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'Choose Respect' funding cut hours after rally

...D-Anchorage, that seeks an audit of the state's untested sexual assault evidence kits got its first hearing in the House State Affairs committee.The state's forensic crime lab is so backed up on processing kits that it would take its staff two years...
State | Local | AK legislature
House discusses backlog of untested sexual assault kits

JUNEAU - A state House committee has heard about a backlog of untested sexual assault kits in Alaska.The House State Affairs Committee on Thursday discussed Rep. Geran Tarr's bill to address that backlog.The kits provide tools to collect...
Budget closeouts among things to watch in Legislature

...proposed budget. A version of the budget is expected on the House floor next month. Parole officer caseloadThe House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday plans to hear a bill from House Democratic Leader Chris Tuck that would set a maximum caseload for...
State | AK legislature
House Dems talk Native voting, languages

...bill with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and said the lieutenant governor supports it.The bill was referred to the House State Affairs Committee.Kreiss-Tomkins spoke about his planned bill that would create a special designation for Native language...
State | AK legislature
Panel moves bill honoring Alaska Native languages

JUNEAU - Surrounded by a cheering crowd, some wearing Alaska Native traditional clothing, the House State Affairs committee on Tuesday moved a bill symbolically adding 20 native languages to the list of official languages of the state...
State | AK legislature
And the nominee for official Alaska rifle is ...

The Last Frontier may soon have an official state bolt-action rifle.Members of the House State Affairs Committee unanimously approved SB175 Tuesday, which names the pre-64 Winchester Model 70 as Alaska's rifle.Commonly dubbed the "Rifleman's...
State | AK legislature
Grizzly bear may be vehicle plate option

JUNEAU - The House State Affairs Committee Thursday moved a bill adding the grizzly bear to the list of options people can choose for an Alaska license plate.House Bill...
Bill makes APOC complaints confidential

...filed and the final verdict being issued could be around two and a half months or longer, Higgins said. The House State Affairs Committee advanced the bill after a brief hearing Tuesday. It now awaits a hearing in the Judiciary Committee. In addition...
State | AK legislature
Bill making 20 Native languages official advances

...died in 2008.Currently only Hawaii recognizes an indigenous language as an official language.The bill advanced with unanimous support. There was no testimony opposing the measure. It now goes before the House State Affairs Committee.
State | AK legislature
Bill on electronic notices pulled from floor

...concerned about the effect that could have on the public's access to information about their government.At a House State Affairs Committee hearing last week, there was no testimony in opposition.Hawker said a newspaper organization that did not...
State | AK legislature


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