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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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