legislature

Alaska

House passes operating budget early, with Permanent Fund dividend at $2,273 | #alaska | #politics

The Alaska House of Representatives passed the Operating and Mental Health budgets, HB 268 and HB 270 on Thursday, with unanimous support from House Majority members. The vote was 23-17. The consolidated efforts in HB 268 and HB 270, total $12.3 billion from all fund sources, including state and federal, plus Permanent Fund earnings. HB 268, […]

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Alaska

Mat-Su Republican proposes bill that would define life as beginning at conception | #alaska | #politics

By Iris Samuels Updated: February 27, 2024 Published: February 27, 2024 Rep. Kevin McCabe, R-Big Lake, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (Loren Holmes / ADN) JUNEAU — A Republican state lawmaker has proposed a bill that could limit abortion access in Alaska by defining human life as beginning […]

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Alaska

OPINION: Failed veto override on education funding put politics over kids | #alaska | #politics

A board in the House Chamber shows the results of the failed override vote. The Alaska Legislature met in a joint session at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau on March 18, 2024, to consider overriding Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of an education funding bill. Lawmakers were one vote short of overriding the veto. (Marc […]

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Alaska

Legislature fails to override governor on education mega-bill | #alaska | #politics

The Alaska Legislature, in a joint session on Monday voted 39-20, but it was one vote short of what was needed to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of an education bill, Senate Bill 140, that started out as an internet bill for rural Alaska, but turned into the dream of the National Education Association Alaska […]

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Alaska

Legislature only lets Dunleavy cut four advisory boards, keeps eight in place | #alaska | #politics

Democrat Rep. Andy Josephson speaks in favor of denying the governor his executive order #134 The Alaska Legislature met in joint session on Tuesday to vote on resolutions denying Gov. Mike Dunleavy several executive orders that would have dismantled some bureaucratic layers of government. Dunleavy made 12 executive orders, listed here, in January. They went […]

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Alaska

When is a baby a person? Alaska House Bill 107 seeks to define legal status of the unborn | #alaska | #politics

In the logic of some, a developing infant in the womb is only a baby if the mom wants it to be. Otherwise, it’s extraneous tissue. The debate over when a living organism in the womb actually has any rights at all has been debated for decades in America. A bill by Alaska House Rep. […]

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Alaska

Scott Ogan: Rural sexual assault and the politics of good intentions | #alaska | #politics

Rep. Sarah Vance By SCOTT OGAN There are those who posture and talk about societal ills, and then there are those who do something about them.  When it comes to rural physical and sexual assault and human trafficking, Rep. Sarah Vance  of District 6 Homer is among those trying to affect real change.  Vance recently apologized for […]

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Alaska

EDITORIAL: Are culture wars really what Alaska schools need? | #alaska | #politics

The Alaska State Capitol building, photographed on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023 in Juneau. (Loren Holmes / ADN) Just about everyone you talk to in Alaska agrees that we need to make improvements in schools. But what those preferred “improvements” look like depend a great deal on people’s personal politics — and lately, Gov. Mike Dunleavy […]

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City Council

Dalton City Council approves contract for Independence Day fireworks | Local News | #citycouncil

Dalton’s Independence Day fireworks show at Heritage Point Park is typically the highlight of the city’s celebration. The City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve a $30,000 contract with Pyrotechnico of New Castle, Pennsylvania, for a Fourth of July fireworks show. Mayor Annalee Harlan Sams typically votes only when there is a tie. Council […]

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Alaska

Deena Bishop reports how and why Alaska spends $2.7 billion on K-12 education | #alaska | #politics

By DAVID BOYLE Commissioner Deena Bishop of the Department of Education and Early Development briefed the House Education Committee that Alaska will spend $2,696,944,300 on K-12 education in the current school year.   This was an eye-opening and startling factual presentation, unlike the “Raise the BSA” chants from the education industry that echo through the Capitol. […]

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