative vote when the Senate passed HB205 which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor. All senators voted for HB 313 (CARES) except Senator Reinbold who introduced several unsuccessful amendments. HB313 provides UA with $10.5 m from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and $1.7m from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.  The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

In 2021, she voted no on SB10 which would provide tuition to essential and laid-off workers.  She was a co-sponsor for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program.

 

Along with most of Senate, she voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. She voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  She also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Voted NO on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted NO, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted NO, Second attempt (passed) voted NO. Conference Committee HB69, voted NO, Effective date, voted NO. Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Senator Bill Wielechowski
Democrat, District K (Formerly H) 
State Senator 2006-present

Senator Wielechowski’s support of UA improved over last year.

 

The Senator voted for the operating budget. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for SB32, YES on HB114, YES on HB127 and YES on HB 322.

 

In 2020 Senator Wielechowski was supportive of UA as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. With a vote of 17-1, Senator Wielechowski joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Wielechowski’s office hosted a student intern from UAA. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

In 2021, he was a co-sponsor of the University Land Resolution (SJR8).  He was also a co-sponsor of SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  As a member of the finance committee, he voted Do Pass on SB 36.  He was a co-sponsor of SB 10 which would provide tuition for essential and laid-off workers and voted Do Pass on SB 10 as a member of the finance committee.  He also voted Yes on SB 10 on the Senate floor.  He was a co-sponsor of SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program and voted Do Pass as a member of the Finance Committee.

 

Along with most of the Senate, he voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. He voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  He also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

 

 As a member of the UA Subcommittee, he voted for the $10M increase for UA.

 

2021 Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted NO, Senate adoption rescind prior, Excused, Second attempt (passed) Excused. Conference Committee HB69, Excused, Effective date, voted Excused.    He voted YES on Senate passage and was Excused on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

During the 2022 session, Senator Wielechowski was a co-sponsor and voted with all 20 senators for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program.   SB32 did not pass in the House.  He voted with all 20 senators for SB36 which would specify reporting requirements for the Board of Regents. SB36 did not pass the House.

 

SB140 would biologically determine participation in school sports including post-secondary schools.  In 2022, SB140 was tabled in the Senate by a vote of 11 for and 8 against.  Senator voted for tabling the bill.

 

He voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the Senate with 19 votes and 1 excused.  HB 114 was signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  Senator Wielechowski voted No recommendation as a member of the Senate Finance Committee. HB127 passed the Senate 16-1 with 3 absences. The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. The Senator voted for HB127.

 

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 and later passed on a floor vote of 25 to 15.  After passing the House the bill was referred to the Senate.  Senator Wielechowski voted Do Pass as a member of the Finance Committee and later voted for  HB322 when the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 14 to 4.   It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The Senate voted 19 to 1 in passing the state’s budget which included a modest $12.3 million increase in UA’s operating budget.  Senator Wielechowski voted in favor.

 
Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson
Democrat, District G (Formerly I)
State Senator 2018-present

Senator Gray-Jackson has been consistently supportive of UA.

 

The Senator voted for the operating budget .

Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES for SB32, YES on HB114, YES on HB127 and YES on HB 322.

 In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Gray-Jackson joined her colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Gray-Jackson was the sponsor of SB 196 which would have allowed the wearing of tribal regalia at university and public school events such as graduation. The bill was referred to committee and did not pass. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

In 2021, she was a co-sponsor of the University Land Resolution (SJR8).  She was also a co-sponsor of SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.   She was a co-sponsor of SB 10 which would provide tuition for essential and laid-off workers and voted Do Pass on SB 10 as a member of the labor and commerce committee.  She also voted Yes on SB 10 on the Senate floor.  SB 10 was referred to the House Education Committee.  She was a co-sponsor of SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program. As a member of the Education Committee, she voted in favor of SB 6 which would provide a retirement incentive plan for state workers.

