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house Bill H.R. 336

Should Alaska's National Archives Be Kept In Anchorage?

Argument in favor

Local records matter most to state residents; moving the archives to Seattle deprives Alaskans of access to their own history.

Cary's Opinion
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06/03/2015
Alaskans value their heritage and having access to it is both a responsibility and reasonable expectation.
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JeremyWang's Opinion
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06/02/2015
I live in Seattle, and this is obvious for me. Alaskans should get the easiest possible access to their own stuff. Plus, it costs to move anything. More waste of money.
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Harold's Opinion
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06/03/2015
Kept in Alaska along with the bill for the storage like all the other states.
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Argument opposed

Giving federal property to a municipality has the potential to create ownership issues down the road. Digitization should make this a non-issue.

CallofMcClellan's Opinion
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06/02/2015
Alaska's records should be kept in Alaska; but Alaskans should be footing the bill instead of the United States taxpayer.
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Adam's Opinion
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06/01/2015
This is a state issue not federal. The archives should be kept where the Alaskan PEOPLE want to keep them
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BTSundra's Opinion
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04/06/2016
Alaskans should decide this, not the people in the federal government.
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What is House Bill H.R. 336?

This bill would allow the City of Anchorage to purchase a 9-acre facility within city limits for the purpose of housing Alaska's National Archives. The state's archives contain both federal and state records dating back to the state's purchase in 1867. 

After the National Archive facility in Anchorage was shut down as a cost-saving measure following a National Archives and Records (NARA) budget cut — records were moved to a NARA facility in Seattle, with some state records moved to Juneau

Impact

This bill affects the physical location of Alaska's National Archives, people who utilize the archives, and employees of the National Archives.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 336

$0.00
A CBO estimates found that enacting this legislation would have no significant effect on the federal budget.

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Official Title

To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Archivist of the United States, to convey certain Federal property located in the State of Alaska to the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed June 1st, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2015

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