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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Anchorage

agutierrez (at) alaskapublic (dot) org | 907.209.1799 | About Alexandra

State Representatives Condemn EPA Chief’s Statements

The Alaska State House unanimously condemned language used by Gina McCarthy to describe gifts she received in the state.

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March 17, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Californian Pulls Name From Board Consideration

A Californian that Gov. Sean Parnell had tapped to serve on a high-profile state board has withdrawn his name from consideration. The decision came before a legislative hearing where the nominee was expected to be questioned on his residency status, his tax records, and his ties to the oil industry.

March 13, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Despite Revisions, Opposition To Permitting Bill Still Vocal

After nearly a year of waiting for a rewrite of HB77, members of the public had plenty to say about the changes. They got their first chance to speak to them at a Senate Resources Committee hearing on Wednesday. Most of the testimony on the Parnell administration’s permitting bill was as negative as it was brief.

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March 13, 2014 - 12:00 am
Sen. Mike Dunleavy, chairman of the Senate Labor and Commerce committee, listens during a committee meeting, Feb. 18, 2014. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Without Necessary Votes, Senate Leadership Pulls Controversial Education Amendment

Over the past two legislative sessions, conservative lawmakers have prioritized an amendment that would allow public money to be spent at private schools. Wednesday was supposed to be the grand showdown, where the State Senate would take a vote on it. The measure did not even make it to the floor, because it did not have enough support to pass.

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March 12, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Labor Language Reinserted In Gasline Bill

The new version of the bill will include provisions encouraging Alaska hire and addressing “project labor agreements.”

March 11, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Parnell Won’t Pull California Appointee From Pipeline Assessment Board

The State Assessment Review Board came under scrutiny after its chair was dismissed, and now Democrats in the Alaska Senate want Sean Parnell to withdraw the name of one of his board appointees because of residency issues. But the governor is backing his nominee

March 10, 2014 - 7:34 pm
Controversial Permitting Bill Back For Consideration

Controversial Permitting Bill Back For Consideration

After sitting in limbo for nearly a year, a controversial permitting bill is on the move again. House Bill 77 has been sent back to the Senate Resources Committee, and it’s scheduled for hearings on Monday and Wednesday.

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March 7, 2014 - 5:35 pm

HB 77: Gauging Public Sentiment

Last year, HB77 stalled in part because its opponents were vocal. People packed town hall meetings to tell their legislators to fight it, and tribes across the state passed resolutions asking for a “no” vote. But how widespread was that opposition? The Hays Group released a poll this week the gauges public sentiment on the bill.

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March 7, 2014 - 5:34 pm
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EPA Settles Over Lead Dust Violations At Governor’s Mansion

Throughout his administration, Gov. Sean Parnell has accused the Environmental Protection Agency of “overreaching” on Alaska affairs. Now, it looks like the EPA may have reached into Parnell’s own home. The Governor’s Mansion appears on a list of construction projects requiring EPA intervention for lead violations.

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March 6, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Bill Could Slash Salaries For Alaska Ferry Workers

For nearly 40 years, ferry workers who are Alaska residents have gotten a cost-of-living adjustment, allowing them to be paid more than those who don’t live in the state. Now, a bill getting rid of that salary bonus is moving through the Legislature. And the way it’s advanced has raised hackles.

March 5, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Bill Would Allow Guns To Be Carried On Campus

Down in Idaho, college students are protesting a bill that would allow guns on campus. Here in Alaska, they’re drafting the legislation.

March 3, 2014 - 10:52 pm
Begich Calls For Increased Education Funding

Begich Calls For Increased Education Funding

Sen. Mark Begich chastised state lawmakers for their approach to education during his annual legislative address.

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March 3, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Legislature Passes Bill Shortening Driver’s License Validity For Immigrants

Starting this year, foreign nationals who wish to drive in Alaska may be getting more scrutiny when they go to the DMV. A bill pegging the expiration date of a driver’s license to a person’s immigration status is now on its way to the governor’s desk.

February 28, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Abortion Bill Advances On Tight Vote

A bill that puts restrictions on Medicaid payments for abortions narrowly passed its final committee of review in the State Legislature. It advanced without any money for family planning services.

February 27, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Family Planning Services Axed From Abortion Bill

After being shelved for nearly a year, a bill meant to limit Medicaid payouts for abortion is back – and it’s missing a component that made it more agreeable to the Legislature’s social moderates.

February 25, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Opponents Of New Oil Tax Law Offer Their Alternatives

While the proposals take different approaches, both seek to raise the tax rate at higher oil prices.

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February 24, 2014 - 5:39 pm
French Introduces Measure To Strike Gay Marriage Ban

French Introduces Measure To Strike Gay Marriage Ban

In 1998, Alaska became the first state to put a ban on same-sex marriage into its constitution. Now, the minority leader in the State Senate wants to get rid of that ban.

February 24, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Legislators Say No To Energy Break

House Speaker Mike Chenault says there will be floor sessions and committee hearings during the first week of March. His counterpart in the Senate, Charlie Huggins, has also resolved to work through Energy Council.

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February 20, 2014 - 5:35 pm
Photo courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources.

Alaska Supreme Court Decides Pipeline Worth Billions, Not Millions

The State Supreme Court reaffirmed on Wednesday that the Trans-Alaska Pipeline is worth $10 billion.

February 19, 2014 - 5:15 pm
Murkowski addresses the Alaska State Legislature on Wednesday, February 19, 2014. (Skip Gray/360North)

Murkowski Continues To Push For King Cove Road

In her annual address before the State Legislature on Wednesday, Murkowski described the Interior Department’s decision to block the project as “heartless and wrong.” She says it’s an extreme case of federal overreach.

February 19, 2014 - 5:01 pm