 

Along with most of the Senate, she voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. She voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  She was absent for the vote on HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

2021 Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted YES, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted YES, Second attempt (passed) voted YES. Conference Committee HB69, voted YES, Effective date, voted YES.    Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

During the 2022 session, Senator Gray-Jackson was a co-sponsor and  voted with all 20 senators for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program.   SB32 did not pass in the House.   Voted with all 20 senators for SB36 which would specify reporting requirements for the Board of Regents. SB36 did not pass the House.

 

SB140 would biologically determine participation in school sports including post-secondary schools.  In 2022, SB140 was tabled in the Senate by a vote of 11 for and 8 against.  Senator Gray-Jackson voted for tabling the bill.

 

She voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the Senate with 19 votes and 1 excused.  HB 114 was signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  Senator Gray-Jackson voted Do Pass as a member of the Senate Community and Regional Committee. It passed the Senate 16-1 with 3 absences. The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. The Senator voted for HB127.

 

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 and later passed on a floor vote of 25 to 15.  After passing the House the bill was referred to the Senate.  Senator Gray-Jackson voted for  HB322 when the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 14 to 4.

 

It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The Senate voted 19 to 1 in passing the state’s budget which included a modest $12.3 million increase in UA’s operating budget.  Senator Gray-Jackson voted in favor.

 
Senator Tom Begich
Democrat, District J
State Senator 2017-2022

Senator Begich continued his outstanding support of UA. 

Of the nine operating budget votes, Senator Begich voted for YES for all of them.  Of  bills favorable to UA,  he voted YES for SJR8, SB36, SB32, HB100, SB6 and SB10.

In 2019 with a vote of 19-1, Senator Begich joined his colleagues in voting for an operating budget, which rejected the reductions proposed by the governor and provided $322m in funding for the UA system.  Senator Begich also voted with the entire Senate in passing the FY20 Capital Budget with $10m in deferred maintenance for the UA system.  This amount was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting. 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.   Senator Begich voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Begich joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Begich was the sponsor for an amendment to provide $635,900 in funding for library programs that would directly benefit the UA libraries.  While this funding was approved by the Committee Conference, it was later vetoed by the governor. Senator Begich was the sponsor of SB 30 which would have expanded the Middle College and dual enrollment programs.  The bill was referred to committee and did not pass. Senator Begich’s office hosted a student intern from UAA. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

As the Senate’s minority leader during the 2019 and 2020 sessions, Senator Begich is to be given credit for his work in negotiating with the Senate President, Cathy Giessel, with the Speaker of the House and the governor’s office to find a compromise in passing the state’s operating budget for the UA system. Senator Begich met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association in August 2019.

 

In 2021, Senate Begich met with the Executive Committee for breakfast. He was a co-sponsor of the University Land Resolution (SJR8).  He was also a co-sponsor of SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  As a member of the education committee, he voted Do Pass on SB 36.  He was a co-sponsor of SB 10 which would provide tuition for essential and laid-off workers and voted Do Pass on SB 10 as a member of the Education Committee.  He also voted Yes on SB 10 on the Senate floor.  SB 10 was referred to the House Education Committee.  As a co-sponsor and as a member of the Education Committee he voted Do Pass on SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program.   As a member of the Education Committee, he voted Do Pass on SB 6 which would provide a retirement incentive plan for state workers.

 

Along with most of Senate, he voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. He voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  He also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted YES, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted YES, Second attempt (passed) voted YES. Conference Committee HB69, voted YES, Effective date, voted YES.    Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Senator Mia Costello
Republican, District H (Formerly K)
State Senator 2015-present

Senator Costello’s support of UA was adequate and better than last year.

 

The Senator voted for the operating budget .

Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES for SB32, YES on HB114, YES on HB127 and YES on HB 322.

 

In 2020, Senator Costello was excused during the vote for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  Senator Costello sponsored a resolution supporting federal legislation to create the Arctic Department of Defense Regional Center for Security Studies. Senator Costello’s office hosted a student intern from UAA. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

In 2021, Senator Costello was  a co-sponsor of SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.   She voted No Recommendation for SB 10 which would provide tuition for essential and laid-off workers as a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee.  She was excused from the floor vote on SB 10.   As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass on SB 6 which would provide a retirement incentive plan for state workers.  SB 6 was referred to the Finance Committee.  She was a co-sponsor for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program.

