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ASD, state lawmakers spar over budget concerns.

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Lawmakers discuss Alaska Code of Military Justice

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Gov expected to introduce property tax bill for gas project

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Senate bill imposes five-year moratorium on school debt reimbursement

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State of the salmon in Alaska: Mixed reports

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    ASD, state lawmakers spar over budget concerns.

    by Joe Vigil on Mar 27, 22:51

    First state lawmakers fired off a letter criticizing Anchorage School Board members for passing a budget that included nearly $12 million cut by Gov. Bill Walker in January. Now the Anchorage School Board president is firing back with a letter of his own to state lawmakers. In that letter, Eric Croft says that while the district […]

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    Lawmakers discuss Alaska Code of Military Justice

    by Associated Press on Mar 27, 7:27

    Lawmakers heard an update on efforts to draft new rules for the Alaska National Guard. Lt. Forrest Dunbar talked about efforts to update a code of military justice in Alaska during a House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting Thursday. The current code dates to territorial days. And Dunbar said the guard currently has three […]

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    Gov expected to introduce property tax bill for gas project

    by Associated Press on Mar 26, 10:32

    Gov. Bill Walker is expected to introduce legislation setting out a framework for calculating property tax payments for the state and municipalities from a major liquefied natural gas project. Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck says the formula will lay out a structure so the parties know the variables that will be involved in calculating the payments. […]

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    Senate bill imposes five-year moratorium on school debt reimbursement

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 25, 22:39

    Just as Anchorage voters are being asked to approve a $59 million school construction bond, a bill cleared the Senate on Wednesday that might chill enthusiasm for passage. It’s been a long-standing policy for the state to reimburse school districts for a large share of school construction costs, but the Senate passed House Bill 64, […]

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    State of the salmon in Alaska: Mixed reports

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 25, 10:29

    Catch it. Eat it. Sell it. Smoke it. Share it. It’s hard to image Alaska without salmon, because it’s part of the Alaskan identity. A special legislative committee on fisheries recognized the importance of salmon at a series of presentations on Tuesday, called “State of the Salmon.” Lindsey Bloom, a Juneau fisheries consultant who fished […]

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    4 bills to educate students about sexual assault in legislative holding pattern

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 24, 7:39

    With less than a month to go in the 90-day session, it’s likely many bills will get lost in the chaotic push toward adjournment. That’s what happened last year to two versions of a bill known as Erin’s Law – one in the House, sponsored by Rep. Geran Tarr, and another in the Senate, backed […]

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    Sen. Dan Sullivan gives first speech to Alaska Legislature

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 23, 19:15

    For Sen. Dan Sullivan it was partly a right of passage, partly a homecoming. He had spoken to lawmakers many times in committee hearings while serving as attorney general and natural resources commissioner, but never as an entire group. Two Mat-Su Valley lawmakers, Rep. Lynn Gattis and Sen. Charlie Huggins, escorted Sullivan into a joint […]

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    House passes bill limiting AGDC’s role in alternate gas plan; goes to Senate next

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 18:59

    The Alaska House has passed legislation that would limit participation of a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker. HB 132 passed 24-14. It next goes to the Senate. Walker has said he would veto the bill. His spokeswoman said his views haven’t changed. Supporters of the bill say […]

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    Committee to take up gas line board appointments

    by Associated Press on Mar 23, 12:21

    The House Resources Committee plans to take up the appointments of three members to the board of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., or AGDC. Gov. Bill Walker shook up the board by removing three of the five public members. Walker said he wanted Alaskans on the board and greater regional representation. He said he also […]

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    Lawmakers hear hopeful message about breaking cycle of violence

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 19, 8:12

    Domestic violence may be pervasive in Alaska, but it’s also preventable. That’s the message victims’ advocates brought to a luncheon presentation at the State Capitol on Wednesday sponsored by Sen. Kevin Meyer. Lawmakers and their staff got an overview of programs offered by Pathways to Prevention, run by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and […]

