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House GOP: Use disaster fund for wildfires

...environmental groups have been critical of the bill because they say it would erode key environmental safeguards.With a House vote expected this week, GOP lawmakers added the federal disaster language to the bill, something the Obama administration...
Gov. signs first tax increase in 10 years

...through a Legislature not keen on new taxes. "This was the first year that we were going into the red."He called the House vote on the bill "one of the strangest votes" he'd ever seen.The ceremony was held at NOAA because the agency, along...
S. Carolina lawmakers vote to debate flag

...lawmakers approved a measure enabling a flag debate by a vote of 103-10 in the House and a voice vote in the Senate.The House vote brought a standing ovation and rounds of applause after Democratic and Republican leaders jointly sponsored the measure...
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House votes to halt school bond repayment program

JUNEAU - The municipality of Anchorage could be the last community to be reimbursed for new school bonds before a five-year hiatus, but the House speaker hinted this may not yet be a done deal.
State | AK legislature
The power to punish and reward should not be abused

...Tuesday (perhaps a coincidence, perhaps not).Many of the cuts Rep. Reinbold supported were simply added back in House votes.This was the flashpoint where Lora lost much faith in the process. Statements were made that Rep. Reinbold did...
Senate keeps pot edibles on the table

...Kelly's amendment had passed, he said.Egan said he expects the bill to go to the conference committee after the House votes on it, where "it will get even better."The bill now moves to the House, where it awaits committee referrals and...
State | AK legislature
Alaska Editorial: Political ads focus on trivia, not real issues

...the best voting record among the state's Congressional delegation. Rep. Don Young has missed nearly 15 percent of House votes in his decades of service - three times as many as Sen. Begich - but that didn't stop Americans for Prosperity awarding...
Untold reality of state's minimum wage debate

...for at least two years if approved by voters in the August primary. "It would be interesting to have a redo of the House vote once folks realize that there really is not a benefit for those wishing for the initiative process to occur," said...
State | AK legislature
Local politics affects senators on minimum wage

...its prospects further. Democrats said they will use a petition of lawmakers to try pressuring Republicans to allow a House vote, but the strategy seems unlikely to succeed.An Associated Press-GfK poll last month found supporters of a minimum...
State | AK legislature
House votes to cut $4B a year from food stamps

WASHINGTON - The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.


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