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Alaska Supreme Court rules for non-Native adoption

...in a split decision with an earlier Superior Court ruling that the baby's well-being trumped legal preferences under federal law designed to keep children with Native American communities when possible.In its Sept. 12 action, the state Supreme...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-02/alaska-supreme-court-rules-non-native-a
State
Alaska Supreme Court rules for non-Native adoption

...in a split decision with an earlier Superior Court ruling that the baby's well-being trumped legal preferences under federal law designed to keep children with Native American communities when possible.In its Sept. 12 action, the state Supreme...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-03/alaska-supreme-court-rules-non-native-a
State
No DC gridlock for gay marriage, legal marijuana

...referring to the activists' pressure.Obama's stance on marijuana is far more nuanced. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and the White House-run Office of National Drug Control Policy opposes its legalization whether for medicinal...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-15/no-dc-gridlock-gay-marriage-legal-marij
State
Secondhand shops get stricter rules

...said he doesn't currently have the staff to keep the electronic records, and might have to hire someone new. Under federal law, all gun dealers must keep paper records of every transaction they make.The 30-day holding period is intended...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-08-12/secondhand-shops-get-stricter-rules
Local
The guns of August reach Alaska

...We went, took a tour of the facility ... but at this point, we're not able to use it," Campbell said.Under federal law, the National Guard may not participate in police action unless under the command of the governor of a state.That...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-08-27/guns-august-reach-alaska
Local
Mixed testimony on deportation bill

...U.S. citizen," Chenault told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday during a brief testimony on his bill.Under federal law, legal immigrants who commit an "aggravated felony" are typically not eligible to apply to have their deportation...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-25/mixed-testimony-deportation-bill
State | AK legislature
Initiative hearings, securities things to watch

...parties' access to the court" if those parties challenged permits issued by state agencies under programs developed under federal law and approved by a federal agency.James Sullivan, a spokesman for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, said...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-24/initiative-hearings-securities-things-w
State | AK legislature
Empire Editorial: Internet providers need utility-like treatment

...keep enjoying them.Last month, a federal appeals court ruled that American Internet providers aren't utilities under federal law. This wrongheaded decision must be repaired by legislation or new rules before trouble develops.Telephone companies...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-02-23/empire-editorial-internet-providers-n
Opinion
2013 will set sea otter harvest record

...could be considered when the Legislature reconvenes in January, though officials say the payment would be illegal under federal law.Gill said the federal service and the University of Alaska are working to assess how much harvest is sustainable...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-17/2013-will-set-sea-otter-harvest-record
State
Alaska House votes in favor of deporting criminals; bill denies flexibility in sentencing

...three-judge sentencing review panel has the authority to alter sentences to help a criminal avoid deportation.Under federal law, a non-citizen who commits an "aggravated felony" becomes deportable if his sentence exceeds 364 days.An motion...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-03-14/alaska-house-votes-favor-deporting-crim
State | AK legislature

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