Frequently Asked Questions
- Who are my Legislators?
- How do I contact my Legislator via e-mail? by phone? by mail?
- What is the composition of the Alaska Legislature?
- How does a bill become a law?
- How do I find information about a bill if all I know is a general topic?
- Is there a way of tracking bills?
- When does the Legislative session convene? adjourn?
- How do I contact my local Legislative Information Office?
- Where can I find a list of the House and Senate standing committees?
- How do I send a Public Opinion Message (POM)?
- Are there Capitol tours?
You may contact your Legislator by mail, e-mail, phone, fax or by sending a Public Opinion Message. For a list of Legislators and their contact information click here: Legislator List.
Email: The format for an e-mail address is as follows:
The Alaska Legislature is composed of two bodies: the House of Representatives and the Senate. The House of Representatives consists of 26 Republicans and 14 Democrats. Of the forty Representatives, 13 are women and 27 are men. The Senate consists 13 Republicans and 7 Democrats. Of the twenty Senators, 4 are women and 16 are men. For short biographies of your Legislators, click on one of the following links:
A bill becomes a law by going through an introduction, reading, referral, hearing and voting process known as the Legislative Process. Click on the link for a detailed description of this process.
Our Legislative home page includes a link to the Bill Action and Status Inquiry System (BASIS). If you know the general topic of the bill, select subject summary from the box on the right hand side of the page and choose from a list of general topics. From there, you can read the short titles of bills to find the one that matches what you are looking for.
You can track bills through the Bill Action and Status Inquiry System (BASIS). Information at this site includes, but is not limited, to bill histories, sponsor statements, committees of referral, and committee schedules. You can also access the full text of bills here.
The legislature convenes at the capital each year on the third Tuesday in January at 1:00 p.m. Each legislature has a duration of two years and consists of a "First Regular Session" that meets in the odd-numbered years, and a "Second Regular Session" that meets in the even-numbered years, and any special session that the governor or legislature calls. The first and second regular sessions are each 90 days long.
From the Legislative home page, click on the link toLegislative Information Offices and then click on the directory at the top of the page. Here you will find addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and links to individual LIO web pages.
You may now send your own Public Opinion Messages (POM)! Your name and address that you use needs to be the one that is on your voter registration card. To access the program, click here: http://www.akleg.gov/poms. If you have problems or questions, contact your local Legislative Information Office.