Alaska Governor Bill Walker late Tuesday night appointed Robert Mumford to the seven-member Board of Fish. The governor was required by state statute to make the appointment by May 19th.
The Alaska State Legislature has gaveled out of special session, without voting on any of the items on the governor’s agenda. But almost immediately, lawmakers called themselves back — but on their own terms. They have formally relocated to Anchorage, and have set aside Medicaid expansion.
The Senate Education Committee has advanced a rewrite of legislation that would leave as optional sexual assault prevention and awareness programs in Alaska public schools.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants Alaska to get a share of the federal revenues from oil and gas development off Alaska’s shores. Alaska’s congressional delegation has tried before, but this time Murkowski hopes to harness the support of other coastal senators. The idea proved controversial at an Energy Committee hearing Tuesday morning.
It took until Day 22 of the 30-day special session for a sexual abuse prevention bill to get a hearing. And when it appeared before the Senate Education committee Tuesday, it was in a radically different form than the original.
In a letter sent to state employees, Walker explained that the partial veto is being made because the Legislature authorized $5 billion in state spending when only $2 billion are readily available.
The Interior Secretary’s power to take land into trust for tribes could create pockets of Indian Country across Alaska. Tribes see it as an opportunity to police their own territory and improve village safety. Others see it as the reservation model that Alaskans rejected in the land claims settlement act 44 years ago. Outside the state, land-into-trust is controversial, too.
Supporters of Medicaid expansion have continued their efforts with rallies in downtown Anchorage this week.
The next floor sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday this week, and are also expected to be technical sessions barring any deal between lawmakers.
The state’s troubled Medicaid payment system has seen improvements in recent months, according to Walker administration officials.
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
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.
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
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
Do you dread getting a bill from the hospital or your doctor’s office? Healthcare costs are rising quickly in Alaska and we’re all paying the bills. We’ll look at why health care costs so much here and what we can do to reduce those costs.
APRN: Tuesday, 4/14 at 10:00am