Alaska Legislature

Governor Walker signs House Bill 333 at Bowman Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 in Anchorage. (Brice Habeger photo | Office of the Governor)

Walker signs bill allowing cities to ban cellphone use in school zones

Alaskans are already forbidden from texting while driving, and on Wednesday, Gov. Bill Walker signed legislation that could keep them from driving and talking on… Continue reading

Governor Walker signs House Bill 333 at Bowman Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018 in Anchorage. (Brice Habeger photo | Office of the Governor)
Laraine Derr, of the Regional Accu-Vote Board, center, waits for her machine to print out a tally as she, David Clover, left, and Mary Foster count questioned and absentee ballots at the State of Alaska election office at the Mendenhall Mall on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New vote tallies aid challenged Alaska legislative incumbents

Incumbent Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux has taken a significant lead in a Republican primary race marred by possible voter fraud. On Tuesday, the Alaska Division of… Continue reading

Laraine Derr, of the Regional Accu-Vote Board, center, waits for her machine to print out a tally as she, David Clover, left, and Mary Foster count questioned and absentee ballots at the State of Alaska election office at the Mendenhall Mall on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Dead Alaskans attempt to vote in Anchorage

Dead Alaskans attempt to vote in Anchorage

The Alaska Division of Elections is investigating why seven dead people requested absentee ballots for the close-fought primary election in Anchorage’s House District 15. The… Continue reading

Dead Alaskans attempt to vote in Anchorage
Analysis: Primary results indicate willingness to re-fight old battles

Analysis: Primary results indicate willingness to re-fight old battles

On Tuesday, workers at the Alaska Division of Elections will begin counting absentee and question ballots from across the state. Those votes may tilt the… Continue reading

Analysis: Primary results indicate willingness to re-fight old battles
House District 34 candidates Andi Story, left, and Rob Edwardson, center, wave campaign signs with Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, at Egan Drive and Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

The Democratic Party’s “Year of the Woman” arrived in Juneau on Tuesday. According to preliminary tallies by the Alaska Division of Elections, Sara Hannan has… Continue reading

House District 34 candidates Andi Story, left, and Rob Edwardson, center, wave campaign signs with Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, at Egan Drive and Glacier Highway on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats

The Democratic Party’s “Year of the Woman” arrived in Juneau on Tuesday. According to preliminary tallies by the Alaska Division of Elections, Sara Hannan has… Continue reading

Story, Hannan win Democratic nominations for Juneau House seats
From left to right, Steve Handy, Sara Hannan and Tom Morphet are running for the Democratic nomination in Alaska House District 33. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire photos)

Candidates amass cash with eye toward November

Alaska’s statewide primary election isn’t until Tuesday, but in Juneau, candidates appear to already be looking ahead to November’s general election. According to the latest… Continue reading

From left to right, Steve Handy, Sara Hannan and Tom Morphet are running for the Democratic nomination in Alaska House District 33. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire photos)
In a photo provided by the governor’s office, Gov. Bill Walker waves from the stage at Lathrop High School during a signing ceremony for four bills Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Courtesy photo)

Gov. Walker signs Parish’s education bill

Justin Parish’s bill has become law. In a Friday ceremony in Fairbanks’ Lathrop High School, Gov. Bill Walker signed four education-related bills into law. Among… Continue reading

In a photo provided by the governor’s office, Gov. Bill Walker waves from the stage at Lathrop High School during a signing ceremony for four bills Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Courtesy photo)
Andi Story is running for Alaska House District 34. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Election 2018: Andi Story seeks Democratic nomination for House seat from the Mendenhall Valley

Andi Story was tired of spending time in the Capitol, so she decided to do something that may have her spending much more time there.… Continue reading

Andi Story is running for Alaska House District 34. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
James Hart is seen in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy James Hart)

Election 2018: James Hart drops out of House race on eve of early voting

One of four candidates in the Democratic primary for House District 33 is dropping out of the race. James Hart of Haines told the Empire… Continue reading

James Hart is seen in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy James Hart)
Juneau Assembly member Rob Edwardson talks on Thursday, August 2, 2018, about his run for the District 34 House seat in the Mendenhall Valley. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Election 2018: Edwardson blazes independent’s path in upcoming primary

In the Mendenhall Valley, Rob Edwardson is looking to pick up where Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, is leaving off.

