Debate Over VPSO Funding Turns Into Rural Vs. Urban Alaska

Rep. Kelly Merrick (R-Eagle River) said it is offensive to suggest that her votes to cut VPSOs mean she has less regard for public safety in rural Alaska.

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.

Busy Day in the House Sees Funding for Multiple Programs Restored

Take a deep dive into the legislature's busiest day to learn which programs House subcommittees restored.

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.

Senate Committee Hears Bill to Green-Light Citizen-Initiated Grand Juries

Senate Judiciary heard a bill that would allow citizens to petition for grand juries, a move lawmakers are concerned could open "Pandora's Box."

Bill Aimed at Closing ‘Schneider Loopholes’ on the Move in the Senate

A bill aimed at closing loopholes in sex crimes laws, which allowed convicted felon Justin Schneider to go free, has passed its first hurdle in the legislature.

Unconstitutional Budget Language Would Expand Executive Authority

The budget language is just the latest attempt by the Dunleavy administration to expand executive power at the expense of the legislature.

Alaska Supreme Court Strikes Down Regulations on “Medically Necessary” Abortions

In a Friday ruling, the Alaska Supreme Court struck down regulations prohibiting Medicaid funded abortions as a violation of equal protection guarantees.

Senators Say Dunleavy’s “War on Criminals” is Lip Service

Gov. Dunleavy has declared "War on Criminals," but his budget proposes to cut the departments of Law and Corrections. Senate Finance members called him out.

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.
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