Items of Interest
Updated 2020-0319 in response to COVID-19 preparations.
How to Watch Assembly Meetings
Assembly meetings are televised live on Channel 10. To find meeting agendas or streaming of regular Assembly meetings at the Chambers, please go to http://www.muni.org/watchnow. Please be advised that some items (laid on the table items or floor amendments), may not be on that evening's agenda, but will be projected on the streaming or Channel 10 during the meetings.
Special Assembly Meetings Regarding Ordinances for Covid-19 Preparations and Response
Assembly Chair Forrest Dunbar called two Special Meetings of the Anchorage Assembly for March 12 and March 20, both at 5:00 pm, for the introduction and potential passage of measures designed to prepare the the Municipality and the Assembly Department for any outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). The Special Meeting on March 12th was held at City Hall in Room #155; the Special Meeting of March 20th will be held in the Assembly Chambers at Loussac Library.
To see the full press release regarding these meetings, click here.
To see the full agenda and cooresponding meeting materials, visit the Assembly's Meetings Page and look under “Upcoming Meetings and Agendas."
Assembly Encourages Public Testimony by Email or Phone
Due to concerns over large gatherings amid the COVID-19 outbreak, it is the intent of the Assembly Chair to allow members of the Assembly to attend meetings telephonically and to allow the public to testify by email and by phone for the Special Meeting of March 20, 2020 and Regular Assembly Meeting of March 24, 2020.
Community members are strongly encouraged to provide testimony via email or by telephone. Because of the federal, state, and local health department guidance and emergency measures, the number of people allowed in the Assembly Chambers will be limited.
To see the full press release regarding this recommendation, as well as instructions on how to provide public testimony via email and phone, click here.
To see the full agenda (which includes instructions for providing email and phone testimony) and cooresponding meeting materials for March 20 and March 24, visit the Assembly's Meetings Page and look under “Upcoming Meetings and Agendas."
Assembly Priorities and Vision
As the legislative branch of the Municipality of Anchorage, the Anchorage Assembly is charged
with setting policy for the Municipality.
On December 17, 2019 the Assembly passed AR 2019-436, As Amended, a resolution of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly establishing and adopting the Anchorage Assembly's Vision and Goals for 2019-2021.
The Assembly is pleased to present the 2019-2021 Municipality of Anchorage Assembly Priorities. As always, the Assembly appreciates any feedback you may have. You can find personal Assembly
member contacts at About Us-Member Profiles or you can email all Assembly members at email@example.com.
2019-2021 Assembly Priorities and Vision Working Document
Other Items of Interest
Alcohol and Sales Tax Revenue Measures
On January 28, 2020 the Anchorage Assembly will consider three ordinances that could potentially come before voters as ballot propositions during the April 7 Election. Please click on the links below to read the full ordinances:
Assembly and Mayor to hold Town Hall Series Regarding Anchorage's Fiscal Situation and New Revenue Options
The Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) invites the public to join the Mayor and the Anchorage Assembly in a series of town hall meetings where the public can learn about Anchorage's fiscal situation and discuss new revenue options the Anchorage Assembly is considering.
State funding to the MOA has dropped by $100M since 2005. As state aid to communities continues to decline, and the need and cost for maintaining local government services and facilities continues, the Municipality is looking to other possible revenue streams to bridge the gap.
These town halls provide a way for the public to ask questions and weigh in on proposed revenue options, including an alcohol tax and sales tax, both measures which are set for a public hearing and vote at the regular Assembly meeting of Tuesday, January 14. At this time, no other proposed revenue options have been put forward. New revenue options above the tax cap are required to be approved by voters at a future regular or special election.
Town halls planned for January 2020 are:
- January 7 – 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Loussac Library, Wilda Marston Theatre
- January 8 – 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Chugiak High School Auditorium
- January 9 – 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Girdwood Community Room in Girdwood
For additional information, please contact Felix Rivera, Assembly Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation on Anchorage Fiscal Situation and Potential Revenue Options
Joint Meeting of the Anchorage Assembly & the Anchorage School Board of December 6, 2019
More information about the Anchorage Climate Action Plan can be found HERE!
FY 2020 Assembly Proposed Budget Amendments for November 19, 2019 Regular Assembly Meeting
Worksession re Assembly Proposed Budget Amendments FY2020
Worksession re FY2020 Budget
Worksession re AO 2019-112, Tax Spending Limit
The below factsheets are provided as a courtesy to the public to highlight provisions of the law; it is not the law. For specific details of the law and the requirements or prohibitions of law, please refer to the text of the ordinance or Anchorage Municipal Code.
Ordinance Prohibiting Plastic Shopping Bags
AO 2018-110, As Amended, an ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly amending Anchorage Municipal Code Chapter 15.95, Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags, to delay the date the prohibition on distribution goes into effect, to add and clarify exceptions, to clarify terminology and include conforming amendments, and amending the corresponding language in AMC Section 14.60.030 accordingly. - Approved as amended at the Regular Assembly Meeting of December 18, 2018.
AO 2018-63(S), As Amended, an ordinance of the Anchorage Assembly amending the Anchorage Municipal Code to add a new chapter to prohibit certain retail sellers from distributing disposable plastic shopping bags and providing for civil fines.- Approved as amended at the Regular Assembly Meeting of August 28, 2018. A motion for reconsideration of AO 2018-63(S), As Amended failed at the Regular Assembly Meeting of September 11, 2018.
Ordinance Increasing Minimum Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco Products to 21
Ordinance No. AO 2019-90(S), an ordinance of the Anchorage Assembly amending certain sections of Anchorage Municipal Code Title 14 to increase the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21, including electronic smoking products and products containing nicotine in the regulation of tobacco products, make conforming amendments to the fine schedule in Title 14 and complementary amendments to Title 12, and related matters.
Resolution Opposing Governor Dunleavy's Proposed FY2020 Budget
AR 2019-105, a resolution opposing Governor Dunleavy's proposed FY2020 budget.