Blogs by Rep Bob Lynn

Blog site of Representative Bob Lynn, Alaska House of Representatives,District 31 Anchorage, Alaska. Blogs consist of public comments during legislative sessions, speeches, political commentary, as well as personal observations, and some journal type entries. Comments are invited.

Location: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Member of the Alaska State House of Represeentatives since 2003. US Air Force, Retired; military bandsman; F94C interceptor pilot; Vietnam service as radar controller (Monkey Mountain), radar site commander(Pleiku); Government Contract Management; Public school Teacher, Retired. Married 55 years to Marlene Wagner Lynn, 6 children, 20 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild. Member St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. Former Tucson Arizona policeman, Ambulance Driver and Mortician's Assistant, Realtor (currently on referral status).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Legislators “pre-filed” several new bills in our Alaska House and Senate last week and today. A bill may be filed anytime during a session, but a “pre-filed” bill is “read across the floor” on the very first day of session and assigned by the Speaker to committees. Pre-filing gives bill sponsors something of a “jump start” on the getting bills through the sometimes tortuous legislative process.

I’ll provide more information at a later date, but the following are my personal pre-filed bills:

HB3: Legal presence in Alaska required for an Alaska driver’s license and/or identification card.

HB4: Makes false name on telephone caller ID device illegal.

HB5: Requires Permanent Fund Corporate divestment to divest certain funds in Sudan (Darfur) due to the on-going genocide.

HB6: Bill addresses inappropriate human contact with animals that could be a “gateway” to sexual abuse of children.

HB24: Co-Prime Sponsor with Representatives Fairclough and Gatto on a bill involving Alaska veteran preference for public procurement.

HB42: Forms a study group to determine how to implement instant campaign on-line reporting. The Anchorage Daily News published my editorial on this bill on January 13th, and this bill was also covered earlier by Anchorage Channel 2 NBC News.

Bill number not yet assigned: PFD allowed for civilian military contractors assigned overseas.

Bill number not yet assigned: Allows members of the same family to work together in state employment, if one doesn’t supervise the other.

Bill number not yet assigned: Special license plates for honorary consuls of foreign nations who reside in Alaska.

Note: I may also file other personal bills during regular session, and may also “carry” some of the governor’s bills at her request. I may also be co-sponsoring some bills of other legislators.


Anonymous sauerkraut said...

How about taking a second look at the legislative investigation, begun before the elections, into Sarah Palin's ethical lapses.

Or is that too much thinking for you?

word veri: revelboo

boo is what I say to your "it's history" comment that other day.

11:30 AM  
Blogger SillyWhabbit said...

Why on Earth would a person not want to look back into allegations of unethical activity unless you suspect Sarah Palin is actually guilty of something?
You could also get some kind of bill or house resolution to enable help for rural Alaskans in need of food and heating? Could it possibly be that when it is a rich white Banker, it is help, but when it is a rural Alaskan Native, it is charity?

12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding civilian contractors and the PFD. My husband and I recently had to relocate from the Southside to the lower 48. The reason for this was that after going to Paramedic School- he could not get on with AFD. After 3 years on a waiting list, we decided we had to move out of state for him to work in his field. Testing time had come around again and being hired was uncertain. We would have loved to stay in Alaska. He was able to get on a Fire Department outside, and started work in September. We were forced to move for work- and NEITHER of us got a PFD. Please tell me how a civilian contractor is different from a civil servant?

12:43 PM  
Anonymous mwThatOne said...

I am just asking you to NOT continue the coverup, the looking forward without being accountable for the past, the 'blind allegiance' ......what about 'open transparent' government promised? How dare those subpoenaed not show up!
This is not about elections being over, it is about being a statesman/stateswoman. Please stand up for what is right and ethical.

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Julianne said...

It IS important to LEARN from history. Allowing illegal & unethical behavior in government does a disservice both to the government and to the people it is supposed to represent.

Please do not say "It's history." when it comes to important issues directly related to good governance.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You will be an even BIGGER disgrace to Alaska than she is if you allow Palin to get off scot-free for Troopergate.

Oh, and here's a "news flash" for you.... ALL criminal investigations pertain to things that happened "in the past" (except for in that awful Tom Cruise movie), so your statement is not only ridiculous, it's inaccurate.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Fuzzy said...

So you'll be "carrying" some of your governor's bills for her, will you? Carrying anything else for her? Like her BAGGAGE? Troopergate is not history, it is indicative of a pattern of pathological behavior that should be of concern to anyone conceerned with ethics in government. Boy that $100,000 spent on the legislative inquiry should would come in handy in the bush right now.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Lynn, you HAD to know that your lapse in judgment regarding your statements would come to follow you. In the past? Puh-Lease!

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you're one of the lawmakers? Where can I find one of the law-enforcers?

