Gov. Dunleavy talks expectations on eve of legislative session

Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 1:05 PM AKST
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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - Gov. Mike Dunleavy spoke Monday about his expectations of the upcoming legislative session, which is due to begin Tuesday in Juneau.

Addressing media in the State Capitol Building, Dunleavy discussed what Alaskans can expect from the 2022 Legislature.

“We’re in an election year,” he said. “There’s a lot of important and critical issues that need to be dealt with.”

Dunleavy highlighted those important issues as “dealing with” the Permanent Fund and election integrity in Alaska, to a renewed push for food security in the state.

LIVE: Gov. Dunleavy discusses upcoming legislative session

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Dunleavy and Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer announced last month that they plan to introduce a bill aimed at election reform. It had not yet been introduced in its entirety. Dunleavy said Monday that he and Meyer hope the Legislature will take that bill up, as well as any amendments, as quickly as possible.

Dunleavy highlighted food security as a potential focus in this legislative session, saying it will be important to look at ports like the Port of Alaska in Anchorage and in other areas of the state.

“Quite frankly I think, historically with growing globalism over the decades, we’ve kind of let our guard down, become and little relaxed and assumed that the supply chains and whatever we need would come here on the nearest plane or the next barge,” Dunleavy said. That’s not necessarily the case.”

He also highlighted the importance of growing Alaska’s agricultural base.

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