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

...the state with only enough money to continue operating into the fall."The budget right now fails Alaska," Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, said in a press conference following the end of the regular session.Gov. Bill Walker isn't waiting...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-04-28/legislature-finishes-regular-session-sp
Local | AK legislature
Chenault: Erin's Law won't pass this session

...coaches, and most school districts are cutting back to reflect the state's budget deficit.Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, changed her legislation because of that feedback, adding into her bill language that would have...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/chenault-erins-law-wont-pass-session
State | AK legislature
Gov forces House's hand after canceled confirmation vote

...Cox ended up withdrawing from reappointment because of attacks from conservative groups, said Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage.Others, including Board of Fisheries appointee Roland Maw, have also dropped out of the running...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-15/gov-forces-houses-hand-after-failed-vot
State | AK legislature
Legislature approves all of Walker's commissioners in marathon joint session

...same-sex couples.The attorney general's move didn't play well with Democrats. Sens. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, and Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, condemned his move in a recent news conference. Gardner said at the time that his signature on the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/legislature-approves-all-walkers-commis
State | AK legislature
Session continues, budget vote pending

...with a vote pending on a state spending plan.Senate President Kevin Meyer said Sunday that Senate minority leader Berta Gardner wanted to wait to take up the budget. Under legislative rules, the conference committee report on a budget is to...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-27/session-continues-budget-vote-pending
State
Lawmakers sweep $94M into rainy day fund

...version. It represents the state's leanest capital budget since 2001. It passed the Senate 18-2, with Sens. Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski, both Anchorage Democrats, voting against.About $94 million left over from more than 100...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-11/lawmakers-sweep-94m-rainy-day-fund
State | AK legislature
Alternative Erin's Law bill gets first hearing

...have gotten a shoutout - twice - from Gov. Bill Walker, as recently as his Choose Respect speech last week.Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, is sponsoring the other Erin's Law bill in the Senate. That bill has had two hearings.Just like...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-03/alternative-erins-law-bill-gets-first-h
State | Local | AK legislature
As the Alaska Legislature makes cuts, ripples will splash across the state

...going to sit here wondering what do we do now? ... It's a scary situation."In the same radio program, Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, offered her own support of revenue sharing.Why then, have legislators been willing to cut funding...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-29/alaska-legislature-makes-cuts-ripples-w
State | AK legislature
Senate keeps pot edibles on the table

...people voted to legalize only one form of marijuana," McGuire said.Sens. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, and Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, introduced amendments that would have modified the bill to remove marijuana from the state's list...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-31/senate-keeps-pot-edibles-table
State | AK legislature
Daylight saving elimination passes Senate

...both in the region that would be most negatively impacted by the change, voted against the bill, as did Sens. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, and Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage.The rest of the body voted for elimination.The bill's sponsor...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-11/daylight-saving-elimination-passes-sena
State | AK legislature

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