2024 Winter Legislative Conference

February 20-22, 2024 | Baranof Hotel Juneau
Registration

The Alaska Municipal League organizes its Winter Legislative Conference every year in Juneau during the legislative session to focus on the legislative agenda.

  • Hear from State agency officials
  • Learn more about current legislation and activities
  • Visit with legislators and legislative staff
  • Address priority issues
  • Contribute to AML’s legislative strategy

The goals of the meeting are to:

  • Advance AML’s legislative priorities
  • Learn more about specific topics relevant to municipal government
  • Connect AML members with legislators and administration officials

Working Agenda

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

8:00 AM Registration open & Breakfast

8:30 AM Welcome and Introductions

  • Beth Weldon, AML President
  • Max Mertz, Alaska Committee

9:00 AM Budget 101

  • Neil Steininger

10:00 AM Current Legislation Affecting Local Governments

  • Sen. Jesse Bjorkman (confirmed)

10:30 AM Break 

11:00 AM Budget (continued)

  • Nils Andreassen

Noon Lunch

  • Tyson Gallagher, Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor

1:30 PM Legislative Leadership

  • Senate President Gary Stevens
  • Speaker of House Cathy Tilton
  • Senate Majority Leader Cathy Giessel
  • Senate Rules Chair Bill Wielechowski
  • House Majority Leader Dan Saddler
  • House Minority Leader Calvin Schrage

2:45 PM Break 

3:00 PM AML Legislative Update

  • Nils Andreassen, Alaska Municipal League
  • Heather Brakes, AML Lobbyist
  • Jordan Marshall, AML Lobbyist
  • Christine Hess and Reggie Joule, AML Lobbyists

4:15 PM Address by Senator Dan Sullivan

4:00 – 5:30 PM Office Hours – Staff to Senator Lisa Murkowski
Staff available to answer questions or discuss challenges/opportunities.

Dinner on your own

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

8:30 AM Breakfast 

9:00 AM State Agency Updates

  • Sustainability Plans – Water and Sewer Systems
    • Carrie Bohan, Department of Environmental Conservation (confirmed)
  • Human Health Criteria
    • Teri Lomax, Department of Environmental Conservation

9:30 AM HB150 – Residential Building Code

    • Rep. Jesse Sumner

9:45 AM State Agency Updates (cont.)

  • State Lands for Development
    • Rachel Longacre, Department of Natural Resources

10:30 AM Break  

11:00 AM Energy Security

  • Josh Sims, Enstar

Noon Lunch

  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (video address)

1:15 PM Drilling Down – Priority Legislation

  • SB88 – Return to Defined Benefit 
    • Sen. Cathy Giessel
  • SB140 – BSA Increase
    • Sen. Lӧki Tobin
  • HB89 – Childcare Assistance and Tax Credits
    • Rep. Julie Coulombe
  • HB239 – Presumption of Compensability
    • Rep. Andy Josephson

2:30 PM Break

  • Capitol Visit (optional)

3:30 PM Senate Education – Municipal Listening Session

4:30 PM Coastal Coalition Meeting – Douglas Room (Baranof)

5:00 – 7:00 PM AML Legislative Reception

Thursday, February 22, 2024

8:00 AM Breakfast   

8:30 AM Advocacy and Planning – ACoM

  • Josh Verhagen, City of Nenana, ACoM President
  • Nils Andreassen, AML Executive Director

9:00 AM Alaska Budget Choices

  • Jennifer Johnston, Commonwealth North

10:00 AM Address by Representative Mary Peltola

10:30 AM Maintaining a Healthy Tax Base

  • Legislation Impacts – Nils Andreassen, AML
  • Litigation Impacts – Bill Falsey, Huth Reynolds LLC

11:30 AM Adjourn