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Senate Bill 241 protections over foreclosures and evictions expire July 1

 Governor Mike Dunleavy during his press conference on June 30, 2020. (Aaron Walling/KTVF)
Governor Mike Dunleavy during his press conference on June 30, 2020. (Aaron Walling/KTVF) (KTVF)
Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 7:10 PM AKDT
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Governor Mike Dunleavy announced during his press conference Tuesday that on July 1, some of the provisions in Senate Bill 241 will expire.

Under SB-241, the state laws regarding forbearance of specified state loans, foreclosures, evictions and repossessions were temporarily changed in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This was a bill that had suspended a number of different things such as student loans and repossessions of motor vehicles,” said Governor Dunleavy. “The purpose of the bill was to give Alaskans relief. There’s parts of it that are going to revert back to what the laws were.”

The moratorium on foreclosures and evictions was lifted on July 1; however, according to the governor there will be resources available for those affected financially by the coronavirus.

“We’ll field questions individually from renters. We’ll get the information out to them,” said Governor Dunleavy. “I can’t answer right now on what advice I would give folks. Certainly we don’t know how long this whole process is going to work.”

This announcement comes at a time where the state is reporting that some jobs are returning after a large increase in unemployment. According to Governor Dunleavy, unemployment went from below 6% prior to the pandemic to 13.5% when the state shutdown.

Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter spoke during the press conference explaining that between April and May the state added 15,700 jobs. She gave the caveat that the numbers are still low in comparison to last year, and that the state still has a lot to accomplish. One of the areas of the workforce that was heavily affected by COVID-19 was the tourism industry. Commissioner Ledbetter responded to what areas are in need of more workforce.

“I would say that off the top the healthcare industry is in need of individuals,” said Ledbetter. “We’re trying to help people transition to other types of industries and employment. I would say contact your local job center, there’s more information available there.”

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