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Press Release: Sen. Anna MacKinnon

House Passes Suicide Prevention Council Bill

Fairclough’s HB 349 offers voting by teleconference for SPC members
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Posted: March 12, 2010
Contact: Crystal Koeneman, 465-3744

(Juneau) - The Alaska State House today passed House Bill 349, legislation proposing to allow the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council to conduct meetings and allow voting via teleconference. Representative Anna Fairclough, R-Eagle River, sponsored the bill.

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Ak St Legislature MajorityHB 349 offers a ‘fix’ to allow attendees who are unable to attend in person, to continue providing their expertise on reducing suicide in Alaska.Ak St Legislature Majority

Fairclough says the small statutory changes will allow the Council to satisfy quorum requirements and meet their mission and goals. “The last legislative audit showed that the Council had a history of attendees being unable to attend in person, due to its statewide scope,” Fairclough said. “HB 349 offers a ‘fix’ to allow this important group to continue providing their expertise on reducing suicide in Alaska.”

The Council requested the bill, writing to Fairclough that telephonic conferencing will help them become more flexible while still allowing discussions and the formation of recommendations to legislators and the governor’s office.

The 16-member Council serves an advisory role to the executive and legislative branches. They’re tasked with examining ways to reduce suicide, while finding ways to better the health and wellness of individuals, families and communities affected by suicide. The Council presents annual reports, including findings and recommendations, every March.

HB 349 now heads to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

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2010-03-12 : 00:42 : [AUDIO] Fairclough comments on HB 349 passage
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