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  • JUNEAU — The board tasked with writing rules for Alaska’s recreational marijuana industry backtracked Tuesday and adopted stricter residency requirements for applicants for pot business licenses. The Marijuana Control Board scuttled a rule adopted last month that would use the residency requirem...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 10:52am
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Legislature is set to convene for its third special session this year, this time to consider a buyout of one of the state’s partners on a proposed multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas project....

    Thu, 10/22/2015 - 9:44am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s two special sessions, held earlier this year as lawmakers struggled to agree on a state budget, cost more than $886,000, according to figures provided by the Legislative Affairs Agency. Jessica Geary, the agency’s finance manager, said Tuesday that some claims could still com...

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:20am
  • JUNEAU — Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott has chosen a new director for Alaska’s Division of Elections. Mallott asked for and accepted the resignation of Gail Fenumiai on Friday, said Claire Richardson, a special staff assistant to Mallott. Fenumiai will be replaced by Nome city manager Josie Bahnke, who ...

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:26am
  • JUNEAU — Alaska’s highest court ruled Friday that an initiative seeking to restrict large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay region seriously impedes a regulatory process set out in state law and is unenforceable. The Alaska Supreme Court affirmed a lower-court ruling in litigation over the initiat...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:18am
  • JUNEAU — It took two special sessions for Alaska legislators to agree to a budget after a crash in oil prices contributed to a severe reduction in the state’s available revenue. Barring a huge rebound in oil prices, things aren’t expected to get much easier next session. While legislators made...

    Thu, 07/02/2015 - 9:36am
  • JUNEAU — Nearly 10,000 state employees were set to receive layoff notices as the legislative impasse over a state spending plan wore on Monday. Gov. Bill Walker went so far as to offer the services of a mediator to help lawmakers come to terms....

    Thu, 06/04/2015 - 9:31am
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said Tuesday that he doesn’t agree with legislators about moving the special session from Juneau to Anchorage but won’t take steps to block them. Walker said his highest priority is getting a funded budget, and he doesn’t want to spend valuable time blocking or figh...

    Wed, 05/20/2015 - 3:30pm
  • JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would temporarily restrict participation by a state-sponsored corporation in an alternate gas pipeline project proposed by Gov. Bill Walker. The vote followed a failed attempt by legislative leaders and Walker to reach an agreement. The vote wa...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:28pm
  • JUNEAU — Gov. Bill Walker said he will introduce legislation to overhaul and expand the Medicaid system in Alaska. Walker, who campaigned on expanding Medicaid coverage, discussed his plans during a news conference Tuesday, surrounded by supporters. He and others wore blue buttons reading: “It...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 2:00pm

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