About Pat Watt

Pat Watt has been a LWV member (on and off) for almost 50 years. She is currently Chair of the LWVJ Communications Committee, and Chairs the Website Subcommittee.

2017 Action Alert #11

Here is where we are with the Legislature as time runs out: HB 184: The companion bill for SB 72, antidiscrimination. This is being heard in House State Affairs on Thursday, May 3,3 pm, Rm 120. The bill can be found here: <http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Bill/Text/30?Hsid=HB0184A> Public testimony is not yet scheduled. The bill is being introduced in its [...]

By | 2017-05-03T11:01:37+00:00 April 29th, 2017|Action Alert, Advocacy|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #10

I am sending this out because it is most likely the most  important issue that faces citizens of this state at the current time.  The information box below from Great Alaska Schools is well done and explains clearly where the budget is at.  We need to make our voices heard.  The House has completed a major [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:57:31+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Action Alert, Advocacy|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #8a

If you have been hesitant to email your elected state officials, here is a chance to jump in and get your feet wet.  And remember that once you contact them by email, their email addresses are in your email list and contacting them again will be much easier. You might want to gather together some friends [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:51:52+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Action Alert|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #9

Here is the current status. The Legislature is busy. HB 44: Ethics Bill dealing with conflicts of interest. The bill passed the House and has been transmitted to the Senate. Keep tuned. HB 31: Processing sexual assault kits: The bill passed the House and has been transmitted to the Senate. Keep tuned. HB 111: Oil Tax Credits: Passed [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:59:22+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Action Alert, Advocacy|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #8

Here is the status of the bills we have been following plus one we might want to follow should there ever be a hearing. A. SB 72--The following language would be added to the list of protected classes in state ant-discrimination statute: "sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression." You can send an email of support to [email protected] and [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:43:18+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Action Alert, Advocacy|0 Comments

NPV Arguments and Rebuttals

Arguments and statements against the National Popular Vote (NPV) Compact include the following, with the LWV's rebuttal written by the LWVAK Advocacy Chair, Judy Andree: 1. "But your votes do count under the current method." This is not fully true given that the Presidential election is a national election and all votes should count at [...]

By | 2017-03-30T11:16:18+00:00 March 30th, 2017|Advocacy, Election Laws|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #7

Last week Advocacy Chair, Judy Andree, attended public testimony on HB 175, National Popular Vote Compact.  She followed up with a second letter from LWVAK in response to some of the testimony that opposed the bill with incorrect information.  The letter focused on the history of the League's involvement with the National Popular Vote as [...]

By | 2017-03-27T11:33:56+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Action Alert, Election Laws|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #6

SB 72: DISCRIMINATION: GENDER ID.;SEXUAL ORIENTATION. Sponsor: Senator Gardner "An Act adding to the powers and duties of the State Commission for Human Rights; and relating to and prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression." There are no current hearings scheduled. The bill was referred to HSS, JUD, and FIN and currently [...]

By | 2017-03-20T14:02:41+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Action Alert, Member Info|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #5

HB 44 (Ethics), HB 25 (insurance coverage for contraceptives, HB 115 (budget fix with income tax, PF restructuring)--No further hearings scheduled as of yet.  HB 31, sexual assault kit handling & database, has been advanced to House Finance. Two bills that concern money for school funding  might be of interest and worth watching, particularly if nothing [...]

By | 2017-03-14T13:17:19+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #4

NOTE: AN EMAIL NEEDS TO BE ONLY 2-3 SENTENCES LONG (UNLESS YOU HAVE MORE TO SAY).  BUT THOSE 2-3 SENTENCES ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR A BILL OR CERTAIN ASPECTS OF A BILL.  SO LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD! Great Alaska Schools Rejuvenation Meeting - Saturday, March 11  10:00-11:30 Mendenhall Valley Library Conference Room. Great Alaska Schools was [...]

By | 2017-03-06T12:25:01+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Action Alert, Member Info|0 Comments

2017 Action Alert #3

To all LWV of Alaska members - please make your voices heard. 1. HB 25--Support emails are needed for HB 25--INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONTRACEPTIVES. Sponsor Representative Claman, Representative Spohnholz. The text of the bill can be found here: http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/30/Bills/HB0025A.PDF. HB 25 is a mirror bill to one submitted last session by Senator Gardner. It will provide [...]

By | 2017-02-26T14:49:29+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Action Alert, Advocacy, Corruption|0 Comments

Contacting Your Federal Representatives

This post is the second in a series designed to give readers tools to begin becoming effective advocates for policy direction at the local, federal, and state level. This post focuses on the federal level. Generally, the process boils down to a few stages. However, the details of each process at the local, state, and federal level are quite different. [...]

By | 2017-01-17T10:14:35+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Advocacy, Member Info|0 Comments

Tracking and Impacting AK Legislation

This post is the first in a series designed to give readers a few tools to begin becoming effective advocates for policy direction at the local, federal, and state level. This post focuses on the state level. Generally, the process boils down to a few stages. However, the details of each process at the local, state, and federal level [...]

By | 2017-03-25T14:02:31+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Advocacy, Member Info|0 Comments