State & Legislature

Capitol Live: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute presents to Fisheries committee

Follow along with live updates from Alaska’s Capitol.

House creates first ever Tribal Affairs committee

Committee will focus on partnerships between tribes and state government.

AG designee says only 10 percent of his work related to controversial social issues

Clarkson says it’s not his job to support the law, it’s to enforce it.

Capitol Live: House Judiciary questions Dunleavy’s AG designee

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Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin and members of her budget team takes time to explain Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Budget bill language would give unprecedented power to governor’s office

Under bill, OMB Director Arduin could override Legislature’s appropriating power.

Office of Management and Budget Director Donna Arduin and members of her budget team takes time to explain Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s state budget at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Robb Arnold, chief purser on the Alaska Marine Highway’s Malaspina ferry, talks about the proposed cuts to the ferry system on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Unions prep to push back against proposed ferry cuts

Hundreds of Marine Highway jobs could be cut.

Robb Arnold, chief purser on the Alaska Marine Highway’s Malaspina ferry, talks about the proposed cuts to the ferry system on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau. (Michael Penn | Junea Empire)
Rep. Sara Hannan, D-Juneau. (Michael Penn | Junea Empire)
Co-Chairs of the House Finance Committee Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, left, and Rep. Neal Foster, D-Nome, listen to Donna Arduin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as they hold their first meeting of the session at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Capitol Live: House members change offices

The latest news from the Alaska State Capitol

Co-Chairs of the House Finance Committee Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, left, and Rep. Neal Foster, D-Nome, listen to Donna Arduin, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as they hold their first meeting of the session at the Capitol on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

House finally organized: Hannan, Story get assignments

Committees can start working on legislation

OMB, Senate Finance discuss university funding

Forty percent of university funding comes from the state.

Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, co-chair of Senate Finance Committee, asks a question while listening to a presentation by the Department of Education and Early Development at the Capitol, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Natasha Von Imhof, R-Anchorage, co-chair of Senate Finance Committee, asks a question while listening to a presentation by the Department of Education and Early Development at the Capitol, on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Senate Finance grills OMB, Education Commissioner over budget

Hoffman calls 25 percent proposed cuts to education ‘unacceptable’

In this Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, former Speaker nominee Rep. Bryce Edgmon, Dillingham, right, shares a laugh with Speaker nominee Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, as Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Neal Foster, Nome, presides over the House. Edgmon was elected Speaker of the House on Thursday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A whirlwhind week at the state capitol

Looking back on the week in the Alaska Legislature.

In this Feb. 4, 2019 file photo, former Speaker nominee Rep. Bryce Edgmon, Dillingham, right, shares a laugh with Speaker nominee Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, as Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Neal Foster, Nome, presides over the House. Edgmon was elected Speaker of the House on Thursday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)