H.B. 49 takes crucial steps to make Alaska safe
The Alaska House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal and replace Senate Bill 91.
House Bill 49, which passed 24-to-14, would enact changes that are tough on criminals and give police and prosecutors the tools they need to make Alaska safe. At the same time, the legislation helps victims receive justice and maintains a commitment to enacting policy changes based on objective information, data, and input from police officers, prosecutors, and public defenders.
“Alaskans spoke loud and clear, and we responded by repealing and replacing Senate Bill 91,” said Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole). â€œEverything in House Bill 49 is tough on criminals and particularly targets repeat offenders.â€
“A key tenet of criminal justice reform is continually looking for improvements to our laws and ways to make Alaska’s communities safer. This legislation takes many positive steps in the right direction,” said Rep. Matt Claman (D-Anchorage), who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. “In addition to this bill, we continue to work on other proposed policy changes, and the House Majority budget invests in public safety and continues our commitment to making wise use of public safety funds.”
Below are some of the most significant changes H.B. 49 would make to state law, if the bill passes the Senate as-is and receives final approval from the governor: