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

...conference following the end of the regular session.Gov. Bill Walker isn't waiting for the fall. One minute before the Alaska Senate gaveled out and ended the first regular session of the Legislature, he signed a proclamation ordering the Legislature...
Local | AK legislature
Alaska Senate approves budget; proposal now goes to House

JUNEAU - State lawmakers looked to end the extended legislative session Monday amid a still-unsettled budget.The Senate voted Monday morning to accept a budget proposal, but the state government could be left with just partial funding if House Democrats don't offer their support.
My Turn: Anger over education cuts are justified

Did you know that the Alaska Senate majority recently requested the media help them explain to disgruntled constituents why the deep cuts to education are justified...
Legislature passes gas tax increase to fund spill cleanup

The Alaska Senate has approved a new tax on refined fuel to pay for a spill prevention and response program run by the Alaska Division of Environmental...
State | AK legislature
Egan's attempt to save Haines forestry office fails in Senate

An attempt by Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, to keep a state forester in Haines was defeated 6-14 in the Alaska Senate on Friday.Egan, whose district includes Haines, included an amendment in a forestry bill that would have required...
State | AK legislature
Legislature prepares to pass the baton on marijuana

...favor of the establishment of the Alaska Marijuana Control Board on Friday, and after he spoke, it sailed through the Alaska Senate Finance Committee. A day later, it passed the full Senate with unanimous approval.House Bill 123 now needs only...
State | AK legislature
Bill to allow pharmacists to administer vaccines advances

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate has passed legislation that would allow pharmacists to administer vaccines more easily.Sen. Cathy Giessel sponsored the bill...
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Thumbs up, thumbs down

...percent of you who think it will never be built.Thumbs down to budget realities. After six hours of debate, the Alaska Senate passed a state operating budget that includes $470 million in budget cuts. That's a bit more than the version approved...
As the Alaska Legislature makes cuts, ripples will splash across the state

...budget to the full House, which approved it.The budget includes no money for revenue sharing. Looking aheadIf the Alaska Senate adds no money for revenue sharing this year - as now seems likely - the revenue sharing program will not immediately...
State | AK legislature
Senate passes resolution supporting Arctic Economic Council

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate has passed a resolution in support of the Arctic Economic Council.The resolution, which passed on Wednesday, asks that an Alaskan...


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