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Alaska Legislature plans March 12 vote on Gov. Dunleavy’s executive orders

According to a draft plan shared with reporters Friday, the votes will take place March 12, during a joint session of the House and Senate.
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Alaska Supreme Court decides key question: Who is an Alaskan?

Justices were asked to consider the question as part of a 2022 lawsuit challenging the eligibility of a legislative candidate in Anchorage.
Tom McKay

Alaska House approves relaxed environmental rules for ‘advanced recycling’

Rep. Tom McKay, R-Anchorage and House Bill 143’s prime sponsor, said the bill now headed to the state Senate would keep plastic out of landfills.

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. leaders approve proposal to borrow up to $4 billion for investments

The idea would have to be approved by state legislators and Gov. Mike Dunleavy, because it requires changes to state law.
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Federal highway officials reject Alaska transportation plan, citing 24 pages of flaws

Alaska’s summer construction season would be disrupted unless the state can fix the flaws before the end of the month.
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College price transparency bill advances toward final vote in Alaska Legislature

If the bill becomes law, the state university system will be required to list the cost of course materials, including textbooks, in its course catalog.
Lora Reinbold stands in a courtroom

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit brought by former Alaska Sen. Reinbold against Alaska Airlines

Reinbold, a Republican from Eagle River, had challenged Alaska Airlines’ decision to ban her from its flights.
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Dunleavy makes first official Yukon visit, signs Alaska Highway maintenance agreement

Gov. Dunleavy has committed more than $31 million to repair a damaged section of the highway that is mostly used by Americans traveling to and from Alaska.
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Alaska politicians contemplate first statewide borrowing request since 2012

A bond package hasn’t been formally introduced, but the Dunleavy administration is considering the possibility.
Mike Dunleavy

Alaska governor says he’d like to send troops south to aid Texas, but cost is a hurdle

Gov. Mike Dunleavy said that sending 100 additional Alaska National Guard soldiers to Texas would cost about $1 million a month.
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Mythical animal costs Denali-area clothing shop $53,000 in fines

A clothing shop near Denali National Park told an undercover investigator it was selling items made from Yakutat alpacas, which do not exist.
Sarah Vance

Alaska House votes to advance bill that would trim state voter rolls more quickly

Statistics show that Alaska has 108% of its 20-and-older population registered to vote on state rolls.
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Alaska senator proposes more armed staff or volunteers in schools

Senate Bill 173, from Republican Shelley Hughes, received its first hearing last week and has received a tide of opposition.
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Alaska Senate passes new pension program for state employees, but final approval is in question

The legislation could bring new benefits to as many as 37,000 Alaskans.
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Proposal to put slot machines aboard Alaska ferries gets rough first reception

Gambling would be allowed only when ships are more than three miles off Alaska’s coasts, something already allowed aboard cruise ships.
Donald Trump

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to bar Trump from Alaska election ballots

The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Joshua Kindred, appointed by Donald Trump, cited technical issues with the lawsuit's filing.
Mike Dunleavy

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy: No VP inquiry from Trump

Dunleavy met Trump nine times during his presidency and offered an early endorsement in Trump's second presidential campaign.
the state Capitol

From abortion to zoning: Short summaries of every bill in the 33rd Alaska State Legislature

An updated list of what legislators and Gov. Mike Dunleavy have proposed to become law.
Calvin Schrage

Measure limiting Alaska campaign cash fails to get enough signatures for 2024 vote

There will be no limit on how much someone can give a candidate for office in this year’s state elections, as measure backers aim for the 2026 ballot.
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Environmental groups ask federal appeals court to halt Willow oil project

The plaintiffs argue that Judge Sharon Gleason made a mistake when she allowed work to proceed on ConocoPhillips' Willow project.