Legislature will dodge record for fewest bills

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 21:35
Legislators pass a flurry of bills in final days before adjournment

Through 5 p.m. Friday, 120 bills had passed both the House and the Senate.

Bill toughens punishment for burning violations

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 21:30

Anyone charged with a crime related to setting fires will likely have tougher punishments to face in the future.

Bill would hike fees for city, borough cars

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 20:51

Part of a bill introduced late in the legislative session would hike the price that municipalities pay for their license plates.

Resolution puts Legislature into railroad property dispute

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 21:16

A resolution before the Legislature attempts to put a stake in an ongoing disagreement between the Alaska Railroad Corporation and landowners next to its tracks.

State Senate unanimously recognizes Alaska Native ‘linguistic emergency’

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 21:33
Resolution’s change links language loss to cultural loss and crisis

The Alaska Senate voted Wednesday 20-0 in favor of a resolution declaring a “linguistic emergency” for Alaska Native languages, ending almost a week of debate about whether the issue merited the word “emergency.”

Legislature approves flat schools budget, but no increases may force cuts

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:42
Juneau schools superintendent says bill a ‘good first step,’ but without funding increases to account for inflation, ‘this is going to get really ugly, really quickly’

The Alaska Legislature on Wednesday approved a $1.2 billion budget for public schools in the next fiscal year.

Safety, PFD high on Republican governor candidates’ talking points

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 09:14

Crime, the Permanent Fund Dividend and state budget solutions are three of the top line items in the contested Republican primary race for the governor’s office.

Senators look back on productive year

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:57

Alaska’s two senators and lone congressman have been busy in the past year.

House struggles could risk Permanent Fund Corp. in long term

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:50
As session nears end, no deal yet to protect state investments

As the Alaska Legislature careens toward the end of its 2018 regular session, the head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation is urging lawmakers to put brakes on their ability to spend from the fund.

Alaska Senate approves $1,600 PFD

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 21:56
Agreement with House tally means payout will not figure in end-of-session negotiations

The Alaska Senate has voted to keep this year’s Permanent Fund Dividend at $1,600.