Dunleavy’s Pick for Marijuana Control Board has ‘Green Rush’ Seeing Red

During a Senate hearing, controversial Marijuana Control Board nominee Vivian Stiver faced vocal opposition from the marijuana industry and its proponents.

Rep. Knopp’s Nomination for Speaker Fails as House Republicans Cry Foul

The surprise nomination of Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Kenai) for speaker of the House failed, but the scars will complicate Republican efforts to form a majority during this legislature.

Alaska Court System Looks to Add Two Superior Court Judges to Aid Homer and...

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.

Dunleavy Administration Abruptly Privatizes Alaska Psychiatric Institute

DHSS immediately privatized API, handing management to a company with ties to OMB Director Donna Arduin. The move is expected to cost more money, upsetting legislators and API workers.

Senators Express Concern over Cost of Dunleavy’s PFD Payback Plan

Members of the Senate State Affairs Committee offered a cold reception to Governor Michael J. Dunleavy's proposals aimed at paving the way to a Permanent Fund Dividend payback.

Senate Briefed on Recent Loss of UAA Education Program Accreditation

UAA's School of Education lost accreditation for its largest programs. UA President Jim Johnsen called it "a fundamental failure." A long-term fix has not been identified.

State Debt Overview Puts PFD in the Crosshairs

A presentation by the State debt manager failed to account for PFDs, painting an inaccurately rosy picture of State finances. Senate Finance was having none of it.

Senate Democrats Have Harsh Words for Dunleavy and Arduin Over Supplemental Budget

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."

Gov. Dunleavy’s Attorney General Pick Faces Lawmakers’ Questions in Senate Hearing

In a Senate hearing, Attorney General nominee Kevin Clarkson covered lawmakers' questions, ranging from the opioid epidemic to abortion access.

Senate Finance Looks at Public Retirement Unfunded Liability

Alaska is still cleaning up the mess an actuary left of the public retirement system. Sen. Bert Stedman used his institutional knowledge to explain the legislature's responses.
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