Rep. George Rauscher Looks to Strengthen Prohibition on Gender Reassignment

Rep. George Rauscher has proposed a second attempt at strengthening the prohibition barring state funding for gender reassignment surgery.

Senate Considers Medicaid Work Requirements Despite Concerning Record

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.

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.

Dunleavy Administration Proposes to Double Rates for Pioneer Homes

Rather than phase in the rate hike, APH decided to "just do it." But OMB tricks make it look like the Pioneer Homes budget is actually growing.

Pre-K Survives Cuts, While Medicaid Sustains a Compromise Reduction

Rep. Ben Carpenter (R-Nikiski) said that rather than fund dyslexia screening, he could check out a library book to learn to recognize dyslexia. He then moved to cut library operations.

Subcommittees Restore Funding For Medicaid, University

Subcommittees restored $700 million for Medicaid and $134 million for the University, while asserting their rights as the appropriating branch of government.

Bill Renewing State Immunization Program Clears Second Hurdle in Senate

A bill reauthorizing the statewide immunization program, tasked with purchasing childhood vaccines and some adult vaccines for distribution across the state, has cleared another committee in the Senate.

Senate Subcommittees Near House Budget, Cuts to Ferries and Medicaid Must Be Reconciled

A new committee substitute adopted Monday preserves K-12 funding and school bond debt reimbursement. The House sought to cut the latter by 50 percent.

Senate Committee Hears Bill to Make Past Marijuana Possession Convictions Confidential

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday heard a proposal to partially seal past marijuana possession convictions.

House Takes First Steps in Rejection of Dunleavy Budget Cuts

House budget subcommittees are on track to maintain funding for education programs and public assistance, while frustrated minority members staged a walk-out.
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