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Three things to watch

...exemptionsThe Senate Labor and Commerce Committee is set to hear a bill Tuesday related to religious exemptions from unions.State law calls for public employees to pay dues to their unions or employee associations. However, there is an exemption to protect...
State | AK legislature
Not done yet

...waning days of the legislative session, and a lack of consensus sent the session past its scheduled end of Sunday. State law calls for a 90-day session, but the Alaska Constitution allows lawmakers to meet for up to 121 days.Hawker said funding...
State | AK legislature
Miller gambles with Senate challenge

...Senate campaign in more than 50 years. Miller believes the state's running of the election favored Murkowski. State law calls for write-in ballots to have the candidate's last name or name as it appears on the declaration of candidacy written...
State wants ruling in Senate case by next week

...meaning, he said, that ballots with misspellings may have been counted for Murkowski without being challenged. State law calls for write-in ballots to have the ovals filled in and the candidate's last name or name as it appears on the declaration...
Eagle River-Chugiak leaders eye seceding from Anchorage

...after that, a petition to create a new borough in that area was rejected by the state Local Boundary Commission. State law calls for a minimum number of local governments, said Dan Bockhorst, a boundary commission staff member. The law says...
Murkowski to stations: Don't air tea party ad

...noted Alaska's minimum - of $7.75 an hour - is higher than the national minimum, of $7.25 an hour. A 2009 state law calls for the minimum in Alaska to be 50 cents higher than the national floor. Miller also has said unemployment compensation...
Palin picks Grussendorf for Senate seat

...Democratic Party had set its own criteria that candidates be registered as Democrats for at least one year, beyond what state law calls for, to be eligible for the recommendation. "We believe Beth is the most qualified candidate to fill that seat...
Palin names three to Senate seat

...this case after former Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, resigned to take a position with the Obama administration. State law calls for Palin to appoint "a qualified person;" instead, Palin appointed three. The move sparked quick criticism from...
Knowles backs higher minimum wage

...West Coast, to $6.40. He said there should be another hike next year and inflationary adjustments thereafter. State law calls for the Alaska minimum wage to be 50 cents higher than the federal rate, and the last increase was in September 1997...
Gov. Knowles has 30 days to replace Pearce

Gov. Tony Knowles must decide within the next month who should replace Anchorage Sen. Drue Pearce, who resigned her Senate seat effective Monday to take a Department of Interior job in Washington, D.C.


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