Hearings on Ferry Schedule
Cordova LIO Newsletter - 7/25/19 -Issue 32 -Vol 31.1
House Transportation Committee meets SATURDAY at 1:30 pm at the Cordova Center
The subject is the draft winter schedule for the Alaska Marine Highway System. Currently, that draft schedule proposes NO ferry service from or to Cordova between Oct. 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020 (the summer schedule actually lists the last ferry into Cordova on Sept. 12, 2019).
It is unusual for a committee hearing to be held in one community.
Earlier this year, the Alaska Legislature debated the Governor's proposed $96 million cut to the marine highway system's budget. During those discussions, several scenarios for winter schedules (see slides 11 and 15) were reviewed by the Senate Transportation committee; all three scenarios included some winter service for Cordova. Instead of the $96 million cut, the Legislature adopted a budget that reduced the marine highway system's budget by $46 million.
For those unable to attend Saturday's meeting, written comments may be sent to the House Transportation Committee at email@example.com .
DOT teleconference is Monday afternoon; written comments due by Friday, July 26
On Monday, you may call in from your own phone OR meet with a group of Cordovans who will be calling in from the Cordova Center (downstairs, Conference Rooms A & B).
The teleconference number to call is 1-515-604-9000, access code 279613.
If you're not able to attend Monday,
Written comments to DOT must be sent by FRIDAY, JULY 26th to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax: 907-228-6873
The draft winter schedule is posted online and currently proposes NO ferry service from or to Cordova between Oct. 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020. The summer schedule actually ends service to Cordova on Sept. 12, 2019.
Special Session update
House Floor sessions are broadcast live online through www.360north.org
Senate Bill 2002 is scheduled for a third and final vote on Monday, July 29th on the House Floor. This is the capital budget which will enable the state to receive $1 billion in Federal funds for highway and construction projects. It also includes "reverse sweep" language which impacts the Power Cost Equalization fund, scholarship and other funds.
E-mail addresses for legislators
REPRESENTATIVES and SENATORS (you may copy and paste from this list)
Senator Gary Stevens
Senator Stevens is serving as Chair of the Legislative Council. He is also Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and is a member of the Senate Health & Social Services Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Finance Subcommittees for the University of Alaska,, Judiciary, and Education & Early Development.
Current mailing address:
305 Center Ave, STE 1
Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone: 907-465-4925 in Juneau, or 907-486-4925 in Kodiak
Toll-Free: (800) 821-4925
Representative Louise Stutes
Representative Stutes is the Majority Whip. She is Co-Chair of the Transportation Committee, and is Chair of the Fisheries Committees. She also serves on the Rules, Judiciary, and Labor & Commerce Committees.
Current Mailing Address:
305 Center Avenue, Suite 1
Kodiak, AK 99615Phone: 907-465-2487 in Juneau, or 907-486-8872 in Kodiak
Toll-Free: (800) 486-5264E-mail: Representative.Louise.Stutes@akleg.gov
Instead of email, Governor Michael Dunleavy's office provides a web-based form to send him your viewpoints. Click on this button to go to that form.
Contact Information for Legislators and Committees
You may also call the Cordova LIO, 424-5461, for this information to be emailed to you.
About the Cordova LIO
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Office Hours: The Cordova LIO will open on a part-time basis, from 1-3 pm July 8 - 12. We may also open for special appointments; call 424-5461 to request an appointment. Phone and email messages are being monitored.The office will re-open on a regular basis in December 2019.