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...including my denomination of origin, the United Church of Christ, have advocated marriage equality for years. As civil laws change, the right of those in these traditions to exercise their religious freedom has increased. Religious practitioners who...
Court rejects benefit denial in same-sex case

...further consideration.The state Department of Law was reviewing the decision. Part of the evaluation will be whether law changes or new regulations are needed to comply with the ruling, a spokeswoman said.The decision is the latest by a court...
Anchorage Assembly passes rewrite of labor laws

...however, in passing an amendment stating that no city employee would suffer a loss of base pay as a result of labor law changes.The administration kept its proposal secret until just days before it was formally introduced in February. Most Assembly...
Alaska Editorial: With or without Voting Rights Act, state's mission is clear

...Alaska - one of the nine states that were fully covered - no longer has to submit redistricting or any other election law changes for approval by the Department of Justice or federal judges.We'll pass on the redistricting ramifications for now...
Controversial bear-hunting bill will likely die in committee

...nonresidents to go along if they are a close relative or spouse. Several big-game guides testified Sunday that the law changes could jeopardize Alaska's entire big-game guide system and open it to legal challenges. "It would take down sheep...
Pipeline planning costs reach $25 million penny-wise and a pound foolish now," Samuels said. Murkowski, who faces a re-election challenge in the August primary, is expected to call another special legislative session for another try at the oil tax and gas law changes.
Other parties offer unique views of the state's future

...Women. She was arrested in 1989 and 1999 in subsistence fishing protests and fasted in 1999 to call for subsistence law changes and again in 2000 to bring attention to the murders of Anchorage Native women. In an Empire interview earlier this...
18 Juneau residents still owed tax refunds opposed to $1,148 last year. It states the average dollar amount increase could possibly be due to recent tax law changes that introduced new credits or expanded existing credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Some taxpayers are...
IRS changes deadlines for coming filing season in areas without state and local income taxes. He said the need for those taxpayers to wait is the result of tax law changes enacted by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama last month. The mentioned provisions expired at the end of 2009...
Legislators dial up new cell phone bills

...on the wheel, if you are holding the cell phone and juggling that, and I am as guilty as anybody ... but if the law changes it will make me drive more safely and I hope it will make everybody else save some lives." House Bill 128, introduced...


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