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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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