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Outside editorial: Not so fast on FISA

...voted to extend those provisions, which expire at the end of the year, until 2017, and the chairman and vice chairman of the committee urged "quick action by the Senate and House to enact this extension."Not so fast. Congress is still owed...
Senators hear from JEDC on Alaska FIRST

...very, very impressive to see how these kids deal with this equipment and how they understand it," said the chairman of the committee, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak.Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, said after the meeting was adjourned that...
Playwright makes pitch for anti-suicide funding at the Capitol

...lawmakers one floor above the committee room where Lunch and Learn was held.Rep. Pete Higgins, R-Fairbanks, chairman of the committee, said he has not spoken to Hanley about the Winter Bear Project, but his committee aide has."I've worked...
Finance moves MTAB expansion ahead

...bill ultimately moved out of committee on a motion offered by Olson.Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, co-chairman of the committee, recommended in the committee report that the bill pass, as did Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks. Meyer's...
Committee restores 'Access Road' funds to capital budget

...out of committee, although it voted to adopt it as the working draft.Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, co-chairman of the committee for the capital budget, said he wanted to get the capital budget out for members to look over Saturday with...
Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii dead at 88

...scandal. The panel's investigation led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.Inouye also served as chairman of the committee that investigated the Iran-Contra arms and money affair, which rocked Ronald Reagan's presidency.A quiet...
House Finance Committee looks at DOT&PF budget

...across the board.After the exchange between Kawasaki and Siroky, Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, co-chairman of the committee, quipped, "Rep. Kawasaki, what you don't see on here is the designated general funds coming from toll...
Roller coaster for ed funding at hearing

...D-Anchorage, objected to the amendment brought forward by Wilson and Rep. Alan Austerman, R-Kodiak, co-chairman of the committee."That $1.1 million decrement, I don't agree to," Gara said, describing his objection as a rare instance...
House committee shelves seasonal sales tax

...seasonal sales tax and consider a more simple tax plan. Rep. Jim Whitaker, a Republicans from Fairbanks and co-chairman of the committee, said Saturday there was not enough support to pursue a plan to impose a 2 percent year-round sales tax that...
House panel on hold for maternity leave

...maternity leave - for now at least. McGuire and Anderson, who wed last year, serve as chairwoman and vice chairman of the committee. The House leadership says it is looking to fill the void in their absence, but McGuire hopes it won't come...


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