A bill from the Alaska Court System, seeking to convert two district court judgeships to superior court positions, was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday afternoon.
Senate Democrats say Gov. Dunleavy is breaking a promise with his proposed $23 million cut to education, but his OMB director is "the one with the hatchet."
Teachers came prepared to talk about budget uncertainty and teacher retention. But Sen. Chris Birch wanted to talk about unions.
In a Senate hearing, Attorney General nominee Kevin Clarkson covered lawmakers' questions, ranging from the opioid epidemic to abortion access.
Gov. Dunleavy has promoted natural resource development as an answer to the recession, but his budget hits small business that do just that. Meanwhile, he plans to scrap the Ocean Ranger program that checks cruise industry pollution.
“Given the current political lay of the land, this bill makes sense. But... the State is going to need new revenue someday,” said Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage).
Dunleavy’s Constitutional Amendment Requiring Voter Approval for Taxes Could Allow Legislature to Override Public...
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee voiced concerns over a provision in Gov. Dunleavy's Americans for Prosperity-backed constitutional amendment that would give lawmakers veto power over tax-related voter initiatives.
Senate Finance held its first hearing on Senate Bill 7, sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, proposing major changes to Alaska's Medicaid System. The requirements have proven problematic in other states.
“This legislation would provide certainty to our veterans, ensuring that their military experience would count irrespective of any change in administrations," said Rep. Andi Story (D-Juneau).