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Court rules same-sex couples have equal tax rights

ANCHORAGE - Same-sex couples in Alaska are equally entitled to the same state property-tax exemptions for senior citizens and disabled veterans as married couples, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
AG to keep defending same-sex marriage ban

JUNEAU - Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty said he will continue to defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, even as federal courts around the country strike down similar bans.
State | AK legislature
House Finance takes up abortion funding

JUNEAU - The House Finance Committee voted Tuesday to remove language from an abortion funding bill that called for the state to provide expanded women's health and family planning services.
State | AK legislature
Pot petition has enough signatures to make ballot

ANCHORAGE - Enough petition signatures have been verified to place an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana on the ballot this summer in Alaska, election officials said Tuesday. The petition has met all the thresholds necessary to appear on the Aug.
Group takes next step to legalize marijuana

ANCHORAGE - A citizens' group hoping to make Alaska the third state in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana took a step closer Wednesday, submitting more than 46,000 signatures to the state election office.
3 things to watch for in the state Legislature

JUNEAU - Work at the Capitol has been moving at a swift pace, with nearly one-third of the 90-day session over. Here are three things to watch for this week: Budget The Senate Finance Committee is set to start digging into the capital budget.
Voter ID bill passes final House committee

JUNEAU - A bill that would require Alaska's voters to present photo identification at the polls has been moved out of its final committee of referral. HB3, by Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage, was advanced from the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Alaska may make gay partners 'family'

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Personnel Board is considering including same-sex partners of state employees in the definition of "immediate family" for purposes of leave.
No rush to allow same-sex marriage in Alaska

JUNEAU - Republican U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's announcement last week that she now supports same-sex marriage caused a ripple nationwide, but what effect it might have back home - if any - isn't immediately clear.
Concerns raised over Parnell's crime bill

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell's crime bill is raising legal concerns.


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