Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau
Lawmakers met on Wednesday to hear from health care providers and labor leaders about their concerns as workplaces in Alaska reopen.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed the bill to distribute over $1.1 billion in funding after the House adjourned
State law prohibits the use of state facilities for partisan political purposes, except to discuss political strategy or use communications equipment, as long as there is no charge to the state.
The Senate had already passed its own bill, but it now has to pass the House bill after the chamber adjourned.
In addition to spending, the Senate also considered changing rules to allow legislators to attend the session by video conference.
The Alaska Legislature is planning to reconvene next week to formally appropriate federal COVID-19 relief, following a lawsuit that seeks to block the state government’s current plan for the relief.
Municipalities could get half-a-billion dollars across the state, but there are still questions about how that can be spent, and whether it will be enough to cover the expected shortfall in other revenues.
A retired carpenter and former University of Alaska regent is suing the Dunleavy administration, saying that the entire legislature must approve any state spending.
The biggest items were $586.6 million in direct municipal relief; $290 million in small business relief; and $100 million for the state’s fisheries.
The state says it will also ease restrictions on intrastate travel, childcare facilities, and religious gatherings, among other plans.
New state guidelines require patients to get a negative result from a coronavirus test within 48 hours of many dental procedures. But dentists say that's not feasible.
The legislature's legal advisers argue that it's the legislature - not the governor's - job to allocate money.
State Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink said that if cases are allowed to grow unchecked, there's still a real risk of overwhelming Alaska's health care system.
Zink said that the state must go 28 days without a community case to say it doesn’t have community spread. That’s far from happening.
U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta issued an order finding that the tribes that sued to block the money from being paid to regional or village corporations were likely to win.
Scientists are struggling to understand COVID-19. As Alaska ramps up testing, what will they find out?
There’s a lot you can learn from testing data, besides just who has the disease. State researchers are working to understand where it is, what symptoms people have and how to prepare for future outbreaks.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy said on Wednesday that Alaska is in a better position than other states to reopen hair salons, nail shops and tattoo parlors.
The plan includes $300 million of relief for small businesses, through existing state loan programs.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced on Tuesday restaurants and other retail businesses can begin offering more services on Friday, if they follow certain health guidelines.