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.

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.

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.

House Takes First Steps in Rejection of Dunleavy Budget Cuts

House budget subcommittees are on track to maintain funding for education programs and public assistance, while frustrated minority members staged a walk-out.

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.

Package of Bills Aimed at Public Safety Headed to Senate

After taking an aggressive posture towards crime during his first State of the State address, Gov. Dunleavy offered a more in depth look at his crime-fighting policy proposals.

Busy Day in the House Sees Funding for Multiple Programs Restored

Take a deep dive into the legislature's busiest day to learn which programs House subcommittees restored.

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.

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.

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.
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