 

Along with most of the Senate, she voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. She voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  She also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

2021 Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted NO, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted YES, Second attempt (passed) voted NO.  Conference Committee HB69, voted NO, Effective date, voted YES.    Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

During the 2022 session, Senator Costello was a co-sponsor and voted with all 20 senators for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program.   SB32 did not pass in the House.  She voted with all 20 senators for SB36 which would specify reporting requirements for the Board of Regents. SB36 did not pass the House.

 

SB140 would biologically determine participation in school sports including post-secondary schools.  In 2022, SB140 was tabled in the Senate by a vote of 11 for and 8 against.  Senator voted against tabling the bill.

 

She voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the Senate with 19 votes and 1 excused.  HB 114 was signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the Senate 16-1 with 3 absences. The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. The Senator voted for HB127.

 

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 and later passed on a floor vote of 25 to 15.  After passing the House the bill was referred to the Senate.  Senator Costello voted for  HB322 when the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 14 to 4.  It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The Senate voted 19 to 1 in passing the state’s budget which included a modest $12.3 million increase in UA’s operating budget.  Senator Costello voted in favor.

 
Senator Natasha Von Imhof
Republican, Formerly District L
State Senator 2017-2022

Senator von Imhof’s support of UA was very good.

Of the nine operating budget votes, Senator von Imhof  voted for all of them.  Of  bills favorable to UA,  she voted YES for all of them ( SJR8, SB10, HB100, SB36, and SB32.)

In 2019 as a member of the Senate UA subcommittee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator von Imhof voted for a $322m budget for the UA system, which was $5m higher than the UA budget passed by the House.  The $322m budget is only a 1.5 percent decrease over FY19.  Senator von Imhof was also a member of the Conference Committee, which accepted the Senate version of $322m for the UA budget. As the co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee Senator von Imhof recommended the Capital Budget which included $10m for deferred maintenance for the UA system. The entire Senate approved this amount.  The $10m was later reduced to $7.5m by the House and then reduced to $5m in the final voting. 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.   Senator von Imhof voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.  In October, Senator von Imhof met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association.

 

During the 2020 session, Senator von Imhof was supportive of UA as a member of the Senate Finance Committee and on the Conference Committee. In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator von Imhof joined her colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m cut proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor.  The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

On February 24, 2020 Senator von Imhof had her Chief of Staff visit the UAA campus to assess the need for deferred maintenance.

 

In 2021, Senator von Imhof was a co-sponsor of the University Land Resolution (SJR8) and voted Do Pass on the resolution as a member of the Resource Committee.  She voted Do Not Pass as a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee on SB 10 which would provide tuition for essential and laid-off workers. However she voted Yes during the floor vote.  As a member of the Finance Committee she voted Do Pass for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes UA.

 

Along with most of Senate, she voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. She voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  She also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

As a member of the UA Subcommittee she voted for the $10m increase for UA.

 

Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted YES, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted YES, Second attempt (passed) voted YES. Conference Committee HB69, voted YES, Effective date, voted YES.    Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Senator Josh Revak
Republican, District M
State Representative 2018-2019
Senator 2019-2022

Of the nine operating budget votes, Senator Revak voted for all of them.  Of  bills favorable to UA,  he voted YES for SJR8, SB 10, SB 6, SB 36,SB 32 and was excused on the vote for HB 100.

As a member of the House Education Committee, Representative Revak did not attend the final close out meeting for the committee’s recommendations.  Representative Revak also voted as a member of the minority caucus, 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 Revak voted against HB2001 and was excused from voting on SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

With the untimely death of Senator Birch, Representative Revak has been named by the governor to represent Senate District M.  Senator Revak’s staff member Kim Skipper met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association.

