Alaska ad proudly ties Begich to 'Obamacare'

...contested Senate race.Begich joined all other Senate Democrats in voting for the measure in 2010, when not a single Republican lawmaker did so.He and Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana - another Democrat being pounded on health care in a state Obama lost - are...
At 81, Rep. Bob Lynn is Alaska's oldest lawmaker

JUNEAU - Bob Lynn is spry for a man of 81. He easily - and daily during the session - scales the five flights of steps at the state Capitol. "I don't feel old," said Lynn, a former U.S.
State | AK legislature
Kawasaki bills address wrongful convictions

JUNEAU - A Fairbanks lawmaker has introduced legislation aimed at preventing wrongful convictions and compensating those who are sent to prison but later exonerated...
State | AK legislature
Committee approves audit on ferry repairs

JUNEAU - The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee has approved a Kodiak lawmaker's request for an audit surrounding repairs to the ferry Tustumena.Laura Pierre, an aide to the committee's chair, Sen...
State | AK legislature
'I'm Just a Bill' How legal review can affect a proposed law

...Rock! animated shorts can sing through the steps of how a bill becomes a law. It starts as an idea, is then written up by a lawmaker and sent to the capital. It may die in committee or it may make it to the floor for a vote. If it passes the House, it's...
Legislative Roundup: March 16, 2014

...Legislative Council looks to recoup some of the increased cost. The proposal also said it was the Legislature's intent that no lawmaker's office in the new building be more than 30 percent larger than any others, though visiting lawmakers with primary offices...
State | AK legislature
Navajo family fighting to stay on monument land has had a homestead there for generations and generations, years, and we want that to be made right," Navajo Nation lawmaker Walter Phelps said.Smith estimates that dozens of extended members of her family would move back if given the chance.An...
Initiative hearings, securities things to watch

...noting it had been certified before the legislative session began and the tight timeline for scheduling these hearings. The lawmaker also said he didn't know how best to tackle a potential legal and economic review, saying those impacts were going to be...
State | AK legislature
Juneau residents use mental health budget as platform to advocate for schools

...program of career counselors is the wrong way to go if you want to create an economy that works," Gara said.The Anchorage lawmaker drew a link between the youth grant and the ongoing education funding debate. If the state "rips this program apart," he...
State | AK legislature
Lawmaker plans bill on conflict of interest rules

JUNEAU - An Anchorage lawmaker plans to introduce a bill in the next legislative session that would...abstain from voting. Wielechowski's office says currently a single lawmaker can force another legislator to vote, even if there's a significant...


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