JUNEAU – On Wednesday May 15th the 33rd session of the Alaska House of Representatives concluded their business and adjourned “sine die” concluding the 2024 legislative session.

The Alaska House Majority caucus passed meaningful and effective legislation this session that includes a balanced budget, a significant PFD, public safety enhancements, infrastructure improvements, and energy initiatives.

  • Under the guidance of the three Co-Chairs, the Alaska House Majority drafted a balanced and effective budget. Through a very lengthy and deliberate committee process the result of their work was a budget that supports and funds the critical departments such as Public Safety, Courts and Corrections, Health and Natural Resources that work to keep our great state safe, healthy, and prosperous. 
    • Additionally, several major capital projects around the state got the funding needed to maintain and upgrade infrastructure. 
    • House Finance also found funds for a significant PFD this year.
    • Education was funded through a one-time $680 BSA increase.
  • The House Majority achieved major strides in improving public safety in Alaska through the passage of a landmark omnibus crime bill, HB 66, which will place in statute: 
    • Harsher penalties and sentencing for distribution of fentanyl and methamphetamines. 
    • Removal of victim testimony requirements for Grand Juries.
    • Reforms for stalking, domestic violence, and conditions of release laws
    • The closure of sex offender registration loopholes.
    • Adding a misdemeanor for assault in front of children.
    • Update to terminology on child sexual abuse material.
    • The allowance for involuntary commitment of dangerous offenders with added victims’ rights.
  • Several key initiatives in energy have passed that were developed through our committees in conjunction with the office of the Governor. Particularly in incentivizing oil and gas developers to do more business in Alaska. These initiatives are a step in the right direction for increased production of oil and gas, particularly in Cook Inlet and could lead to better regulation of costs to the consumer in major population areas of Alaska. 
  • Alaska House Majority members passed legislation that will contribute to revenue and expand Alaska’s ability to do business in the international market by offering carbon storage to companies and countries around the world.
  • Additional legislation was passed by House Majority members that will ensure correspondence schooling can continue to operate through the 24-25 school year with the allotment program intact. Other bills passed through will add to the joys of Alaskans who hunt, fish, and take advantage of all the outdoor wonders this state has to offer.  

House Rules Chair Rep. Craig Johnson (R-Anchorage) stated: “Fentanyl has caused countless deaths in our state, and we must do everything in our power to prevent more Alaskans from falling victim to its devastating effects. By reclassifying drug-related homicides as murder in the second degree and removing the good time deduction for offenders, we are sending a clear message with HB 66 that this behavior will not be tolerated. This is about protecting our communities.”

“The budget we passed prioritized education, public safety, a strong permanent fund dividend, essential services to all Alaskans, and provides support for Alaska’s most vulnerable populations,” remarked Finance Co-Chair Rep. DeLena Johnson (R-Palmer).  

Speaker of the House Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla) stated: “It has been my goal, as Speaker, to confidently confront the challenges and take advantage of the many opportunities the state of Alaska offers.  While sometimes members of the House may disagree on how best to accomplish those goals, we all share the desire to make Alaska a better place to live and do business.”