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Lisa Phu, KTOO - Juneau

Federal bill introduced to fund Erin’s Law

Erin Merryn, a victim of sexual abuse as a child, testified last year in the House Education Committee on House Bill 233, also known as Erin’s Law. Rep. Geran Tarr is the bill sponsor. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)

Three U.S. senators have introduced a bill that would fund the implementation of Erin’s Law in states where it’s been adopted.

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Walker makes appointment to Marijuana Control Board

Gov. Bill Walker has appointed members to a new board charged with developing regulations for the cultivation and sale of legal marijuana in Alaska.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Walker Delays Payment On Oil Tax Credits

Walker Delays Payment On Oil Tax Credits

Gov. Bill Walker is delaying payment of $200 million worth of oil tax credits. The veto is the most significant change the governor made to the state budget.

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Tough budget decisions remain in Alaska

It took two special sessions for Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state’s available revenue.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

What the Supreme Court’s Redistricting Decision Means For Alaska

The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of citizens to make changes to the congressional redistricting process through initiatives. With one congressional district for the whole state, it’s impossible to gerrymander Alaska when it comes to national representation. But the decision could draw more attention to how political lines for the Legislature are drawn.

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Liz Ruskin, APRN

GOP Presidential Candidate Announces Alaska Team

Of the throng of Republicans known to be running for president, the state party says Marco Rubio is the first to announce an Alaska team. Anchorage political consultants Art and April Hackney have signed on to lead the Alaska campaign.

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Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Walker Signs Bill Repealing Film Tax Credits

Alaska’s film tax credit program has gone from comatose to dead. Gov. Bill Walker signed a bill ending the subsidies on Monday. The program was created in 2008, and it’s paid out about $50 million in credits to television shows, movies, and documentaries film in the state.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Special Report Into National Guard Calls For More Accountability

A new inquiry into the Alaska National Guard reaches many of the same conclusions as last year’s federal investigation into the force. It finds that sexual assault and harassment claims were mishandled, and calls for increased accountability and transparency to prevent future abuses.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Legislature’s Per Diem Expenses Approach $200K

Some rank-and-file members collected per diem while the Legislature was meeting in near their districts. Sen. Lesil McGuire collected more than $7,300, and Sen. Cathy Giessel received $5,000.

Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN - Juneau

Legislature Gavels Out

Legislature Gavels Out

Nearly two months after its regular deadline, the Alaska Legislature finally gavels out. Both chambers have approved a $5 billion operating budget and agreed on a way to pay for the deficit.

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The purpose and history of Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend

Today, we’re talking about the Permanent Fund. Some House Republicans want to move some of the fund’s earnings into the body of the fund so it can’t be touched. Others are tossing around the idea of using the Permanent Fund as collateral for earning more money for the General Fund. Is this what the Fund is for? So, we’re taking a step back and looking at the history of the Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend.

KSKA: Friday, 5/29, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/29, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/30, at 4:30 p.m.
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The Legislative Special Session

Lawmakers have gaveled out of the Governor’s special session without acting on his requests of fully funding the state budget, expanding medicaid and passing sexual abuse prevention legislation, known as Erin’s law for schools. Legislators have now called themselves into special session. What changes when lawmakers make the call?

APRN: Tuesday, 5/26 at 10:00am

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The Legislature’s Second Special Session

With the state legislature now gaveled in to a second special session in the new Legislative Information Office in Anchorage, major state issues are under debate, namely the state’s operating budget.

KSKA: Friday, 5/22, at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 6:00 p.m.
KAKM: Friday, 5/22, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5/23, at 4:30 p.m.
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Legislative gridlock

The state is in a serious revenue shortfall. But lawmakers are far from agreement about how to address it. What’s driving the stalemate? What can be done to bring all sides together to get the work done? The 90 day session is over, the special session is on and little has been accomplished to address the deficit.

APRN: Tuesday, 5/12 at 10:00am

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Chinook Salmon Bycatch; And HB132

This week on Alaska Edition: The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council takes action on Chinook salmon bycatch in Alaska’s pollock fishery. How could the veto of HB132 affect the Mat-Su Valley? Where does Medicaid expansion stand in the legislature?

KSKA: Friday, 4/17 at 2:00pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 6:00pm
KAKM: Friday, 4/17 at 7:30pm and Saturday, 4/18 at 4:30pm

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