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Finance Committee Unveils Budget Compromise

May 27, 2015 1:02PM

Committee substitute increases education funding, reinstates cost of living increases Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Anchorage, Alaska – The House Finance Committee today introduced a committee substitute for House Bill 2001 that acts as a compromise in order to secure a three-quarter vote and access the Constitutional Budget Reserve to fund…


House, Senate Adjourn First Special Session

May 21, 2015 10:28AM

Convene second special session in Anchorage with new budget bills Thursday, May 21, Anchorage, Alaska – The House and Senate today will adjourn the first special session of the 29th Legislature called by the governor and convene the second special session in Anchorage immediately following. A Legal Services memo recommended…


Millett Will Continue Work To Pass Alaska Safe Children’s Act

May 19, 2015 1:55PM

Majority Leader optimistic that changes won’t delay important programs Tuesday, May 19, 2015, Anchorage, Alaska – The Senate Education Committee today introduced a new committee substitute for House Bill 44, “Alaska Safe Children’s Act”, adding numerous new policies to the original bill. HB 44, as it passed the House, empowered…


House, Senate Floor Sessions to Convene In Anchorage

May 18, 2015 11:00AM

Floor sessions to resume, committees continue work on legislation Monday, May 18, 2015, Anchorage, Alaska – The Alaska Legislature will reconvene regular floor sessions at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office starting Thursday, May 21. The Senate will gavel in at 11:00 a.m. and the House at 1:00 p.m. Both bodies…


Finance Committee Tables Medicaid Expansion Bill

May 14, 2015 2:54PM

Anchorage special session hearings show need for further due diligence The Alaska House Finance Committee today set aside House Bill 148, the governor’s proposal to expand the State’s Medicaid Program under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. “I want to thank the governor and Health Commissioner Valerie Davidson for bringing…


Herron’s Arctic Policy Bill Signed Into Law

May 11, 2015 1:10PM

Alaska leads the nation in Arctic Policy development Monday, May 11, 2015, Bethel, Alaska – Representative Bob Herron’s House Bill 1, creating the first comprehensive Arctic policy for the state, was signed into law today. Alaska’s Arctic policy is designed to guide the state’s initiatives and inform U.S. domestic and…


House Schedules Finance Hearings in Anchorage

April 30, 2015 12:12PM

April 30, 2015, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House of Representatives voted today to hold hearings on the governor’s new Operating Budget at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office and to recess floor sessions while those committees continue. “Let me be very clear: this is an opportunity for members to go…


House Adjourns First Session of 29th Legislature

April 27, 2015 7:03PM

House trims budget in time of decreasing revenue, pushes to replace education funding, and fights back against federal overreach Monday, April 27, 2015, Juneau, Alaska — The Alaska House of Representatives today adjourned the first session of the 29th Legislature, following the passage of an operating budget and legislation adhering…


Legislature Makes Second Sunday in June “Children’s Day in Alaska”

April 22, 2015 1:25PM

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska Legislature voted yesterday to mark the second Sunday in June annually as “Children’s Day in Alaska.” House Bill 180, by Representative Cathy Muñoz, brings more attention to celebrate Alaska’s children. “After hearing the stories from my University of Alaska Southeast intern,…


Chenault Comments on Dr. Carl Roses’ Death

April 20, 2015 3:33PM

Longtime Alaska Schools Advocate Remembered by Speaker Alaska Speaker of the House Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, released the following statement upon learning of the passing of longtime Alaska schools and student advocate Dr. Carl F.N. Rose. “Mine and Tanna’s thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Roses’ family and friends tonight. Carl…


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