Juneau Assembly member Rob Edwardson talks on Thursday, August 2, 2018, about his run for the District 34 House seat in the Mendenhall Valley. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Election signs at the corner of 12th and C streets on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New reports reveal primary fundraising frontrunners

Downtown Juneau has the candidates, but the Mendenhall Valley has the money. With 30 days to go before the Aug. 21 statewide primary, new reports… Continue reading

Election signs at the corner of 12th and C streets on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Larry Hartig, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, speaks to the Alaska Legislature in 2014. On Friday, Hartig was among the state commissioners who spoke in front of the Alaska Senate’s State Affairs Committee about the effects of Ballot Measure 1. (Juneau Empire file photo)
Larry Hartig, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, speaks to the Alaska Legislature in 2014. On Friday, Hartig was among the state commissioners who spoke in front of the Alaska Senate’s State Affairs Committee about the effects of Ballot Measure 1. (Juneau Empire file photo)
Gov. Bill Walker signs House Bill 44 in a ceremony under a temporary tent Thursday evening at Jewel Lake in Anchorage while a curious child looks on. (Screenshot)

Walker signs bill that will block lawmakers’ per diem expenses if budget is late

A late budget will now bring consequences for Alaska’s lawmakers. In a Thursday evening ceremony in Anchorage, Gov. Bill Walker signed House Bill 44 into… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker signs House Bill 44 in a ceremony under a temporary tent Thursday evening at Jewel Lake in Anchorage while a curious child looks on. (Screenshot)
Juneau Empire File

Feds sign death certificate for Juneau Road construction

Nineteen months after Gov. Bill Walker killed the Juneau Access Project, the federal government has signed the death certificate.

Juneau Empire File
In this file photo from April 5, 2017, Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, stands to speak in the House chambers against a bill establishing October 25 of each year as African American Soldiers’ Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day. The bill passed 39-1 with Rep. Eastman casting the only no vote. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Ruling: Alaska lawmaker violated ethics laws by disclosing complaint to press

The ethics subcommittee of the Alaska House of Representatives ruled Thursday that Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, violated state law by leaking the existence of a confidential ethics complaint to the press.

In this file photo from April 5, 2017, Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, stands to speak in the House chambers against a bill establishing October 25 of each year as African American Soldiers’ Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day. The bill passed 39-1 with Rep. Eastman casting the only no vote. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
In this August 2017 file photo, Juneau Police Department officers serve notices of eviction to homeless Juneauites living on Mental Health Trust Authority land in downtown Juneau. A legislative committee has suggested the Trust’s CEO, Mike Abbott, might be guilty of a crime for leaking an under-development audit. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Mental Health Trust boss accused of leaking audit

A legislative audit committee has suggested the executive director of the Alaska Mental Health Trust could be charged with a crime for giving an under-development… Continue reading

In this August 2017 file photo, Juneau Police Department officers serve notices of eviction to homeless Juneauites living on Mental Health Trust Authority land in downtown Juneau. A legislative committee has suggested the Trust’s CEO, Mike Abbott, might be guilty of a crime for leaking an under-development audit. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
In a photo provided by the office of the governor, Gov. Bill Walker signs Senate Bill 63, a statewide public smoking ban, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the Lucky Wishbone restaurant in Anchorage. Standing at right is Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, the legislative sponsor of the bill. On Walker’s lap is Stella Micciche, one of Micciche’s daughters. Also visible, from right to left behind Walker are Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska’s chief medical officer; Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage; Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage; Micciche; Rep. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage; and the smile of Emily Nenon of the American Cancer Society. (Courtesy photo)

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker signs bill banning indoor smoking

Effective Oct. 1, ban mirrors similar regulations approved by Bethel, Juneau, Anchorage.

In a photo provided by the office of the governor, Gov. Bill Walker signs Senate Bill 63, a statewide public smoking ban, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the Lucky Wishbone restaurant in Anchorage. Standing at right is Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, the legislative sponsor of the bill. On Walker’s lap is Stella Micciche, one of Micciche’s daughters. Also visible, from right to left behind Walker are Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska’s chief medical officer; Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage; Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage; Micciche; Rep. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage; and the smile of Emily Nenon of the American Cancer Society. (Courtesy photo)
This image from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s Wednesday presentation to the Alaska Legislature shows the major components of the proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline. (screenshot)

Gas pipeline negotiations continue

Correction: The proposed pipeline would be 807 miles, not 907 miles. The multibillion-dollar trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline project is still advancing, state lawmakers were told… Continue reading

This image from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s Wednesday presentation to the Alaska Legislature shows the major components of the proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline. (screenshot)
This image from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s Wednesday presentation to the Alaska Legislature shows the major components of the proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline. (screenshot)

Gas pipeline negotiations continue

The multibillion-dollar trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline project is still advancing, state lawmakers were told in a Wednesday morning hearing. At a regular quarterly update in… Continue reading

This image from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation’s Wednesday presentation to the Alaska Legislature shows the major components of the proposed trans-Alaska natural gas pipeline. (screenshot)