Alaska Legislature

The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Senate votes down amendment to protect the PFD in the Constitution

The Alaska Senate has declined to advance a proposed constitutional amendment to guarantee the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. In a 6-14 vote Wednesday, the Senate… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
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House amendment supports lower draw, higher dividend from Permanent Fund

The Alaska House Finance Committee has voted to set next year’s Permanent Fund Dividend at $1,270 and reduce the amount of money pulled from the… Continue reading

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The former Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku is seen in this undated photo provided by the Alaska Marine Highway system. (Rebecca Rauf | Alaska Department of Transportation)

Bill to fund Alaska Marine Highway System nears House vote

For the first time in six years, the Alaska Legislature has put a portion of the state’s budget, including funding for the Alaska Marine Highway… Continue reading

The former Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku is seen in this undated photo provided by the Alaska Marine Highway system. (Rebecca Rauf | Alaska Department of Transportation)
A man signs a banner as people pay tribute at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at the Florida high school where the Feb. 14 shooting took place. It is now cordoned off by a chain link fence that was covered with banners from other schools showing their support. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

In Alaska Legislature, little action in response to Florida shooting

In a visit to Juneau last week, U.S. Rep. Don Young suggested that Americans should turn to their state lawmakers for a response to the… Continue reading

A man signs a banner as people pay tribute at a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Thousands of students joined their parents in walking past the three-story building at the Florida high school where the Feb. 14 shooting took place. It is now cordoned off by a chain link fence that was covered with banners from other schools showing their support. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)
In this Jan. 19 photo, Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, speaks at a joint meeting of the Juneau Legislative Delegation and the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Parish education bill suffers setback

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, has suffered a setback in his attempt to pass legislation affecting Alaska’s public school trust fund. In a procedural move Monday,… Continue reading

In this Jan. 19 photo, Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, speaks at a joint meeting of the Juneau Legislative Delegation and the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, center, is escorted out of the House of Representatives by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, left, and Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, after his annual speech to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sullivan offers legislators six reasons for optimism

This is Sen. Dan Sullivan, optimistic. In a 36-minute Monday address to the Alaska Legislature, Alaska’s junior U.S. Senator drew repeated rounds of applause from… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, center, is escorted out of the House of Representatives by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, left, and Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, after his annual speech to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Chris Dimond of Douglas is seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy photo)

Great-grandson of territorial Congressman seeks election to Alaska House

With incumbent Rep. Sam Kito III still undecided on re-election, a second person has announced their intention to seek the statehouse seat representing Haines, Skagway,… Continue reading

Chris Dimond of Douglas is seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy photo)

Alaska House takes budget testimony this week

Alaskans will get their first opportunity to offer public testimony on the state’s budget this week, as the Alaska House of Representatives pushes toward a… Continue reading

Bill adding new Superior Court judge position in Juneau passes House

Bill adding new Superior Court judge position in Juneau passes House

The Alaska House of Representatives has voted unanimously in favor of a proposal to add a third superior court judge to Juneau’s courthouse. House Bill… Continue reading

Bill adding new Superior Court judge position in Juneau passes House
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State may borrow $1 billion to pay oil debt

The Alaska Legislature is considering a proposal to borrow up to $1 billion from global markets to cover a debt it owes to oil and… Continue reading

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Tiffany Zulkosky is seen in this photo taken Feb. 22, 2018 in Bethel. (Christine Trudeau | KYUK-FM)

Zulkosky confirmed to fill vacant House seat

Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives have confirmed Gov. Bill Walker’s appointment of Tiffany Zulkosky for the vacant seat representing Southwest Alaska’s House District… Continue reading

Tiffany Zulkosky is seen in this photo taken Feb. 22, 2018 in Bethel. (Christine Trudeau | KYUK-FM)

Alaska Senate approves bill to boost Interior natural gas project

The Alaska Senate has approved a bill to extend the deadline for the Alaska Industrial Development and Energy Authority to issue bonds backing the Interior… Continue reading

Former Air Force pilot confirmed as Senate pick; Gov nominates former Bethel mayor for House District 38

More than a month after the start of its 2018 session, the Alaska Legislature is nearing full strength. In a Thursday morning vote, Senate Republicans… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, is greeted by Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, left, and Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, after her speech to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sen. Murkowski offers optimism for state mired in recession and deficit

This is Lisa Murkowski, victorious. On Thursday morning, Murkowski addressed to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature and delivered a 30-minute ray of optimism.… Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, is greeted by Sen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River, left, and Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, after her speech to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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To boost election security, Alaska suspends electronic absentee program

The Alaska Division of Elections has announced it will suspend a little-used absentee voting program in an effort to improve the security of the state’s… Continue reading

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Retired Air Force fighter pilot Mike Shower is seen after landing on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on July 20, 2008. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt)

Gov. Bill Walker appoints former F-22 pilot to vacant Alaska Senate seat

Gov. Bill Walker on Tuesday nominated a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot to fill the Alaska Senate seat vacated in January by Mike Dunleavy.… Continue reading

Retired Air Force fighter pilot Mike Shower is seen after landing on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam on July 20, 2008. (U.S. Air Force by Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt)
In this Dec. 19, 2017 photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks about oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during debates about the GOP tax cut on the floor of the U.S. Senate. (C-SPAN)

State asks Legislature for $10 million to survey ANWR for oil

The administration of Gov. Bill Walker is asking the Alaska Legislature for permission to spend $10 million on seismic surveying in the coastal plain of… Continue reading

In this Dec. 19, 2017 photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks about oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge during debates about the GOP tax cut on the floor of the U.S. Senate. (C-SPAN)
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Alaska House votes to legalize hemp farming

The Alaska House of Representatives has voted unanimously to legalize hemp farming in Alaska, a move that puts the 49th state on track to become… Continue reading

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In this Jan. 22 photo, Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, attends a House Judiciary Committee meeting at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Prosecutors consider charges against former Rep. Fansler

Bethel Democrats have suggested three candidates to fill the seat in the Alaska House of Representatives vacated by Zach Fansler, a Democrat from Bethel who… Continue reading

In this Jan. 22 photo, Rep. Zach Fansler, D-Bethel, attends a House Judiciary Committee meeting at the Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Alaska State Capitol. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire File)

Permanent Fund spending is this year’s snarl in the Alaska Legislature

The Nenana Ice Classic bills itself as Alaska’s favorite guessing game. This year, that honor will go to the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. The state… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire File)