To help harbormasters identify and clean up derelict boats, the Alaska Legislature is considering a new fee on boats longer than 24 feet.
After three years of work, the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday voted 21-17 to approve a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe up to a year’s worth of birth control on a single script. Currently, doctors may prescribe only three months of contraceptives. The bill also requires health insurers to cover birth control, including devices such as IUDs and implants.
Gov. Bill Walker averted an impending shutdown of the Alaska Marine Highway System and the state’s Medicaid health insurance program on Tuesday by signing a $110.2 million fast-track supplemental appropriations bill.
House Bill 195 will allow insurance companies to take credit scores into account when setting rates.
District 38 Democrats nominate three for vacancy opened by Fansler’s resignation.
The Alaska House of Representatives has voted unanimously to legalize hemp farming in Alaska.
One-third of the way to 90 days, analyzing the biggest pothole to a finished session.
To see how state budget cuts are affecting Alaska’s legal system, head to Juneau’s courthouse and search the court calendar for misdemeanor drug crimes.
Alaska’s alcohol control board declined to ban distilleries and breweries from hosting fundraisers and special events, but the board did vote to advance a proposal that would change the way distilleries can serve cocktails.
The Alaska Legislature’s special session will continue — without most legislators.
Lawmakers in the House move rapidly to advance rollback of portion of Senate Bill 91.
JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Highway is beginning the long process of selling the ferry Taku.
James Barrett flew to Anchorage this week with a suitcase of cash.
An issue that sank plans for a budget fix in 2016 will soon resurface in the Alaska Legislature.
Speaking to the Alaska Legislature Jan. 18, Gov. Bill Walker referenced the words of the director of the Legislative Finance Division and called the state’s current budget trouble the “gravest fiscal crisis in state history.”
Ballot Measure 1
would allow residents
to register to vote when they apply for PFD
Ballot Measure 1 is the sole voter intiative on this fall’s general-election ballot. If approved by voters Nov. 8, Ballot Measure 1 would allow Alaskans to register to vote when they apply for their PFD each year. Formally, the measure allows the Alaska Division of Elections and the Permanent Fund Dividend Division to share information.
State Sen. Anna MacKinnon of Eagle River has tried for more than four years to make student loans cheaper. That effort will now be decided by voters on Tuesday.
If enacted, Ballot Measure 2 would amend Alaska’s Constitution so the state could borrow money on behalf of the Alaska Student Loan Corporation.
Alaska has a better credit rating than the corporation, and at present scores, according to figures provided to the Alaska Legislature earlier this year, that strategy could lower the interest on student loans by 0.97 percent.
The 29th Alaska Legislature on Monday began its fifth special session since the gavel first sounded in January 2015, but lawmakers appear uncertain on their path forward and unsure even what the next few days will bring.
Gov. Bill Walker called the special session in an attempt to balance the state’s multibillion-dollar deficit. On the agenda is a measure passed by the Senate during the fourth special session to use some of the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund for state services. The measure died in the House Finance Committee without reaching a vote of the full House.
It’s over, but not done.
At 11:46 a.m. Sunday, the Alaska Senate adjourned the fourth special session of the 29th Alaska Legislature.
Forty minutes later, Gov. Bill Walker issued a proclamation stating that the fifth special session will begin on July 11. On its agenda will be three items: Using the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for government operations, reforms to the state’s system of oil and gas drilling subsidies, and a suite of tax increases.