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Key Issues Linger As Legislative Session’s End Closes In

The Alaska State Legislature is scheduled to gavel out on Sunday, before the stroke of midnight. But many of the issues lawmakers have delved into – the budget, Medicaid, marijuana – are still unsettled. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us to talk about what the end game for the legislative session looks like.

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April 17, 2015

State’s New Child Adoption Rules Signal Thaw With Native Groups

With the president of the Alaska Federation of Natives by his side, Walker announced at a press conference that the state would make it easier for Alaska Native children to remain with extended family or with tribal members in adoption cases.

April 16, 2015
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker speaks to reporters during a press conference Jan. 27, 2015. He was discussing a draft plan released earlier in the day by the U.S. Department of Interior that would block oil development in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

As Deadline Looms, Gov. Walker Says Legislature Could Gavel Out On Time

With the legislature scheduled to gavel out by midnight on Sunday, Governor Bill Walker has seen very few pieces of legislation make it to his desk. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez sat down with Walker yesterday afternoon to get his take on how the session is progressing. Walker said he thinks it’s still possible for lawmakers to get their work done on time.

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April 16, 2015

Walker Commands Lawmakers To Act On Appointments

The executive proclamation comes days after legislative leadership cancelled their confirmation session — and days after the governor sent a six-page letter reiterating that he would veto a contentious gasline bill and urging lawmakers not to override him.

April 15, 2015
House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski (left) confers with other members of the House leadership just before the vote on House Bill 176, April 15, 2015. The bill repeals a 2.5 percent pay raise for state employees scheduled to take effect July 1, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)

State House Moves To Freeze Public Employee Salaries

The Alaska House has narrowly passed a bill that would claw back raises for many state workers.

April 15, 2015

New Rules For National Guard To Wait Until Next Year

A bill that applies a uniform code of military justice to the Alaska National Guard will not pass the Legislature this year.

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April 14, 2015

Lawmakers Opt To Keep Anchorage LIO Lease … For Now

In a 13-to-1 vote, the Legislative Council has decided to punt on the question of what to do with the Anchorage legislative information office.

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April 13, 2015

Alaska Film Tax Credit Draws Spirited Debate As Lawmakers Tackle Subsidies

With Alaska facing a multi-billion-dollar revenue shortfall, lawmakers are reexamining certain subsidies to see if they should remain on the books. The film tax credit program, which was vulnerable even in times of plenty, has gotten special attention.

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April 13, 2015

Education Tops List Of Contentious Cuts

As the Legislature enters its final days, the budget is the main concern. Alaska faces a multi-billion-dollar revenue shortfall, and even expenditures that have been considered sacrosanct are now seeing reductions. The cuts to education are among the most controversial. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us to discuss them.

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April 10, 2015

Funding Cut To Kivalina School Could Pose Legal Problem For Legislature

On Wednesday, the Senate Finance committee slashed more than $40 million in state dollars from the capital budget. A rural school project the state is legally obligated to complete was among the reductions.

April 9, 2015

With AG Confirmation Pending, Same-Sex Marriage Ban Brief Causes Rift With Democrats

Last week, Alaska Attorney General designee Craigs Richards joined 15 other states in asking the Supreme Court to uphold their bans on same-sex marriage. This comes just as legislators are deciding whether to support his confirmation in a vote later this month. The action has left some Democratic lawmakers in an uncomfortable spot.

April 8, 2015

With One-Cent Spill Levy, Alaska House Passes First Tax Bill In Years

Since the Murkowski administration, the Alaska House of Representatives has not passed a taxation bill where the levy goes beyond the oil industry. That changed on Wednesday, when the House narrowly passed a surcharge on refined fuel.

April 8, 2015

House Passes Bill To Seize Federal Lands

Of the nearly 200 bills that have been introduced in the Alaska House of Representatives, fewer than 20 have been put to a vote. On Monday, a controversial bill that would seize millions of acres of land from the federal government joined that group.

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April 6, 2015

Alaska Senate Debates State Operating Budget

The Alaska Senate is moving an operating budget that reduces state spending by $220 million over the previous year. Debate was ongoing at press time, but APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us for this update.

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April 3, 2015

Bill To Reinstate State Income Tax Introduced In Alaska House

A pair of lawmakers in the Alaska House have filed legislation to reinstate an income tax.

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April 3, 2015

Legislature Votes To End School Bond Reimbursements, But Uncertainty Lingers For Anchorage

The Legislature has passed a bill that would put its school bond reimbursement program on hiatus. But the big question is whether it will affect Anchorage’s $60 million bonding proposition.

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April 1, 2015
As Legislature Passes Gasline Bill, Feud With Governor Continues

As Legislature Passes Gasline Bill, Feud With Governor Continues

The Alaska Legislature has passed a bill meant to keep Gov. Bill Walker from spending money on an alternate gasline proposal. The action is part of an ongoing power struggle between Republican leadership and the governor over the state’s most high-profile megaproject.

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March 31, 2015
Anchorage Democrats Offer ‘Emergency Fix’ For Alaska’s Oil Tax System

Anchorage Democrats Offer ‘Emergency Fix’ For Alaska’s Oil Tax System

With just three weeks left in the legislative session, a pair of Anchorage Democrats are offering what they describe as an “emergency fix” to Alaska’s oil tax system.

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March 31, 2015
Bill Would End Program Requiring Money For Art In Public Buildings

Bill Would End Program Requiring Money For Art In Public Buildings

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would end a program that dedicates money for art in public buildings.

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March 31, 2015

Senate Passes Pot Bill, Without Concentrate Ban

When Alaskans voted to regulate marijuana, a discrepancy was created where possession of small amounts of the drug was legal and where possession of larger amounts meant higher level felonies. The Alaska Senate has passed a bill to bridge the gap. And in the process, they rejected a controversial effort to preemptively ban marijuana concentrates.

March 30, 2015