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.
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.
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 restored $700 million for Medicaid and $134 million for the University, while asserting their rights as the appropriating branch of government.
The budget language is just the latest attempt by the Dunleavy administration to expand executive power at the expense of the legislature.
In a Senate hearing, Attorney General nominee Kevin Clarkson covered lawmakers' questions, ranging from the opioid epidemic to abortion access.
Rep. George Rauscher has proposed a second attempt at strengthening the prohibition barring state funding for gender reassignment surgery.
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. Michael J. Dunleavy was tough on crime, heavy on populist rhetoric, and skipped education altogether in his first State of the State address.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday heard a proposal to partially seal past marijuana possession convictions.
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