James Brooks, Alaska Beacon
Careful scheduling and greater use of Alaska’s 22 auxiliary legislative offices could fix the problem.
The pledge is the result of a class-action lawsuit against the department; the lawsuit is on hold until at least Oct. 31.
The Senate’s bill is equivalent to about $1,300 this year, and the amount could grow in the future if lawmakers find additional revenue.
Parents would also have to OK students’ nicknames and pronouns at the start of the school year.
The full Senate is expected to vote on a draft state budget next week as the legislative session nears its end.
With four weeks left in the legislative session, the governor advocated quick action during closed-door meetings with legislators.
The proposal would cover state services for 12 months starting July 1 and includes a $2,700 PFD but is subject to further negotiation.
Eric Osuch has been outside the Capitol for more than a week, urging legislators and staff to take action against trawling.
A state judge in Bethel has dismissed a lawsuit accusing state officials of mismanaging Yukon River and Kuskokwim River salmon fisheries.
Alaska doesn’t guarantee legal help for Alaskans facing civil suits, so nonprofits bear an increasing burden.
House Bill 145 would restrict payday loan companies to the interest rates and fees charged by normal banks.
To help state budget, legislator proposes income tax: $20 for most Alaskans, more for those with upper incomes
House Bill 156 would tax Alaskans 2% of any annual income above $200,000. If someone makes less than that amount, they’d pay $20.
Three Alaska Native tribes and an environmental law firm have sued the federal government, seeking to block a large Southwest Alaska gold mine.
House legislators made few additions to their spending plan as they worked through a second day of amendments.
The state of Alaska will pay to settle claims brought by the family of a man killed in a 2018 crash caused by a state trooper.
This week, the House is considering amendments to a state budget proposal that contains a deficit of about $600 million.
Family members of some who died from overdoses support stronger penalties, but civil liberty advocates say it could deter calls for help.
In the Alaska Capitol, committee chairs can exert an enormous amount of power, as demonstrated by the "Bert Locker."
A proposal from Gov. Mike Dunleavy was a "flashpoint amendment," one committee member said.
The Alaska Legislature has passed a fast-track budget bill intended to immediately address problems with the state’s food-aid program.