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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

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Alaska Legislature Gavels Out

Friday, the Alaska State Legislature gaveled out, five days after they were supposed to. It’s the end to a grueling session that involved legislation on education and a major gasline project.

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April 25, 2014 - 5:45 pm

As Legislature Make Progress On Adjourning, KABATA Bill Falls Apart

Less than two hours after the combative House and Senate seemed to reach a truce on education, a bill dealing with the proposed Knik Arm Bridge blew up on the House floor.

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April 24, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Lawmakers Make Tentative Deal On Education Bill

Negotiators from the State House and Senate have reached a deal on the governor’s education bill, and it includes a mix of permanent and one-time funding increases.

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April 23, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Legislature Still Working To Make Deal On Education Bill

Having missed it’s adjournment deadline, the Alaska State Legislature is still at an impasse over the Governor’s education bill.

April 22, 2014 - 5:46 pm
Full House: The House of Representatives and the Senate met in a Joint Session in the House Chambers on April 17, 2014. They confirmed all of the governor's appointees to boards and commissions. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Lawmakers Search For Education Bill Solution

Last night, the Alaska State Legislature failed to meet their 90-day deadline after the House and Senate couldn’t reach an agreement on a major education bill. Lawmakers stayed on the floor until 4am trying to wrap up their work, but it was not enough. Now, they’re back at the Capitol for a 91st day of session trying to hammer out a deal.

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April 21, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Missed Deadline Pushes Initiatives To General Election

Because the Legislature did not meet its midnight deadline, three citizen’s initiatives are expected to be moved from the August primary to the November general election.

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April 21, 2014 - 8:38 am
With Education Standoff, Legislature Misses Deadline

With Education Standoff, Legislature Misses Deadline

All session, legislative leadership has promised to gavel out early, to be home in time for the Easter holiday. That didn’t happen. In fact, the Legislature did not gavel out at all. With the House and Senate struggling to make a deal on education, lawmakers are forced into extra innings.

April 21, 2014 - 8:26 am
Senate Passes Bill Transferring $3 Billion To Retirement System

Senate Passes Bill Transferring $3 Billion To Retirement System

After wrestling with how to approach the state’s massive unfunded liability for months, the Alaska Senate unanimously agreed to put $3 billion toward the public employee pension system just hours after their plan was released.

April 19, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Effort To Revive Parts Of Controversial Permitting Bill Scrapped

An effort to resurrect parts of House Bill 77 was abandoned on Friday night.

April 19, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Legislators Enter Session’s Home Stretch

Education isn’t the only thing left on the Legislature’s plate. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez is our Capitol correspondent, and she’s joining us today to walk us through what lawmakers need to do in the 60 hours before they gavel out.

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April 18, 2014 - 5:09 pm

House Approves $3 Billion Transfer To Pension System

The Alaska State House has voted in favor of Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan to shore up the state’s pension system.

April 18, 2014 - 12:33 am
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Parnell Signs Abortion Bill

The new law puts a set of recently adopted regulations into statute, and takes them a step further It specifies that the state will not pay for elective abortions. It limits the term “medically necessary” to cases where a woman’s life or physical health is at risk.

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April 17, 2014 - 5:13 pm

State House OKs Refinery Subsidy Plan

The Alaska State House has a OKed a deal to give the state’s refineries – and one fertilizer plant — up to $200 million in subsidies spread out over five years.

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April 17, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Lawmakers Grapple With UAF Power Plant Funding

At $245 million, the biggest item in the capital budget before the Legislature is a power plant for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The plant is needed to replace an old one that’s at risk of breaking down. The project is now before the House Finance Committee for review, and lawmakers are less surprised by the price tag than by how the funding package works in the first place.

April 16, 2014 - 5:50 pm

With Permitting Bill Dead, Some Provisions May Be Resurrected

Earlier this month, lawmakers announced they were killing House Bill 77, saying that emotions had become so inflamed over the permitting bill that it was best left alone. But now, some of its less controversial provisions might be coming back in a different form.

April 15, 2014 - 5:48 pm
House Speaker Mike Chenault stepped down from the dais Sunday, April 13, 2014, to speak out against minimum wage ballot organizer Ed Flanagan's holding of a dollar symbol sign in committee, and the perception of corruption it could have implied. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

House Passes Minimum Wage Bill, As Initiative Sponsors Cry Foul

As initiative supporters cried dirty tricks, the House narrowly passed a minimum wage bill that has the potential to knock their proposition off the ballot. The night only got more tense when the Speaker of the House fired back on the floor.

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April 13, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Legislature Passes Bill Limiting Medicaid Payments For Abortion

The bill defines the term “medically necessary,” so it only covers physical harm – not psychological harm. Critics believe it will make it harder for low-income women to have access to abortion.

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April 13, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Parnell Reintroduces Retirement Plan

The Legislature has made little progress on Gov. Sean Parnell’s goal of addressing the state’s looming retirement problem. Parnell hopes to change that by filing a bill that reintroduces his plan to deal with Alaska’s $12 billion unfunded liability.

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April 11, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Final Vote On Abortion Bill Delayed After Divisive Amendment Process

The Alaska State House opened debate on a bill putting limits on state Medicaid payments for abortions on Thursday, only to shelve it and delay a final vote to Sunday.

April 10, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Microphones Cut During Senate Hearing On Oil Production

After rejecting a request that oil industry experts be required to testify under oath, the Senate Resources Chair cut off microphones when the Minority Leader attempted to explain why he thought the request was appropriate.

April 9, 2014 - 10:45 pm