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Alaska Legislature approves statewide workplace smoking ban - UAA Northern Light

Tue, 2018-05-22 18:50

UAA Northern Light

Alaska Legislature approves statewide workplace smoking ban
UAA Northern Light
Senate Bill 63, otherwise known as the “Take It Outside” bill, was approved by the Alaska House of Representatives with a 32-7 vote on May 12. The bill, written by Sen. Peter Micciche, prohibits smoking in workplaces across Alaska, such as restaurants ...

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Tue, 2018-05-22 17:51
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'You have to fight these things:' Why two Juneau men are standing in the way of the Alaska Legislature, Gov. Bill ... - Juneau Empire

Tue, 2018-05-22 17:43

Juneau Empire

'You have to fight these things:' Why two Juneau men are standing in the way of the Alaska Legislature, Gov. Bill ...
Juneau Empire
The credit program intensified after early 2010, when the Legislature gave up on the idea that the credits would ever be offset by new oil revenue. At the time, Southcentral Alaska was in danger of a natural gas shortage, and lawmakers believed access ...

Bipartisan collaboration on health care - Juneau Empire

Tue, 2018-05-22 03:48

Bipartisan collaboration on health care
Juneau Empire
The Alaska Legislature ended its session May 13. With the final gavel falling, two years of the longest budgets fights between Alaskans in over a generation came to a close. Attention will deservedly be focused on the “big ticket” items this session ...

Bipartisan collaboration in health care - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Tue, 2018-05-22 00:04

Bipartisan collaboration in health care
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Legislature ended its session May 13. With the final gavel falling, two years of the longest budgets fights between Alaskans in over a generation came to a close. Attention will deservedly be focused on the “big ticket” items ...

Letter: Legislature passed tax on Alaskans by cutting dividends - Anchorage Daily News

Mon, 2018-05-21 20:17

Anchorage Daily News

Letter: Legislature passed tax on Alaskans by cutting dividends
Anchorage Daily News
A recent opinion column by Jeremy Price, director of Americans for Prosperity — Alaska, applauded the Alaska Legislature's failure to enact any new taxes. But that is incorrect. The Legislature reduced the size of the 2018 Permanent Fund dividend by ...

Governor, House leave tax talk to another legislature - KTVA

Mon, 2018-05-21 08:13

KTVA

Governor, House leave tax talk to another legislature
KTVA
For the last three years, Gov. Bill Walker has advocated for an income tax as a way to reduce state dependence on oil revenue. Walker wasn't the only one. Last year, the Alaska House Majority called the measure a pillar of its budget plan. But now ...

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Senate Bill 26: Diapering the devils in the details - Juneau Empire

Mon, 2018-05-21 06:16

Juneau Empire

Senate Bill 26: Diapering the devils in the details
Juneau Empire
The 2018 legislative session ended with many of us breathing a sigh of relief through clenched teeth; thankful the House Majority and Gov. Bill Walker were unable to saddle hard working Alaskans with new taxes but incredibly frustrated. Once again ...

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The Alaska Legislature did its job. But the process is still broken. - Anchorage Daily News

Sat, 2018-05-19 17:14

Anchorage Daily News

The Alaska Legislature did its job. But the process is still broken.
Anchorage Daily News
The best thing that can be said about the Legislature this year is that its members finally took an unpopular but necessary vote to close a considerable portion of Alaska's mammoth budget deficit. That shouldn't be undervalued; the passage of a ...

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Late bill amendment allows distillery cocktails to continue - Alaska Public Radio Network

Fri, 2018-05-18 14:51

Alaska Public Radio Network

Late bill amendment allows distillery cocktails to continue
Alaska Public Radio Network
The Alaska Legislature gave distilleries the green light to continue serving cocktails last week. The move was made through a last-minute bill amendment, after major legislation that would have overhauled the state's alcohol laws was killed for now. It ...

Legislative session an improvement from 2017 - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Fri, 2018-05-18 09:09

Legislative session an improvement from 2017
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
News-Miner opinion: The 30th session of the Alaska Legislature ended Sunday within the 120-day limit laid out in the Alaska Constitution. The session was a major improvement from last year in which Alaskans watched special sessions drag on through ...

Legislative session an improvement from 2017: But of course, there is still more work that must be done - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Fri, 2018-05-18 00:09

Legislative session an improvement from 2017: But of course, there is still more work that must be done
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
News-Miner opinion: The 30th session of the Alaska Legislature ended Sunday within the 120-day limit laid out in the Alaska Constitution. The session was a major improvement from last year in which Alaskans watched special sessions drag on through ...

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Lawmakers approve legislation, funding to test backlog of rape kits - Juneau Empire

Thu, 2018-05-17 06:40

Juneau Empire

Lawmakers approve legislation, funding to test backlog of rape kits
Juneau Empire
An effort to solve a backlog of untested evidence from rape cases across Alaska received a major boost from the Alaska Legislature this week, but public officials caution that the backlog will still take time to resolve. Before legislators adjourned ...