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New version of pot bill scrapped

...state's Public Defender Agency, the House and Senate judiciary committees will most likely scrap a version...marijuana, rather than simply making it legal.The Senate Judiciary Committee's Senate Bill 30 is intended to decriminalize modest amounts...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-27/new-version-pot-bill-scrapped
State | AK legislature
Walker administration won't revisit SB21

...Gov. Sean Parnell and Republican members of the House and Senate.Department of Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck said during a presentation of the state revenue forecast to the Senate Finance Committee that changing the oil tax structure again...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-27/walker-administration-wont-revisit-sb21
State | AK legislature
Letter: Walker arrived when needed most

...The insiders do really know best and the special interests do really matter the most.A little later the old soldier, former Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, impatiently asked when Walker was going to assemble them all in the valley, order...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-01-27/letter-walker-arrived-when-needed-mos
Letters
Obama to seek wilderness designation for ANWR

...declare war on Alaska. Well, we are ready to engage," said U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and chair of the Senate energy committee.The designation would set aside an additional 12.2 million acres as wilderness, including the coastal...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-26/obama-seek-wilderness-designation-anwr
State | AK legislature
Lawmakers want bill to decriminalize marijuana fast tracked

...legislators propose going about it.The Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a bill...history of marijuana policy in Alaska."Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lesil McGuire...Monday at a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary committees. The bill also has...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-25/lawmakers-want-bill-decriminalize-marij
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: An ounce of prevention

...the House Education Committee. An identical bill cleared the Senate.Erin Merryn, whom the bill is named after, visited Alaska...time. Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, introduced the Senate version last year that won approval. We hope she'll champion...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-25/empire-editorial-ounce-prevention
Opinion
Gas line, marijuana things to watch this week in legislature

...he said. MarijuanaThree committees - the Senate and House Judiciary committees and Senate State Affairs - plan hearings this week on the...start on Monday. Oil and gas tax creditsThe Senate and House Finance committees are set to get...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-26/gas-line-marijuana-things-watch-week-le
State | AK legislature
In Walker's budget proposal, Corrections and Health take biggest hits

...final word comes from the Alaska Legislature, with the House traditionally drafting the state's operating budget and the Senate in charge of the capital budget, which funds new construction. The governor may veto the Legislature's approved budget...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-25/walkers-budget-proposal-corrections-and
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, politics or science?

...candidates to interview, I took the liberty of suggesting the following bare bones rubric to Gov. Walker and to leaders of our Senate and House - although unfortunately not soon enough to help with last week's selections. Each board might award up to 10 points...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-01-25/my-turn-alaska-department-fish-and-ga
Opinion
Senators take first crack at pot rules

Members of the Senate State Affairs Committee took a first crack Thursday at Alaska's new...to provide information and look at bills introduced by others. Next, Senate State Affairs will hear from the departments of Revenue and Public Safety...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-01-23/senators-take-first-crack-pot-rules
State | AK legislature

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