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House Strikes Retirement Plan, Funding Formula Change From Education Bill

The Alaska House of Representative passed a sweeping education bill Monday night, but only after removing some of its more contentious elements and adding another pot of education funding.

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April 8, 2014 - 1:16 am

Rural Legislators Wary Of Change To School Funding Formula

With the Alaska House of Representatives set to vote on an omnibus education bill Monday night, rural legislators are prepared to fight a change to the funding formula included in the legislation.

April 7, 2014 - 4:40 pm
With Education Vote Postponed, Parent Group Rallies For More School Funding

With Education Vote Postponed, Parent Group Rallies For More School Funding

The Alaska State House has delayed its vote on an omnibus education bill to Monday, giving lawmakers more time to wrestle with questions over teacher retirement policy and treatment of rural schools. But even though debate on the bill was delayed, that did not stop a crowd of parents from gathering on the Capitol steps to rally for more education funding.

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April 4, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Minimum Wage Bill Introduced Amid Sponsor Outcry

A bill that could supplant the minimum wage initiative has popped up in the Legislature. Initiative organizers strongly oppose any effort to pre-empt their initiative out of concern the Legislature might try to water it down.

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April 4, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Lawmakers Shelve Controversial Permitting Bill

With the end of session looming, lawmakers found the bill was simply too complex and too polarizing to advance.

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April 3, 2014 - 11:42 pm

As Education Bill Nears Vote, Lawmakers Brace For Funding Fight

On Friday, state representatives will vote on a sprawling education bill that deals with everything from school budges to teacher tenure to the establishment of charter schools. Some lawmakers are already preparing for a marathon session.

April 3, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Legislature Scraps Deal To Buy Anchorage LIO

A deal to buy the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building for $28 million is officially off the table. Rep. Mike Hawker, an Anchorage Republican, made the announcement early Thursday morning, at a six-minute meeting of the Legislative Council.

April 3, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Legislature’s Exit Time Could Shift Initiative Scheduling

Between a contested Senate primary and a mess of ballot questions, the August election is expected to be particularly lively. But a set of unusual circumstances and odd timing has the potential to knock all but one of the citizen measures to the November general election, if the Legislature gavels out late.

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April 2, 2014 - 5:31 pm

House Speaker Proposes Exception To Residency Rule For Gasline Board Appointees

Amid controversy over whether the non-residents can legally serve on state commissions, the Speaker of the Alaska State House is proposing a policy change that explicitly carves out an exception for the board that could oversee development of a natural gas pipeline.

March 31, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Senate Passes Bill To Limit Access To Certain Court Records

If you’ve ever been charged with a crime in Alaska, it’s documented in an online database called “Courtview” that anyone can check. Landlords use it. Employers use it. Some people even use it use it while dating to see if their romantic partner has a criminal history. Soon, those searches could be limited to only cases where a guilty verdict has been reached.

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March 28, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Senate Panel Proposes $100 Million In One-Time Education Funding

While the Legislature is still hammering out how much money to put toward the base student allocation, the Senate Finance Committee has included a major injection of funds in their version of the operating budget.

March 28, 2014 - 5:12 pm

With Talk Of Minimum Wage Bill, Initiative Sponsors On Guard

This week, the House Majority Caucus released a new poll showing that about 70 percent of Alaskans support a citizen’s initiative to raise the minimum wage. Now, that’s got some legislators talking about making the change themselves. But initiative sponsors are not welcoming the possibility.

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March 27, 2014 - 6:02 pm
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Fairbanks Lawmaker’s Birth Control Comments Spark Criticism

In the process of declaring “war on fetal alcohol syndrome,” a Fairbanks state senator was labeled as an enemy in the “war on women” by national media outlets for comments he made about birth control.

March 24, 2014 - 6:20 pm

As Public Testimony Floods In, Permitting Bill’s Future Uncertain

With less than a month of session to go, the Parnell administration is in a similar spot with HB77 as it was last year: Opposition came out strong and fast, key senators are on the fence, and movement on the controversial permitting bill has stalled.

March 21, 2014 - 7:46 pm
State Senate Passes Bill Advancing Gasline Project

State Senate Passes Bill Advancing Gasline Project

Alaska Senate passes legislation that seeks to advance a liquefied natural gas pipeline.

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March 18, 2014 - 8:40 pm

With Budget Shortfalls Looming, Questions Raised About Knik Bridge Finances

A bill authorizing the state to build a billion-dollar bridge across the Knik Arm is back for consideration.

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March 18, 2014 - 5:28 pm
State Reps Reject Measure To Extend Military Perk To Same-Sex Partners

State Reps Reject Measure To Extend Military Perk To Same-Sex Partners

The State House wrestled with the tension between Alaska’s ban on gay marriage and the military’s recent policy of allowing gay man and lesbians to openly serve in the military.

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March 17, 2014 - 5:20 pm

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