Wait and see
Candidates seeking votes in the last election largely pressed a common theme: fixing the state’s crime laws. When the Legislature returns Jan. 15, it will get it chance to strut its stuff.
The state Senate’s incoming Republican president, Sen. Cathy Giessel, says bolstering Alaska’s crime laws is “our majority’s top priority. It affects everyone across the state, and it is what we will be focused on – number one.”
As Alaska’s revolving-door criminal justice system has become little more than a joke to criminals such as car thieves and run-ot-the-mill thugs, the focus on doing something about it would be welcome. The now-notorious Senate Bill 91 criminal justice reform legislation – a good idea poorly executed as law – must be fixed or, more likely, abandoned.
Talk is cheap and politicians are full of talk. Alaskans should be watching lawmakers closely to ensure they do what is right.
For our part, we hope Giessel & Co. can pull it off.