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Legislature finishes regular session; special session begins at 10 a.m.

The first session of the 29th Alaska Legislature ended Monday night in much the same way its 98 days progressed - slowly, haltingly and with work left incomplete.By a 26-12...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-28/legislature-finishes-regular-session-sp
Local | AK legislature
Alaska Legislature passes child support bill

JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers have passed legislation to bring state child support law into line with an international treaty under which the United States and other nations enforce child-support orders for one another.The Senate passed the bill, without debate, 14-6 on Monday. The measure previously passed the House.Gov. Bill Walker's administration said Alaska faced losing about $19 million in federal child support funding and $45 million in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds if it didn't pass the bill. All states are being asked to do this.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-27/alaska-legislature-passes-child-support
State
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, Thumbs down for April 27, 2015

...their own time and own dime.Thumbs down to limbo. Today is the 98th day of the 90-day first session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. We love having the capitol in Juneau, but there can be too much of a good thing.Thumbs up to a filling fundraiser...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-27/empire-editorial-thumbs-thumbs-down-a
Opinion
State releases over 4,000 email pages in National Guard case

...of former Parnell Chief of Staff Mike Nizich from 2009-2014.Included in the emails was an open letter to the Alaska Legislature in March 2012. The letter outlines what it claims were problems with the Guard under Katkus' leadership, including...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-26/state-releases-over-4000-email-pages-na
State
Infographic: Alaska Legislature scoreboard, Day 94

...official 90-day session of the Alaska Legislature has come and gone, and the first session of the 29th Alaska Legislature is now into the Limbo Session...the second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-23/graphic-alaska-legislature-scoreboard-d
State | AK legislature
School board OKs special election

The Juneau Board of Education has voted unanimously in favor of a special bond election designed to beat an Alaska Legislature-imposed deadline.If the election is approved by the Juneau Assembly, voters will be asked whether to approve...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-22/school-board-oks-special-election
Local
Photo: Boxing up another session

Molly Carver, a legislative aide for Rep. Les Gara of Anchorage, fills boxes at his office on the fourth floor of the Capitol building in Juneau on Monday. The Alaska Legislature is continuing their work beyond their 90 day session to pass the state operating and capital budgets.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-22/photo-boxing-another-session
State | Local
Alaska Legislature has multiple paths to resolving fiscal impasse - including a government shutdown

...for instance, they could ... avoid a shutdown."A bifurcated state budget has never been successful in the Alaska Legislature, but the Legislature has gone into special session several times in its history to pass a budget that just wouldn't...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-21/alaska-legislature-has-multiple-paths-r
State | AK legislature
Thumbs up, thumbs down for April 20, 2015

Thumbs up and down to the Alaska Legislature. The Legislature didn't finish its work by Sunday, the final regular day of the first session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. We're disappointed that the Legislature couldn't get...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-20/thumbs-thumbs-down-april-20-2015
Opinion
Egan's attempt to save Haines forestry office fails in Senate

...stationed in or within one mile of the state forest resource management area."Budgets moving forward in the Alaska Legislature call for the elimination of state forestry jobs across Southeast as a cost-cutting measure. The cuts include...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/egans-attempt-save-haines-forestry-offi
State | AK legislature

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