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James Brooks, Alaska Beacon
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8 young Alaskans sue to block proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline

The plaintiffs say the pipeline will contribute to climate change that harms their ability to access fish, wildlife and natural resources.
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Alaska Legislature passes bill enabling employers to use saliva tests for drugs, alcohol

If Gov. Mike Dunleavy signs SB 196 or allows it to become law, employers using saliva tests would be legally protected.
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After several deadly drownings, Alaska Legislature votes to require harbor safety ladders

House Bill 345 is aimed at reducing drownings. It was one of more than 60 bills that the Legislature passed in its final hours.

A look at some of the bills that failed to pass the Alaska Legislature this year

Parts of a long-term plan to bring state revenue and expenses into line again failed to advance through the Capitol.
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Alaska House passes trans sports ban after extended filibuster by opponents

The bill now heads to the state Senate, where it is expected to die without becoming law.
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Alaska Supreme Court upholds Valdez ordinance that limited fur trapping

The court's ruling indicated that municipal rules that restrict trapping are legal under public safety and land-use rules.
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Brinksmanship and compromise emerge in Alaska’s Capitol as legislative session nears an end

Legislators are combining varied pieces of legislation to get them across the finish line in the state Capitol.
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Lawsuit seeks to change Alaska legislative policy on vetoes, but the plaintiff is offering a deal

Jeff Landfield, owner of the Alaska Landmine, filed a lawsuit against Speaker of the House Cathy Tilton.

Alaska House committee kills state-owned corporation’s plan to borrow up to $300M

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority did not identify specific projects or a timeline for spending.

Alaska House nears vote on big increase for public school maintenance statewide

The House Finance Committee approved the most school maintenance funding since 2011.
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Aiming for rehab, House-passed bill would allow some tablet computers in Alaska prison cells

The bill also prohibits excessive surcharges on prison phone service, promising to drastically cut inmates’ costs.

Alaska Senate passes draft budget, confirming $175M in bonus public-school funding

Gov. Mike Dunleavy told reporters that he's "open to the increase" proposed by state lawmakers in the draft budget bill.
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Alaska House votes down ethics board alternate member, citing signature on Dunleavy recall petition

The vote on Rachel Kelly, a Juneau resident nominated to fill a public seat on the ethics committee was four short of the needed tally.
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Alaska tribal health consortiums are legally immune in many cases, state Supreme Court says

The decision on sovereign immunity affects several of the state’s largest-private sector employers and could have broad implications.
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Alaska Senate considers plan that would allow teens to independently seek mental health care

An amendment from Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, would lower the age for obtaining behavioral health care to 16.
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Alaska’s carbon storage bill, once a revenue measure, is now seen as boon for oil and coal

The Alaska House of Representatives is set to vote for House Bill 50 on Wednesday, sending it to the Senate.
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Alaska judge strikes down state’s cash payments to families using correspondence school programs

The decision on correspondence programs will become a "hot-button legislative item" in the final weeks of session, lawmakers said.

Alaska House digs into budget — and a developing gap between expenses and revenue

Financial estimates being compiled Tuesday indicate there may not be enough revenue to cover the Legislature’s draft spending plan.
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Supporters of Alaska election system file suit seeking to block repeal initiative

Plaintiffs say the Alaska Division of Elections wrongly certified petitions in favor of the repeal of open primaries and ranked choice voting.
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In fundraising pitch, Iditarod planners say financial woes could jeopardize epic sled dog race

The message comes at a time when major Iditarod sponsors have dropped out, and inflation has increased the cost of participation.