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Three things to watch in the Legislature this week

JUNEAU - In years past, work in the Legislature during the first week of March would slow substantially, if not grind to a near halt, to allow lawmakers to travel to The Energy Council and other meetings in Washington, D.C.
State | AK legislature
Humpbacks' endangered species status questioned

ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska has filed a petition to remove some North Pacific humpback whales from protections granted under the federal Endangered Species Act, saying the whales are thriving and no longer need them.
Division wants spill-prevention fund

JUNEAU - An account used for the cleanup of contaminated sites, non-emergency spill response and other activities soon will not have enough money to keep up with costs, the director of the state's Division of Spill Prevention and Response told lawmakers Thursday.Kristin Ryan told a House subcommittee the shortfall in the prevention account is projected to happen in fiscal year 2016, and the account will likely need an appropriation from the general fund.
State | AK legislature
Senate panel advances bill rejecting pay increase

JUNEAU - The Senate Finance Committee on Friday advanced a bill that would reject recommended pay increases for top state officials. Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer said he supported the recommendations of the State Officers Compensation Commission.
3 things to watch in the Legislature

JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature starts its first full week of work of the session Monday, with lawmakers set to dig into plans to advance a natural gas pipeline project and salary increases for top officials.
State | AK legislature
Senate rejects pay raises for top state officials

JUNEAU - The Alaska Senate passed legislation Monday rejecting pay raises for top state officials, with a Democrat saying the increases were not deserved. "In the real world, you get paid for your performance," said Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage.
State | AK legislature
Bill would reject pay raise for governor, others

JUNEAU - House Democratic lawmakers announced plans Friday to introduce legislation that would reject proposed pay raises for Alaska's governor and other top state officials. Reps.
State | AK legislature
Panel proposes pay raises for top state officials

...rationale for the proposed increases. A final report is due during next year's legislative session.Nicki Neal, director of the state Division of Personnel and Labor Relations, said by email that the increases would be effective July 1, unless...
Cost of Yukon River flooding about $70M

FAIRBANKS - The widespread Yukon River flooding last spring is expected to cost state and federal governments about $70 million in response and recovery efforts, according to an Alaska emergency management official.
Tribal dispute puts Alaska village in limbo

ANCHORAGE - The flood-prone village of Newtok near Alaska's storm-battered coast is running out of time as coastal erosion creeps ever closer to the Yup'ik Eskimo community.


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