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Senate opts for big education funding boost

The Alaska Senate Finance Committee is recommending an extra...approval from the committee and the full Senate; the House will also have to agree with...our state needs to be reevaluated," Senate Finance co-chair Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-18/senate-opts-big-education-funding-boost
Local
Senators weighing education options

JUNEAU - One of the last major bills to come together in the Senate this session could be the education package.Senate Finance Committee co-chair Kevin Meyer says members are trying to figure out what they want...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-18/senators-weighing-education-options
State | AK legislature
Begich speech focuses on job creation

...Peninsula five years ago, shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate, and noticing the economy here was not in the best of shape...in the ocean subcommittee."One thing I have learned in the senate as a chair of a committee, if I start talking about an issue...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-18/begich-speech-focuses-job-creation
State
Sullivan brings in $1.4M in first quarter

JUNEAU - Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Dan Sullivan raised more money during the first quarter than he previously reported.The summary of his filing with the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-18/sullivan-brings-14m-first-quarter
State
My Turn: Keep public court documents public

The Alaska Press Club Board has approved the following resolution against Alaska Senate Bill 108, "An Act relating to the confidentiality of certain records of criminal cases; and providing for an effective date...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-17/my-turn-keep-public-court-documents-p
Opinion
Sponsor pulls bill allowing guns on campus

...John Coghill, R-North Pole, asked the Senate Finance Committee during a Tuesday hearing...legislative session is scheduled to end Sunday.Senate Bill 176 had previous hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Coghill chairs...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-17/sponsor-pulls-bill-allowing-guns-campus
State | AK legislature
Parnell handles range of questions in online town hall

...plus $30 million in one-time funding. Senate Finance is working on its own version of the bill.The Senate, in its version of the operating budget...going to get to a place with the House and Senate where there's new opportunities created...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-18/parnell-handles-range-questions-online-
State | AK legislature
House approves workers' compensation changes

...compensation program are calculated passed the state House Wednesday.Time is tight for House Bill 306 to make it through the state Senate before the Legislature's required April 20 adjournment, however.The legislation changes the method for paying medical fees...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-18/house-approves-workers-compensation-cha
State | AK legislature
Alaska House names 20 Native languages "official" for state

...preventing them from going extinct."The bill now heads to the Senate, where its rapid approval is expected.The 20 languages in...fast-tracking efforts to recognize Alaskan Natives.On Saturday, the Senate passed another bill from Kreiss-Tomkins that sets aside Nov...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-17/alaska-house-names-20-native-languages-
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Let the people vote to end same-sex marriage ban

...of happiness. In the spirit of these ideals, I introduced Senate Joint Resolution 30 this session. SJR30 seeks to remove a provision...Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, has served in the Alaska Senate since 2003 and holds the position of minority leader.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-17/my-turn-let-people-vote-end-same-sex-
Opinion

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