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Alaska election officials respond to revealed hack attempt

Alaska election officials respond to revealed hack attempt

As the Alaska Legislature held a Thursday hearing examining the security state’s election system, the Alaska Division of Elections responded to claims that a hacker… Continue reading

Alaska election officials respond to revealed hack attempt
The Alaska State Capitol is seen on May 10, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Alaska lawmakers near deal to finish budget, may adjourn session soon

House and Senate negotiators reached a breakthrough compromise on the state’s operating budget Thursday, approving a $10.5 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year.… Continue reading

The Alaska State Capitol is seen on May 10, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Alcohol bill on the rocks

A bill cutting serving sizes at the state’s breweries and distilleries appears likely to die in the Legislature this year, lawmakers said Wednesday. Rep. Adam… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker watches from the House gallery as legislators discuss Senate Bill 26 on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Walker still opposes The Road

Gov. Bill Walker has not changed his opposition to the Juneau Access road project. Reading a prepared statement, Walker press secretary Austin Baird said Tuesday… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker watches from the House gallery as legislators discuss Senate Bill 26 on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Senate plans millions for Juneau road

Correction: A previous version of this article mischaracterized the speech given by DOT Southcoast Region Director Lance Mearig to the Chamber of Commerce. This article… Continue reading

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, signs the conference committee report on Senate Bill 26 on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Legislature passes landmark bill spending Permanent Fund

In a pair of landmark votes Tuesday, the Alaska Legislature agreed to harness the Alaska Permanent Fund to the needs of state government. In separate… Continue reading

Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, signs the conference committee report on Senate Bill 26 on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (James Brooks | Juneau Empire)

Alaska lawmakers are trying to slash breweries’ serving sizes

Correction: A one-third cut in brewery sample sizes would be a decline from 36 ounces to 24 ounces, not 12 ounces as originally written here.… Continue reading

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, prepares to open a floor session of the Alaska Senate on April 27, 2018. (Daniel McDonald | Alaska Senate Majority)

Alaska Senate approves work-for-Medicaid program

In a caucus-line vote Thursday, the Alaska Senate approved a bill that would require healthy Alaskans to work or volunteer at least 20 hours per… Continue reading

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, prepares to open a floor session of the Alaska Senate on April 27, 2018. (Daniel McDonald | Alaska Senate Majority)
Bar owners push for restrictions on distilleries, breweries

Bar owners push for restrictions on distilleries, breweries

In Alaska’s bar wars, the establishment has struck back. On Wednesday evening, bar and liquor store owners launched a wave of public testimony urging the… Continue reading

Bar owners push for restrictions on distilleries, breweries

House votes to borrow $1 billion for oil and gas deal

In a 23-15 vote Thursday afternoon, the Alaska House of Representatives approved a plan to borrow a billion dollars from global bond markets and send… Continue reading

Legislature’s new plan protects Permanent Fund, but not dividend

House and Senate negotiators agreed Wednesday on a proposal to put limits on the Legislature’s ability to spend from the Alaska Permanent Fund, but the… Continue reading

Alaska Senate considers ways to limit Medicaid access

As the Alaska Senate considers new regulations for Alaskans receiving government-funded health care, state officials are warning that the changes will not save money. In… Continue reading

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

Alaska senators unveil $1.4 billion capital construction budget

Lawmakers got their first look at the state’s billion-dollar capital construction and renovation budget on Wednesday as the Senate Finance Committee unveiled its draft proposal.… Continue reading

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

State Senate unanimously recognizes Alaska Native ‘linguistic emergency’

The Alaska Senate voted 20-0 in favor of a resolution declaring a “linguistic emergency” for Alaska Native languages, ending almost a week of debate about… Continue reading

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Rep. Parish faced sexual harassment complaint

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, was the subject of a sexual harassment complaint in February, the Juneau Empire confirmed Tuesday. The document outlines a year and… Continue reading

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska legislators approve new policy for reporting, addressing sexual harassment

Months after two Alaska lawmakers resigned amid allegations of sexual misconduct, the Legislature’s internal governing body has approved new procedures for reporting and addressing sexual… Continue reading

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, speaks at the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The forum is sponsored by The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (MIchael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Rep. Justin Parish drops out of election; Assemblyman Rob Edwardson will run instead

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, is dropping out of this fall’s election for the Alaska House of Representatives seat representing the Mendenhall Valley. One of his… Continue reading

Rep. Justin Parish, D-Juneau, speaks at the Native Issues Forum at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The forum is sponsored by The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. (MIchael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, chair of the Legislative Council Committee, asks for a cut to lawmaker per diem payments by 75 percent at the Capitol on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Outgoing Juneau lawmaker’s idea to cut lawmakers’ pay swiftly rejected

Members of the Alaska Legislature rejected a proposed pay cut late Monday, saying they didn’t have time to adequately consider the idea from Rep. Sam… Continue reading

Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, chair of the Legislative Council Committee, asks for a cut to lawmaker per diem payments by 75 percent at the Capitol on Monday, April 23, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

For Alaska lawmakers, legislative session’s end may be decided by Permanent Fund (again)

Protections for the Alaska Permanent Fund are becoming the crux of negotiations to end this year’s legislative session. In a Monday interview, the lead House… Continue reading

Participants in the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s 83rd annual Tribal Assembly pose in the Alaska Legislature on April 19, 2018 after breaking from the assembly to testify on House Concurrent Resolution 19. (Courtesy photo)

Alaska Native delegates march on Capitol after senators refuse to call language loss ‘emergency’

A resolution intended to declare an Alaska Native language emergency is advancing in the Alaska Senate, but without its most important word. On Thursday, the… Continue reading

Participants in the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s 83rd annual Tribal Assembly pose in the Alaska Legislature on April 19, 2018 after breaking from the assembly to testify on House Concurrent Resolution 19. (Courtesy photo)