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Don't let political dysfunction threaten our children's education - Juneau Empire

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:04

Juneau Empire

Don't let political dysfunction threaten our children's education
Juneau Empire
On Feb. 7 the Alaska House of Representatives passed a historic piece of legislation to protect Alaska's public education system from the seemingly endless political dysfunction that has plagued the Alaska Legislature. House Bill 287 would fund K-12 ...

State asks Legislature for $10 million to survey ANWR for oil - Juneau Empire

Tue, 2018-02-20 06:04

Juneau Empire

State asks Legislature for $10 million to survey ANWR for oil
Juneau Empire
This isn't the first time Alaska has tried to encourage ANWR drilling with seismic surveys. In 2013, then-Gov. Sean Parnell (with help from then-DNR Commissioner Dan Sullivan) proposed spending $50 million of state money on seismic surveying in ANWR ...

Gap of $6.6 billion in state pension funding draws lawmakers' concern - Alaska Dispatch News

Tue, 2018-02-20 05:29

Alaska Dispatch News

Gap of $6.6 billion in state pension funding draws lawmakers' concern
Alaska Dispatch News
JUNEAU — Some state senators are expressing concern about the projected shortfall in funding Alaska's public employee pensions. But those who manage the pension funds say the shortfall will likely remain manageable. Anchorage Republican Sen. Natasha ...

How inflation turns petty criminals into felons - Washington Post

Tue, 2018-02-20 03:05

Washington Post

How inflation turns petty criminals into felons
Washington Post
There is an alternative to expecting legislators to consistently comb through the work of previous office-holders for criminal laws whose intent is being undermined by inflation. In many other areas of law, most notably taxation, legislators index ...

Senate puts final approval on denouncing Frankenfish - KTVA

Mon, 2018-02-19 17:18

KTVA

Senate puts final approval on denouncing Frankenfish
KTVA
The Alaska Senate on Monday unanimously passed a resolution denouncing the recent approval of a Massachusetts company's approval to sell genetically engineered salmon. Critics derisively call it Frankenfish. Even as resolutions are non-binding, they ...

Sen. Murkowski to deliver Legislative address on Thursday - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Mon, 2018-02-19 15:06

Sacramento Bee

Sen. Murkowski to deliver Legislative address on Thursday
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is set to make an address to Alaska Legislature on Alaska issues in Congress. The Juneau Empire reports Murkowski, Alaska's senior U.S. Senator, will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday in a joint ...
Sen. Murkowski to deliver Legislative address on Thursday ...Danbury News Times

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Sen. Murkowski to Deliver Legislative Address on Thursday - U.S. News & World Report

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:06

Sen. Murkowski to Deliver Legislative Address on Thursday
U.S. News & World Report
Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is set to make an address to Alaska Legislature on Alaska issues in Congress. Feb. 19, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.. Sen. Murkowski to Deliver Legislative Address on Thursday. Share. ×. Share on Facebook · Post on Twitter ...

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Sen. Murkowski to deliver Legislative address on Thursday | The ... - The Seattle Times

Mon, 2018-02-19 13:03

Sen. Murkowski to deliver Legislative address on Thursday | The ...
The Seattle Times
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is set to make an address to Alaska Legislature on Alaska issues in Congress. The Juneau Empire reports Murkowski, Alaska's senior...

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Names of potential replacement for Rep. Fansler sent to Walker - KTVA

Mon, 2018-02-19 12:32

Alaska Dispatch News

Names of potential replacement for Rep. Fansler sent to Walker
KTVA
A nominating committee of House Democrats from District 38 has sent the names of three individuals to Gov. Bill Walker to be considered as the replacement for Rep. Zach Fansler of Bethel. Fansler resigned earlier this month after allegations of sexual ...
Alaska Democrats recommend 3 for vacant House seat representing Bethel areaAlaska Dispatch News

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Alaska Democrats recommend 3 for vacant House seat representing Bethel area - Alaska Dispatch News

Mon, 2018-02-19 11:41

Alaska Dispatch News

Alaska Democrats recommend 3 for vacant House seat representing Bethel area
Alaska Dispatch News
Southwest Alaska Democrats have recommended three candidates — including two former Bethel mayors — to replace Zach Fansler, the former Democratic state House member who resigned after a woman accused him of slapping her in his hotel room. Two of the ...

