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.

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."

House Finance Moves Budget to Floor With Cuts to University and Ferries

House Finance rejected Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard's (R-Wasilla) attempt to cut an additional $41 million from AMHS and $56 million from the University.

Senate Democrats Expect Action on Commissioner Who Lied to Committee

John Quick, Commissioner-designee for the Department of Administration, lied to legislators about his background. They await action from Gov. Dunleavy.

Wednesday’s Marathon Confirmation Hearings Weren’t Designed to be Surprising

A marathon, nearly nine-hour joint session of the legislature saw confirmation of Gov. Dunleavy's Cabinet. It was not without controversy, but also not without an unexpected outcome.

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.

The Alaska Supreme Court Has Thrice Struck Down Anti-Abortion Language Adopted into Budget

Rep. Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla) added a budget amendment barring Medicaid reimbursements for abortions, despite the State Supreme Court striking such restrictions multiple times.

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.

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.

Statewide Anti-Discrimination Bill Clears First Hurdle in House (Again)

Tuesday afternoon, the House State Affairs Committee passed a statewide anti-discrimination bill protecting LGBTQ+ Alaskans. It's only the second time such a bill has cleared the hurdle.
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