Alaska Legislature

Saturday recap: Lawmakers approve sharing of voter information

The Alaska House has approved a bill calling for the state to share voter information with other states in an effort to deter voter fraud.Representatives… Continue reading

Tuesday recap: House OKs novel energy improvement program

The Alaska House has approved a new program to assist business owners interested in making energy efficiency improvements to their buildings.House Bill 118, brought by… Continue reading

With Legislative clock ticking, lawmakers seek Permanent Fund compromise

Legislators agree that using the earnings of the Alaska Permanent Fund would do more than anything else to balance Alaska’s $4 billion annual deficit.The problem:… Continue reading

Saturday recap: House votes to put lawmakers on gasline board

The House has approved a Senate bill that will appoint three members of the Alaska Legislature to nonvoting seats on the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation… Continue reading

Frustrated Democrats make futile stands on House, Senate floor

Democrats frustrated at the Republican-led House and Senate majorities’ pursuit of a lawsuit against Gov. Bill Walker for authorizing Medicaid expansion attempted Friday to de-fund… Continue reading

Senate reshapes Alaska’s criminal landscape

Clarification: A story in Saturday’s Web edition of the Empire stated that AWARE of Juneau supports Senate Bill 91, criminal sentencing reform. AWARE executive director Saralyn… Continue reading

Infographic: A visual guide to (most of) the Alaska state budget

For a larger version of the graphic, click here. Millions, billions, kazillions.There’s a lot of zeroes involved in Alaska’s annual budget process.So many, in fact, that… Continue reading

If Legislature needs special session, lawmaker wants it in Railbelt

If the Alaska Legislature goes into special session this year, Sen. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak, is again promoting the idea of a meeting on the road… Continue reading

Randy Hoffbeck, Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, speaks the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about Gov. Bill Walker's fiscal plan at the Hangar Ballroom on Thursday.

Revenue boss doubts income tax this year

On Thursday, Alaska Revenue Commissioner Randall Hoffbeck delivered to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce the same address he’s given more than 90 times to community… Continue reading

Randy Hoffbeck, Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, speaks the Juneau Chamber of Commerce about Gov. Bill Walker's fiscal plan at the Hangar Ballroom on Thursday.

State’s alcohol industry moves against tax hike

Brewers, bar owners, restaurant owners, distillers, bartenders and distributors showed a popular front Tuesday as the Alaska Senate’s Labor and Commerce Committee took public testimony… Continue reading

Tobacco tax hike gets first hearing in Senate

A proposal to make Alaska’s tobacco taxes the fifth-highest in the United States met a mixed reception from the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on… Continue reading

Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, speaks in the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 26, 2014 in this Empire file photo. Gruenberg died at his Juneau home on Sunday. He was 72 years old.

Anchorage Rep. Gruenberg dies Sunday at age 72

The most senior member of the Alaska House of Representatives has died.Max Gruenberg, a Democrat representing an Anchorage district in the Alaska House of Representatives,… Continue reading

Rep. Max Gruenberg, D-Anchorage, speaks in the Alaska Legislature on Feb. 26, 2014 in this Empire file photo. Gruenberg died at his Juneau home on Sunday. He was 72 years old.

Mallott signs marijuana regulations, but Department of Law warns of security gap

Lieutenant Gov. Byron Mallott signed Alaska’s first commercial marijuana regulations on Friday, but regulators and legislators now face a headache from the FBI.In a memo… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker is greeted by legislators as he enters the House chambers for his annual State of the State address to a Joint Session of the Legislature on Thursday.

At State of the State, Walker sells teamwork as necessary to beat deficit

It was Salesman Walker who spoke from the podium Thursday night in the Alaska Capitol.Delivering his second State of the State address, Gov. Bill Walker… Continue reading

Gov. Bill Walker is greeted by legislators as he enters the House chambers for his annual State of the State address to a Joint Session of the Legislature on Thursday.

Survey: Lawmakers predict what session will bring

Everyone wants to know what the second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature will bring, but no one knows the answer. Well, no one outside… Continue reading

Bill proposes constitutional block on longer sessions

An Anchorage lawmaker has proposed an amendment to the Alaska Constitution that would prohibit the Legislature from working more than 90 days in regular session.House… Continue reading

State’s budget nibbles start to bite into CBJ

Nobody is calling their lawmaker to complain about the loss of municipal airport matching funds.In the debates about declining oil revenue and the state’s $3.5… Continue reading

Healy Rep. proposes ‘lite’ fish hatcheries

Fairbanks’ Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery is a towering complex of tanks, tubes and growing fish.It also carried a towering price tag. When it opened… Continue reading

Bill would ban prison marriages, but not for the reason you think

In his younger years, Anchorage Republican Rep. Bob Lynn served as a police officer in Tucson, Arizona.Last year, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex… Continue reading

Bill would protect clergy who refuse marriages

Of the 34 bills prefiled by Alaska lawmakers on Friday, none have been more controversial than Senate Bill 120 and House Bill 236.The bills, proposed… Continue reading