Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media & KTOO - Juneau
Legislative Council approves plan to spend up to $5.5M to convert Juneau building into apartments for lawmakers
The council voted 9 to 5 to approve the plan to spend up to $5.5 million to turn the Assembly Building into 33 apartments for the session.
The Senate Finance Committee considered two bills on Monday that would set PFDs at a lower level than the roughly $2,500 Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed.
Dunleavy wants the state to issue $325 million in bonds to pay for construction of ports, airports, fire stations and other projects.
Federal District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled in October that Dunleavy and his former chief of staff violated the First Amendment rights of two state doctors by requiring them to sign what they deemed a loyalty pledge.
The students now must decide whether to appeal the judge’s decision.
Judge rules that redrawn Senate districts for East Anchorage and Eagle River violate the Alaska Constitution
The judge also found that the Alaska Redistricting Board violated the state constitution for how it drew the Southeast Alaska House district that includes Skagway.
Stowers was chief justice from 2015 to 2018. He was a Superior Court judge for five years before becoming a justice.
Much of Friday was taken up by whether the board treated residents of Valdez and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough fairly when it put them in the same district.
The Anchorage legislator says she would work to support access to abortion rights, voting and health care.
It was the 50th anniversary of the first time a chief justice addressed a joint session of the Alaska Legislature.
Lawyers for four Alaska university students and the state government presented their arguments to Superior Court Judge Adolf Zeman on Tuesday to determine the future of the Alaska Higher Education Investment Fund.
Alaska’s congressional delegation told state lawmakers that the state has a unique opportunity to take advantage of the recently passed federal infrastructure law.
The website was launched by former Gov. Sarah Palin in 2008 but was down for nearly a year, beginning in April 2020.
House Speaker Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, said contact tracing was ongoing and the decision was made “in an abundance of caution.”
Hueper made news in April when his house in Homer was raided by the FBI after investigators mistakenly identified his wife as a participant in the Capitol riot.
The Alaska House did not take action on a proposal to punish Eastman for his membership in the Oath Keepers, a far-right paramilitary organization whose leader was recently charged with seditious conspiracy for his role in the Jan. 6 riots.
As lawmakers begin their work on the budget, some are raising concerns about how sustainable the governor’s plan is, and that could have big implications on the size of permanent fund dividends.
The investigation will examine the circumstances of Rodell’s firing and whether there were improper actions or undue political influence by board members or by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration.
Several legislators cited the expense of living in Juneau for their votes.
Dunleavy calls on Legislature to take action on PFD, state land sale and food security in State of State address
And he urged lawmakers to prove people wrong who say nothing will get done in an election year.