The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Legislative Information Office reopens for upcoming Legislative session

Office also offers help for Permanent Fund Dividend applications after January


December 13, 2017

The Legislative Information Office (LIO) in Valdez opened its doors this week, according to Tony Gorman, who was recently hired to run the Valdez office in the state building on Meals Ave.

Sharon Lawrence, who ran the office for many years, is stepping back to a part-time position while Gorman learns the ropes.

"She retired last year, but she will still be here doing part time stuff," Gorman said.

Many in Valdez may recognize Gorman as the former news director for KCHU Public Radio.

Valdez Star photo

Tony Gorman is now running the Legislative Information Office in Valdez.

Gorman, who just returned to Valdez from Juneau for training, was busy sorting information and other important chores that must be finished before the busy season begins at the LIO.

While the LIO offers Alaskans services to communicate with the Legislature in Juneau, it also serves as clearing house for other state services such as guidance on filling out applications for the Permanent Fund Dividend.

Public testimony can be made live to legislators via webcam during session - which begins in January - as well as email access to the legislature and Governor's office, for those in need of communication services. Contact information for House Representatives, the Alaska Senate and Governor, as well as information on current legislation, are also available.

Office hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.


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