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Permanent Fund spending is this year's snarl in the Alaska Legislature - Juneau Empire

Mon, 2018-02-19 06:28

Juneau Empire

Permanent Fund spending is this year's snarl in the Alaska Legislature
Juneau Empire
The spending proposed for the next fiscal year has even increased, to a little less than $11 billion. Almost everyone in the Legislature now agrees that the $62 billion Alaska Permanent Fund must play a role in resolving the deficit. Last week, however ...

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski will deliver annual Legislative address this week - Juneau Empire

Mon, 2018-02-19 06:28

Juneau Empire

Sen. Lisa Murkowski will deliver annual Legislative address this week
Juneau Empire
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, listens during an event in her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (Susan Walsh | The Associated Press File). U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be the headline speaker in the Alaska Legislature ...

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Here's the true economic cost of the uncertainty created by the Alaska Legislature - Alaska Dispatch News

Sun, 2018-02-18 08:43

Alaska Dispatch News

Here's the true economic cost of the uncertainty created by the Alaska Legislature
Alaska Dispatch News
Posturing and rigidity by members of the Alaska Legislature has cost the private economy perhaps half a billion dollars a year in investment that could have sped recovery from the recession, according to a new report. Business people have said for two ...

Jessica Geary named head of Legislative Affairs Agency - Juneau Empire

Sun, 2018-02-18 06:08

Jessica Geary named head of Legislative Affairs Agency
Juneau Empire
Jessica Geary has been named the new head of the Legislative Affairs Agency, the nonpartisan working arm of the Legislature. Geary, the division's former deputy director and finance manager, replaces Pam Varni, who had served as LAA's director for 25 ...

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Sun, 2018-02-18 02:16
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More land for Alaskans: Bill would speed up railroad sales for property-hungry buyers - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Sun, 2018-02-18 00:34

More land for Alaskans: Bill would speed up railroad sales for property-hungry buyers
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
News-Miner opinion: Business-oriented elected officials and like-minded people who would like to become elected officials sometimes proclaim the need to turn over some government functions to the private sector and, in a related principle, to make land ...

Alaska Civil Rights Pioneer Elizabeth Peratrovich Celebrated - SitNews

Sat, 2018-02-17 03:02

SitNews

Alaska Civil Rights Pioneer Elizabeth Peratrovich Celebrated
SitNews
With Gruening's help and that of the territorial delegate to the US government, Anthony Dimond, an anti-discrimination bill was introduced in the Alaska Legislature in 1943 (the Legislature met every other year in those days) but it was not passed. The ...

Poor choice - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Sat, 2018-02-17 01:07

Poor choice
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
To the editor: In fall of 1980, the Alaska Legislature made a poor choice when it chose to eliminate the personal income tax that had served the state well for years. Imagine what our present fiscal situation would be if it had not been eliminated. The ...

Juneau students get new science lessons in 2019 - Juneau Empire

Fri, 2018-02-16 17:29

Juneau Empire

Juneau students get new science lessons in 2019
Juneau Empire
A 2016 law passed by the Alaska Legislature requires school board approval of anyone who isn't a district employee but helps to teach sexual education. Previous to the passing of a 2016 law by the Alaska Legislature, the board had never directly ...

Civil Rights In Alaska Before Statehood - KYUK

Fri, 2018-02-16 15:28

KYUK

Civil Rights In Alaska Before Statehood
KYUK
Alaska Governor Ernest Gruening (seated) signs the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. Witnessing are (left to right) O.D. Cochran, Elizabeth Peratrovich, Edward Anderson, Norman Walker, and Roy Peratrovich. Credit .©Alaska State Library/Alaska ...

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