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Former sex workers, advocates testify for, against bill

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard and held a bill sponsored by Minority Leader Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, that would allow victims of sex trafficking to use coercion as a defense should they be brought...
State | AK legislature
House minority caucus rebrands itself

...or-TEHZ) of Ketchikan, who is not affiliated with a political party.During a news conference Tuesday, House minority leader Chris Tuck drew comparisons between the caucus and administration of Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott...
State | AK legislature
House Dems talk Native voting, languages

A bill sponsored by House Minority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, aims to improve voter turnout - especially rural Alaska Native voter turnout, he said during a talk...
State | AK legislature
Ethics panel eyes how states collect fines

...the requirements for contractors with those for legislative volunteers and interns.TJ Presley, an aide to Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, presented the bill to the committee and said that subjecting contractors to the same...
Senate minority leader says education funding boost unlikely

...singing a different tune."I myself will call it a win if education doesn't get any further cuts," said Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage. "In the current climate we have to steel ourselves and know there aren't going...
Local | AK legislature
Politicos have tough hands to play in 2015

...So will House Speaker Mike Chenault; Senate President Kevin Meyer; House Democratic Minority Leader Chris Tuck; and Senate Democratic Minority Leader Berta Gardner.What's different about the game this year is that the chips on the table...
Legislators file first round of bills

...Josephson, and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, D-Sitka, cosponsored similar anti-discrimination legislation. Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, previously said she is planning corresponding legislation but her bill was not released...
Local | AK legislature
Hare beats tortoise

...representing North Pole, he was elected to the House in 1998 and moved to the Senate in 2009. He served as the Senate's minority leader in 2012 and became its majority leader in 2013."Sometimes," he explained in his Capitol office, "people will...
State | Local | AK legislature
Juneau delegation outlines priorities

...also sponsoring a constitutional amendment to legalize gay marriage in Alaska.Meanwhile, in the other chamber, Minority Leader Sen. Berta Gardner, D-Anchorage, is reintroducing similar anti-discrimination legislation.Munoz will also...
Local | AK legislature
Minority leader talks tough on oil tax bill, planned move of F-16s

"Shame on them." Senate Minority Leader John Coghill, R-North Pole, had little good to say doesn't last that long," Coghill said.Though the minority leader, Coghill said he feels his views mirror a majority of Alaskans...


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