Although the ACLU is most often associated with litigation, we also advocate for constitutional liberties in our legislative work. When the legislature is in session, we monitor bills, encourage lawmakers to pass policies that protect Alaskans' rights, and work to ensure state laws are in line with the U.S. and Alaska Constitutions.

In the 30th session of the Alaska State Legislature (January 2017 - April 2018), we're working on a broad range of issues including reproductive rights, freedom of speech and association, criminal justice reform, and privacy rights. Our legislative advocacy includes sending letters to the Governor, Senate, and House of Representatives, testifying in hearings, and providing our supporters the tools they need to effectively champion the issues they care about and to participate in our democracy.

On a national level, the ACLU's Legislative Office in Washington, D.C. handles federal and congressional legislative advocacy efforts. Learn about our nationwide priorities and policy platform here

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SB 54: Crime and Sentencing

In July 2016, Governor Walker signed SB 91, a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill, into law. The ACLU of Alaska commended the Governor and Legislature for adopting policies that make our criminal laws smarter, our justice system better, and our communities safer.

March 27, 2017 Criminal Justice Reform

SB 91: Omnibus Crime Bill

SB 91, sponsored by Senators John Coghill (R-North Pole) and Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage) is a comprehensive, bi-partisan reform of Alaska's criminal justice system that makes our criminal laws smarter and our justice system better.

July 11, 2016 Criminal Justice Reform

HB 205: Omnibus Crime Bill

HB 205, sponsored by Representative Charisse Millet (R-Anchorage), is the House companion to SB 91, a comprehensive, bi-partisan reform of Alaska's criminal justice system that makes our criminal laws smarter and our justice system better.

July 11, 2016 Criminal Justice Reform

HB 344: Drug Prescription Database

HB 344, sponsored by Representative Seaton (R-Homer), is a bill that would establish a database of prescriptions for controlled substances, including the names and addresses of the patients for whom the prescriptions were filled.

March 28, 2016 Privacy

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