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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gov. Dunleavy Embraces Populist Approach in First State of the State Address

Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy was tough on crime, heavy on populist rhetoric, and skipped education altogether in his first State of the State address.

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.
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