The Alaska House on Sunday continued to stall voting on two bills while Republican leaders dismissed a proposal to use an Alaska Permanent Fund account to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in capital projects.
The Alaska House on Tuesday voted down two of the Senate's priority bills that Republican leaders had kept from reaching the floor during a standoff between the two chambers.
Tuesday's primary election appeared to draw more voters than usual, but Juneau elections workers said many were angry and frustrated by the new split primary ballot.
The former head of a major Alaska pipeline services company testified Friday that he handed state Rep. Vic Kohring $600 to $700 or more on at least five occasions.
Congress approved a $397.4 billion spending bill Thursday that contains millions for Alaska projects and has been watched closely by Southeast environmentalists and the logging industry. The bill, which provides funding for every federal agency except the Pentagon, weighed 32 pounds and exceeded 3,000 pages. The package passed by votes of 338-83 in the House and 76-20 in the Senate.
ANCHORAGE - A U.S. District Court judge has set an October 2010 sentencing date for Jim Clark, former Gov. Frank Murkowski's chief of staff.
After almost three weeks of hurried debate and last-minute arm twisting by the Murkowski administration, the state House of Representatives decided behind closed doors Saturday night to reject a statewide sales tax. "The sales tax for all practical purposes is dead for at least the regular session," said Speaker of the House Pete Kott, an Eagle River Republican. Kott said he does not expect Murkowski to call a special session on the issue.
Recently some legislators have been putting their spin on the failure of the special session to come up with a solution for the state's structural deficit.
Gov. Frank Murkowski's chief of staff says that unless the Alaska Judicial Council changes its bylaws on how it nominates judicial appointees, the state Legislature will be asked to pass a law that overrides them.
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