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Senate agrees with House; passes bill vetoing 2.5 percent raise for state's nonunion employees

The Senate passed a House bill Saturday that repeals the scheduled 2.5 percent salary increase for the state's 2,664 non-union employees.The Senate's five minority Democrats and Sen. Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, voted...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/senate-agrees-house-passes-bill-vetoing
State | AK legislature
Egan's attempt to save Haines forestry office fails in Senate

...Haines was defeated 6-14 in the Alaska Senate on Friday.Egan, whose district includes...Egan's amendment failed largely along Senate majority/minority lines (Sen. Gary...main forestry bill passed unopposed.Senate Bill 32 allows the state to sell timber...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/egans-attempt-save-haines-forestry-offi
State | AK legislature
Legislators reverse $1.5 million in cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway

...together a final budget from House and Senate versions, effectively reversed a cut to the ferry system made in the Senate.The House cut about $8 million from...of M/V Chenega service cut by the Senate and reverses a reduction of M/V Lituya...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/legislators-reverse-15-million-cuts-ala
State | AK legislature
Governor vetoes bill limiting state entity in gas plan

...talks with House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Kevin Meyer on whether there...system funding, remained as House and Senate negotiators were scheduled to meet late...proclamation he had issued calling the House and Senate into joint session to consider for confirmation...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/governor-vetoes-bill-limiting-state-ent
State | AK legislature
As Legislature prepares to pass the baton on marijuana, a look ahead at the next steps for Alaska's newest industry

...Alaska Marijuana Control Board on Friday, and after he spoke, it sailed through the Alaska Senate Finance Committee. A day later, it passed the full Senate with unanimous approval.House Bill 123 now needs only a procedural vote in the House and...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/legislature-prepares-pass-baton-marijua
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Can Juneau still afford all its schools?

...one-time funding boost promised in 2014 would be slashed, the Senate dropped another hammer by cutting an additional $48 million...prices halved in just a few months, either.Following the Senate's reduction to education funding, JSD must cut an additional...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-19/empire-editorial-can-juneau-still-aff
Opinion
Kids, parents and teachers stage Capitol sit-in to protest education cuts

...organizers of the event. Teachers, students and parents sat on the benches that line the hallway between the House chambers and Senate chambers. Hakala said the positioning is deliberate; they're occupying benches normally used by lobbyists, journalists...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-19/kids-parents-and-teachers-stage-capitol
State | AK legislature
Legislature's special session could take place away from Juneau

...was surprised by the resolution when it was read across the Senate floor Saturday."I'm really upset about it; it came totally...session this year.Stoltze's resolution was referred to the Senate State Affairs committee.? Contact reporter Katie Moritz...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-18/legislatures-special-session-could-take
State | AK legislature
Joint session planned, bucking Walker

JUNEAU - The Alaska House and Senate plan to meet in joint session to take...a February legal memo requested by the Senate president's office on what happens if...While House Speaker Mike Chenault and Senate President Kevin Meyer said they had assured...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/joint-session-planned-bucking-walker
State | AK legislature
Legislature passes gas tax increase to fund spill cleanup

The Alaska Senate has approved a new tax on refined fuel...Division of Environmental Conservation.The Senate voted 13-7 on Friday to increase the...moved its way through committees in the Senate, senators cut the proposed tax increase...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-17/legislature-passes-gas-tax-increase-fun
State | AK legislature

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