Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Longtime legislators say Patkotak’s whaling during the legislative session might be a first in the body’s history.
The House and Senate came to an agreement late in the day Thursday, the first day of the special session.
The House voted to adjourn without hearing the Senate’s budget that had a $1,300 PFD. A special session starts Thursday.
The Senate adjourned on Tuesday afternoon without passing a budget bill for the House to consider.
The bill would make identifications issued by the Department of Corrections serve as legal IDs.
Alaska Public Media's Legislative reporter Lex Treinen has been following the action — or inaction — over the budget. He said the sticking point continues to be the size of the Permanent Fund dividend.
Despite a last-minute push by LGBTQ veterans and teenagers, the bill remains stalled in the House Judiciary Committee.
The bill faced pushback from critics about the efficacy of stricter sentences.
Sen. Löki Tobin was among those opposed to Bethany Marcum's nomination. “Ms. Marcum has shown that she cannot uphold the public trust,” Tobin said.
The bill, which was significantly watered down from its original form, was criticized by civil rights advocates.
They would also have to register it with the state. The bill aims to boost availability of housing.
The Office of Public Advocacy says it is in “triage mode” because it can't train new workers fast enough to keep up with attrition and high workload.
With 20 days left in the session, Alaska governor and legislative leaders say they’re optimistic about budget and fiscal plans
Despite deep divides over the size of the PFD, the governor said there could be some “good news” before the end of the session about a fiscal plan.
Senate finance leaders hope to put the proposal to a vote of the full Senate next week, but it will have to be reconciled with the House version.
Sales taxes tend to hurt lower income Alaskans more than progressive income taxes, but economists say there are ways to mitigate the harm.
Mushers have a lot to keep track of on the trail and sometimes leave things behind.
After Ryan Redington’s win, Richie Diehl and Pete Kaiser say they’re showing that rural mushing isn’t dying.
The grandson of the “Father of the Iditarod” won his first Iditarod Tuesday on his 16th try.