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Lynn, I found your recent comment regarding Troopergate and other ethical/legal lapses by the Governor and her appointees to be reckless and irresponsible.
The violations of the public trust that have recently occurred are not "history", as you claim, but quite relevant to your constituents. Be assured that we will continue to demand honesty and ethics from our elected leaders, despite your attempts to quell our voices. We Alaskans will NOT let these issues become "history" without giving them due process. Those of you in the legislature who continue to "wish away" the investigation of these violations are nothing less than complicit in them. I hope that you will reconsider your position and use your position to uphold honest government in this state, rather than to subvert it.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Ted Powell said...

Not only must justice be done, justice must be seen to be done.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Martha Toon said...

Dear Rep Bob Lynn:

I am an Alaskan resident of almost thirty years and I currently live in Juneau. I have lived in Kodiak and Seward in the past.
I emailed all of the legislators at the end of last year stating that I am not supportive of letting the investigation into Troopergate be put aside. You must be aware that many Alaskans have lost complete confidence in our governor and we wish for this to be restored in a meaningful way. I'm not partisan, nor is this a partisan request, but I am growing ever concerned that many of my state legislators are posturing and positioning in order to benefit themselves and their party instead of their constituents.
We are celebrating our 50th year of Alaska statehood, and I find it very sad & ironic that during this time where we should be examining our history, our goals, and finding pride in what our state has accomplished - that instead I receive, and read snarky replies to constituents from several of my legislators and have ended up with a governor who we cannot trust. Your "news flash" comment was rude and condescending and certainly not a fit comment from a state lawmaker!
Our legislature MUST help to restore our confidence in our governor, our AG, and several state commissioners who were party to Sarah Palin's open quest for revenge. It's the right thing to do for all involved. To ignore Troopergate is to assist in the inflation of its importance throughout the country and to put Alaska in a very bad light. Nice try, I don't buy it. Be a lawmaker, not a partisan bimbo.

4:13 PM  
Blogger CO almost Native said...

I hope you are not condoning AG Colberg's actions concerning Troopergate. For a state Attorney General to suggest witnesses ignore legal, reasonable subpoenas is a violation of Alaskan state law. The Legislature should determine the primary responsibility of the Attorney General: is he the attorney for the Governor, or is he responsible for upholding and carrying out the laws of the state.

This is a responsibility of the Legislature, and does not hinge on an election.

4:14 PM  
Blogger Kenneth said...

Mr. Rob Lynn:

It seems that “Newsflash” is one of your favorite instructional colloquiums. Why just a year ago (January 8, 2008), you posted the following blog entry on the topic of “CHANGE”:

"Newsflash. Change is neither good nor bad. It depends what the change is."

"Change can be a very good thing when changing politics of corruption to politics of serving the public. That kind of change is critical to strengthening the Foundation of Trust between the good people of Alaska and the nation, and the people they elect to public office."

I can only concur with your statement as it seems to hold many truths. Just as you continue in your 1/1/08 post:

"But some things should never change: love of Creator and country; freedom of religion and speech; personal responsibility; safeguarding our nation and supporting our troops; right to bear arms, traditional American values; parental rights; right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. And the list goes on . . ."

In HOPE you reconsider your January 2009 newsflash perspective…and seek to strengthen the Foundation of Trust between the good people of Alaska and the nation, and all of our elected public officials.

Ken Johnson

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it to be very telling that you are supposedly a lawmaker yet you condone law breaking. Do you know the meanings of ethics or accountability? Do you even care or are you another one of the old geezers who think Silly Sarah is God's gift? Actually, maybe she is .... to the ignorant!!

5:23 PM  
Blogger lokywoky said...

Under your definition of 'in the past' regarding what happened in Troopergate - no criminal would ever be prosecuted for anything. Because ALL crimes happen 'in the past'.

If you refused to look into violations of the law - you only teach lawbreakers that breaking the law has no consequences.

And if you continue in this vein, I can only assume that you condone lawbreaking and are, therefore, a lawbreaker yourself.

Maybe you'd like to reconsider your position.....

6:02 PM  
Anonymous Martha Toon said...

I am sorry that I did not remove the last sentence from my comment before posting. It wasn't befitting of a constituent, so please disregard it and accept my apology.

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is the system of checks and balances we rely on. There needs to be a legislative check regarding the role of the AG here. By ignoring what happened, there is a message that anyone can ignore subpoenas and ethics do not matter. "Open and transparent" seemed to end August 29th, but before healing can take place, the air needs to be openly cleared. We deserve better.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm especially rooting for HB 5, the Darfur bill. Thank you for continuing to work this issue!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Snowberry said...

Hi Bob-- Hope you don't fall for this pending bill to revoke the cruise ship pollution law voters supported in 2006. This industry is notorious for dumping waste chemicals and sewage in our clean waters. We support the strictest standards of accountability to protect our oceans and the seafood we catch and eat. --Craig and Barbara Mishler

3:42 PM  

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