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Legislative Committee

Legislative Fly-In

Meeting Time: Last Monday of the month, 3:30 to 5 pm

Committee Liaison: Katie Cole, 907-677-7111,

Committee Chairs: Art Clark & Ed Hendrickson


The Legislative Committee works to gather proposed legislation at the state and federal levels that may impact businesses in Anchorage. It communicates directly with the Anchorage Chamber Board of Directors and members in an effort to develop advocacy actions that ensures a successful business climate. For Anchorage Chamber Legislative positions, follow the link here


Legislative Priorities:
  • Develop and implement a sustainable fiscal plan
  • Reduce the state budget
  • Consider new, broad-based, sustainable revenue sources
  • Support funding for the Port of Alaska
  • Responsible for the Anchorage Chamber advocacy program including development, implementation, and evaluation
  • Responsible for considering the needs of our members and the legislative priorities of our board
  • Responsible for researching and monitoring progress of all proposed legislation in the local, state, and federal arenas relevant to our mission of advancing a successful business climate
  • Prioritizes proposed legislation on which the Anchorage Chamber can have a significant impact, creates an advocacy strategy, and makes recommendations to the board
  • Responsible for outreach to as wide an acquaintanceship as possible with key decision makers so that immediate contacts can be made as needed to learn their positions and to present the Anchorage Chamber's viewpoints on issues as they develop
  • Responsible for developing and implementing an advocacy communications strategy which effectively informs members and engages members to testify, provide, comments, vote, etc.  All out-going communications must be shared and approved by appropriate Anchorage Chamber staff (committee notices, mass member emails, website updates, social media entries, etc.)
  • To operate all advocacy efforts within the budget approved by the board of directors


Committee Goals
  • Develop survey and survey membership for legislative issues of concern for the next year's legislative session
  • Review standing resolutions and make recommendations to the board for those to carry forward
  • Develop legislative priorities and advocacy plan for each priority.
    • Develop standard language and format for letters of support and public testimony for each priority
    • Describe action to be taken for each priority
  • Review pending legislation and prioritize based on member concerns
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