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    House passes bill pushing back annual disclosure deadline

    by Associated Press on Mar 18, 21:46

    The Alaska House has passed legislation pushing back the date by which legislators and other public officials must file annual financial disclosures. HB 65 would move the filing deadline from March 15 to May 15. A minority-led effort to keep the reporting deadline for legislators as March 15 failed. Rep. Scott Kawasaki said legislators owe […]

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    Mallott filing includes compensation from Alaska Air Group

    by Associated Press on Mar 18, 7:23

    Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott reported at least $1 million in income upon resigning from the Alaska Air Group board. Mallott, by email, said stock held as deferred income was transferred to him and taxed as ordinary income when he resigned from the board Dec. 1. He called it a one-time event after 32 years of […]

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    Walker plans bill on Medicaid expansion, reform

    by Associated Press on Mar 17, 9:23

    Gov. Bill Walker plans to introduce legislation addressing Medicaid expansion and reform. Walker discussed his plans during a news conference Tuesday, surrounded by expansion supporters. He and others wore buttons reading: “It’s the right thing to do.” Members of the House majority had called on Walker to introduce a bill dealing with expansion, which Walker […]

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    Bill would remove some records from online court system

    by Associated Press on Mar 16, 12:32

    Republican state Rep. Tammie Wilson has proposed legislation that would remove certain criminal cases from the state’s online court-records system. Applicable cases would be ones that resulted in a person being acquitted of all charges or having those charges dismissed, or in which someone was acquitted on some charges and had the remaining charges dropped. […]

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    Rep. Lora Reinbold loses committee chairmanships and all but one committee seat

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 16, 11:44

    Rep. Lora Reinbold of Eagle River was expelled from the House Republican Majority Caucus Monday morning after her vote against the state operating budget early Friday morning. One of the hard and fast rules of being part of the majority is that members must vote with the caucus on the budget. When Reinbold voted against […]

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    Golfing with the governor

    by Rhonda McBride on Mar 15, 12:41

    Instead of the greens, they putted on the blues — the color of the carpet at the State Capitol. There was even a throne, fashioned from a toilet bowl and an arc of golf clubs. The governor, the House Speaker and the Senate President took turns sitting on what’s been dubbed as the “Game of Thrones.” […]

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    Kelly introduces Medicaid reform bill

    by Associated Press on Mar 13, 21:11

    Senate Finance Committee co-chair Pete Kelly has introduced legislation aimed at reforming Alaska’s Medicaid system. SB 74 calls for a managed care demonstration project with individuals enrolled in Denali KidCare and allowing other Medicaid recipients to opt in. It calls on Alaska’s health department to adopt regulations for a reform program including things like referrals […]

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    Alaska House advances operating budget with broad cuts

    by Associated Press on Mar 13, 6:57

    The Alaska House has advanced a state operating budget following hours of debate. The bill passed 25-14. One conservative member of the GOP-led majority, Rep. Lora Reinbold, bucked her caucus in voting against the bill. Majority members are to vote with the caucus on procedural votes, including on the budget. Reinbold acknowledged she could face […]

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    Alaska lawmakers hear public testimony on new marijuana bill

    by Associated Press on Mar 11, 19:56

    The Senate Finance Committee has heard strong opposition to the latest version of a bill that would change criminal statutes related to marijuana. Senate Finance took public testimony on the bill on Wednesday. The bill is intended to change criminal statutes related to marijuana, and was first introduced in Senate Judiciary. The Senate Finance version […]

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    Alaska Supreme Court issues stay in school funding lawsuit

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 11, 17:25

    The Alaska Supreme Court granted the State of Alaska’s request for a stay of a ruling over public education funding. A superior court judge ruled last November that local school districts were not required to help pay for education, according to a release from the Department of Law. Issued Wednesday, the stay would mean municipalities would […]