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Senate agrees with House; passes bill vetoing 2.5 percent raise for state's nonunion employees

...contracts.According to its fiscal note, the bill will save the state about $9.3 million per year on pay.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, offered an amendment that would have given state workers the option of a voluntary unpaid furlough...
State | AK legislature
Lawmakers sweep $94M into rainy day fund

...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 governor and legislator...
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Legislature should mirror Big Oil's reaction to low prices

...credits and the state's ability to fund education at a basic level by voting for a budget amendment offered by Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage. His amendment would have restored $47.5 million in education cuts by offsetting the cost with a...
Senate keeps pot edibles on the table

...children, but I don't believe that 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...
State | AK legislature
Bill to limit corporation role in alternate project advances

...of his proposal and a willingness to keep moving ahead on Alaska LNG.During Friday afternoon's hearing, Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said he wanted to hear what the companies had to say. He said he considered that critical to the...
State | AK legislature
Finance director paints sobering budget picture

...Alaskans are derived. Lawmakers also could revisit the oil tax issue, something Democratic Rep. Les Gara and Sen. Bill Wielechowski brought up in interviews after Teal's presentation. The Republican-controlled Legislature has shown no interest...
State | AK legislature
Bill would halt Marie Drake renovation

...cuts off school projects entered into the state's bond debt reimbursement program after Jan. 1, 2015.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, introduced amendments to change the cutoff date to July 1, 2015, allowing pending Anchorage school...
State | Local | AK legislature
Senate to consider latest version of marijuana bill

...consider the Senate Finance Committee's version of SB 30, with Sens. Dennis Egan, Johnny Ellis, Berta Gardner and Bill Wielechowski voting in opposition.The bill would update state crimes now that certain recreational use and possession of marijuana...
State | AK legislature
Lawmakers discuss resolutions to strengthen states' rights other states, said the countermand amendment could allow states to take back control of federal lands.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, asked if the resolution could also allow states to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v...
State | AK legislature
Alaska lawmakers look at new draft of marijuana bill

...their licenses for habitually abusing marijuana, and individuals can receive treatment for marijuana abuse.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, said that because marijuana can be medicinal, it might not be appropriate to apply all of the...
State | AK legislature


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