Alaska Legislature

Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, left, pictured last month looking at the new office space for the Legislature at the Bill Ray Center.

House confirms its crime bill vote

The Alaska House has confirmed its decision last week to approve a set of sweeping reforms to the state’s criminal justice system.In a Wednesday floor… Continue reading

Rep. Lance Pruitt, R-Anchorage, left, pictured last month looking at the new office space for the Legislature at the Bill Ray Center.

For bill seeking to restrict sex ed, it was try, try, try and try again ─ then succeed

The fourth time was the charm for a bill that places restrictions on the teaching of sexual education in Alaska schools.In a 21-18 vote, the… Continue reading

More Alaskans could carry alcohol-restricted driver’s licenses

Like modern versions of Hester Prynne, a growing deviant Alaskans could be forced to carry a scarlet reminder of their misdeeds.In a 27-12 vote, the… Continue reading

House begins digging into crime bill; debates to continue today

Rarely has a discussion about bar fights been so soberly pursued.On Monday, the Alaska House began floor debates on Senate Bill 91, a sweeping reform… Continue reading

Council pursues new $12.5M office for Anchorage lawmakers

After a veto threat from Gov. Bill Walker, lawmakers have changed their plans for a new office building in Anchorage.On Monday evening, members of the… Continue reading

Sunday Recap: Highlights of the 90th Legislative day

Lawmakers didn’t approve any of the biggest items considered necessary for filling the state’s $4.1 billion budget deficit, but there was no shortage of action… Continue reading

Legislature will keep working after 90th day

It lay discarded on the Capitol’s second-floor carpet, a fortune cookie slip with a simple message: “Now is the time for peace in your life.… Continue reading

Senate approves more hurdles for school sex ed instruction, but House balks

The Alaska Senate has approved a version of House Bill 156 amended to require sex education teachers to garner approval from a local school board… Continue reading

Muñoz gets three bills through Legislature

On the final day of the second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature, Juneau Republican Rep. Cathy Muñoz became the first local legislator to get… Continue reading

Bill would allow state to implement federal ID system

Alongside the many bills passed by the Alaska Legislature on its last regular day, there was one new one. House Bill 378, introduced Sunday morning,… Continue reading

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