Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau
The unusual letter to Senate Finance Committee co-chairs Bert Stedman and Click Bishop said “action must be taken” on Senate Bill 4001, requested by Gov. Mike Dunleavy.
Under the state’s redistricting process, one proposal would have residents of communities near Homer in the same legislative district as Kodiak, which is 140 miles away by water. It's drawing concerns from some Alaskans and highlights the challenges the board is up against.
Under three of the proposals, dividends would be bigger than the checks Alaskans have gotten in recent years. But they would still be smaller than what Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants.
Alaska state senators differ on PFD path as committees fail to meet during first half of special session
Alaska state senators are split over Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s plans to change the dividend and how to pay for it. The fourth special session is halfway over, and while some House committees have met, none have met in the Senate.
The Alaska Legislature didn’t hold a single meeting during the first week of the fourth special session.
Air Force Lt. Gen. David Krumm said the Air Force isn’t allowing service members to bring their families to Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks due to a lack of housing.
Which Anchorage neighborhoods should share the same legislative districts was the focus of a hearing on Monday.
The updated policy requires those who work in the Capitol to be tested every four days and to isolate if they test positive.
The Alaska Legislature began its fourth special session of the year on Monday. There are big disagreements between lawmakers on major policies. But it’s also not clear if they can even agree on how frequently to meet over the 30-day session.
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s top executive, Angela Rodell, is asking whether the corporation's trustees are committed to the corporation’s independence.
Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes urged Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Friday to cancel the special session scheduled to start on Monday, citing the COVID-19 surge.
Alaskans who filed electronically and chose direct deposit will receive their PFDs the week of Oct. 11. Those receiving a paper check will start to receive their dividends the week of Oct. 25.
In one draft map, seven Democratic representatives were combined in three districts, while no Republicans were.
When the state health department's website was breached earlier this year, hackers had access to the private health information of Alaskans, the state announced on Thursday.
“I strongly urge folks to get a vaccine — strongly urge them to do that,” said Gov. Dunleavy.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy called the Legislature into a fourth special session starting on Oct. 1. He issued the call on Tuesday after the Legislature passed a bill setting the PFD amount for this year.
The Legislature's third special session must end by midnight.
The bill became caught up in a dispute over requiring all hospitals to allow any patients to bring a person who supports them during any treatment.
Alaska Sen. Lora Reinbold has been excused from attending Senate floor sessions through next January after Alaska Airlines banned her from flights for refusing to wear a face mask.
Alaska’s state government may have trouble paying its bills over the next year, due to a dispute over taking funds from the piggy bank the state has used to balance the budget in the...