 

In 2020, with a vote of 17-1, Senator Revak joined his colleagues in voting for an operating and capital budget (HB205) which set the funding for UA at $289.5 million. This level of funding is $12.5 million below the FY20 level or half of the $25m proposed by the governor’s compact agreement.  While the $12.5 million was approved by the Conference Committee, it was vetoed by the governor. Senator Revak sponsored a resolution supporting federal legislation to create the Arctic Department of Defense Regional Center for Security Studies. Senator Revak was a sponsor of HB 159 which would have changed the service and reimbursement requirements for the WWAMI Medical Program. The bill was referred to committee and did not pass. Senator Revak’s office hosted two student interns from UAF. The senator also voted for HB235 which reauthorized the funding for TVEP.

 

In 2021, Senator Revak was a co-sponsor of the University Land Resolution (SJR8) and voted Do Pass on the resolution as a member of the Resource Committee. He was a co-sponsor of SB 10 which would provide tuition for essential and laid-off workers, voted Do Pass as a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee and finally voted Yes on SB 10 on the Senate floor.  SB 10 was referred to the House Education Committee.  As a member of the Education Committee, he voted in favor of  SB 6 which would provide a retirement incentive plan for state workers.

 

Along with most of Senate, he voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. He voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  He was excused for the vote on HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted YES, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted YES, Second attempt (passed) voted YES. Conference Committee HB69, voted YES, Effective date, voted YES. Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Senator Roger Holland
Republican, District E (Formerly N)
State Senator 2021-present

The Senator voted for the operating budget .

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES for SB32, YES on HB114, YES on HB127 and NO on HB 322.

 

In his first term as state senator, Senator Holland was  co-sponsor of the University Land Resolution (SJR8).

As a member of the education committee, he voted Do Pass on SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education. As a member of the education committee, he voted Do Pass on SB 94 which would provide education and supplemental loans. SB 94 was referred to the finance committee.  He voted Do Pass SB 10 which would provide tuition for essential and laid-off workers as a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee and then No SB 10 on the Senate floor.   As a member of the Education Committee he voted Do Pass on SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program.   As a member of the Education Committee, he voted Do Not Pass on SB 6 which would provide a retirement incentive plan for state workers.

 

Along with most of the Senate, he voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8) and for SB 36 which would require the BOR to report on teacher education.  SB 36 was referred to House Education Committee. He voted for SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College Program. SB 32 was referred to House Education and then on to the House State Affairs Committee.  He also voted for HB 100 which provides votech funding to UA. HB 100 was signed by the governor.

 

2021 Operating Budget: Voted YES on Senate Passage,  YES on Senate CBR.   Conference Committee: Senate adoption 1st attempt voted NO, Senate adoption rescind prior, voted NO, Second attempt (passed) voted NO. Conference Committee HB69, voted NO, Effective date, voted NO. Voted YES on Senate passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71).

Senator Holland failed to show up twice for scheduled Zoom sessions with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association.

 

During 2022, Senator Holland voted with all 20 senators for SB32 which would expand the Middle College program.   SB32 did not pass in the House.  Voted with all 20 senators for SB36 which would specify reporting requirements for the Board of Regents. SB36 did not pass the House.

 

SB140 would biologically determine participation in school sports including post-secondary schools.  In 2022, SB140 was tabled in the Senate by a vote of 11 for and 8 against.  Senator Holland voted against tabling the bill.

 

 He voted for HB114 which was sponsored by the governor and addressed education loan eligibility. HB114 passed the Senate with 19 votes and 1 excused.  HB 114 was signed into law on July 15, 2022.

 

HB127 regarding UA loans and bond limits was sponsored by the governor.  It passed the Senate 16-1 with 3 absences. The bill was signed into law on 7/3/22. The Senator voted for HB127.

 

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 and later passed on a floor vote of 25 to 15.  After passing the House the bill was referred to the Senate.  Senator Holland  voted against HB322 when the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 14 to 4.  It was signed into law on June 29, 2022.

 

The Senate voted 19 to 1 in passing the state’s budget which included a modest $12.3 million increase in UA’s operating budget.  Senator Holland voted in favor.