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After Legislature Adjourns, Walker Calls For Special Session

Eight days after the statutory deadline, the Alaska State Legislature has adjourned. But as soon as the gavel dropped, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation calling them into a special session.

April 28, 2015

Lawmakers Could Gavel Out

Lawmakers may gavel out this evening after a week long stalemate on the budget.

April 27, 2015

After Weekend Moves On Budget, Legislative Session Continues On

After a week of lots of gridlock and little accomplished, the Alaska State Legislature lurched into some fits of action on the budget this weekend.

April 27, 2015

With Budget Negotiations Stalled, Republicans Consider Partially Funding Government

A three-quarter vote is needed to access the state’s rainy day fund, and the House’s Democratic minority has made their support conditional on a few priorities, like increased education funding and Medicaid expansion. The Republican majorities in the House and Senate are now considering ways to avoid that vote.

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April 24, 2015

After Five-Month Break, More National Guard Records Released

The 4142-page file was sent to news organizations at 3p.m. on Friday afternoon. Alaska Public Media and the Alaska Dispatch News requested the materials nearly a year ago, during the Parnell administration, but were denied access until a superior court judge ruled for their release in October.

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April 24, 2015

With Legislature In Limbo, Walker Calls For Action On Bills

Gov. Bill Walker is calling on lawmakers to do work on bills for as long as it continues to be in extended session.

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April 22, 2015

As Budget Negotiations Continue, Lawmakers Defend Position On Education Cuts

Outside of a 20-minute Senate floor session, the only scheduled activity that took place on Tuesday was a Senate Finance committee press conference.

April 21, 2015

Lawmakers Still Searching For Elusive Budgetary Compromise

It is Day 92 of the legislative session, and lawmakers still have not reached a compromise on the state’s budget. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us from a very quiet Capitol.

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April 21, 2015

As Spending Talks Continue, House Takes Crack At Capital Budget

After a day of stalled and canceled meetings, the Alaska Legislature made small advances on a capital budget.

April 21, 2015

With No Deal On Budget, Legislative Session Goes Long

The hold up is a vote to draw from the constitutional budget reserve to fill a multi-billion-dollar deficit. Without support from the Democratic minority, the Legislature is short at least three votes to tap the rainy day fund.

April 20, 2015

After Tense Lead-Up, Legislature Confirms Walker’s Cabinet

Most of the high-level appointments made it through with unanimous support. But Attorney General Craig Richards saw significant — though not fatal — pushback from the Legislature.

April 20, 2015

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